One AAC solution, one SLP evaluation, and one funding application
How It Works
The NeuroNode is attached to the patient using an adhesive electrode or non-adhesive electrode and NeuroNode band. The patient can set NeuroNode to activate in one of two modes, EMG or Spatial.
Once a mode is determined, the clinician utilizes the NeuroNode Controller Application to ensure the patient can made a switch. The application provides visual and verbal feedback as well as real time graphing of the clients signaling ability – making calibration and customization a quick and simple process.
NeuroNode amplifies and interprets the clients signal, then sends it to the clients Control Bionics communication device.
Control Bionics Communication Device
On the communication device, this switch is translated into a mouse click to manipulate the clients communication and control software. This can allow the patient to operate a keyboard appropriate to their needs – from something very simple, like a list of a few words, to a full alphanumeric keyboard with predictive text for speaking and writing in fluent, complete thoughts.
The mouse controls can provide full access to all of the computer’s features for web browsing, sending email, etc.
EMG (electromyography) is the measurement of electrical activity associated with the activation of a muscle group as detected by non-invasive electrodes on the surface of the skin.
While the NeuroNode’s use of EMG for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) a technological breakthrough, EMG has been used in clinical and research settings for decades. We have spent 10 years advancing the EMG technology inside the NeuroNode specifically for people living with severe motor impairments.
For more information, download the Article: Methods of EMG Switching
Spatial mode allows the device to track its location in space and create a switch based on that location.
In the alternative Spatial mode, the NeuroNode is placed on some part of the body registering voluntary movement – no matter how big or small the movement is. This movement is captured instantaneously by the NeuroNode and presented to the client and clinician in the NeuroNode Controller Application.
GOOD CANDIDATES OFTEN FIT ONE OF THESE PROFILES
Starting early is not a requirement! While we encourage early adoption, our communication systems also offer solutions for clients with severe paralysis and locked-in syndrome. Our powerful combination of access methods + commitment to our clients means no one should be left in silence.
A person with
a degenerative disease, such as ALS/MND or SMA.
This person might start using a Control Bionics Communication Device in the early stages of their illness. As the disease progresses, they will not have to learn a new device, communication program, or method of access.
A person with
a spinal cord injury (SCI), cerebral palsy (CP), or partial paralysis.
Whether or not this person needs the help of the NeuroNode to speak, they will find the NeuroNode an extremely simple, effective way to use a computer and environmental controls.
A person who
has severe or profound communication needs or is on a ventilator, regardless of whether they are paralyzed.
Using the NeuroNode becomes second nature – patients tell us that they feel like they actually become the switch, making it an extremely fast, efficient way to speak using a computer. For those suffering from extreme fatigue, the NeuroNode is much less tiring than an eye, press, or puff switch.
Ready for an Assessment?
As we’ve globally transitioned and increased our comfort level with telepresence communication, we offer in-person and remote assessments alongside our industry-leading customer support.
Our highest priority continues to be the health & well-being of our clients alongside their caregivers and clinicians.
Select Your Equipment
Control Bionics is able to provide our communication systems for remote or in-person assessment and trial. These trials may include mounting equipment if requested or required.
Set a Date
Once the trial device has been selected, we will work with you and your client to select an available timeframe for the trial. After a date has been selected we will get to work customizing and shipping your equipment! In the meantime, our team will work to coordinate the assessment with the client and clinician.
During the assessment, our team will assist in setting up the system, either in-person or with remote support software.
The remote support software will allow our team to work with you face-to-face throughout your trial while also providing support with any editing, adjusting, or troubleshooting.
Find Out More
We have a continuously expanding team of consultants. Let us know where you’re located and how to contact you and one of our team members will reach out shortly!