SLPs know that speaking valves are vital for patients with tracheostomies, but do you know all of the options available for speaking valves? Dr. Alan Shikani, MD, FACS, FARS, joins me for episode 209 of Swallow Your Pride to give us an in-depth look at his creation, the Shikani Speaking Valve. Not all valves are created equally and he's here to spill the details!

Dr. Shikani has studied speaking valves at length and gives all the info on his findings of measures such as olfaction, speech naturalness, maximum phonation, s/z ratio, oxygenation, and more!

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In this episode, you’ll hear:
• How a Shakani Speaking Valve is engineered
• How the Shakani Speaking Valve measures up against flapper valves, like Passy-Muir
• What patients think of the Shakani Speaking Valve
• Tips for assessing readiness for speaking valve trials, straight from Dr. Shakani

As always, thanks for listening!


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