With diminishing hearing, I just find it easier to watch TV with closed captioning on. That way, I don't miss a thing.
What percentage of the time do you think you actually figure out what an actor is saying when you "skip back" or rewind your DVR in an attempt to understand a tv show or movie's dialogue?
Depending n bow relevant it seems I'll try up to 3 or 4 times. After that I just give up.
Like Hippy, my hearing ain't what it used to be and I miss a great deal so I prefer DVDs with sub-titles. We watched "The Bone Collector" the other day and there was so much background noise on the soundtrack (traffic sounds, sound track) that we missed a great deal.
After I try one time, I quit trying. In the past I would try over and over to figure out what was being said before giving up. In an attempt to lessen the frustration, I've begun giving it one more try and leaving it at that.
Even with the sound system I have for my TV, I still have to listen hard to understand on some movies. I would guess at least 50%. Some actors and actresses are just plain hard to understand !
I watch DVD's, guess or just accept what is happening and enjoy the show. Then (much to my wife's discontent) I can watch the show again in a couple of months, and get Jokes I missed, and parts of the story I never really understood. I can watch a DVD three or four times and enjoy it equally every time. LOL
It happens rarely. But i get busted when someone with other language origin tries English and they can barely spell the words effectively. Also some British accents are so challenging.