Using a microphone can be very helpful for people with voice problems, especially those who must talk loud enough to be heard by groups of people, in large rooms, or within background noise.
For this reason, many teachers have found personal amplification systems a necessary tool. Using a microphone to amplify the voice may help prevent trauma to the vocal fold mucosa by reducing the need to speak loudly and forcefully. Therefore, microphones can be beneficial in both the prevention of voice disorders and as part of the treatment plan for patients with existing voice disorders.
There are many different types of personal amplification systems. They range in price, portability and level of amplification. Therefore, there is no overall "best" system. Listed below, in alphabetical order, are some of the more popular sources for personal amplification systems, along with phone numbers, where available, and website addresses.
- Light Speed Technologies markets infrared wireless microphone systems and personal voice amplifiers. 800.732.8999 http://www.lightspeed-tek.com/proaudio/index.html
- Luminaud makes the very popular Chattervox, as well as other types of personal amplification systems. 800.255.3408 http://www.luminaud.com/luminaud_main.htm
- Radio Shack carries a variety of wireless microphones. Investigate the local stores in your area or review their website http://www.radioshack.com