Ehab A. Goldstein

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The electrolarynx (EL) voice prosthesis is widely used, but suffers from the inconvenience of requiring manual control. Therefore, a hands-free EL triggered by neck muscle electromyographic (EMG) activity was developed (EMG-EL). Signal processing circuitry in a belt-mounted control unit transforms EMG activity into control signals for initiation and(More)
PURPOSE The electrolarynx (EL) is a widely used device for alaryngeal speech, but it requires manual operation and produces voice that typically has a constant fundamental frequency. An electromyographically controlled EL (EMG-EL) was designed and implemented to provide hands-free control with dynamic pitch modulation. METHOD Three participants who(More)
Hands-free triggering and pitch control would improve electrolarynx devices, which are inconvenient to use and sound unnatural. The present study tested the strategy of salvaging voice-related neural signals for hands-free electrolarynx control either by transferring cut recurrent laryngeal nerves (RLNs) to denervated neck strap muscles or by preserving(More)
Improved control of prosthetic voice aids for laryngectomees might be possible to obtain with residual laryngeal motor nerve signals. We were able to recover motor signals from the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) by transposing it into the ipsilateral denervated sternohyoid muscle (SH) in 8 guinea pigs. Reinnervation was monitored by electromyographic(More)
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