Monkey has always struggled with certain letter sounds (“th” and distinguishing between “t” and “d” for example). So we were intrigued by the idea that the Forbrain headset helps with speech and language issues as well as improves attention, concentration, verbal working memory, and short-term memory.
Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD is designed for people with attention difficulties, speech and language issues, poor memory and concentration difficulties. It can be used with adults and children as young as 4. Forbrain should be used once or twice a day for 10-30 minutes per session, for a minimum of 6 weeks. You can take a look at the user manual to see the recommended training times based on age.
You can read the science behind how Forbrain works here.
How We Used Forbrain
The Forbrain headset comes in a sturdy storage case along with the user manual, a few replacement microphone covers and a charging cable. You will need to charge the headset completely before the first use.
After charging, we all took a turn testing it out. I was surprised at how light weight the headset is, however I could not wear it for more than a couple minutes. I have extremely sensitive ears and have trouble wearing regular headphones. I found that Forbrain gave me a headache after just a few minutes.
Monkey thought the headset was comfortable and liked the way his voice sounded, so initially he just made a bunch of different noises. After the initial excitement wore off, we were able to settle into a training session with the headset.
As I mentioned before, Monkey has had some issues with pronouncing certain letter sounds. So when we first began using Forbrain, we focused on repeating the letter sounds and words that he struggles with. When wearing the headset he could better distinguish the sounds he was making and eventually was able to self correct his pronunciation.
We also used Forbrain to help with memorization. Monkey recently started a new Taekwondo class and he needed to memorize the pledge and tenants that are repeated at the beginning and end of each class. This was the first time Monkey has needed to memorize something, so he practiced with Forbrain to see if the process would be faster/easier.
A few weeks into the review period, my husband, “Mad Scientist,” was preparing for a nursing school presentation. While he was practicing, I noticed that he was rushing and mumbling through some parts, so I asked him if he’d be willing to wear the headset while he practiced. He agreed and continued running through his presentation. I noticed that while wearing the headset, he slowed down and enunciated his words.
Mad Scientist is an auditory learner, so when he studies, he tends to read aloud. He has started wearing the headset while preparing for his exams as well.
Mad Scientist’s review: “It’s an interesting little piece of technology. I was intrigued by how it utilizes bone conduction to help you hear your voice more clearly. The sound produced by this tech is very similar to what you would hear if you were speaking into a microphone, so it is beneficial in the sense that you get to hear how it sounds when you are recording your voice. Your recorded voice is different than what you hear in your own head, so you become more conscious of your own voice and can change/improve the way it sounds for greater vocal quality. To the extent that it can actually help you memorize things easier, i can’t say for sure that it helped me to do that, because I didn’t use it that long, but I am going to continue to use it to explore its capabilities for improving memory.”
We did see improvements in Monkey’s pronunciation while wearing the headset that continued even when he wasn’t wearing it. It is unclear whether Forbrain actually helped him memorize his Taekwondo Pledge and Tenets faster/easier than if we had practiced the same amount of time without the headset.
Overall, Forbrain seems to help with speech issues by making you more aware of how your voice sounds. Since the review period was only 6 weeks which is the minimum usage period, we were not able to observe the full benefits of utilizing this tool. We will continue to use the headset to see what improvements can be made with extended use.
Connect with Forbrain on social media:
- Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/forbrainLTD
- Twitter : https://twitter.com/forbrainheadset
- LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/company/forbrain—retrain-the-way-you-process-information
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