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Subject : AN INTERESTING OBSERVATION|
posted by kip on Wed Feb 4, 2009 12:49 pm
|In trying to help my local Audiologist (before AH), by verbalizing why I might be having trouble in understanding speech, I posed the following to him."No help to him, though", he said). I have wondered, "Why not?", ever since.|
So, I would like to bring my findings to this Message Board for comments.
During this time, in question, the go back appointments were many, with no solutions. I found a picture diagram of an audio hearing graph on the Internet, that started me to wonder. It had locations, in the different frequency ranges, where different letters of the alphabet fell/fall.
I was (and still am) a frequent watcher of Wheel Of Fortune on TV. (BTW, now with my AH CIC's in place, I don't miss a single letter - I guess another miracle - smile !), a popular show that is known nation-wide. I began realizing that what letter, that I HEARD (with my CIC's in place throughout this test)- some of the consonants, were not the same letters that Vanna White turned up on the board. I started to pay closer attention - thinking that it was by accident; - but, no, and I realized that there seemed to be quite a few letters that I was not hearing correctly.
I made a little chart of the alphabet letters -- in two columns -- first column was A thru Z for what I heard; the second column - A thru Z was for what letter Vanna White turned up on the board..
When I took my little test. the next viewing of Wheel of Fortune, I was really surprised at the findings.
All the vowels (A,E,I,O,U) I had heard correctly, didn't miss a single one.
Then the consonants D, H,I,J,M,O,Q U,W,X,Y,Z - I had heard correctly.
But the following consonants were a "mess": B sounded like either P or D; C sounded like D; F sounded like S or R; G sounded like either D or B; K sounded like D; L sounded like S; N sounded like M; P sounded like T or B;
R sounded like S; S sounded like M or F; T sounded like either P or G or D or B; and V sounded like B.
Of course, later I moved - with success - to AH. No problems understanding speech, now.
But, I wonder if my find has any validity in it as a helpful at home tool for HOH to try out to see if (with their hearing aids in place), maybe a new Audiogram is needed, or the fitter would benefit by knowledge, such as this, as a helpful tool?
With my hearing loss journey (at least, before AH), it was so difficult for me to verbalize to the local Audi,fitters, dispensers - with anything I thought might be helpful (to get the fitting of my hearing aids on the road, up and going). They, all, seemed to want to go by their findings, test, software quick fit, etc., etc. With digitals, there is just so much more -- there really is.
I took my little test over four day's to be sure what I heard (of the letters) and what letters were being turned up was pretty accurate. Then I took a long hard look at my findings. I thought, to myself, no wonder I was having trouble with understanding conversations with others.
I thought I would like to pass "my little test" on to others -- would be fun to see just how many letters being turned up on Wheel of Fortune HOHer's heard correctly. We HOHer's need humor and fun, every once in a while - for the day to day is really taxing and stressful, sometimes.
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