Often, we all may have difficulties hearing speech in quiet as well as in noisy environments. Chatting with a patient today, he shared how he has problem hearing his wife while also trying to focus on the tv. He felt that he tries to keep the tv volume lower and then the “normal” is, as he put it, is that he is focusing on what he wants to hear namely his wife if she talks to him.
This is the case for many of us, what are we “tuned into? He said that, when he was in college either he had to listen to the professor or write notes,…he couldn’t do both at the same time. Now as a retired man, he needs to focus on what is necessary and often thinking outside of this, to hear his wife, as this is equally or more important. I appreciated him bringing up this perspective as it can be so true with many of us at times.
How people enunciate or project their voice, the level of background noise, people facing away, can affect how we hear. How we listen can be entirely different as this patient mentioned with the tv, his wife, and his old college days…..