According to the internet, losing your voice is caused either by vocal chord inflamation from a cold and the like, or one of these more serious issues:
1. your vocal cords are bowed
2. one vocal cord is thicker than the other
3. one vocal cord is partially paralized
4 you have spasmodic dysphonia (basically, laryngeal stuttering)
I don't know if I have inflamed or paralyzed vocal chords, all I know is that they don't work. I still had the ability to whisper slightly. If Nicole would get really quiet, she could hear me; however, I lacked projection and any sort of intonation. In fact, particularly frustrating yesterday was when our neighber who is somewhere between 93 and 142 and is hard of hearing came over to talk to me while I was putting things in the car. Every time I spoke, she would lean in further. Finally it became aparant she had no idea what I was saying.
Luckily though, later on, I was also able to find another way to communicate vocally. As young child, to the admiration of my other young friends and to the shame of my mother, I developed quite an ability to burp on demand. Not just little baby burps, but nice loud bass-y belches. Do to the urging of my mother, I have kept this talent hidden from the majority of the world; very few beyond my own family have actually heard me burp. But today I decided to let loose as I found that although I couldn't use my vocal chords, I could still talk with my burps. Mostly Nicole has just found it humorous. So if you have some thing important you need me to tell you like, "hey, your car is on fire," give me a call before my voice comes back.