Speaking aid

Project  / Project number: 4/06-1 2007  /  Status:

The challenge

Speaking aidSome 12 years ago, the client had a laryngetomy operation. She has also developed severe arthritis. The action required to cover the stoma in her throat with one finger is causing painful RSI.

A ‘finger’ was made from Perspex rod. The end was hinged and covered with a soft rubber compound to give a positive but gentle contact with the stoma and the delicate area around it.

The client has adapted quickly to using the new ‘finger’. This eases the pain in her own fingers but still enables her to talk easily. Her speech therapist has expressed an interest in its possible use by other of her clients.