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I was in a dance club and a friend was speaking to me. I could not hear her at all over the blaring music and told her so. She pressed the little nubby part of my ear so that it blocked the canal (sort of like a natural ear plug). Suddenly I found I could hear her quite quickly. My girlfriend thinks it is not scientifically plausible that I can actually hear spoken voices better in this manner, and instead it is merely a matter of focus. Her argument is that covering the ear canal is lowering the intensity of all sounds by the same amount, so the voice shouldn't be any more discernible. Can anyone provide some scientific explanation for my empirical evidence?
Re: In a loud club, will I be able to hear a spoken voice if I plug my ears?
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