Definitely not relief that the Procedure's over, on my part. I slept through it, and the band-aid came off in the shower. I might be skeptical too, if I had not heard this from so many others, many of whom are skeptics, but none of whom had heard my speaking voice since before the Procedure.
None of these reports were solicited, and all came unexpected to me (though by now I tend to believe them). I expect lots of things after speaking the first few words of a conversation, but none of them is a comment on the sound of my voice (I'm 57). Dr. Duncan is probably an exception, but I don't think many people anticipate hearing a difference. They look for differences, but I don't think they expect to hear them. She gets to see and hear a lot more than most, I agree.
Some here think of me as just another "true believer", but they may not know that along with my hope for improvement comes some pretty severe skepticism of my own, borne of many disappointments, not least of which is my disappointment with the discipline of neurology as I have seen it in numerous practitioners. I have been more than disillusioned with other kinds of medical practice as well.
Imagine my horror when someone placed a needle into various of my nerves, and pretended to interpret the sounds coming from a cheap audio amplifier and a five-dollar speaker connected directly to the needle, as meaningful in terms of my nerves' 'conduction' ability. I studied electronics for three years, with honours. I know that that whole operation was a very painful fake. People think if they call something a study everyone will be impressed, but I could study your navel and produce a lot more valuable information. Although none that would generate interest.
On the other hand, the guy who finally did diagnose me was a radiologist, and I have seen my black holes and held my films in my hands. I don't like gadolinium, but I have had a lot of it.
Dr. Duncan may be guilty of 'hopeful thinking'. I think all doctors should be. I experienced no change in my voice. I can not tell. They could be totally wrong. I'm only going by what I've been told. In this I am not skeptical.