Hands-Free Speech


Our October meeting saw a great turnout as we welcomed once again visitors from Severn Healthcare, Paula Barnes and Oliver Davies. They gave an update on the Severn range of prescription items including the latest base-plates.

Much of the time was taken up with the experience of our members of hands-free speech devices. These represent the gold standard in achieving a new voice. They have improved considerably in the past 20 years but some issues remain, including the effects of mucous and coughing on their effectiveness. As always some patients’ anatomy after surgery and things like the pressure reached when using a speech valve can affect their suitability and success.

Perhaps the most important conclusion from the conversation was the need to put in the time and effort needed to learn how to get the best from these hands-free HME devices.