Voice prosthesis valve - image description

This is a side view of a head and shoulders. It shows the nose, mouth and throat. There is a tube from the back of the throat that goes down the neck. This is the gullet or oesophagus. In front of the gullet is the windpipe. This opens onto the front of the neck. The opening is called the laryngectomy stoma. The person has their finger over the laryngectomy stoma. There is a valve linking the windpipe to the gullet. This is called the voice prosthesis valve. There are arrows pointing upwards along the windpipe which continue through the valve, up the top part of the gullet and out through the mouth. This indicates where air goes as it is breathed out to create speech.