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Intelligibility and Psycho-Social Adjustment. A Comparison Between Patients with Oesophageal Voice and Patients with a Voice Prosthesis

  • H. Pfrang
  • H. de Maddalena
  • R. Schohe
  • J. Blaha
  • R. Piroth
  • H. P. Zenner

Abstract

In this study, the results of 2 voice restoration methods are compared: oesophageal speech and surgical voice restoration via voice prosthesis (Herrmann prosthesis). Three criteria were employed to evaluate the results: (a) intelligibility, (b) the patients’ own rating of how well different target persons understood him, and (c) general psycho-social adjustment. The working hypothesis that “patients with a prosthesis have better results than oesophageal speakers in all respects” is examined. Test intelligibility is assessed by using the post-laryngectomy telephone test (PLTT, Zenner, this volume, p. 148). The results are shown in Table 1.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Pfrang
    • 1
  • H. de Maddalena
    • 2
  • R. Schohe
    • 2
  • J. Blaha
    • 2
  • R. Piroth
    • 1
  • H. P. Zenner
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychologisches Institut der UniversitätWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Universitätsklink und Poliklinik für Hals-, Nasen- und Ohrenkranke im KopfklinikumWürzburgGermany

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