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Last Updated: Monday September 11 2006 14:00 GMT

Electronic gadget cures stammerer

One in 20 kids develop a stammer

A woman who has had a stammer since she was three has told how an electronic gadget helped her cure the problem.

Heidi King, 25, stopped stammering - when people cannot get their words out properly - after wearing a gadget that fits in her ear and echoes her voice.

Listening to the voice in her ear unblocks Heidi's speech problem and she says she feels like a new person.

About one in 20 kids have a stammer at some point, but 80% of them stop doing it before it gets too bad.

Heidi had tried lots of different things to cure her stammer.

Heidi King
Heidi King

The gadget, which costs more than 5,000, comes from America.

It won't necessarily stop every sufferer from stammering, but it has helped Heidi.


"I don't feel like Heidi because I am not stammering," she said.

"I am listening to a little man in my ear. I am just not struggling as much. It is just so strange to speak without stammering."

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