“Watcha Doin”?…Move your articulators! By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center


“Watcha Doin”?….What are you doing? says a professor to his theater student….:)

Move your articulators! The only articulator that can’t move are the teeth and the hard palate, Joe said.

ThisĀ is all coming from a soon-to-be retired speech communication and theater adjunct professor with a severe hearing loss. We chatted over various topics like this after I asked him how he is hearing since his last visit. He said that he’s hearing very well with the exception that students across the stage can be challenging to hear and more so, difficult to understand especially when they don’t enunciate or “use their articulators”. Joe is quite interested in vocal and speech pronunciation and it has become an even greater objective to teach his students to project and clarify their voices.

How people speak, enunciate, and project their voices makes the difference of hearing and understanding. These factors are critical for those with and without hearing loss.

He also said, “never look at the camera” as the spontaneity is lost. Ha Ha Haaaaa….love it!!! ….thus, the picture of him facing away with a smile!



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11 Comments Showing 50 most recent
  1. Jen Subotnik

    HA, ha….his “not posing” for the camera makes him look like an even cooler guy than I know him to already be!

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Love it!!

  2. Marie

    People who do not enunciate and projecting their voices are even hard for those of us without hearing loss to hear at times. What a character!

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Exactly Mary! Yes, he sure is!

  3. Joanne Upton

    He looks like a character but an enjoyable one. We all have to be aware of our voices and if you are not projecting yourself and enunciating our patients do let us know.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      So true Joanne! We all do.

  4. Kristie Dannemiller-Smith

    Absolutely! What a cool patient!!

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Yes, so true. Very cool man!

  5. Dale Hansen

    I am a mumbler from way back. HaHa! I love it! I am constantly having enunciation malfunctions dis-articulations.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Too funny…mumbler from way back! Ha Haaaa.
      There is some truth in there for all of us.

  6. Gail Reagan

    How true… it’s very difficult to understand a mumbler even when you have good hearing.

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