SpeechVive detects when the patient is speaking using an accelerometer which is built into the earpiece. During speech, the device plays a background sound into the user's ear. The background sound, which resembles a room full of people talking during a party, is a natural cue that elicits louder and clearer speech through an involuntary reflex known as the Lombard Effect.
SpeechVive is designed to elicit improved speech clarity without placing cognitive demand on the patient. SpeechVive does not require training or behavioral modification and may immediately improve a patient's speech clarity, by altering volume, articulation or speech rate.