Here’s the fact: Even the latest smartphone out there will mess up on your dictated text messages sometimes. It just cannot process sound the way us humans can.
Think of your phone’s analysis of your voice as the EARS = strict capturing of audio and very basic interpretation of words.
The difference when we as humans hear is the BRAIN component, taking the audio that was captured (which may or may not be complete sound, depending on what arrived at the microphone) and filling it the blanks by matching it up with real-world context and each person’s unique vocabulary of familiar words.
Of course your latest phone software has a “brain” lexicon of word templates (how words usually sound), but it is no match for the human sense of hearing and the brain-ear partnership. (Artificial intelligence, anyone?)
Now think about when you try dictating and your phone doesn’t catch anything at all. You need to repeat it entirely, slower and more clearly. Sometimes you need to use a different word. When hearing loss sets in, the brain works harder and harder to make sense of a distorted sound. Sometimes it’s impossible to figure it out. Either way, the extra straining puts a drain on your brain’s reserve of energy… energy that is usually needed for memory, attention and enjoyment.
The role of the audiologist is to detect which sounds may be an issue in capturing, and then restore those sounds via hearing devices. We also re-train the brain to classify and decipher incoming sounds when they are not clear due to background noise or group conversation. The best hearing devices available are the ones that feed the brain with the most support for processing speech in tough listening environments.
Add in some auditory rehabilitation (physical therapy for the ears!)
for the very best listening outcome.
To quote Dr. Israel Abramov
, my legendary Professor of Neuroscience at Brooklyn College: “The brain is the interface between you and the world.”
Take care of your ears, and feed your brain with the sound it craves.