Voicing Problems of Tracheoesophageal Speakers The development of the voice prosthesis (Singer & Blom, 1980) has provided the patient with total laryngectomy a method of voice restoration that is an alternative to using an electolarynx or esophageal speech. This successful method of voice restoration provides fluent, intelligible, and functional speech. Although the success rate ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2006
Voicing Problems of Tracheoesophageal Speakers
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  • Bernice K. Klaben
    The Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation Dayton, OH
    University of Cincinnati Voice Center Cincinnati, OH
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2006
Voicing Problems of Tracheoesophageal Speakers
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2006, Vol. 16, 32-34. doi:10.1044/vvd16.2.32
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2006, Vol. 16, 32-34. doi:10.1044/vvd16.2.32
The development of the voice prosthesis (Singer & Blom, 1980) has provided the patient with total laryngectomy a method of voice restoration that is an alternative to using an electolarynx or esophageal speech. This successful method of voice restoration provides fluent, intelligible, and functional speech. Although the success rate of achieving voicing has been reported up to 90% on the first day of fitting a voice prosthesis (Lavertu et al., 1996) following a secondary tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP), some patients may have difficulty acquiring tracheoesophageal speech. Aphonia or dysphonia can be immediate or delayed. A trained clinician can quickly identify tracheoesophageal voice problems that may be the result of the prosthesis or a puncture tract problem. These problems can be resolved and may be associated with
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