WebWhispers primary function is to assist laryngectomees in their rehabilitation and offer them knowledge and information. We do not sell products other than our WebWhispers items. We offer these lists of suppliers as a service to our members. No official recommendation or endorsement of any supplier or products should be assumed or inferred.
Individuals may write to a supplier and ask for a copy of their catalog or to be put on their mailing list for notices of sales or specials.
Please note that lower in this section it also contains information on the TEPDA (state programs for equipment assistance) and medical identification options. A section of suppliers of items made by laryngectomies is also included.
We are the premier supplier in the Southeast and deliver nationwide. We pride ourselves on offering quality equipment and the best in personal customer service. Patients and physicians nationwide are choosing Aeroflow as their provider for home oxygen, diagnostic sleep testing, CPAP equipment and supplies, nebulizers, mobility equipment, breast pumps, pediatric needs, and catheters.
3165 Sweeten Creek Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
Atos Medical Inc
Atos Medical is a medical technology company founded in Sweden in 1986.
Since the launch of the first Provox voice prosthesis in 1990, the Company has become the global market leader in laryngectomy care.
Atos Medical’s comprehensive laryngectomy care portfolio includes a complete range of Provox voice and pulmonary rehabilitation devices. This broad range of high-quality Provox products allows for a personalized combination of solutions for each user.
FOR US CUSTOMERS:
Atos Medical Inc services include; hosting thousands of patient and professional events each year to support the laryngectomee community, knowledgeable and friendly customer service team, dedicated insurance team to aid with insurance filing and reimbursement, experienced clinical education and sales team to provide local support and resources, prompt delivery and the option to shop online. Medicare Accredited.
Atos Medical Inc
2801 South Moorland Road
New Berlin, WI 53151-3743 USA
FOR CANADIAN CUSTOMERS:
Atos Medical Canada Inc now serves the laryngectomee community in Canada directly.
Atos Medical Canada Inc
20 Simona Drive, Unit #5
Bolton, Ontario L7E 4K1 Canada
BRUCE MEDICAL SUPPLY
411 Waverly Oaks Rd., #154
Waltham, MA 02452 Attn.: Dept. 14326
Tel: (800) 225-8446
NEW – Cloisonné Medical Alert “Neck Breather” Pin.
In a lifesaving situation, the proper and immediate administration of CPR or oxygen could mean the difference between life and death. Attached to your sweater, blouse, shirt collar, lapel or tie, this attractive and highly visible Medical Alert pin will prompt medical professionals to the fact that you breath through your neck. Meticulously crafted, this durable jewelry quality, 1″ diameter, genuine Cloisonné pin is designed to complement any wardrobe. It blends easily with either casual or formal clothing. Only $14.95 Each – Two or more, only $10.00 each.
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Call for a Free Print Catalog.
Or visit our on-line catalog where you will find the lowest prices and the largest selection of laryngectomy supplies: Servox, Xtra-Vois, TruTone, ADDvox, ChatterVox, Provox HME products, turtleneck stoma covers, fashion stoma scarves, shower shields, foam stoma filters, double-sided adhesive foam stoma disks, adhesives, adhesive removers and skin care products.
Email address: BruceMedi@aol.com
EAGLE MEDICAL SUPPLY – NOW SERVICED BY BRUCE MEDICAL
Through an agreement with Eagle Medical Supply, Bruce Medical Supply is now serving all of the Laryngectomy and Tracheostomy management needs for Eagle customers. Our mission is to offer you the same great service and product selection as Eagle and meet or exceed your expectations.
Burgundy & White
Burgundy & White was started by a group of speech language pathologists, who felt a need for accessible education for those impacted by head and neck cancer. We hope to create a space in which the community could easily share, learn together, and positively impact survivor-ship.
CEREDAS, a French company founded in 1993 by Robert Bezicot, has been designing, manufacturing and distributing medical devices for laryngectomee patients for 20 years.
