Esophageal Speech Training System in a Laryngectomy Patient Association in Japan

This paper highlights the challenges faced by patients who undergo total laryngectomy or total pharyngo-laryngo-esophagectomy, resulting in the loss of vocal cords and significant impacts on social and occupational life. It underscores the importance of the early acquisition of substitute speech for preserving the quality of life post-surgery. Specifically, the paper focuses on the growing adoption of oesophagal speech in Japan, advocating for a better training system, offering techniques, and discussing associated challenges.

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