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Valves, Speech, Tracheoesophageal

Definition : Speech valves designed for use by patients whose larynx (including the vocal cords) is completely removed (i.e., after laryngectomy) and the trachea and esophagus are separated from each other. These devices typically consist of a one-way valve located in a surgical opening created between the trachea and the esophagus (tracheoesophageal puncture); the valve permits air to pass from the lungs and through the trachea into the esophagus. By occluding the external stoma, the air from the lungs can cause vibrations of the esophageal tissue producing a characteristic voice sound (known as tracheoesophageal speech).

Entry Terms : "Prostheses, Esophageal" , "Tracheoesophageal Speech Valves" , "Laryngectomy Speech Valves" , "Voice Buttons"

UMDC code : 17985

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E Benson Hood Laboratories

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E. Benson Hood Laboratories located at 575 Washington Street, Pembroke MA. 02359 USA, recognizes, and is committed to the necessity for the involvement and the cooperation of all employees in the achievement of the required quality in its product and services, and fully encourages this.Our goal is to manufacture the highest quality products. We validate this commitment through the satisfaction of our customers.

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