Oct 01, 2012 - 2:01 pm
I was privileged to attend the PNWLC held at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). Over the next couple of days I will be relating some of the insights gained:
The biggest insight was the extremely proficient use of the electro larynx by many of the patients. The speech was loud and clear. Up to this point, I thought that the devices only produced hard to understand speech. I was clearly wrong.
There were about 20 patients, and they were divided between users of the electro larynx and the TEP prosthesis. I was the only patient who attempted esophageal speech. My TEP prosthesis was also working, and I divided my own speech between esophageal and TEP.
However, the patients who used the electro larynx had the best voice for medium to big rooms. The electro larynx was better than even my speech therapist, who has excellent esophageal speech. I can't tell you how surprised I was.
I will add more tid-bits about the conference in separate posts. Rick.