Google CEO Larry Page has not conducted speaking engagements in quite some time. Why? Page revealed that he has been suffering with vocal cord paralysis. Page posted details of his medical condition on his Google+ page.
Page said that he started to suffer from a cold about 14 years ago and his voice became hoarse. His voice never recovered and a doctor diagnosed him with vocal cord paralysis. This is a nerve problem that causes the left nerve to not move properly.
“While this condition never really affected me ? other than having a slightly weaker voice than normal which some people think sounded a little funny ? it naturally raised questions in my mind about my second vocal cord. But I was told that sequential paralysis of one vocal cord following another is extremely rare,” said Page. “Fast forward to last summer, when the same pattern repeated itself ? a cold followed by a hoarse voice. Once again things didn?t fully improve, so I went in for a check-up and was told that my second vocal cord now had limited movement as well. Again, after a thorough examination, the doctors weren?t able to identify a cause.”
In 2003, Page was also diagnosed with Hashimoto?s Thyroiditis. He said that this is not causing him any troubles and it is unlikely that this condition is related to his current issues with vocal cord paralysis.
Some of the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis are vocal fatigue and throat discomfort along with chronic cough. Page is funding a research program at the Voice Health Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School led by Dr. Steven Zeitels.