I cannot think of many worse jobs to have than a journalist when you lose your voice.
I recently had the unfortunate chance to experience this first hand, the day of the election no less.
For some reason, people do not take you seriously or even acknowledge you at all when your lips move but nothing comes out.
I should not say that I was completely voiceless, but I may have well been for what good I was worth.
I tried to communicate by e-mail, but, to my chagrin, not everyone is on call waiting to jump up to respond immediately to my queries.