Robert Bezicot, himself a laryngectomee, dissatisfied with the protective devices available at the time, undertook to design a device more in keeping with patient needs. His inventiveness coupled with his technical expertise led to the release of Cyranose®, the unique reusable Heat and Moisture Exchanger.
• CYRANOSE® GLOBAL SYSTEM, a global solution for pulmonary and phonatory rehabilitation after a total laryngectomy that includes :
• CYRANOSE®, Heat and Moisture Exchanger,
• TRACHEODOUCHE™, protection during the shower,
• CYTUBEMAJOR™ and CYGRIPONE™, laryngectomy tubes,
• CYADAPTOR™ with CYVALVEFREEDOM™, hands free valve.
• TRACHEOCLEAN®, a disposable tracheal protection for tracheotomy and laryngectomee patients.
Our distributors in the United States :
Edgepark is the nationwide leader in home-delivered, disposable medical supplies. We are contracted with more than 1,000 health plans, accept Medicare assignment and will handle your insurance and billing paperwork. We ship supplies accurately and discreetly from one of our seven, fully stocked, state-of-the-art distribution centers to ensure that you have what you need, when you need it. For more information, please call us at 1-800-321-0591 or visit us online at www.edgepark.com
August-Horch-Straße 4a, 51149 Köln, Germany
Telephone: +49 – 22 03 – 29 80-0; Fax: +49 – 22 03 – 29 80-10;
Producer and Distributor since 1992 of medical supplies for laryngectomees and tracheotomees. They carry medical supplies such as: tracheal suction units, suction unit equipment, inhalation and air moistening including among other things Saluta® products, tracheal cannulas, shunt valves and tracheostoma valves from every manufacturer, cannula equipment including among other things tube holders and tracheal compresses, cannula cleaning and care, tracheostoma protection including among other things TrachiNaze®, Blom-Singer®, Provox®, protection bibs, stoma neckerchiefs, scarves and shower guards, electronic speech devices. They can deliver a great range of products and are the sole agency for Larchel® and Saluta® products world-wide. One motto of their company is: “Your partner for rehabilitation after laryngectomy and tracheotomy”. In the last years “import and export” has considerably gained in importance. They go on extending this area of operation to be able to compensate possible existing breaks in the provision of medical supplies in one’s own country by a balanced product offering on the international market.
Fahl is a German company and no longer sells products in the USA.
Griffin Laboratories is NOW a part of ATOS Medical so products are available through them. Griffin Laboratories is the proud manufacturer the TruTone® and SolaTone® Electrolarynx devices. Each device is hand made with great care and attention right here in the USA.
The TruTone® Electrolarynx gives you the ability to add natural sounding intonation to your voice once again. Imagine being able to “Express Yourself” with inflection after a Total Laryngectomy! The device is simple to operate with the touch of a single button. The durable TruTone® Electrolarynx is backed by a full 5 year comprehensive Drop & Soak® warranty. The SolaTone® Electrolarynx, which has good sound and quality is also available as a low cost alternative. Both instruments use standard 9V style batteries, either rechargeable or alkaline, providing exceptional convenience for the active Electrolarynx user or for immediate use as a backup.
We want to make sure that every Laryngectomee can be heard in any situation. Our SoniVox® Waistband Amplifier is a portable and lightweight amplifier that is perfect for those who are on the go. For those who are not as mobile or who will be speaking in larger groups, we have the BoomVox® Wireless Amplifier. The BoomVox® Wireless Amplifier is a powerful unit which can be operated off the internal battery or from a standard wall outlet. Both of our amplifiers have exceptional sound quality and are perfect for all Laryngectomees no matter what form of communication you use.
For users of the TruTone® and SolaTone® Electrolarynx, we have a great device which allows you to use your electrolarynx without the use of your hands. Our HandsFree(TM) Electrolarynx Holder keeps your electrolarynx device at your “sweet spot” without the need to hold it there. To see a great demonstration video of the HandsFree(TM) Electrolarynx Holder in use. We also have the Griffin SmartCharger(TM) a medical grade charger which includes 9V High Capacity batteries giving you more talking time between charges.
