Hearing Complaints from People with Normal Hearing
Our hearing world can be very demanding. We get phone calls from people we don’t know—and they talk fast. We watch television programs—and the actors mumble. Movies are made to be realistic—which means noisy. People find it hard to hear in restaurants—and that complaint is from people with normal hearing.
Even people with excellent hearing have difficult hearing in many places. Here is a list of the places that people with normal hearing complain about. Do these sound familiar?
One of the most common complaints about restaurants is how noisy they are.
Most restaurants make little effort to control noise levels. Glass tables and hard walls and floors make voices and noise bounce around the dining area. As people talk louder to be heard, everyone else talks louder and the restaurant gets even noisier. Movies. Movies often have background music and several people talking at the same time. It all makes understanding what the actors are saying a real challenge.
Many people complain, “The music is too loud!” And have you ever heard someone wish that the band played louder? When the band is playing, understanding the person across the table (or even right next to you) can be nearly impossible.
Whether it’s the flight attendant on an airplane or the public address system at an airport or rail terminal, the announcer often makes no effort to speak clearly. We recommend looking for video displays instead.
How well we can understand speech on television depends on the program, the station, and your television set. News announcers are usually easier to understand because they talk to be understood-and you can see them.
Some actors mumble (think of Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor). Actors with accents are more difficult, such as in The Crown and Downton Abbey. Even people with excellent hearing say these listening situations can be difficult. How do these compare with your toughest listening places?
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