If you can't concentrate when watching TV...

Put the subtitles on.

You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.

Pat x

How funny. I used to do this all the time, but somewhere along the way I stopped doing it. I have real problems concentrating when watching TV, so never watch anything longer than an hour. Subtitles are going back on! Thanks Pat

I always do this - mostly because my son always talks at the wrong moment or because I can’t understand a strong accent of a character on the programme :wink:

Tracey x

It’s strange how it’s not always obvious which of the five senses you’re having problems.

Years ago, certainly before I ever thought I had MS, but even before I realised I needed glasses, I noticed I was having trouble following the TV. I thought I couldn’t hear, and kept turning the volume up. Then I got an eye test for a different reason (jumped on the wrong bus a few times), and was prescribed glasses.

Suddenly, telly watching all fixed - it was obviously vision I was having trouble with, not sound. But it had happened so slowly, I didn’t realise I couldn’t see properly.

Nothing to do with MS, I don’t think - we’re a whole family of glasses wearers, so it didn’t really come as a surprise. But it WAS a surprise how bad my sight had become before I noticed.



It doesn’t work too well for the football, but an excellent tip for some American films.

Hi, sometimes my subtitles switch themselves on and it drives me nuts.

I think it is something to do with me needing to see the faces of the person talking. If they turn away, I have difficulty fathoming out what they`ve said.

I guess this goes back to my lip reading lessons.

But I am glad it helps many others.


I don’t know why they help so much but they do.

I love crime drama but my mind would wander and by the time I concentrated again I had literally lost the plot.

Then I started watching those Scandinavian crime drama’s on BBC4 and found I could follow them without my mind wandering… Ah Ha! It was the subtitles that made the difference!

Also… yes Whammel… they are great for American films which I find really hard to hear what they’re saying.

Tina… agree… actually I think I’m in denial about my hearing which is really getting worse and I really must do something about it… (CleoPATra… Queen of Denial… haha)

Pat x