Question: Why Can I Hear Things Far Away But Not Close?

Why does sound differ if heard from a distance and near?

As distance from the sound source increases, the area covered by the sound waves increases.

The same amount of energy is spread over a greater area, so the intensity and loudness of the sound is less.

This explains why even loud sounds fade away as you move farther from the source..

How do you hear sound from far away?

Shaped like satellite dish antennas, these special microphones amplify sound coming from an area that’s too far away to hear clearly without the aid of a listening device. By pointing the device at a desired location, sounds from as far as 300 yards (274.3 meters) away can seem like they’re right next to the listener.

How do you know if your hearing is damaged?

After you are exposed to loud noise, sounds that seem normal to most people may start to sound unbearably loud to you (a condition called hyperacusis). People with this increased sensitivity to sound may experience discomfort or physical pain. And it may be a sign of hearing damage.

Why do I hear words incorrectly?

Auditory Neuropathy is a condition where someone with or without hearing loss experiences problems with perceiving speech. They hear the words, they just can’t process them correctly. They may be able to hear sounds just fine, but still have difficulty recognizing spoken words.

Why can I hear but not understand?

For some people, hearing but not understanding may signal an auditory processing disorder (APD). This means the nervous system—not the ears—struggles to make sense of the sounds coming in from the ears. APD is often diagnosed in children, but it also can be diagnosed in adults.

Is it possible to have super hearing?

Sounds are what we hear when something causes air to vibrate. The human ear can hear air vibrations as sound if they vibrate at frequencies between 20 and 20,000 hertz. … In fact, the closest we get to ‘super-hearing’ is at birth.