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A 17-year-old female asked about a male:

Can u cough&talk with a tracheostomy tube in ur throat my dad might be getting it done has the tube currently in his mouth he is 75 with heart problem

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kartik Patel
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: It is possible to communicate with a tracheostomy tube. Your father will need a speaking valve which he can place on when he wants to talk. You should speak with the physician who is going to be performing the tracheostomy to confirm this however.
Dr. Kathryn Ko
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Yes: there are different types of tubes that can allow talking, of course Dad would need to be trained in these activities.
Dr. Deborah Lim
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Yes you can talk or cough with a tracheostomy tube. You just need to close the stoma with your fingers

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