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Some advanced larynx cancers still must be treated with
largyngectomy. Breathing is now done through the
tracheostomy, with eating still done via the oral
But wind players! How to get a supply of air up to your
mouth and tongue when now it goes in and out through
A laryngectomy would be the end of wind
The CPAP devices straps onto the nose and provides an
inflow of air, to prevent snoring and keep thick necked
folks from forgetting to breathe while they are asleep.
I propose such a device could provide a flow of air in the
nose and out through the mouth, there to be used by the
laryngectomee to play the saxophone or the like.
with a laryngectomy so equipped would be able to hold a
note indefinitely without stopping to breathe, as the air
supplied by the machine while breathing goes on below
||Nice, a sleepy new age pan flute composition for me.
||Is it a fitness problem? Not working the breathing hard enough while in the wake state so in the sleeping state, tissues involved in breathing are dropping below the needed threshold. Stronger wake state breathing exercises?
||I think people with laryngectomies already have a one-way
valve through to their oesophagus (food pipe) to let air up
to their mouth from their lungs, a simpler solution.
||In the absence of this valve, you might try something like
your idea but im afraid CPAP blows intermittently,
triggered by inspiration, (which wouldnt be happening at
the nose or mouth) plus no lung reservoir
available.Probably better to just have a straight air hose in
your nose. I dont know much about playing instruments,
but maybe experts vary the force of the blow? I guess you
might be able to learn this with your tongue.