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Who’s It For?

The Tongueometer is designed for those with reduced tongue strength and endurance. It may be appropriate for patients with the following conditions. Always consult with your healthcare provider before initiating any type of treatment.

  • Head/Neck cancer
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegenerative disease (Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, dementia)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Aging-related tongue weakness

This device may be used under the guidance of the following specialists:

  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Otolaryngologists (ENT)
  • Dentists
  • Orthodontists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Researchers

How Do I Set Up My Device?

 

Download Our User Manual

Or watch quick guide setup video: 

Video Tutorials

We want to make using this device as simple as possible. Watch our video tutorials to learn how to download the app, set up the device, and use the exercise modules:  https://e2scientific.com/video-tutorials/

Tongueometer Performance Dashboard

The Tongueometer Performance Dashboard is a free downloadable Excel template used to graphically display a patient’s exercise and assessment results over time. This Excel template has three tabs:

  • A graphical display of the Tongueometer’s device usage (i.e., the Dashboard)
  • Data input tab (where the CSV file of raw usage data is copied)
  • A brief set of instructions for using the template.

Download the Dashboard: Tongueometer Dashboard Template

*Please note that the Dashboard works only on PCs. 

Why Is Measuring Tongue Strength Important?

Measuring one's tongue strength can help healthcare professionals determine whether weakness may be related to one’s swallowing disorder.

Measuring one's tongue strength can help healthcare professionals determine the most appropriate plan of care and treatment program.

Objectively measuring and documenting progress can support treatment justification. 

What Is Normal Tongue Strength?

While it is recommended that you work closely with your healthcare professional to determine if the Tongueometer is right for you, E2 Scientific offers the following guidelines for evaluating tongue strength. 

In healthy adults, maximum tongue strength falls in the range of 40-80 kPa, with an average of about 63 kPa. Tongue strength in older adults is somewhat lower than younger adults, averaging around 56 kPa.

There is considerable variability in tongue strength in healthy adults. The majority of adults have maximum tongue strength greater than 34 kPa.

Some evidence shows that increasing maximum tongue strength using a tongue exercise program such as the Tongueometer is associated with improved swallowing, however more research to document the efficacy of tongue exercise is needed.

Can the Tongueometer Be Used To Assess And Exercise Lip Strength And Endurance?

Yes! Reduced lip strength and endurance can contribute to difficulty with eating, drinking, and speaking.

To measure and exercise lip strength and endurance, the user will place the air-filled bulb inside the corner of the mouth, between the cheek and the teeth. This placement will allow one to exercise the orbicularis oris, a group of muscles that surrounds the lips. 

Why Is The Tongueometer So Affordable?

E2 Scientific's mission is to provide accessible and affordable treatment options for those with swallowing disorders. We know first-hand the devastating effects dysphagia can have on one's physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

People with dysphagia are facing enough challenges. Access to affordable treatment should not be one of them. We strongly believe that cost should not be a barrier to treatment. 

At E2 Scientific, we have designed a high quality product by leveraging the power and affordability of Android phones/tablets with the hope that all those who could benefit have access to dysphagia treatment. 

What Does The Research Say About Tongue Strengthening?

Some evidence shows that increasing maximum tongue strength using a tongue exercise program such as the Tongueometer is associated with improved swallowing, however more research to document the efficacy of tongue exercise is needed.

Below are publications of studies examining tongue strength in healthy subjects as well as in populations with swallowing deficits.

Will The Tongueometer Work With Apple (iOS) Phones/Tablets?

The current Tongueometer device works with most Android devices; it will not work with Apple (iOS) devices.

A Bluetooth version of the Tongueometer that works with both Apple and Android devices is under development. A timeframe for the introduction of this device version has not been established.

Our intention was to release a device that worked with both Apple and Android devices, however stricter technical protocols on the types of devices that can communicate with Apple products eliminated this option with our initial product design. Stay tuned! 

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