Tracheoesophageal Puncture and Prosthesis for
Post-Laryngectomy Voice Restoration
Learn the fundamentals of
post-laryngectomy voice restoration
that enable laryngectomees
to speak again.
In 1978, Drs. Blom and Singer pioneered the method of tracheoesophageal puncture and valved silicone voice prosthesis that for nearly 40 years, has become the international standard for voice restoration following total laryngectomy.
This 1.5 day clinically-oriented course will focus on all aspects of tracheoesophageal puncture and prosthesis for post-laryngectomy voice restoration.
Course Learning Objectives
1. Pre-operative selection criteria and assessment methods. The learner will describe pre-operative surgical considerations and TE speech assessment methods.
2. Surgical techniques: The learner will describe surgical techniques related to TE puncture.
3. Prosthesis fitting and management: The learner will demonstrate hands-on TE fitting and placement competency – live demonstrations.
4. Approaches to assessing and solving post-operative difficulties: The learner will demonstrate and describe the assessment and management of Post-operative TE complications – subject matter will be thoroughly illustrated.
In order to be eligible for ASHA continuing education credits, the participant will be expected to participate in an assessment of the learning objectives via demonstration or self assessment tool.
All courses are on Friday and Saturday. Attendance is required for full course if continuing education credit is to be awarded; no partial credit will be issued.
Course fee is $195 USD which includes: instruction, materials and breaks. Registration can be completed at
www.inhealth.com/course with non-refundable course fee due at time of registration. If the registered attendee is unable to attend, credit may be applied to future dates, pending availability and if arrangements are in place no less than 10 days before the original course date. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to make arrangements. No refund will be issued if the attendee fails to complete the course either in full or in part. If the course is canceled by the instructor for any reason, the course fee will be refunded or credit toward future courses will be provided.
Note: The course fee is waived for participants traveling from countries other than USA and Canada please contact email@example.com for registration information.
Course registration is limited to 12 participants.
Byron Kubik is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works together with Eric Blom, Ph.D. at CENTA the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Carmel, IN. Byron previously worked for many years at the University of North Carolina specializing in Post-Laryngectomy Voice Restoration.
Financial: Mr. Kubik receives a speakers fee for his participation in this course.
Non-financial: Mr. Kubik has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Eric D. Blom, Ph.D.
Dr. Blom is the co-inventor of the Blom-Singer voice prosthesis that has enabled thousands of people worldwide who have lost their voices because of cancer to have speech restored. As a speech therapist, he has dedicated much of his professional life to the development of voice prostheses and techniques that have made tracheoesophageal voice restoration the preferred method of acquiring speech after laryngectomy. Dr. Blom's personal experience of fitting thousands of patients with voice prostheses has given him the knowledge and skill to enable patients to quickly regain their voices after laryngectomy.
Financial: Eric D. Blom, Ph.D. receives no financial compensation as a consultant
from InHealth Technologies.
Non-financial: Dr. Blom has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Bio: Ken lets little get in the way of life. His total laryngectomy has not stopped him from being a father, grandfather and running his own construction company with his sons. To him, family is what it is all about. He enjoys helping course participants learn voice restoration so that others can benefit in the same ways that he has.
Financial: Mr. Carpenter receives an honorarium for his participation in this program
Non-financial: Mr. Carpenter has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Bio: Marianne embodies the survivor's spirit. Her joy rests in her faith and family. As a teacher she was known for her voice. After her total laryngectomy, Marianne is thrilled to use her new voice to help teach and train professionals in this course.
Financial: Ms. Wright receives an honorarium for her participation in this program
Non-financial: Ms. Wright has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Bio: Melanie had her laryngectomy in 2003. She has been helping with this course for several years.
Financial: Ms. Griggs receives an honorarium for her participation in this program.
Non-financial: Ms. Griggs has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Bio: William thinks of himself as a people helper. He enjoys assisting with the course to reach out to others.
Financial: Mr. Gayle receives an honorarium for his participation in this program
Non-financial: Mr. Gayle has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Course Schedule Day 1 – Friday
Patient Selection Considerations
Management of Pharyngeal Constrictor Muscle Tonicity
Laryngectomy with Primary Voice Restoration
Questions and Discussion
Lunch (on your own)
Voice Prosthesis and Fitting and Management
Tracheostoma Valve Fitting and Management
Troubleshooting: Problems and Solutions
Course Schedule Day 2 – Saturday
Clinical Practice Sessions with Patients
Center for Ears, Nose, Throat and Allergy
12188A N. Meridian Street, Suite 375
Carmel, IN 46032
Tel: (317) 926-1056
Fax: (317) 579-0476
Renaissance Indianapolis North (website)
11925 North Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032
(For discounted room rates, mention Freudenberg Medical )
Course fee is $195 which includes: instruction, materials and breaks. Course fee due at time of registration and non-refundable. If the registered attendee is unable to attend, credit may be applied to future dates, pending availability and if arrangements are in place no less than 10 days before the original course date (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to make arrangements). No refund will be issued if the attendee fails to complete the course either full or in part. If the course is canceled by the instructor for any reason the course fee will be refunded or credit toward future courses will be provided.
Please click on the appropriate link to begin the registration process:
This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory, Professional Area)