The voice banking process

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an important clinical intervention for many people with motor neurone disease (MND). Some people with MND may want to bank their voice for future use within high-tech AAC systems.

This information is for health and social care professionals. It gives an overview of what the voice banking process involves.

The voice banking process

Depending on the service provider, the process will vary slightly, but follows a similar pattern:

  1. The person with MND registers with their preferred service provider and pays any required fees.
  2. An initial calibration test will take place to establish whether the recording environment and microphone are suitable. This is straightforward to do and no technical knowledge or skill is required.
  3. The person with MND can change settings such as the language, if this is available.
  4. An initial set of screening phrases are recorded and then automatically sent to the service provider for analysis.
  5. If the recordings are deemed to be suitable, the person with MND will be notified that they can continue to record the remaining phrases. It may take more than one attempt to get the optimum sound when recording the screening sentences, so the person should not be discouraged if the first attempt is unsuccessful.

Find out more

If you would like more information about AAC, please contact our Communication Aids Coordinator or our MND Connect helpline.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262