Has Esophageal Speech Returned as an Increasingly Viable Postlaryngectomy Voice and Speech Rehabilitation Option? Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR Doyle, P. C., Damrose, E. J. 2022: 1-10


The literature on postlaryngectomy voice and speech rehabilitation is long-standing. Although multiple rehabilitation options have existed over the years, the acquisition and use of esophageal speech (ES) has decreased significantly over the past 40 years. This reduction coincides with the increased application of tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) voice restoration. The literature suggests that voice acquisition failures observed secondary to TEP may represent a similar phenomenon that led to ES acquisition failures.A comprehensive review of the literature on ES and TEP voice/speech was conducted. Specific attention was directed toward information on ES and TEP speech failures. Information on pharyngoesophageal segment (PES) spasm in the context of ES and TEP voicing failures was of specific importance.Similarities between voicing failures with both ES and TEP were identified. In order to resolve spasm in TEP speech, proactive efforts to eliminate it were undertaken, and regardless of the method used, voicing improvements were observed. These data suggest that both ES and TEP speech acquisition failures may be related to the same control mechanisms influencing the PES.The elimination of PES spasm provides evidence that justifies the reconsideration of ES. Consequently, ES may return as an increasingly viable postlaryngectomy voice and speech rehabilitation option.

View details for DOI 10.1044/2022_JSLHR-22-00356

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