1110 Mark Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Tel: (805) 684-9337, Toll Free Tel: (800) 477-5969
Fax: (805) 684-8594, Toll Free Fax: (888) 371-1530
Products and/or Services:
Our goal at InHealth is to help post-laryngectomy patients regain and preserve a vital part of their lives – their voice. For over 30 years, Blom-Singer tracheoesophageal voice restoration products have repeatedly set new milestones, underlying the pioneering spirit and innovative strengths of InHealth and Blom-Singer. Product designs that consistently reflect a genuine respect for safety, patient comfort, cost and the health of the TE puncture have been, and will always be, our hallmark.
Voice Prostheses and Accessories
Hands-Free Speech Valves
Heat and Moisture Exchange Systems
InHealth also offers otolaryngology products for ENT’s, including:
Katz Extractor Oto-Rhino Foreign Body Remover
Freeman Frontal Sinus Stent
HydroPore and Bac-T Nasal, Epistaxis and Otic Packing
Please contact us for a complimentary catalog.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 780249, San Antonio, TX, 78278-0249
Shipping Address: 15033 Nacogdoches RD, Suite 301,
San Antonio, TX 78247;
Tel: (800) 388-8642, (210)-492-0864, Fax: (210) 492-1584
Web Site at: http://www.ElectroLarynx.com/
EMail at: info@ElectroLarynx.com
They can also be contacted on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LauderEnterprisesInc/
Jim Lauder’s email is: JKLvoice@aol.com
Lauder Enterprises, Inc is the premier service facility for the repair of all reputable artificial larynges.
Sales and service of Servox Inton, Eco, and Servox Digital, the NuVois collection, Griffin TruTone, Sola-Tone, Optivox, Romet, and Cooper-Rand. Exclusive distributor of the P.O. Vox disposable artificial larynx (while supplies last).
Sales of tracheostoma supplies, including shower shields, foam filters, stoma covers and the new Foam “stoma lids” from Andreas Fahl.
“Self Help for the Laryngectomee”, “Mamaw’s New Voice”, Papaw’s New Voice”, and others. Audio Tape – “Postlaryngectomy Speech Instruction”.
The OptiVox, made by Bivona, has been discontinued and is no longer serviceable from the factory. If you need a repair, or know of anybody that needs an OptiVox repair, we can do it and have the original parts to keep your OptiVox artificial larynx running.
Lauder Enterprises, Inc is very pleased to announce that we have been granted full Medicare accreditation status. We will be able to accept Medicare assignment on artificial larynx purchases and we will be able to file patient Medicare claims again. March 18, 2010
Lauder, through a partnering arrangement with InHealth, is now able to accept Medicare Part B assignments on select Blom-Singer products and they now carry the changeable prothesis, HME supplies, tracheostoma attachments and laryngectomy tubes.
Products for people with laryngectomees, tracheotomies and voicevolume problems as well as for their SLPs, doctors & nurses. Friendly, helpful, experienced service for 37 years. Contact us for:
Electronic Artificial Larynges (ELs) – Our Cooper-Rand, an intra-oral (mouth-tube) device for people who cannot use an EL on the neck or cheek, also offers speech possibilities, using special switches, for those who need an EL but do not have good use of their hands or arms. We have most other major brands of EL – Nu-Vois, Servox, SolaTone, TruTone, Xtra-Voice – and batteries, parts and accessories.
Personal, Portable Voice Amplifiers – for Esophageal, TEP and EL speakers and anyone else who needs a louder voice for general conversation, work place, or public presentations. We offer the small, wearable Spokeman, Rand Voice Amplifier, ChatterVox and Voicette – and larger but still easily carryable units, the WPA-3516 and the APS 25. A selection of excellent microphones allows people to choose a system that fits their personal needs and preferences. Accessories, replacement parts and service.
An unusually wide variety of Tracheostoma Covers, Filters and Heat/Moisture Exchangers, as well as Kapi-Gel Tracheostoma Spacers to help improve the seal of HMEs, Hands Free TEP valves and trach tubes for those with irregular neck contours. And DiAnna’s Lace Collars – attractive covers for women.
