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Tips for electrolarynx users

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

Using an electrolarynx is not hard, but there is a degree of technique and practice required to make sure people can understand you. There are several adjustments that can be made to achieve the best quality speech.

Keep these points in mind when starting to use your electrolarynx.

  • Disinfect your electrolarynx regularly with a disinfectant wipe.
  • Keep the electrolarynx in a clean place when not in use.
  • Do not let others use or touch your electrolarynx.
  • Keep any accessories and charging equipment in a clean place away from others.
  • If you are using an oral adaptor (‘straw’), wash regularly with warm soapy water and rinse.

1. 'Head' placement

 

If your electrolarynx is not fully pressed against your neck, the sounds is not entirely transmitted into the throat and you’ll start to hear more of a buzzing sound.

Always make sure your electrolarynx is completely touching your neck tissue. Even a beard or stubble can interfere with the contact, so if you have facial hair, it’s best to keep your neck neatly shaved.

2. Proper positioning

 

There will be parts of your neck where the device will work better than other parts. The best placement for your electrolarynx is somewhere the neck tissues are soft and thin. In general, the denser or tougher the tissue is, the more difficult it will be to achieve a nice sound.

3. The 'big mouth' effect

The human ear is designed to listen and understand natural speech. The electrolarynx, however, adds an electronic tone to your voice that might be challenging for some listeners – especially those with poor hearing.

We recommend that you adapt your speaking style when using an electrolarynx. Try to articulate more precisely, speak more slowly and in shorter sentences with natural pauses. Soon it will become a habit and feel more comfortable for you. Just give it some time.

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