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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A Case for Mid-frequency Amplification?

Most individuals with hearing loss are affected mostly in the high frequencies. And, because consonants–those phonemes (distinctive speech sounds) that are believed to enable humans to differentiate one word from another–are high-frequency sounds, hearing aid fitting formulas universally call for high-frequency amplification. This continues to be a take-off of the old “audiogram fitting” approach (although with less…

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