Men Have Trouble Hearing Women
Men who are accused of never listening by women now have an excuse — women’s voices are more difficult for men to listen to than other men’s, a report said. The Daily Mail, quoting findings published in the specialist magazine NeuroImage, said researchers at Sheffield university in northern England discovered startling differences in the way the brain responds to male and female sounds. Men deciphered female voices using the auditory part of the brain that processes music, while male voices engaged a simpler mechanism, it said.
The Mail quoted researcher Michael Hunter as saying, “The female voice is actually more complex than the male voice, due to differences in the size and shape of the vocal cords and larynx between men and women, and also due to women having greater natural ‘melody’ in their voices.
Amusing. One wonders whether women process sound in the same way. If so, then women would have more trouble understanding other women, too.