New Technology Allows Patients To Keep Their Voice In Vocal Cord Operations

September 4, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A Master’s student at the University of Sheffield has created a revolutionary new technology that synthesizes the voice of a patient who has lost their vocal cords, in order to give them their own voice back.

The usual voice boxes use electronic sounding voices to repeat sentence structures. But this new type would allow the voice box to use the patient’s own voice, as long as they had a short time to record a series of words before hand.

Zahoor Khan’s creation requires only seven minutes of recorded speech in order to forms over 100 new sentences in the patient’s voice. This is down from two to three hours required for other voice banking equipment.

The most important point of the new voice technology is to allow patient’s to keep that part of themselves, rather than losing it to their condition.

Already, it has been used to allow a throat cancer patient to retain her own, personal voice.

“We all take our voices for granted, but it is not until we lose them that we realize what a marvelous gift the voice is,” Bernadette Chapman, the patient to receive the new voice banking system, was quoted by The Telegraph.

“So I thank the researchers on behalf of myself and all who will benefit from this new appliance, for all the work they have undertaken.”


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