I need subtitles, and I have great hearing.
I don't know what it is about me - I can hear intonation and ambient sounds perfectly, but the actual meaning of the word gets lost. I'll be listening closely, and yet still ask my girlfriend 5 or 6 times over the course of a movie , "Wait, what did he say?"
Subtitles have helped a lot, and now she uses them even when I'm not around! I don't know why I'm so terrible at processing speech on TV, even though I'm fine at it IRL.
This article made me feel seen, something I didn't know I wanted. Thanks for sharing!