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Development of a wearable electro-larynx for laryngectomees and its evaluation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18003196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An electro-larynx is one of speech-substitute devices for patients who have lost laryngeal function. Unfortunately, the voices produced by a conventional electro-larynx are completely flat, unlike a human voice. In order to improve it, we developed a pitch-controlled electro-larynx that allows patients to control a voice intonation using their exhalation. The pitch-controlled electro-larynx has been manufactured in Japan and about 3500 patients have used the device since 1998. However, most patients have strongly requested a further advanced electro-larynx so that they can use it without their hands occupied. We designed a wearable electro-larynx so that it contributes to increase their quality of life. The new electro-larynx can be attached to the patient's neck using a thermo-plastic brace on which a thin-vibrator can be mounted. In this report, we mentioned how to design the wearable electro-larynx and the new electro-larynx was evaluated from a view-point of its sound quality and the usability. Although our wearable electro-larynx has not yet been equipped with the pitch-control function, it was ascertained that it works well while the users are moving their head in the various direction.
Mitsuo Hashiba; Yasunori Sugai; Takashi Izumi; Shuichi Ino; Tohru Ifukube
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference     Volume:  2007     ISSN:  1557-170X     ISO Abbreviation:  Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-16     Completed Date:  2008-03-28     Revised Date:  2014-08-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101243413     Medline TA:  Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5267-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure Analysis
Laryngectomy / rehabilitation*
Larynx, Artificial*
Speech, Alaryngeal / instrumentation*,  methods*
Treatment Outcome

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