If you are experiencing minor changes to your speech, you can ask your MND Clinical Specialist about the possibility of ‘banking’ your voice.
With suitable software you can record and bank phrases that you often say, for later use in a speech app. This is fairly easy to do, and currently costs nothing
Various companies will record your voice for you digitally, and then rebuild your own synthetic voice for use with suitable communication software. The fact sheet below explains more about the options, and more advice can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
Factsheet on Voice Banking
A research project called ‘Speak Unique’ has been running at the University of Edinburgh. It aims to rebuild a synthesized version of someone’s own voice for use with AAC devices. Unfortunately the more damaged the person’s voice is the more difficult that becomes and those with severely damaged voices may need to rely on one of the standard voices that come with the device.
Find out more about the Speak Unique research project
If you are having problems with your speech you may want to consider playing around with aids, such as speech Apps, before you really need them, to become familiar with the equipment and software.