The Voice Magnifier increases outgoing voice volume on modular phones. Also the MarPac trach tube holder, Neck-Breather bracelet, a small recorded message player, a signaling device good for up to 100′ publications for laryngectomees and SLPs and items useful to SLPs who treat swallowing disorders.
Luminaud, Inc. www.luminaud.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 800-255-3408, Fax: 440-255-2250
8688 Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060 See our catalog on-line or contact us for a free paper copy.
MedMart has the foam stoma filters and tape in bulk, so you can make your own to the size you want.
Make Your Own Stoma Shield – MedMartStomaShield
1100 W Taylor Street, Suite 100
Meridian Idaho 83642 USA
Customer Service: 1-800-688-6471
Nu-Vois offers four electronic larynx products with a range of features and prices to completely meet the needs of their laryngectomee customers.
Our products offer the following features:
• High quality voice with full control of pitch and volume.
• Ease of use – No disassembly required to adjust tone and pitch.
• Constructed from the highest quality of materials and electronics.
• Shock and water resistant.
• Lightweight – under 5 ounces with the battery installed!
• Intra-Oral adapters compatible.
• Designed to operate on rechargeable a 9-volt battery, as well as a standard 9 volt-battery.
• Analog and Digital options.
• Full Five Year Warranty.
• Made in the USA.
Nu-Vois has been designing and manufacturing these products for over 25 years. Our products use the latest technology to provide the most reliable artificial larynx product on the market!
Romet Electronic Larynx
Since 1979, the ROMET is the oldest manufacturer of Electronic Larynxes in the United States, with thousands of satisfied users around the world.
The Romet Artificial Larynx is manufactured with a full FIVE (5) Year Warranty. The registration card included in the original carton must be returned to the factory service center in order to qualify for the full original factory warranty. This warranty is 100% voided if any attempts at self-repair are made. All repairs must be performed at the factory by our skilled, trained technicians. All repairs are guaranteed to be returned within 48 hours after receipt of the unit needing repair. If it is found that the Warranty was voided or for some reason not in effect, a detailed statement will be forwarded to the owner with explanation of the needed repair and a statement of charges due to be paid prior to any repair being performed on the unit.
Transmalva Stoma Covers
Our stoma covers are made from a light weight soft cotton blend fabric, soft and very comfortable for laryngectomees. Easy to wear, easy to wash and dry quicky, so it can be used over and over again.
A discreet and comfortable way to cover the stoma for men and women. Looks like a shirt and slips easily under other layers of clothing. It feets all neck sizes.
We ship WORLDWIDE!
Phone: +54 9 1126032008
3100, Corrientes Av., Paraná, E.R.
Tokyo Artificial Larynx
The Tokyo Artificial Larynx is a pneumatic speech aid which requires the laryngectomee to use his/her lungs by way of the stoma to talk. It has no batteries or other mechanical means other than the lung power of the individual.
The US supplier is no longer in business and we do not have a current replacement at this time. If we learn of one we will add them to the list.
State TEDPA Programs
Speech and Hearing Equipment Distribution Programs
November – 2017
Most states have at least a free telephone for speech and hearing disabilities. There are many models available depending on your need such as speaker phones, amplified phones, cordless, etc. Most also provide a TTY device where you can type in your messages and/or view incoming messages on a screen. Most do not provide ALDs for the speech impaired at this time. Many states also have income restrictions but don’t let that stop you from applying. The limits range anywhere from $22,000 to $70,000 a year and most use a sliding scale. There are some states that “might” provide an ALD even though they say they don’t. Basically they evaluate your requirements and in some cases may make an exception, but it’s a long shot.
A fairly new addition to the list is a WiFi enabled smart phone or tablet that is primarily used for texting or using a text to speech app but I have no other details regarding their function. It could mean a free phone for you that would serve as a text to speech backup if you need it. Check with your state for details.
