Speech-Language Pathology/Stuttering/Hearing Safety
Temporary Hearing Impairment
Some anti-stuttering devices reduce your ability to hear. An adult may be willing to trade some hearing loss for improved speech. However, a child who is unable to hear his teacher may fall behind in school.
Some anti-stuttering devices occlude or block the ear canal. This reduces or eliminates your hearing in that ear while the device is in your ear.
Some anti-stuttering devices amplify and distort background noise. The device may be usable in a quiet office, but not be usuable in a restaurant or classroom.
Permanent Hearing Damage
Any device that amplifies sound might cause hearing damage. To reduce risk of hearing damage,
Use a device that is effective at low volumes (under 85 dB).
Use a device for part of the day, not all day.
Use a device that doesn't pick up background noise, or don't use a device in noisy environments.
Get your hearing tested before using a device, then get your hearing retested after a few weeks.
Discontinue using a device if you experience ringing in your ears or pain from loud noises (e.g., a siren going by).