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Voice Producing Element

Haanstra, D.I. (2009) Voice Producing Element. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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After a total laryngectomy it is no longer possible to speak by using the vocal cords. To enable laryngectomies to speak in a way that sounds as natural as possible, a Voice Producing Element (VPE) was developed. The VPE will be placed in the Groningen button, a tracheoesophageal shunt valve. Different types of VPEs have been created, but unfortunately not one of them was perfect. The biggest challenge in designing a VPE is getting it to produce frequencies that are sufficiently low, to make sure it produces the same frequencies as a normal human voice. In this project prototypes were fabricated to test different concepts. The test results showed that the frequencies were lower when a piece of foam, filled with water, was placed on the vibrating membrane and when the membrane was fixed in a specific angle.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: Dutch
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:29

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