A survey of Australian adult users of altered auditory feedback devices for stuttering

Use patterns, perceived effectiveness and satisfaction

Michelle Lincoln, Clare Walker

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Purpose. Small portable devices that provide delayed auditory feedback (DAF) and/or frequency altered feedback (FAF) have been developed and marketed to clinicians and people who stutter as fluency enhancing aids for use in everyday speaking situations. The literature contains many laboratory-based reports about the impact of altered auditory feedback (AAF) on the speech of people who stutter but few reports about its use in everyday speaking situations. This paper investigates use patterns and perceptions of the effectiveness and satisfaction with AAF devices. Methods. The current study surveys 14 Australian AAF users. Results. The survey responses revealed varied opinions about AAF devices and their use and effectiveness in everyday speaking situations. Opinions were somewhat related to the type of device used. Conclusions. The results of this study provide some important directions for future research. In particular there is need to investigate the effectiveness of AAF devices when used in conjunction with other traditional treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1510-1517
Number of pages8
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


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