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Choosing Electrolarynx

Laryngectomy and Electrolarynx guide – Choosing The Right Electrlarynx

by Benjamin Holden
Choosing the right electrolarynx could be a hard task. There are different brands and models with different looks and feels to them. Your speech therapist will most likely give you several to try and choose from, however, in order to make this critical choice, you need to take several things into consideration before buying one: 1. Sound reproduction:  different speech aid devices produce different types of sound. Is important to consider this because the ones that you think sound the best may not be the correct for you. In the process of learning to use it, you will find that […]
Electrolarynx Saline Use

Laryngectomy and Electrolarynx guide – Using Saline

by Benjamin Holden
Humidification is an essential element to consider when protecting the stoma while the airway becomes well healed and gets used to breathing dry air. For this, using a saline spray is one of the best things to keep the stoma moist and healthy.  Spraying 1 to 3 times into the stoma, once every 2 to 3 hours, is sufficient to keep the airway clean and moist. Besides a doctor, only the patients can tell if their secretions are easy to cough out and feel if their airways are clean, pink, and glistening. Laryngectomy patients cannot naturally moisturize the breathing air, […]
Electrolarynx Humidity

Laryngectomy and Electrolarynx guide – Humidity And You

by Benjamin Holden
Usually, the air that enters into the airways passes through the nose and mouth before arriving at the lungs. This process allows the inspired air to become filtered and humidified, providing the lungs a worm and moisturized breathing air. Inspired air is taken from the relative humidity of the ambient air and moisturized up to 100% by the time it reaches the gas exchange units in the lungs, called alveoli. At the same time, harmful particles are removed by the mucus blanket, which coats the lining of the nose and throat. On the other hand, in laryngectomy patients who have […]
Electrolarynx Stome Care

Laryngectomy and Electrolarynx guide – Stoma Care

by Benjamin Holden
Basic Stoma Care Patients who are submitted to a complete larynx removal (laryngectomy) will have a surgically formed hole in the front region of their neck to help them breathe normally. This is called a stoma and is very important for the patients to be advised by a doctor or a nurse on how to correctly take care of it, due to its high risk of infection and breathing problems. Observation of the area around the stoma and inside the wall of the trachea needs to be done in the search for mucus and crusts that may have formed throughout […]
Electrolarynx Laryngectomy Depression

Laryngectomy and Electrolarynx guide – Overcoming Depression

by Benjamin Holden
Patients with head and neck cancer, which then may lead to laryngectomy procedures, are more susceptible to develop psychological distress like depression. Being in a bad mood is common and tends to extend beyond the treatment period. These individuals reactions to their illness and treatment vary widely according to some of their health beliefs, information needs, self-care behavior, personality characteristics, fears of recurrence, quality of life, coping, and available social support. Individuals diagnosed with cancer that can lead to serious complications experience different feelings and symptoms, which can affect their day-to-day life. Some of these include: •    Anger. •    Fear, […]