Ken,Audiologists only concern themselves with voice frequencies. They don't test how well you can hear music. Twenty years ago, they only tested up to 4khz. Today, 8 khz is an improvement.
well, yes, because the primary focus is on speech recognition.
which is perfectly reasonable.
re: "East Coast accents", I find the proliferation in voiceovers now of that au courant, artificial 'middle American' accent utterly distracting because it's so annoying.
Sorry, but I can still tell when someone's natural accent is one thing, but he/she has been taught (or is attempting to self-inflict) that faux mid-America accent.
I hear it all the time where, in the space of a single paragraph, the person will pronounce "office" once as AW-fiss and once as AH-fiss.
and again, I am sorry but NO ONE gets his kicks on ROWT 66.
Route rhymes with shoot. Always.
Rout is a different word.