iPhone 8+ running IOS 12.3.2
Yesterday, while going through my FaceBook posts,, VoiceOver suddenly stopped talking. VoiceOver was on,, because when swiping from right to left and back, I could still hear the navagation clicking sounds. I asked Siri to turn on VoiceOver and the reply was: "VoiceOver is already on." I turned off VoiceOver, waited a second or so and again asked Siri to turn it on. Although the reply was: "VoiceOver on," from Siri, there was still no speach on my phone. I turned speach on/off by performing a 3 finger double tap. Again no speach. I turned off my iPhone and back on a couple of times, but it did not solve the issue. I pressed and hold the volume up button to make sure system sounds were playing. I tested my ring tone and that worked correctly. No problems there, but still VoiceOver remained quiet. I then locked the screen, then pressed once on the volume up button, once on the volume down button and then only pressed and hold the power button for 10 seconds to reboot my phone. It restarted with only those navigation sounds. No voice again. I did this twice, but my problem wasn't solved. All the time I had sighted assistance next to me. I asked her to go to settings, sounds and hapticks and turn off: "Change with buttons." She turned this option on and off a couple of times. No luck. A couple of days ago I unselected the Volume option under Rotor. I prefer using the volume buttons on the phone. The sighted person selected the volume option again. I turned the rotor and her sighted eyes saw that when I wanted to change to another voice when I reached: Language, that option moved so quickly away that I could not manage that.
After a long long time VoiceOver started to speak again to my utter joy, but we can still not figure out what caused this issue. All I can think now is that while I swiped through the rotor options, it could be that she tapped near or on the volume option. What other methods are available? Is there a setting a totaly blind person can perform without sighted assistance? What if something like this happens to a blind person who lives alone? Did anyone also have experience of this nasty issue?