A person’s voice can say a lot about them — how they communicate, where they are from, their age. We often take our voices for granted, as we tend to think we’ll have them for our whole lives.
But that’s not always the case. Some people are born without the ability to speak at all. While others may lose their voice through illness, surgical interventions or other causes.
Northeastern professor Rupal Patel has spent her career researching how technology can be used to help give people their voices back — and for some, the ability to really be understood for the first time.