SeeSoundLive has been designed specially to help develop speech for those who have had no access to hearing rehabilitation. Since you are good at your visual skills, you should be able to use the visual equivalent of your attempted speech and modulate it until you have achieved a perfect visual equivalent (reference image).
Once you are able to do this for a particular phonetic element like ba or shh or ee, you will get the hang of it, and will be able to work towards producing other sounds.
Yes. SeeSoundLive uses the strength of your visual power to give you a feedback on what you are trying to say. When you speak into the phone, the visual equivalent that it creates is a representation of what you say. It also gives you an idea of what you want to say – by showing you the visual equivalent of the reference sound. As you practice, you learn to articulate to a way that you create a visual equivalent closest to the one that you want to say. This is how we all learn to speak. It just needs regular practice. The more you practice, the faster you see the results.
It is normal to feel under confident about your speech. Start by setting up small objectives – start with just trying to speak any sound into the device. Typically you may be dragging the sound a bit. Make it crisp and short. Moment the sound is less than a second, the device will pick it up and display a Visual Equivalent. Do not worry, our speech therapists will guide you at every step. We also recommend that you practice the sounds you learn with your family members and close friends/speech therapist to get a feedback. This may increase your confidence levels. As you get better, your confidence will definitely improve.
It has been proven time and again that one part of the brain can compensate for another part of the brain. When the hearing part of your brain is not used (like in hearing impaired people), the vision part of your brain takes over the hearing part. So, when you see images in response to your speech efforts, it also fires up nerves in the hearing/speech part of the brain. This then stimulates the speaking part of the brain to achieve clear speech.
In the initial stages, a Speech therapist’s inputs are invaluable. Eventually, inputs from a family member or a friend or a Speech therapist will help you in getting feedback. They can help you with articulation tips and also give you feedback on how you are doing. Issues like clarity / volume etc. will be easier to deal with when you have a Guide.