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FAQs - FORBRAIN®

Forbrain FAQ

Can I use Forbrain as a complement to conventional therapy?

Of course. Forbrain operates autonomously and can be used between sessions to reinforce the work you do with a therapist. In other words, Forbrain doesn’t replace the therapy, it complements it. The therapy is usually a long term approach; Forbrain optimizes the work done during therapy.

How should I position the Forbrain's headset?

A step-by-step user manual is supplied with the headset. Turn the headphones on and place the hoop behind your head. Then, position the bone conduction membranes in front of the ears (in contact with your check bones). Make sure your ears are unobstructed and can perceive sound. Finally, place the microphone 1.2 inches (3 cm) in front of the mouth. Now speak, recite, make a speech, sing, hum – the first time using Forbrain is always amazing!

Are there any contraindications?

Forbrain is a painless and noninvasive sensory stimulation apparatus. Like any stimulation, Forbrain can excite and tire the user during the sessions. Forbrain is not suitable for:

  • Children under 3 years
  • For people with Parkinson's disease
  • People with hearing loss in both ears of 80%
  • People carrying a Cochlear Implant
  • People with epilepsy (except on advice of a specialist)

Can I use Forbrain for a child that cannot speak?

Yes, if the child is 3 years old or older and if (s)he can make sounds. The acquisition of speech implies a cognitive process of self-correction. Forbrain can facilitate this work by helping the child to better perceive his/her own voice. In cases of speech delay, Forbrain must be used as a complementary tool to adequate coaching by a professional. 

Can I use Forbrain in the case of hearing loss?

Yes, unless the hearing loss is greater than 80% on both ears or in the case 

Can I use Forbain on a person with hypo or hyper-sensitive hearing?

Yes, but adjust the microphone volume so the use of Forbrain remains pleasant to the person. If too much discomfort is experienced, the use of Forbrain should be stopped immediately.

Is it normal to have the feeling that the devise is off and on continuously?

Yes, it is the principle of the Dynamic Filter that activates and allows the passage of certain sounds of your voice. Depending on your sensitivity, you may have the impression that the device suddenly switches off and on again.

Is the headset adjustable?

No, but it is designed to fit small as well as large heads. It is important that the headphones are pressed right in front of the ears and the microphone is properly positioned before the mouth. As long as you are not doing strenuous activity with the headset on your head, you can comfortably use the headset a few minutes a day.

Is Forbrain a connected devise?

No. Well, Forbrain is "connected" to "your voice" and "your brain." Otherwise, it operates wirelessly and autonomously.

Is Forbrain useful if I don't have any auditory issues?

Good question! Listening is the processing of sound information by your ear and your brain. We say that it is a "passive" cognitive faculty. While improving your faculty via passive treatment, you are also engaged in an active phase through speech. You issue a sound, perceive your voice differently, and adjust your voice according to the perception. This is the same principle found in the audio-vocal loop that goes beyond the passive part of hearing. It explains why Forbrain can be used in a wide array of applications such as Attention, Speech, Reading and Memory.

How should I position the headset?

A step-by-step user manual is supplied with the headset. Turn the headphones on and place the hoop behind your head. Then, position the bone conduction membranes in front of the ears (in contact with your check bones). Make sure your ears are unobstructed and can perceive sound. Finally, place the microphone 1.2 inches (3 cm) in front of the mouth. Now speak, recite, make a speech, sing, hum – the first time using Forbrain is always amazing!

Do you provide exercises with Forbrain?

We provide advice on exercises and how to properly sit down to optimize the use of the headset. This can be found in the step-by-step user manual is supplied with the headset. However, we do not provide materials such as written exercises because use needs to be based on your individual difficulty and demographic (sex, age, etc.).