Conversing with ease – seeing is believing!
What does “trying hard to listen” look like? Leaning forward, scrunching up our faces, turning our “good” ear in the direction of the speaker, or, in the days of Oliver Twist, inserting a “hearing horn” into one ear while barking, “Say what?!” As a clinical audiologist, I often work with people who are trying out […]
The problem with cocktail parties!
Legend has it that the first cocktail party was thrown by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, USA in May of 1917. Mrs. Walsh invited 50 guests to her house for a one-hour affair at noon on Sunday. “The party scored an instant hit,” the St. Paul Pioneer Press announced, and went […]
“What did you say?!”
Hearing above the noise – a challenge for everyone Recent surveys indicate that 5% of children and adults under 60 with “clinically normal” audiograms have difficulties understanding speech in noisy settings. We speculate, however, that this number is much bigger, since many people don’t seek medical advice until their hearing loss is much more pronounced. […]
Hearing technology comes of age
Successful communication depends on a series of complex interactions between sensory, cognitive and social abilities that all come together at once. All of those capabilities, and how they interrelate, change with age. This post touches on some of the important age-related phenomena contributing to the difficulty in understanding speech in noisy environments – and how […]