Total removal of the larynx may be required to treat laryngeal cancer: speech is lost. This article shows that it may be possible to restore speech by sensing movement of the remaining speech articulators and use machine learning algorithms to derive a transformation to convert this sensor data into an acoustic signal. The resulting “silent speech,” which may be delivered in real time, is intelligible and sounds natural. The identity of the speaker is recognisable. The sensing technique involves attaching small, unobtrusive magnets to the lips and tongue and monitoring changes in the magnetic field induced by their movement.
Gilbert, J. M., Gonzalez, J. A., Cheah, L. A., Ell, S. R., Green, P., Moore, R. K., & Holdsworth, E. (2017). Restoring speech following total removal of the larynx by a learned transformation from sensor data to acoustics. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(3), EL307-EL313. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4978364