Voice Recorder
for practicing
Esophageal
Speech
by
Richard Walloch
Autum Leaves This is an application that you can freely download and use. I am a total laryngectomee, which means my vocal cords have been surgically removed to treat advanced cancer. I speak by swallowing air and burping to make sounds. The air is swallowed only into the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach) and not into the stomach itself.

To learn esophageal speech, a patient is well advised to seek out a speech therapist. I am not a therapist, and cannot offer any real hints. However, I found it extremely useful to hear how my esophageal speech sounds to others.

To run the application, you need to have Java Runtime Environment (jre version 1.6.0 or higher) on your computer. To determine whether you have java:
  • Open the Command Prompt
  • Type "Java -version"
  • If you do not have jre, you can get it here.

    If you have Java installed and you want to use the application:
  • Select *.exe for Windows OR *.jar for Mac.
  • Download the application.
  • Move the application (icon) to a folder or to your desktop.
  • You may want to create a shortcut for the desktop.
  • A shortcut can be created by right clicking on the application.
  • Double Click on application or shortcut to start.

  • The application is very simple:
  • Click on the button to start recording.
  • There is a 30-sec. time limit to the recording time.
  • A second click stops the recording and starts the playback.
  • The recording is erased after it's played back.
  • There is no way to abort the playback.

  • To run the voice recorder for Esophageal Speech, please download:
  • For Windows: ESpeechApp.exe
  • For Macs:       ESpeechApp.jar


  • You can email me for additional help or for a copy of the source code.