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However, NEJM reported on the use of an electrolarynx to allow intubated patients to "talk". Electrolarynx is traditionally used by patients who have had their voicebox removed due to cancer (laryngectomy). Held similarly to a razor, a patient is able to talk by mouthing words while pressing the electrolarynx against the neck The electrolarynx produces vibrations within the throat that allows for speech sounds. See video below to see how it works.
article, speech by intubated patients occurred after only 2 minutes of instruction. Optimal placement of the electrolarynx was between the upper trachea and the sternocleidomastoid muscle. A video is shown in the article webpage demonstrating a patient who is intubated talking using an electrolarynx.
Electrolarynx can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Speech in an Orally Intubated Patient. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:1172-1173March 20, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1313379