Virginia Tech Researcher Seeks to Use Electrical Stimulation to Give Voice to Stroke Patients
A Virginia Tech College of Engineering researcher is seeking
a new way to help those who are unable to speak to find their voice. But this
isn’t “The King’s Speech,” the Academy Award-winning film about a British royal
undergoing speech therapy to battle a stammer. Instead, Alexander Leonessa
(http://www.me.vt.edu/people/faculty/leonessa.html) wants to help bring back
the voice of stroke patients and others who have suffered paralysis of the
vocal folds, through electrical stimulation.
National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.