The Monologue Strategy — If You Can’t Hear, Just Dominate the Conversation

Have you encountered people who speak loud and long, dominating conversations by turning a dialogue into a monologue?  Maybe the loud person was in another group, but so loud that s/he interfered with the conversation you were trying to have?  If you’ve had these experiences, you likely wondered why the person was talking so loudly and why they…

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Hearing, Listening, and Understanding

During counseling with a patient the other day I was asked to explain briefly the difference between hearing, listening, and understanding. The request was, “Make it easy and simple for me so when I talk to my family I can educate them about the differences, how these terms relate to my hearing loss and how…

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What’s a Young Voice Anyway? Vocal Fry is Hip But Unintelligible

This is the third and final post in the short series on why some voices are difficult to hear, even with hearing aids. The first two posts considered aging effects on voicing and some exercises to mitigate those effects. Today’s post veers in a different direction – to voicing and voicing aberrations among the young.…

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