Date of Award
Master of Arts
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Dr. Robert L. Erickson
Dr. Alastair A. Stunden
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The Background and Purpose of the Study
Laryngectomy, the surgical removal of the larynx, is performed to save life threatened by a carcinomatous condition of the larynx. This surgical procedure is also performed when necessitated by accident, injury or other pathologies of the larynx. (35).
There are living, in the United States, an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 individuals who have undergone surgical removal of the larynx due to the carcinomatous condition of that organ (33). It is probable that the total population of laryngectomized persons would exceed this number if statistical information were available concerning the number of laryngectomies necessitated by other pathologies (24, 25, 35).
Moses, "An Investigation of the Relationships between Judgements of Esophageal and Artificial Larynx Speech Made by Sophisticated and Naïve Judges" (1965). Master's Theses. 3772.