Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I had a student in my office today whose voice was just incredibly loud and piercing. We were going over some stuff, and it got to the point that I didn't want to ask him/her a question because I didn't want the voice sounding.

I never know whether this is something I should mention to a student. I tend not to, because maybe I'm just over-sensitive right now for some reason, but then I wonder if other people will also find the voice problematic, and maybe it would be better if the student learned to modulate a little.

While I ponder that, I'm going to eat a couple Advil. My brain feels like it's been pierced through the ears. :(


  1. I had a professor once whose voice was incredibly loud. I finally had to ask her to lower it a little one day when I was seated right next to her and I couldn't focus for a moment on what she was actually saying. It was deeply embarrassing to have to do so, but sometimes enough is enough...

  2. Anonymous5:26 AM

    When I can't understand a student (whether because of volume or something else), I blame it on myself by saying, "I'm having some trouble with my hearing, could you [insert request here]?"

    It usually works.