To explain why talking louder doesn't always help people with hearing aids consider this question; is it ea...
To explain why talking louder doesn't always help people with hearing aids consider this question; is it easier to hear a man with a deep voice or a woman with a high-pitched voice?”
Answer: It would be easier to hear the male with a deep voice. Not because he is speaking louder, but because his speech is at a lower frequency than hers. Lower pitched sounds are generally easier to hear than higher pitched sounds. When someone experiences hearing loss, the higher pitched sounds are typically more difficult to hear. As the loss of hearing worsens, other frequency levels start becoming more difficult for the ears to process. This isn't always the case for everyone. Some individuals have poorer hearing inside lower ranges, so their audiologist will fine-tune their hearing aid to operate better in those ranges.
This is partially why modern hearing aids feature multiple channels. The hearing aid's various channels allow it to more effectively screen sounds coming in and process it within a certain frequency range. This is a very valuable feature that allows the wearer to adjust their settings as needed to increase the audibility in environments that are harder to hear.
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“Hi I’m Dr. Parrish, and this is Fact or Fiction with SayWhat.
Today’s topic is: ‘If people just talked louder, I would be able to hear just fine’ - fact or fiction?
This is fiction. With hearing loss, just talking louder doesn’t make sounds clearer. The purpose of getting a hearing aid is to help give back the sounds that you’re missing. And make sounds clearer, not necessarily louder.”
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