The NAIM technique aims to restore the sense of smell by creating an orthonasal airflow through the nose by establishing a negative pressure in the oral cavity and oropharynx while keeping the lips closed, the soft palate relaxed and with simultaneous lowering of the base of tongue and floor of mouth (as a polite yawn).
The technique is easy to learn and to teach.
With a water manometer the patient gets real-time visual feedback if the movement is performed correctly during practice.
Odor rehabilitation can be performed in parallel with voice rehabilitation (during regular speech therapist visits) and requires no additional patient visits.
On this website you can download the tools needed to teach the NAIM technique to your laryngectomized patients.
For further information or help contact Lisa Tuomi PhD, SLP
To download the files you need a password. Click here to request a password.