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Voice Amplifier

Tools to make your voice louder

What does it do?

Amplifiers help people hear what you are saying. They are usually made up of two parts: a microphone and a speaker. These may be handheld or wearable devices.  A voice amplifier can be helpful if your disability makes it hard to project your voice loudly. Using this type of device might reduce fatigue and strain on your vocal cords.

What kinds of voice amplifiers are there?

Wearable Voice Amplifiers

Wearable amplifiers are made up of two parts: a microphone and a speaker. The microphone might be clipped to your clothing or worn as a headset. The speaker is worn around the neck or clipped to your belt. They are available from companies like VoiceAid, Zygo and Chattervox.

In Line Telephone Amplifiers

This device is to make your voice louder over the phone. It connects between the receiver and the base of a landline telephone. For more telephone amplification options, see the article about telephone equipment.

Related Apps

You can use an app to make your smart phone’s microphone send your voice to an external speaker, such as a Bluetooth speaker.


Woman wearing a headset microphone with a speaker on her belt.

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

voice amplifier, speech amplifier, personal PA system

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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Caitlin McKenney

Caitlin is an assistive technology specialist with experience working with students who have multiple disabilities and complex access needs. She runs TechOWL's used equipment and emergency preparedness programs. Caitlin enjoys learning about new tools and helping you make your technology work for you!

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