Af­ford­able Voice

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Vishal Rao, an In­dian on­col­o­gist and sur­geon, has in­vented an ar­ti­fi­cial voice box ‘Aum’ to help throat can­cer pa­tients speak again. Priced at just Rs 50, the voice pros­the­sis de­vice is a boon for those suf­fer­ers who have lost their voice, but can­not buy the high­ly­ex­pen­sive pros­the­sis de­vice that is avail­able at Rs 20,000 and has to be changed twice a year. In In­dia, there are more than 1.5 lakh cases of to­bacco-in­duced can­cer, with one-third suf­fer­ing from throat, head and neck can­cer, which nor­mally re­quires voice box re­moval dur­ing the treat­ment.

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