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The Shikani speaking valve is a revolutionary valve, which can allow you to breathe easier and speak easier. This valve functions in two different positions depending on how you turn the notch.
Many patients start with the valve with the notch up in the 12:00 position. When you use the valve in this position, you are breathing through the tracheostomy tube as if there is no valve in place until you go to voice. When you attempt to voice, exhale with a little more force, and you will find that you are able to achieve voice. You may find that this position is an ideal starter position for you to get used to the valve. However, you should always talk to your doctor or speech pathologist to determine which position is right for you.Figure 1:
With the notch down in the 6:00 position, every single breath is going through the upper airway. You may be a good candidate for this position if you can tolerate every single breath going through the upper airway, if you are weaning from your tracheostomy tube, or if you are receiving nutrition by mouth. However, you should always talk to your doctor or speech pathologist to determine which position is the best for you.Figure 2:
An HME stands for "Heat, Moisture Exchange Valve." An HME acts as an artificial nose, and normalizes temperature, humidity, and particle filtration, which are lost with a tracheostomy tube. The Shikani Speaking valve can be worn in conjunction with the Shikani HME.
If you have a cuffed tracheostomy tube, deflate the cuff completely. Then, place the valve with the notch in the 12:00 position. Place the Shikani HME on top of the valve. With this combination, you receive the both the benefits of voice and increased pulmonary health.