How can I remove distortion from an audio recording?

Episode 1527 (1:37:53)

Josh from Austin, TX
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Josh has an audio recording that has a lot of distortion. How can he fix it? Leo says he can't, really. Distortion usually means the top end of the audio recording has "clipped" causing the audio to lose the upper end. But the chatroom says that Izotope is a plugin that can repair it somewhat. Since the caller is blind, however, Leo recommends a service called Auphonic. They have professional audio restoration tools that can do the job. There's a free tier and a pay tier. And since it's web based, it's very accessible with a computer. 2 hours for free a month. 9 hours for $11 a month. He should give it a try and see how they do.