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Esophageal Speech Samples
Click on the Links below to hear samples of esophageal speech:
(*Sample provided courtesy of Dr. Philip C. Doyle, Voice Production and Perception Laboratory, University of Western Ontario)
Esophageal Speech - probably the most difficult to master. You will need a speech therapist to help you learn how to force air into to the top of your esophagus and expel it out again through your mouth. This air movement will vibrate the walls of the esophagus and create the "sound" of your voice. There are advantages to this method of speech - you are not battery-dependent and both of your hands are free for other things.
(Permission to re-print provided by InHealth Technologies, Carpinteria, CA.)
A. Tongue press to inject air into esophagus.
B. Air enters esophagus.
C. Air released from esophagus to produce sound.
D. Sound shaped into speech.
E. Location of tissue vibration for sound.
TRICKS TO ESOPHAGEAL SPEECH
I will provide my comments regarding the tricks to esophageal speech and I am sure the others will have comments as well. After five months if your husband is getting whispers then he is on his way to speaking again. After my operation, I would say it took me a good eight months or more to produce sound loud enough to be heard by more than one. The secret is practice and more practice and you must relax to speak. After several months the muscles in the throat become strong and the whisper turns to sounds that you will clearly understand. The use of the tongue and lips to trap air is important, you must insure that you have enough air to speak multiple words. Relax while pumping in the air and forcing it back out. Trying too hard to speak will make it more difficult, whereas relaxing is the key, along with using the tongue and lips to trap the air. Frustrations and getting upset with yourself while learning is normal so please tell your husband not to get upset with that. When it happens just quit and relax before starting again. (Bob Hoover)
EDMUND LAUDER AUDIO ON ESOPHAGEAL SPEECH
The following is a link to the audio that was created by Edmund Lauder and is available on the WebWhispers youtube site. http://youtu.be/rtRetlucFeA
Edmund was a laryngectomee, a speech pathologist, and the author publisher of the book "Self Help for the Laryngectomee". This tape was produced to help laryngectomees produce esophageal speech. It is a vocal extension of his book, which is available from Jim Lauder’s business, Lauder Enterprises. Information on Lauder Enterprises is located in our Supplier’s section.
recent video of new esophageal speaker
Dave Aitchison has been working on learning ES and just sent this video of his highly successful studies. Congratulations, Dave.
"I put together a short video of me in my role as park greeter at the mobile park in South Texas where we spend our winters. This year the park greeter didn't come back so I offered to help. Ended up doing whole thing - I meet all new arrivals and tell them what is going on in area and then stand up at our weekly social and introduce them.I am hoping that others may see it and try ES. I have had good success with ES and like the trouble free part. We are Canadians and could not afford help in Texas if I were using a TEP. I am hopeful that people that are going to have a laryngectomy would see video and consider ES as a speech option. I appreciate it is not for everyone but it certainly has worked out well for me."
READING AND LEARNING
General Index of "Whispers on the Web"
Our VoicePoints column is written by and for SLPs as well as Laryngectomees. Many are relating to ES. Here are two excellent ones no matter what speech choice you have made.
VoicePoints: Are Your Voice And Speech "Fit"? (Part 1 of 2)
VoicePoints: Are Your Voice And Speech "Fit"? (Part 2 of 2)
Elizabeth Finchem wrote many columns relating to ES called "Strictly Speaking" from Aug 2006 through 2010. Check the General Index above to see topics each month.
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