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A RESEARCH ON THE PERCEPTION OF IDENTITY OF ALARYNGEAL SPEAKERS.

We are so used to communicate through the spoken word, that it can be hard for us to imagine a scenario where we are not able to talk. For laryngectomized patients, that is a reality, accompanied with physical and physiological consequences. To support communication, patients use devices aimed to restore speech. One of the disadvantages of existing devices is that they are not able to match the personality and identity of the person, making a robotic sound.

The Voice Mint is an intraoral speech prosthesis. It emits a sound source that can be modulated into words. By researching the intelligibility and perception of different sound sources, it was possible to detect characteristics around physiology, age and gender that can be modified on the sound source. In result, the identity and personality of the patient can be supported by providing them with a sound source that matches their individual preferences, which represents a step further within speech restoration.

 

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