Why can I hear people speaking, but not understand what they say?
Very often we meet clients who ask this question. Or they are told:
“When you want, you can hear perfectly! You have selective hearing!”
In reality, every hearing loss is different. Imagine sounds around us like they are on a piano keyboard, with low pitched sounds at the left of the keyboard and high pitched sounds at the right.
Speech is made up of vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and consonants (for example, s, t, n, d, f, p). Vowel sounds are lower in pitch and are found towards the left of the keyboard. Consonant sounds are higher in pitch and are towards the right of the keyboard. These higher pitched consonant sounds play a key role in distinguishing words and understanding speech clearly.
As hearing loss often initially affects those higher pitched consonant sounds, the result is a loss of clarity and increased difficulty understand speech, particularly with background noise.
For example, similar words such as “Fun” and “Sun” are easily confused, because it becomes difficult to distinguish “F” from “S”.
So yes, we can say we may (not deliberately!) develop “selective hearing”.
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