Do you know these females?
These females are some of the most beautiful women on television. Of course, this is my opinion, and there are plenty more I am not even listing, but that is not the point. Before going deaf I use to love to hear these women speak. Now, even with my hearing aids I have a difficult time hearing female voices. I don’t know what I would do without online captioning, given that my speech discrimination is poor. I have my gadgets from ReSound and try my best to use all the assistive technology available, but it’s just not easy. I really struggle with females voices on television, over the telephone, and in person (although reading lips is my preferred method). It’s the high frequency that either irritates my ears or bypasses them completely. When it comes to watching my beautiful female actresses on television, I make sure I put my ReSound Unite Mini Microphone near the television and feed their voices directly to my hearing aids. Yes, this helps a little but then I have to be careful not to overdo it because my ears get tired quickly. When I am at work and know I am going to need to have a long talk with a female student, I make sure I schedule a face to face conversation. Talking over the phone is going to be too difficult, even with the ReSound Phone Clip. I am hoping to get the latest Phone Clip to see if the sound is clearer, though it’s not available for Android yet.
Men’s voices, on the other hand, are a little bit more intelligible. The deep bass comes through clearer and my ears tolerate their voices better.
What have I tried so far?
1. I have had several hearing aid adjustments, but technology can only go so far.
2. I have only learned a little bit of sign language and that is only helpful when I am with friends and family - if they want to use sign language as well.
3. Use ReSound technology - I know there are cool devices out there but there are still some letters that are difficult for me to distinguish.
4. I’ve considered asking others to write things down but that might take too long.
5. Reading lips is probably the best option, but it is also tiring.
So, I have a harder time with women’s voices than with men’s..
What about you?
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.