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In my afternoon class, we are watching video presentations. It's all fine, and I don't mind the fact that I can't see the visual portions. What I do mind is the horrible audio quality! The audio sounds like it's coming from a tin can, and it is echoing through this room. All of my energy is going to deciphering the words, and I'm going to have a migraine by the time this is over from these frequencies going into my brain! This is something that happens a lot in churches when there are special presentations, unbalanced sound during music, etc. I really wish that people would be sensitive to this without those with special needs having to disclose... Doesn't this stuff hurt other people's ears??? Isn't it hard to understand? Or do people just not mind? I'd like to find productive ways to educate about this; but it seems like when I try to talk about it, even in a reasonable manner, I am interpreted as just asking for something I need personally or griping about the loudness, etc. It is much more involved than that, and it isn't just about me though it certainly does affect me.

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amyb0223
Nov. 6th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
You poor thing!! That would give me a migraine for sure as well.

I've discovered having been through similar, that more often than not the lack of audio that isn't distorted bothers people like us with vision problems or no vision at all than it seems to bother a person with sight that can see the stuff going on on screen. I've discovered (from what I'e been told so this may not e true for everyone) that a lot of sighted people as long as they can see ok what's going on on the screen they care very little about what the audio quality--how understood it is etc. This is, assuming that, as someone told me one time, they are paying attention to the presentation in the first place. If you can't see you have to pay greater attention to discern what's being said if you want to gain anything from what you're watching and then if you have any sort of hearing impairment even if it is a small one, you then have to listen even harder. If you ever win this battle, let me know how you did it!

Take care.
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