Abstract

Plan A of this study was completed. Plan B of the study is the subject for future research. A review of the laryngectomy literature, from the earliest mention of the laryngectomy surgical procedure to the present was conducted; with specific emphasis upon factors pertinent to laryngectomee rehabilitation and esophageal speech development. Psychological, idiosyncratic, social, therapeutic and physiological factors were reported as affecting esophageal voice development. There were a great diversity of variables that might be predictive in judging acquisition of esophageal voice. However, much of the information regarding predictive variables was based on subjective reports, poorly controlled statistical research, or insignificant correlations. A Preliminary Esophageal Voice Checklist was developed to provide a systematic survey of variables frequently reported in the literature as affecting esophageal voice development. A proposal for experimental study, Plan B, was made for development of a pre-intervention assessment tool. Such a tool would allow the clinician to judge a laryngectomee's potential for esophageal development or an alternate form of communication.

[Keywords: Alaryngeal speech; Esophageal speech or voice; Esophagus; Laryngectomee; Laryngectomy; Larynx]

LLU Discipline

Speech Pathology

Department

Speech-Language Pathology

School

Graduate School

First Advisor

Melvin Cohen

Second Advisor

Grenith Zimmerman

Third Advisor

Jack Hartley

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Level

M.S.

Year Degree Awarded

1980

Date (Title Page)

6-1980

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Laryngectomy; Speech, Alaryngeal

Subject - Local

Loma Linda University. Speech-Language Pathology program -- dissertations.

Type

Thesis

Page Count

v; 117

Digital Format

PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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