An electronic voice box, also known as an electrolarynx, is a device that produces sound for people who have lost their voice due to a laryngectomy. A laryngectomy is a surgery to remove the voice box, which is located in the throat. The voice box is responsible for producing sound when we speak. When the voice box is removed, people are unable to speak in the normal way.
There are two main types of electronic voice boxes:
- Throat-contact electrolarynxes are held against the neck and vibrate the skin, which causes the vocal cords to vibrate and produce sound.
- Esophageal speech aids are placed in the mouth and vibrate the esophagus, which causes the vocal cords to vibrate and produce sound.
Electronic voice boxes can be difficult to use at first, but with practice, most people can learn to speak clearly and easily with them. Electronic voice boxes can be a great way for people who have lost their voice to regain their ability to communicate.
Here are some of the benefits of using an electronic voice box:
- They can help people who have lost their voice to regain their ability to communicate.
- They can help people to feel more confident and independent.
- They can help people to return to work or school.
- They can help people to socialize and participate in activities.
If you have lost your voice due to a laryngectomy, talk to your doctor about whether an electronic voice box is right for you.