Hearing But Not Understanding

Speech Perception to Speech Recognition Hearing but not understanding is the general theme of this post.  Acoustic characteristics of speech that lead to “hearing” have been the subject of the last two posts. However, being able to “hear” does not necessarily translate to “understanding.” This post will conclude the acoustic characteristics of speech by discussing…

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Intelligibility vs. Bandwidth

A Case for Mid-frequency Amplification (Continued) Should mid-frequencies be given more than a cursory consideration when it comes to fitting hearing aids? Last week’s post reviewed some acoustic characteristics of speech and their significance in speech perception. These included long-known information related to speech spectra; the relationship between speech power, frequency, and intelligibility; critical bands;…

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