Singing With an Artificial Larynx

Here, Dr. Brian Shute, Speech-Language Pathologist, demonstrates to the Seattle Laryngectomee Club how to sing with a TruTone artificial larynx. This modified rendition of Old MacDonald demonstrates upward and downward pitch variations using the device. This circa 1997 video was transferred from VHS. Take me to the YouTube video.

Stuttering and Delayed Auditory Feedback

This is an 18 year-old man demonstrating delayed auditory feedback (DAF) using a small, inexpensive pocket sized device. While DAF does not completely eliminate stuttering behaviors, it often reduces both primary and secondary characteristics of the disorder. There may be subpopulations who respond more favorably to DAF. Results are variable with the majority of individuals benefiting at some level from the DAF condition. The individual in this video had developed a longstanding behavior of foot stomping during blocks. Since the initiation of DAF, the stomping behavior has completely stopped and has not returned in subsequent months. His speech has also improved based on patient feedback, listener observations, and quantitative data.
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Example of intonation using a TruTone Artificial Larynx

This video is an example of scaled intonation as opposed to two-step inflection. Here, laryngectomee Bo Mayo demonstrates Mary Had A Little Lamb using a TruTone artificial larynx. Dynamic intonation is controlled by a pressure sensitive button on the side of the device. By using small movements with his thumb, Bo controls the pitch on a variable level. Can you pick out specific words that have upward or downward intonation? Although the production is robotic, Bo’s voice more closely approximates organic qualities when compared to other devices. Also note the functional volume in an outdoors setting.
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