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Muttering

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Muttering

Not sure if my hearing is getting worse as I get older but I'm sure most young people these days  mutter or mumble rather than speak in a clear way and it's virtually impossible to understand what they are saying, indeed I am sure at times they are speaking in a language unfamiliar to me.
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Re: Muttering

I wear two hearing aids.... (last hearing test confirmed 20% loss of hearing) and agree it seems that youngsters seem to speak in a form of "tones" and "nuances" rather than clear speech, that is only understood by those "close" to them...i.e. family and friends.
If a programme on the tv does not have subtitles, then I find it difficult to follow the speech.... having said that, I find it most annoying when the news (which is being read from a teleprompt) is subtitled using voice recognition techniques, and the machine cannot "keep up", it stops mid sentence, and you have no idea what the end of the report said.  Why can`t they just put the teleprompt on the screen at the same time as the news reader.? simples  Roll eyes
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Re: Muttering

I`ve got good hearing but I have trouble hearing some of the actors in a lot of films/tv dramas.............for example the adaptation of  Birdsong (brilliant book) - the main character mumbles his way through. 
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Re: Muttering

Like shutter I wear two hearing aids. And perhaps driving school buses I come in contact with more youngsters than most people. I quite agree mumbling seems to be very common in these age groups...
But, I have a sneaky feeling that older generations have always had trouble understanding younger one's.
Like annerimmington I have trouble understanding some modern actors, especially Americans, more often males. While watching some programmes I will lean over to SWMBO and enquire "er! what did he say?" and receive a shrug in response.
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I have excellent hearing but I struggle to undertsand my 16 year-old daughter at times. I think this has more to do with not comprehending the language of the younger generation than not actually hearing the words. Perhaps my parents had the same with me Shocked

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