Hear Myself Sound Phone

Photo of a child talking into  The Hear Myself Phone. It is red molded plastic shaped like an elongated U, roughly approximating the shape of a telephone handset.

Here’s a simple battery-free toy phone. The Hear Myself Sound Phone by Lakeshore Learning is hollow molded plastic. Your kid talks in one end and hears himself out the other.

This class of phone is often sold by retailers who specialize in special needs toys. It helps kids who have speech issues to better hear what their voice sounds like so they can work on pronunciation, volume and such.

Is it appropriate for a toddler who has no speech or hearing issues? I don’t know. It might be like talking into a paper towel tube, amplifying the voice and thus conditioning the child to speak softly. Maybe good for a screamer, maybe not for a kid who is already on the quiet side. Still, it strikes me as a bit more engaging than a regular non-electronic toy phone. It’s 6.75" long, which may be a factor in whether it "fits" for your child’s current size.

Direct product links on Lakeshore’s website expire, so to find the phone, start at the front page and search for "phone."

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5 Responses to “Hear Myself Sound Phone”

  1. STL Mom says:

    My daughter’s math teacher uses these in her class sometimes. I think the kids use them to whisper their answers to themselves without the class getting loud.
    The teacher made them herself with three pieces of PVC piping – two 90 degree bend pieces and one short, straight piece in between. If you make your own, you can make whatever size you want. A REALLY long one could be fun for whispering to other people from room to room…

    March 14th, 2008 at 5:03 am

  2. Christy says:

    We used the DIY version when I was a little kid in children’s choir. They were GREAT for getting the off pitch kids to hear exactly what notes they were singing.

    Plus, they’re just super fun to use!

    March 14th, 2008 at 7:13 am

  3. Erica says:

    Looks kind of fun, and somewhat useful, but maybe a little bit sad to me. Don’t get all mad at me, y’all, if it’s been great for your kid, but I’d be a little sad to watch my daughter constantly talk to herself rather than pretend to talk to her grandparents or someone else. I suppose it might be entertaining to hear yourself talk for a couple minutes, though. I guess that means I’m iffy about it for the average kid…

    March 14th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

  4. Ticia says:

    They’re great for when your kid is learning to read because they can read the book to themselves and hear it better. There’s a multitude of uses for it in the regular classroom, not just the special needs classes.

    March 15th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

  5. Colleen says:

    This has been an extremely helpful tool for our speech issues. The voice comes back to the ear so clear to help work on particular sounds.

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:49 am

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