Learning to use an electrolarynx can be a challenge. To help, the clinical specialist team at InHealth Technologies offers the following helpful "Do and Don't" tips for using an electrolarynx successfully.
make sure that the electrolarynx head is in full contact with your skin. If it isn't, you may hear an unpleasant buzzing noise.
have the attention of your listener before you speak and, if possible, face them when speaking.
speak slowly and over-articulate your speech. Certain sounds, like "p," "t," and "k" can be easily lost in words during electrolaryngeal speech. Consider practicing these sounds by themselves.
try saying only the most important words when you are initially learning ("bathroom" vs. "I have to go to the bathroom"), especially if your listener is having a hard time understanding your speech.
find optimal placement of the electrolarynx. There is a spot that works best on everyone. If you get frustrated trying to find this spot, you may want to talk to your speech-language pathologist or healthcare provider.
practice daily! The more you practice, the easier this type of communication will be for you and your listeners.
be confident (even if you don't feel confident). Sometimes the most important part of communication is the thing not said, so being confident and making eye contact can make a big difference.
be offended or concerned if your listener asks you to repeat yourself. It can sometimes take a few tries before your listener's ears become accustomed to this type of speech.
take breaths or push air with your speech as you previously did. This can be distracting to your listener. Think of only "mouthing" the words.
forget to turn off the device during natural pauses in conversation. Long sentences can be hard for your listener to understand. Practicing on/off timing can be very helpful for you and your listener.