How It Works

The Tongueometer can be used to measure and increase tongue strength and endurance by patients with dysphagia under the guidance of their healthcare professional.

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Assessment & Treatment

The Tongueometer application features two assessment modules designed to measure maximum tongue strength and endurance. These assessment modules can help determine appropriate settings for the exercise modules. The application also features two exercise modules designed to increase tongue strength and endurance.

Measuring Maxiumum Strength

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The Tongueometer maximum strength module assesses the maximum pressure that the user can produce by pressing an air-filled bulb against the roof of the mouth with the tongue. Using the Tongueometer™ app, the maximum pressure is clearly displayed on the user’s smartphone or tablet. The maximum strength is measured in pressure units called kilopascals (kPa).

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Measuring Maximum Endurance

The Tongueometer measures maximum tongue endurance by assessing the length of time that a user can maintain a tongue pressure within a set pressure range of his or her maximum pressure (typically 60-80% of his or her maximum strength). The Tongueometer™ app clearly displays and records the length of time, measured in seconds, that a user maintains pressure within the set range.

Repetitive Strength Exercise

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The Tongueometer application features a tongue strengthening exercise designed to increase a user’s tongue strength. Using the principles of exercise science, the user will determine the target pressure range for completing exercises based on his or her maximum tongue strength. The range is typically set at 60-80% of the user’s maximum pressure, however it is recommended to consult with your healthcare professional to determine the best settings for you.

The Tongueometer app will display a meter with the highlighted target range, count the number of successful repetitions, display the pressure reading in real-time, provide biofeedback throughout the exercise, and store data for each practice session.

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Isometric Endurance Exercise

The Tongueometer features an isometric endurance exercise designed to increase a user’s tongue endurance. The user will determine the targeted length of time to hold the air-filled bulb against the roof of the mouth with the tongue within a set pressure range, under the guidance of the user’s healthcare professional.

The Tongueometer app will display a meter with the highlighted target range and an easily-modified timer, count the number of successful repetitions, provide biofeedback, and record data for each practice session.

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