Only 4 states and DC are listed as having no program. One or more could possibly have a program but I could not verify that information. There are other states with programs but I was unable to find out what they provide. Lots of answering machines, but no returned calls. Any updates or corrections you may be able to provide to this listing would be appreciated.
The tables below contain the best information available at this time on where to obtain free or discounted prices on equipment that you may require. Due to space limitations we are only providing the basic information that you may need; does your state have a program, what does it provide, contact information, and comments.
A good source of information on state programs can be found at the following:
They are primarily focused on hearing but it does give you the information on each state program. You will need to contact your state to see what is provided for loss of speech.
Please take a few minutes to check on your State’s listed information, and actually contact the office that handles the Program. Ask all your questions and you may be surprised to find out that they offer more options than are listed in the chart.
This morning I called the Arizona office in Phoenix to ask if they had switched to a “Voucher” system as listed on the chart. There is more to the story. I was told “this is treated as a case by case situation”.
An application must be filled out and signed by an SLP or ENT to start the process. The best news to my ear, is “this Program is based on NEED, not Financial/Income limits”.
If you need a “loaner” EL they usually have a variety of used and refurbished brands you can try out and use until you settle on the brand that works best for your needs, and you would like to eventually own one.
Then a “Voucher” is issued for that device brand and in 5 yrs. you own it. At that time you may then apply for another “Voucher” for a new EL; which means you may end up with a second EL, and if the first one is still in fair condition you have a back up.
The equipment the AZ Program offers include: a variety of EL’s, TTY, Speaker Phones, and SoniVox Plus amplifiers. When State Funding is given as an excuse for a State to not have a similar program, that does not wash because your monthly telephone bills include a fee of a few cents that is meant to fund such a program of equipment to assist all the disabilities (hearing, voice, vision, mobility and cognitive). Look for this item that looks like a “tax” or “fee” at the bottom of the charges. By contacting your State Equipment Program, and asking questions you raise the subject to a new level of interest with your inquiry. You may help more than you realize by taking these steps to get this matter included as a line item in next years State Budget. I’ve seen it happen.
Elizabeth A. Finchem
Safety and Identification
AMERICAN MEDICAL IDENTIFICATIONS, INC
Office: 4001 N. Shepherd, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77018; Mailing: PO Box 925617, Houston, Texas 77292-5617; Toll Free: (800)-363-5985, FAX: (713)-695-7358; Web Site: http://www.americanmedical-id.com/
American Medical ID features custom engraved medical identification bracelets, necklaces and medallions. Important information on medical conditions, drug or food allergies, medicines taken or emergency contacts can be engraved onto the surface of a medical identification jewelry piece. Wearing a medical ID is recommended by physicians and healthcare organizations throughout the world.
2323 Colorado Ave., Turlock, CA 95382. Tel: (800) 825-3785.
Personalized Medic Alert Identification, 24-hour hotline for Emergency Personnel. Medic Alert Web Site at: http://www.medicalert.org/.
MEDICAL ALERT ID JEWELRY
5951 Riverdale Avenue #300 Riverdale, NY 10471
Providers of various Medical Alert ID’s … such as bracelets, necklaces crafted in sterling silver or gold.
Website at: https://www.elegantmedicalalert.com
Road ID is not a medical bracelet but it is designed for the young (and the young at heart), peace of mind is child’s play with the Wrist ID Stretch. The bracelet has a phone number that someone can call to get more information possible including medical information. The cost varies depending on what you want so it might be worth checking out.
