New Prime Video Tool for Hard-to-Hear Movie Dialogue

Do you love action movies but find it hard to follow the dialogue because of all the background noise? My solution is usually a combination of captions and noise-cancelling headphones. The noise-cancelling headphones block the gunfire and car chases while the captions provide the dialogue. I even do this at at movie theaters, despite the strange looks I sometimes get. But now there is a new solution for at-home viewing—Dialogue Boost on Amazon’s Prime Video. I was so excited to try it, It inspired a post for FindHearing on HHTM.

Read an excerpt from the post below or the full article here.

New Tool for Hard-to Hear Movie Dialogue

Amazon introduced Dialogue Boost in April on select programs and movies on Prime Video. It is expected to roll out to more shows over time. I finally had a chance to try it and it worked great! Dialogue Boost lets you set the volume level of the dialogue making speech easier to understand.

To activate Dialogue Boost, select the “Closed Caption or Subtitles” icon while playing a title. You can choose High or Medium boost in the Audio settings. See the image above or read more instruction here.

For me, both choices raised the clarity of the dialogue but High Boost removed too much of the background ambiance for my taste. Others may prefer this option. Luckily, it is easy to toggle back and forth to find the setting that works best for you. The optimal setting may also vary by program.

For now, dialogue boost is only available when streaming on the web, on Amazon devices and on mobile devices. Because of this, it did not work on my SmartTV, but it did work on my computer and iPhone.

If you try it and have feedback please email to share your comments.

For more discussion, continue reading on FindHearing.

Readers, would you use a tool to boost dialogue when streaming?

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3 thoughts on “New Prime Video Tool for Hard-to-Hear Movie Dialogue

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of Living with Hearing Loss, a popular blog and online community for people with hearing loss, and an executive producer of "We Hear You," an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Her book, "Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss," (co-authored with Gael Hannan) is the ultimate survival guide to living well with hearing loss. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Glad you found it helpful!

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