Speech is one of the most fundamental forms of self-expression and communication in humans [1]. Voiced speech is produced by fluid-structure interactions that drive vocal fold oscillations, creating a periodic pressure oscillation in the vocal tract. This excitation has a fundamental frequency, typically ranging between 100 and 200 Hz, depending on the individual. Thousands of people lose this ability each year when they are forced to undergo a total laryngectomy, which removes the entire larynx, usually to prevent the spread of cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts there will be about 3,000 laryngectomees in the United States alone during 2013 [2][3].

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