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background noise Tue, 06/14/11 4:47 PM (permalink)
I don't know where to complain about this, but I will feel better if I vent here a bit.
I am trying to find out what idiot came up with the idea of raising the volume of the background music when the actors in the movie start to whisper.  I bet it is the same nitwit who came up with the idea of raising the level of the crowd noise at a ball game so that you cannot hear the commentators.

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    Re:background noise Tue, 06/14/11 5:29 PM (permalink)
    the same idiot who cranks up the volume on commercials. (arg!)
    (PS hey, could you respond to my Wildwood, NJ question in Where to Eat forum? - thanks!)
      mayor al

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      Re:background noise Tue, 06/14/11 7:02 PM (permalink)
      I don't understand the techno-crap that creates the increased background levels of 'noise' that you describe....but I have found that on our Direct-TV channels, if I want a more 'balanced' audio level I switch from the Hi-Def Dolby Sound Super version to the rgular channel version of the same media...On Direct TV they are usually in sequential order . While the video quality goes down a bit, the ability to hear the muttering of Jethro Gibbs on NCIS is much more important to me !
        ann peeples

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        Re:background noise Tue, 06/14/11 7:59 PM (permalink)
        And I thought I was going deaf........

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          Re:background noise Tue, 06/14/11 8:28 PM (permalink)
          I honestly have no idea what y'all are talking about, with the exception of the commercial volume on TV. But now I'm going to start paying attention to see if I notice.

            Re:background noise Tue, 06/14/11 8:38 PM (permalink)
            I quit going to movies several years ago due to a hearing issue that I have from firing guns in the military.  I have constant ringing in my ears and my hearing is not so good.  I found that when I went to the movies with some friends, I fell asleep.  I now watch TV and even then I hae to sit pretty close as I hear sound but at a distance, it gets mumbled.  I have been to several specialist and all advised me that a hearing aide would not resolve my issue.  I work with what I got.
            I have found that folks get annoyed when I ask them to repeat what they said.  After a while, I just sorta catch a word and nod my head or respond yes or no.
            Paul E. Smith
            Knoxville, TN

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              Re:background noise Wed, 06/15/11 1:49 AM (permalink)
              I also, have what could be called "interesting" hearing: I hear easily only whatever has the loudest volume wherever I am.  This isn't dependent on the pitch of the particular sound, only on the volume.  As a result, normal hearing aids, which either amplify a specific "area" of pitches or amplify everything, are a waste of money for me.  At times, I too have ringing in my ears, but the only thing I can possibly blame that on was that in high school I played in the band, since my youth was long before it became popular to deafen yourself with high-volume music.  My biggest problem is when there is stormy weather in the area and static shows up on the telephone.  This static can drown out anyone to my ears, unless they talk loudly and slowly.  Of course, I also use this as an excuse if I want to get rid of a telephone solicitor.  

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                Re:background noise Wed, 06/15/11 11:24 AM (permalink)
                I also have about the same hearing issues, but self-inflicted from being stupid enough not to wear earplugs while playing in very loud bands for years when I was younger. I haven't noticed what the op relates, but I have a hard time hearing most of the time. If I'm not looking at you when you're talking to me, a little more than half the time I can't understand what you're saying, and talking on the phone can be a chore.
                Paul, I find myself catching a few words and nodding also quite often. Don't know if anyone has noticed yet.
                  seafarer john

                  Re:background noise Wed, 06/15/11 11:55 AM (permalink)
                  Anytime I can't hear the sports commentators drivel, I'm happy.
                  I watch most sports events with the TV muted.
                  Cheers, John 

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                    Re:background noise Wed, 06/15/11 1:38 PM (permalink)
                    Closed captioning has saved my tv watching but unfortunately that's not available at the movies. On most dvd's however I can play the english subtitles which helps a lot. I do have hearing lose and especially have a hard time with higher pitched voices.

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                      Re:background noise Wed, 06/15/11 3:51 PM (permalink)
                      I believe hearing maladies are some of the most often neglected/ignored that can sometimes be treated effectively by a knowledgeable MD/audiologist.  A couple months ago I started getting tintinitus (constant ringing) in one ear coincidently when eating a highly salty food.  I was afraid it was related to hypertension so went to the doc to get checked out.  Turned out to be the ear canal fully blocked with earwax.  Typical geezer symptom. 
                      Getting old sucks but it sure beats the alternative.
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