Thanks to Michael Csapo
SAFEGUARD MARKETING, INC
PO Box 541-FS, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010; CALL (201) 840-5443; FAX (775) 261-4502. Retailer for the Safeguard Personal Alert system – for people at-home who need to communicate with family members that assistance is needed. Unlike the expensive systems that send signals to police and medics for dire emergencies, this is for at home communications. It is perfect for people who require assistance for comfort, food, medication, or other non-emergency situations. The easy to use, wireless pendant and chime monitor are SMALL AS A CREDIT CARD, battery operated and can be used indoors and outside. No longer does the caregiver have to be in the proximity to hear a call for assistance. The signal can transmit up to 100 feet. Their web site is at:
Email at: email@example.com
P.O. Box 1385, Sapulpa, OK 74067; Tel: (918) 224-4364. The SEATBELT SLIDER was designed by an ex-Air Force pilot with comfort and safety in mind. The device is easy to install, just clip one end on the lap belt, then pull the shoulder belt down and fit into the other end. Now you can slide it along the lap belt till the shoulder belt is in a comfortable position away from your neck. This may be a handy device for laryngectomees bothered by their car’s seat belt position. Device can be found at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Seat-Belt-Adjusting-Clip-4-Pack/dp/B007CN9IJW
Computer and Phone Aids
ELECTRONIC INNOVATIONS & RESEARCH – AUSTRALIA
6 Sorrel Rise, Woodvale, Western Australia 6026. Reachable by Tel/Fax at 61-8-409 -6823. Point of Contact: Mr. Geoff Stewart. EI&R markets voice amplification aids for laryngectomees; VOICE AID (about $153.00) – a pocket-size amplifier to allow speaker to be heard in moderately noisy situations. Comes with microphone; 9 Volt battery powered. DESK TOP AMPLIFIER – a higher powered amp for use in larger rooms, etc. Battery or AC power. Accessories available.
LIONS OF DISTRICT 105A – MICROPHONE – UK
The Lions market a speech aid unit available throughout EUROPE via mail order. Device slips into pocket and comes with a headband or spectacle clip microphone (about $120.00). This device simply allows the user to amplify the volume of the voice…for working in noisy locations or for speaking to groups of people. Further information is available from Lion Charles Perry, 23 Park Street, Ampthill Beds, MK45 2LR in the United Kingdom. Tel: 44-1525-750484.
Sitris™ is a unique web-based calling service that provides a simple way for individuals with speech disabilities to place telephone calls via any Internet connection. The service allows subscribers to select a high quality natural voice which can be customized to fit their unique personality. After selecting their voice, they can create words or phrases that Sitris converts to the caller’s unique voice. No software download, no installation, it’s all accessed through the browser allowing the user to place calls from any Web access point. Sitris offers users unrivaled voice quality, privacy, mobility and independence. Beginning at $9.95 per month, Sitris offers 100 minutes of local and national calling to land-based telephones or cell phones, and since the service calls the Sitris user, there are no additional charges. While online, Sitris also allows unlimited in-room conversations, such as a meeting or other face to face conversation. Contact Sue Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org
AAA OXYGEN COVERS
AAA Oxygen & Regular Stoma Covers, 6355 Riverside Avenue, Riverside CA 92506
We feature OxyCross and OxyDuster the only oxygen fixtured stoma cover bibs on the market in the world today. OxyFashions is our line of Mock T-shirts, Mock Turtle Necks, High Neck Designer Pastels and Lace neck fashions for the ladies. All bibs may be ordered with or without Oxygen fixtures, microfoam or heat moisture exchange properties. All proceeds go to the Inland Empire Nu Voices Association, member IAL since 1998.
I became a Lary in August 2003. Through trial and error, my wife and I designed a fabric stoma cover that is easy-care and lint- free. The neckband closes with hook-and-loop tape, and is adjustable from 13 1/2 to 18 inches. The covers are available in most of the basic colors: red, white, blue, black, green, gray, brown, beige, pink and so on, but our favorites are the Southwestern designs. We have patriotic prints and seasonal and military designs, too. These stoma covers are machine washable. Air-drying is best. They rarely need to be ironed. They do not stretch, shrink or pill. They look good for a long time. Visit our website or email us at email@example.com. “You’re A Survivor! Flaunt It!”
COVERS UNDER COVERS
After finding there were not many affordable decorative options for covering the stoma, Ann Marie “Dallas” DeMarco starting making jewelry that could be helpful and cost friendly to other laryngectomees.
My knitting club has crocheted several stoma bibs that we want to make available to laryngetomees for $4 each.
