Laurel has a difficult time speaking. Patient X could hardly speak (or do anything at all at one point. Indeed he could hardly stand any stimuli). I can speak but I've found speaking at some times to be quite discomforting. For me its as if loud speech reverberates in a painful way throughout my body. Calling for the dog, for instance, hurts! What a strange, strange thing. I asked Patient X about this since he experienced it so severely. He said the nervous system damage get so great that the stimulation from speech is just too great. Given my experience I wonder if its simply the vibrations from the one vocal cords echoing up and down the body that is too much - talk about being hypersensitive! I wonder how prevalent this is - I'll bet it's really prevalent.