No matter how good your hearing is, unless closed captioning really gets in the way of your enjoyment of a movie, you get much more information by turning that feature on while watching some of today's fast-paced shows with their machine-gun dialogue.
You also get to hear what that crowd murmur is about in the background, which normal ears cannot decipher.
Try CC next time you watch your favorite movie or TV show and you will see why so many people are now using this feature more often because it enriches the entertainment experience even further.
If you hate CC and it gets in your way because you are a slow reader or a film purist, this may not work for you. So you will be on your own as you always have been and always should be.
But if you're a fan of, say, "The Newsroom," "Suits," "Game of Thrones" or "Homeland," try turning on your CC settings and notice the difference.
It's a whole new ball game when you know what's being said!
This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui since August 2000. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to his daily ramblings on Facebook.