Sunday, June 27, 2010

Looking for advice on microphones and voice synthesizers

Speaking does not hurt my throat but it can be exhausting to try to carry on a conversation for long. So I am looking for some ideas for aids that might make speaking easier for me. I’ve been looking on the internet but, because technology makes my head spin, I’m finding it all a bit overwhelming.
Does anyone have any suggestions on the following?

1) A microphone to project my voice. I use a lot of breath to push the words out through my lips. I thought if I could get microphone it might make it a bit easier. (Picture Madonna with a headpiece. Minus the pointy tassled boobs). Do I need a receiver or is there something where you can just speak into it and it will project the sound?

2) A speech synthesizer for my laptop. It’s definitely easier to type than to speak. I’ve been looking at a product called TextAloud that reads what you type out loud. Does anyone know anything about these programs and what I should be looking for?

Thanks for your help!


Anonymous said...

Do you have a PC or a Mac? I may be able to get you some leads but need this info first.
Thinking of you and sending you lots of love and healing energy from Nova Scotia.

Christine said...

I have a PC.

Anonymous said...

There are devices for projecting the voice, but the best thing might be to consult with a speech therapist. You could ask your doc to refer you. Good luck with this!

Dee said...

Check out the Cheeky Librarian. I think she had a voice projection device she used last year.

Here's the link:

Teri (the Cheeky Librarian) is a wonderful resource and is always happy to research things for you. Please feel free to contact her for more info . . .

Christine said...

Thanks for the lead, Dee. I left a message on the cheeky librian's blog. Her latest post gives the name of the device she's using. It looks like the kind of thing I'm looking for. I'm hoping to find a supplier in Canada so i don't have to order online from the U.S. but so far, no luck.