The Tracheostoma Valve, when used in conjunction with a voice prosthesis, enables hands-free, conversational speech. After proper fitting, the diaphragm portion of the valve rests in an open position and may be adjusted by rotating the diaphragm/faceplate for relaxed, quiet breathing, or routine physical activity. During speech, a slight increase in exhalation causes the diaphragm to close and divert air through the prosthesis. At the completion of speech, the diaphragm automatically reopens as exhalation decreases. (InHealth Technologies)
Available in two diameter sizes, 16 Fr. and 20 Fr., and a range of lengths from 4 mm to 22 mm. Includes sterile voice prosthesis for primary or secondary/replacement procedures. A Secondary Placement Kit, nonsterile, is included in each package containing an inserter, flange introducer, gel caps and lubricant. A patient care kit, nonsterile, is included in each package. Please download our new InHealth catalog for more details.
The Starter Kit includes one complete ATSV II; five Blom-Singer TruSeal adhesive housings; one HumidiFilter Cap and seven HumidiFilter foam filters; two standard tracheostoma valve housings; one standard size tape/foam disc sampler pack; and one 2 oz. bottle of silicone adhesive with brush cap.
The ADVANTAGE indwelling voice prosthesis is the newest advancement in Blom-Singer voice restoration. Silver oxide has been incorporated into the prosthesis as a material preservative. The ADVANTAGE is placed by the clinician in the tracheoesophageal puncture so that routine changing of a voice prosthesis is unnecessary. It is ideal for laryngectomees who are unable or resistant to changing a removable voice prosthesis, such as the Duckbill or Low Pressure styles. The ADVANTAGE is inserted and replaced on an as needed basis by a speech pathologist or physician only.
The flushing device allows a voice prosthesis to remain in the tracheoesophageal passage while routine cleaning is performed. It is filled with water which is then sprayed through the voice prosthesis, to flush out accumulated debris. Fits all Blom-Singer voice prostheses.
I have found that the edges of the valve holder for the Blom-Singer valve assembly often cut into the skin of my throat. This is particularly true because my reconstruction included placing a flap in place of skin and muscle taken from the throat. (O.K. the fact that I am overweight doesn't help either.). The skin above the valve holder pushes down on the holder. As the holder material ages, it gets harder and eventually irritates the skin. I have found that if I rotate among two or three holders, using a different one each day, I have less irritation because the different holders stiffen at a different rate and at different places. Therefore, the pressure areas change each day with each different holder. This doesn't completely eliminate the problem, but it eases it significantly (or, I believe it does, which is much the same thing for me). (Terry G. Duga)
Indwelling Plug Insert, Fits Size 6mm. The Plug Insert Is Designed For Use With The Blom-Singer Indwelling Voice Prosthesis, Size 6mm. It Functions To Temporarily Stop Leaking But Does Not Allow Voicing. Comes With A Safety Neck Strap. Does Not Fit Indwelling Advantage. Sold By The Each.
After many problems with tape that came loose while holding the strap of my Blom-Singer prosthesis against my neck, I have found two 3/4" tapes that I can recommend. They both come in rolls that are probably available in every drugstore.
(1) 3M Nexcare Soft Cloth Premium Tape - Advanced Holding Power (White Tape)
(2) 3M Nexcare Foam Premium Tape - Absolute Waterproof (Flesh-colored Tape)
The Foam Tape seems to work the best for me .. although the cloth tape works almost as well. (Dutch Helms)