Hearing loss and television: When the TV entertains the whole house
Just then, things get dramatic in the film: the hero of the story finally confesses to his beloved that he... but why doesn't he speak more clearly? He can hardly be understood from the TV armchair. Then the rubbish truck drives by on the street outside - and all suspense is gone.
Why can't the sound be as clear as if the performers were in the room? Why does everything sound so flat and so hard to distinguish? The days when people instinctively moved closer to the TV when it was important should really be over. And quite honestly, simply turning up the sound is no solution either. The noise is no fun, and the actors are not really easier to understand.
If you are one of the 15% of people who suffer from hearing loss, then watching TV can become a real challenge. But don't worry, there is a solution!
Why is the sound of the TV often difficult to understand?
Hearing loss and hearing problems are not always the only factors affecting the TV experience. Modern TVs, with their slim, space-saving designs, often have small built-in speakers that can't reproduce TV sound optimally. Dialogue can sound indistinct and flat, while music and sounds can be overpowering.
But the way sound is produced for movies and TV shows has also changed. More sound effects, atmospherics and special effects are being used to create an immersive cinematic experience. The result? You have trouble understanding the dialogue.
Hearing loss and television:
What problems can occur?
If you suffer from hearing loss, watching TV can present additional challenges. Here are some of the most common problems:
- Difficulty understanding dialogue in the presence of background noise
- The need to turn up the volume to hear the TV sound, which can be distracting to others in the house
- Problems distinguishing sounds and voices
Hearing aids and technology: Modern technology makes the TV evening a pleasure again
TV sound amplifier
Proactive measures to support your hearing
In addition to these practical hearing aids , are there proactive steps you can take to improve your hearing experience? Here are two things you should consider:
Regular hearing tests
A regular hearing test with your doctor or hearing care professional is a good way to keep track of the condition of your hearing. This way, you can determine if your hearing loss is worsening and if your current hearing aids are still sufficient and take appropriate measures in time to protect your hearing.
Communicate openly about your hearing loss with your family and friends. They can help make your viewing experience more enjoyable, for example, by being considerate about volume or helping set up hearing aids.