We are located in Sun City, AZ.
Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contact her.
643 Fern Lake Road, Leicester, VT 05733; Phone: (802)247-8615; Cell: (802)345-2015 Handcrafted and custom lady’s necklaces suitable for laryngectomees … especially the “Dippy Bib” and “Centerpiece” designs. Owned and operated by Mildred Denney. Web site begins at: http://www.millijoolz.com/ . Accept checks, money orders (or PayPal payments for orders over $50.00).
Webbies Workshop Items
A number of WebWhispers members have hobbies or do crafts, needlework, or woodworking, that result in products to sell. We have created this WW page called “Webbie Workshops” so any member can write about what they do and list their products and prices or have a link to their own web page so anyone can order direct. These listings are free to our members or to other crafters who make items especially for laryngectomees.
If you do not have a web site, you can use your regular email address or snail mail address for customer contact. All transactions must be directly between the buyer and seller with nothing going through or to WebWhispers, as we are only furnishing this space as a support service to our members to encourage them to be active in their hobbies, avocations, or small businesses.
Knit scarves – fashionably skinny but warmly wide – designed to look like a waterfall. Tell me by Email the colors you would like, solids, blends, or two-tones. Most requests can be filled from my stock, or specially made and shipped within ten days. Any scarf $10 to Webbies including shipping within USA.
Jewelry covers for the laryngectomee
Cloth Stoma Covers
Ever since I became a laryngectomee in 2003 I have been making beaded necklaces to cover the trach and stoma. Some are in stock and others are made to order in specified color, width, length and style. Most are made with glass beads which are easy to breathe through and to keep clean.
I also do some now in wooden beads and pearls and can do matching earrings and bracelets as well. I am always adding new beads, colors and designs to my collection.
Necklaces start at $15, earrings start at $4 and bracelets start at $5. I also have Medic Alert bracelets of sterling silver and glass beads, starting at $13.
If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please contact Jill Ann Ferguson Vater
or Email Jill Vater.
A Journey’s End
PO Box 815 Columbus, Texas 78934
Tel 979-7330279 Fax 979-7339344
In July 2000 my husband had a laryngectomy, and as a result I met some awesome ladies who had had one, too… Ironic how life meets art sometimes! After all, I had been hand-beading jewelry for several years at that point.
My new gal pals were looking for a fashionable, cool, easy-to-wear stoma cover. So being the problem solver we ladies are, I made them hand-beaded chokers/stoma covers. My husband was my tester. He made sure he could breath through them, but for him I had to make stoma covers out of fabric, not beads. Something about men and beads! 🙂
Everyone that has worn my chokers/stoma covers say they are comfortable, durable, cool and very easy to breath through. They do not replace foam, but you can stick foam to necklace if you are sensitive to tape on foam. Chokers/stoma covers are very fashionable and can be worn everyday.
I will fit your choker/stoma cover to your neck size. I use sterling silver clasps and 2″ sterling silver chain, which makes the size adjustable. If you would like to custom design your choker/stoma cover, I will be happy to work with your design and your colors. You will have a custom piece that no one else has! Actually each piece is different, I could not make two exactly alike if I tried. We can design earrings and a bracelet to go with your choker/stoma cover!
Most designs are made with peyote stitch, using seed beads and size D nymo thread. They are very strong and durable. Most range in price from $30-$120. It takes 25-40 hours to bead one depending on the design and size.
Check out my eBay Store www.WHIZBEADZ.com where you can find chokers, stoma covers, and many other hand-beaded pieces of jewelry. If you do not see what you want email me at email@example.com, or call me at 979-733-0279. I love typing and talking almost as much as I love beading!
Here are some examples of some of my hand-beaded favorite chokers/stoma covers.
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Tricked Out Trachs
I have had a laryngectomy within the last year. I wanted something that would look a little more stylish, than the blue foam strap that came with my Trach. If you have any requests for other materials that you would like, I can make it for you and maybe add to the line. I would love to hear your feedback. Keep well and keep strong.