This Is What It Sounded Like In 1964 After You Had Your Larynx Removed

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

Having your larynx removed involves undergoing a complex procedure and is not something to be taken lightly.

Typically, this kind of extreme surgery is considered a last resort to stop the advancement of throat cancer. While having this surgery might save your life, it can also rob you of your ability to speak.

Today, we have some fairly advanced pieces of technology called electrolarynxes that can help those without voice boxes communicate. Back in the '60s, similar devices were not nearly as sophisticated as they are now. This recording from 1964 of a person speaking after the removal of their larynx is actually pretty disturbing.

You'd better put on headphones for this one.

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(via Reddit)

As if you needed another reason to quit smoking, right? Imagine living your life like this, unable to truly communicate with those around you. It sounds like a nightmare.

 

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