Nu-Vois

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Nu_Vois
Nuvois nuvois i 1.jpg
Category Electrolarynx
Developer Nu-Vois LLC. [1]
Announced
Released
Price 395 USD up to 625 USD
Weight 120 g
Controls

buttons

Data available
Risk factor
http://www.nu-vois.com/

Nu-Vois is a series of electrolarynges that is manufactured by the American company Nu-Vois LLC.[1] The devices are lightweight and shaped so they can be operated with one hand. The models feature a different degree of control over the volume and tonal characteristics of the produced voice.

Main Characteristics

The company offers a selection of electrolarynges ranging from their earliest model Nu-Vois I, through Nu-Vois II, III, and a smaller model that should serve as a backup device the Xtra-Vois. All the devices are roughly the same in size, shape, weight. The models have tubular shape 33 mm in diameter, weight approximately 120 g, and are 112 mm long. All are designed to be operated with one hand with the thumb operating the buttons. Detailed descriptions of the individual devices follow:

Nu-Vois II

Nu-Vois I[2] is the most basic and the oldest device Nu-Vois produces. It features an on/off button and a volume adjusting thumb wheel. The user can also adjust the pitch of the produced sound with a small screw accessible externally. A small screwdriver required for the task is included with the device.[3] The device costs 550 USD.

Nu-Vois III

Nu-Vois II[2] is a next iteration on the previous model. It was released in 1999. It features the same controls as the previous model sans the volume thumb wheel. All tonal adjustments are done incrementally via two buttons. The settings can be stored digitally.[4] The device costs 595 USD.

Xtra-Vois I

Nu-Vois III[5] is the latest and comparably most advanced model. It features 4 buttons - two to lower or increase the volume, and two to turn the device on and off. The second group of buttons is also used to store and recall saved settings. The user can then have two different settings for pitch and volume ready to be used.[6][7] The device costs 625 USD.

Xtra-Vois I[8] is a basic model that should serve as a backup device. It does not feature an advanced controls for pitch. The device is otherwise identical in features to Nu-Vois I.[9][10] The device costs 395 USD.

Nu-Vois is the name of the original analogue model. It has been discontinued and replaced by the Nu-Vois I.

All devices come with oral tubes and two 9 V NiMH rechargeable batteries included. Prices indicated are as of February 2016.

Purpose

The series of devices is directed towards laryngectomy patients that lost their ability to produce speech. The usage of an electrolarynx allows them to communicate in a quick and natural manner without resorting to other means such as pen and paper.

Company & People

Nu-Vois LLC is an American electronics company located in Meridian, Idaho.[11] The company claims to be on the market for over 20 years but did not indicated the date it was established.

Important Dates

  • 1999: Nu-Vois LLC introduces the Nu-Vois II.[11]
  • 2000: Nu-Vois LLC introduces Nu-Vois III.[11]

Enhancement/Therapy/Treatment

Electrolarynges are meant to return the ability to communicate by voice for laryngectomy patients.

Ethical & Health Issues

There are no ethical or health issues connected to this particular device.

For more general issues connected with this type of devices, please see the Electrolarynx synopsis.

Public & Media Impact and Presentation

We could locate only one review for Nu-Vois III on the Harris Communication retailer website.[12] A user with the handle mjhjpy writes: "only been using the product for two years but can honestly say much better than the alternative ( thumb over stoma )". No other form of assessment is given.

Public Policy

As of 2016, Nu-Vois LLC is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Registration Number 3029791.[13]

Related Technologies, Projects, or Scientific Research

There are no related projects or research relevant to this device specifically.

For more information about this type of devices, please see the Electrolarynx synopsis.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nu-Vois LLC. Electro-Larynges from Nu-Vois. Nu-Vois LLC [online]. Available online at: http://www.nu-vois.com/ (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nu-Vois LLC. Nu-Vois I and II. Nu-Vois LLC [online]. Available online at: http://www.nu-vois.com/nuvois1and2.php (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  3. http://www.luminaud.com/nu_vois_i
  4. Lauder - The ElectroLarynx Company. Electro-Larynges. Lauder - The ElectroLarynx Company [online]. Available online at: http://www.electrolarynx.com/pages/catalog/ElectroLarynges.html (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  5. Nu-Vois LLC. Nu-Vois III. Nu-Vois LLC [online]. Available online at: http://www.nu-vois.com/nuvois3.php (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  6. Luminaud Inc. Nu-Vois III Digital ElectroLarynx. Luminaud Inc. [online]. Available online at: http://www.luminaud.com/nu_vois_iii (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  7. Advance Health Care Network. NU-VOIS Electronic Speech Prostheses. Advance Healthcare Network [online]. Available online at: http://speech-language-pathology-audiology.advanceweb.com/Article/NU-VOIS-Electronic-Speech-Prostheses.aspx (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  8. Nu-Vois LLC. Nu-Vois Accessories. Nu-Vois LLC [online]. Available online at: http://www.nu-vois.com/accessories.php (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  9. Luminaud Inc. Xtra-Vois. Luminaud Inc. [online]. Available online at: http://www.luminaud.com/xtra_vois (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  10. Bruce Medical Supply. Xtra-Vois™ Speech Aid: a Reliable, High-Quality Alternative to Expensive Kits. Bruce Medical Supply [online]. Available online at: http://www.brucemedical.com/xtravois.html (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Nu-Vois LLC. About Nu-Vois, Inc. Nu-Vois LLC [online]. Available online at:http://www.nu-vois.com/about.php (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  12. Harris Communications, Inc. NuVois III Digital Speech Aid. Harris Communications, Inc. [online]. Available online at: http://www.harriscomm.com/nuvois-digital-speech-aid.html (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).
  13. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Establishment Registration & Device Listing. U.S. Food and Drug Administration [online]. Available online at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRL/rl.cfm?rid=48675 (Retrieved 9th January, 2017).