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 sisoon (original poster moderator #31240) posted at 3:58 PM on Thursday, July 14th, 2022

This has been bugging me for years, and I finally thought of checking to find out if it's me or the producers, I guess.

It has become standard to have crowd noise along with the commentary. For me, the crowd noise crowds out the commentary. I definitely have hearing problems and I wear hearing aids, but do others have trouble hearing the announcers? If you do have a problem, is it the crowd noise that interferes?

Thanks in advance.

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grubs ( member #77165) posted at 4:26 PM on Friday, July 15th, 2022

if your system supports surround sound try turning that off or choosing another venue type. You can get that effect if the system is focusing the commentary to the center channel and you don't have one. Other than that yes, they do try to pick up crowd noise, even adding it from canned noise, for the ambiance. My wife says my hearing sucks, it probably does due to decades of loud music, but really I have focus issues. Once I tune in to something it's hard to hear other sound.

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doninvaun ( member #75329) posted at 6:57 PM on Friday, July 15th, 2022

Most hearing aids have background noise filter, however if you're referring to the crowd noise & commentary coming from a TV then it's unlikely that the filter would work as both type of noises are coming from the same source.
The noise filtering option works for noises coming from different sources; for example, when you're sitting in a restaurant, hearing aids can filter noises in the surrounding area so you can hear the conversation with people in your table better, but crowd noise & commentary from a television are just 1 source of noise so I doubt if they can filter that.

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