Oesophageal voice training
What is oesophageal voice?
Oesophageal voice is an alternative communication technique used by individuals who have had an operation involving the total removal of the larynx (laryngectomy).
Once the larynx has been removed an individual will not be able to use normal speech in order to communicate.
The oesophageal voice technique is used by swallowing air in and using the air expulsion to cause vibrations in the hypopharynx (bottom part of the pharynx).
The main aim of speech and language therapy for individuals using the oesophageal voice technique is to train the individual in using the technique as effectively as possible. By training the individual to use oesophageal voice it can help to maximise the individual's functional communication (communication used in everyday situations).
Learning to use oesophageal voice is not easy and the speech and language therapist will support the individual and their parent or carer in training.
With appropriate training and use, oesophageal voice can be used effectively in order to communicate.
What conditions or problems can oesophageal voice training help with?
Oesophageal voice is a technique used when an individual has had an operation to remove the larynx. The main reason for a total removal of the larynx would be because of laryngeal cancer (cancer of the larynx).
The oesophageal voice technique can help with the following problems:
What are the benefits of oesophageal voice training?
There are many benefits of oesophageal voice training. The main benefit is being able to communicate effectively with others. Other benefits include:
- Communication benefits
- Functional benefits
- Social benefits
- Improved quality of life
- Emotional benefits
Similar treatment or services that could help
Other speech and language therapy treatments which help individuals who have had a total laryngectomy include:
How can I arrange a speech and language therapy assessment?
To arrange an assessment with one of our speech and language therapists please contact us on 0330 0885 643.
Oesophageal voice is a technique used to communicate as an alternative to speech following the removal of the larynx. The speech and language therapist will train an individual in using oesophageal voice following an operation to remove the larynx. If you feel you may benefit from speech and language therapy then please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 0330 0885 643.
Advice and support
The speech and language therapist will give advice and support to the patient and their parents / carers on many aspects their treatment plan. The speech and language therapist may also work closely with other professionals involved in the patient's care to ensure the patient receives the best possible service.
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