Improved speech, memory, attention span are all things we homeschooling moms hope for as we educate our children. I was excited and curious when I received the opportunity to review Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD. I had never seen a product like this but the whole concept caught my attention.
The first thing we did after taking the bone conduction headset out of the box was to charge it. The charging cord plugged in just like I charge my cell phone, so that was easy. Next, everyone had to try it on – I have some big sci-fi fans in the house and this reminded them of something out of a futuristic television show or movie. They had a lot of fun messing around at the start, but I wanted to get down to business and see how we could use this to improve things like memory, speaking, reading.
The headset sits lightly over the ears. As a person speaks the microphone/filter pick up their voice which is amplified as a sound transmission through bone conduction. Rather than having the ear buds we are all so used to, this headset has little conductors that set on the bone just in front of the ear. The vibration made by the sound of your voice is converted to an electrical pulse which is directed to the brain – so, your voice stimulates your brain.
Your voice creates a loop through the bones of your skull to your brain. That’s my simple explanation – for a better understanding, you can watch this video:
Forbrain can be a helpful tool for both children and adults (ages 4 and up is recommended.) Anyone with attention difficulties, or those who have language and speech issues, or people who want to improve their short-term memory. The concept is that when you wear their headset you speak, your brain receives the impulses through the headset via bone conduction and your brain triggers nerve receptors directly, creating memory paths and allowing you immediate feedback.
Anyone needing help with fluency, attention span, concentration and comprehension could benefit from using Forbrain. This could be a helpful tool in the classroom, speech therapy sessions, occupational therapies, acting class and so much more.
I had a few different goals when we began this review:
I asked the children to wear the headset for at least 15 minutes once a day (not to exceed 20 or 30 minutes twice a day.) Each person has an area or two where they could use some improvement so we set about seeing if we could make a difference.
Forbrain is easy to use, but the hardest thing is to wait for results. While there may be some people who show significant improvements and changes immediately, most of us will need to be committed to be consistent and make comparisons over a longer period of time.
After using this for several weeks, I have seen:
Making a recording (video, audio or both) at the start, then periodically will be the best way to determine how beneficial Forbrain is for you. This is something I wish I would have done. I still might! If you have a beginning or struggling reader I highly recommend this.
My kids’ reactions were:
“It’s a little weird hearing yourself talk at first but then you get used to it.” ” It was fun hearing my own voice.” “It’s a helpful tool for music/singing training. It helps to hear how you sound.” “It was . . . interesting. My voice did not sound like I expected it to. I think it will help memorizing things.”
If you have a child with behavioural struggles, I suspect using this device regularly could be very helpful. Hearing one’s own voice can cause a person to stop and take notice.
I’m intrigued with the idea of using this headset for someone who has an auditory processing disorder or a child with ADD. I think this would be an excellent tool for someone learning English as a second language. See how my fellow Crew Mates are using Forbrain by clicking on the image below:
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