Madonna expiratory respiratory trainer (MERT): A self-practice device for improving the control of alveolar pressure (technical note)

Mark Hakel, David Beukelman, Lance C Perez, Peter Lavin, Paul Kavan

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Reduced respiratory drive for speech occurs in conjunction with a range of neurological conditions. Traditional interventions to increase respiratory drive may include laryngeal aerodynamic instrumentation, manometers, or use of a "blow bottle" (Yorkston, Beukelman, Strand, & Bell, 1999). MERT is a new portable, electronic prototype that allows for calibrated target trials, feedback to the client, sensitivity adjustment, storage of practice data for approximately 40 sessions, and transfer of data into a computer database. The use of MERT by a young woman with brainstem impairment is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-224
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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