Master of Science
Department or Program
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Simpson, Kenneth O
The objective of this research paper is to identify the efficacy of speech rehabilitation options after total laryngectomy by comparing the currently available alaryngeal speaking techniques, with increased focus on tracheoesophageal puncture. It will begin by supplementing readers with information regarding normal anatomy and physiology required for speech production, types of laryngeal cancers, anatomical changes resulting from laryngeal cancers, and treatment options that can be implemented in order to help preserve the ability to speak. Next, there will be descriptions of the current available alaryngeal speaking options for laryngectomized patients. The advantages and disadvantages of these options will be compared and contrasted. Additional emphasis will be placed on tracheoesophageal puncture with supporting research that lends credence to the preferred use of this speech rehabilitation option over others in a higher number of patients following total laryngectomy. In conclusion, an overview pertaining to speech-language pathologist’s (SLPs) roles working with laryngectomized patients will be presented.