Regaining One’s Voice Via Technology

A year or two ago My Beloved had thyroid cancer and went through surgery, radiation treatments, etc.

Vocal chords surround the thyroid and there is always a risk that when the thyroid is removed that temporary or permanent damage to ones voice can occur.

In the case of My Beloved, her voice became much deeper, more like the gravelly voice of a big man. Fortunately, over the course of a year or so, her earlier voice gradually returned.

I just read that film critic Roger Ebert was not so lucky. Below is a snippet about what happened to him and how technology made a miraculous difference in his life.

In 2006, the movie critic Roger Ebert lost his voice box to thyroid cancer. But recordings of his voice were subsequently digitized and turned into all possible English sounds. He can now type words and have them said aloud—in his own voice. (Emphasis mine.)–the-blind-see–the-deaf-hear–the-mute-can-be-heard-191343896.html


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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12 Responses to Regaining One’s Voice Via Technology

  1. boomiebol says:

    Wow!!! Amazing, glad your beloved is well and has her voice back.

    May a cure be found for cancer soon… Amen!

  2. How wonderful that she had help from a loving husband to recover.

  3. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon
    everyday. It’s always helpful to read through content from other authors and practice a little something from other websites.

  4. mimijk says:

    Wonderful Russ…and I too am now struggling to figure out why I’m not getting notiifications of your posts …grrr..

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