Speaking with an electrolarynx

An electrolarynx device is one of three different methods for voice rehabilitation following laryngectomy. Many people rely on an electrolarynx as a backup speaking method in those situations where speaking with a voice prosthesis is not possible, while others use it as the only method to speak.

It should be noted that the voice produced with the electrolarynx has a somewhat “robotic” sound, which can be modulated to some extent.

What is an electrolarynx?

An electrolarynx is a handheld external device that has a vibrating head that you press against your neck or face to vocalize.

It produces a different kind of voice, but with the right training and remembering a few important guidelines, you will find a way to make it work for you.

How does an electrolarynx work?

The vibrating sound created by the electrolarynx is then shaped by the tongue and lips and converted into understandable speech.

Advantages of using electrolarynx

  • Non-surgical method
  • Relatively quick and easy to learn

Challenges of using electrolarynx:

  • Charging required to use the device
  • Hand-held for speech
  • Training and practice required

Tips for electrolarynx users

The electrolarynx produces a different sort of voice, but with practice and remembering a few important rules, you find a way to make it work for you.

This video will give you an idea of what it sounds like when you speak with an electrolarynx.

Tore's Voice - Electrolarynx speech


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