About Your Favorite Television Show…
One of the hearing difficulties we often hear about is, “I have trouble understanding television.”
Television broadcasts use recording, processing, and transmitting techniques that can make understanding speech more difficult for anyone. That speech signal sent over the airways or through your cable system is not the same high-quality signal you hear in real life. In addition, most television sets have relatively small speakers.
The quality of “television speech” is usually good enough for people with normal hearing. However it’s not the same quality as live, face-to-face speech, and it’s often not good enough for people with hearing loss.
Speech clarity and loudness will also vary from channel to channel, from program to program, and from speaker to speaker. We hear the greatest complaints about programs with actors and actresses with unfamiliar accents.
Many people find it easier to watch (and listen to) television using an individual amplifier system. These include inexpensive infrared headsets (such as TV Ears) and wireless systems that transmit the television sound directly to hearing aids. Call us for more information about these television amplifier systems.
Note: Almost all televisions sets have captioning already built-in. The written text can be turned on using the remote control.
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