Essex accent named as most ‘desirable’ in the British Isles

Accents contribute to our sense of identity and can be perceived and heard in many ways, with some being deemed more ‘attractive’ than others. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, The Hearing Care Partnership analysed trend platform Glimpse to reveal what accents Brits find most desirable.

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Ashish Shah, Audiologist at The Hearing Care Partnership, comments on the findings: "Coined for being one of the most recognisable accents in the UK, the Essex accent takes the top spot for being the most desired accent, with a one month search increase of 59%. This could be attributed to the fact that the accent has been hugely popularised by reality TV shows like The Only Way Is Essex, known for its witty one-liners and charming Essex slang. This is shortly followed by the Geordie accent, which had a one month increase of 46%, and the West Country accent by 28%. This data also highlights that accents in the South of England are the most loved, with two out of the three top accents on the list being in the south region."

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So, what accents were found to be the least desirable?
"Scottish and Yorkshire accents were deemed the least desirable out of the accents listed, both decreasing in searches month on month. Both of these accents are known for being quite strong, which in turn can interfere with their line of communication. The Scottish accent can be even more challenging, as the country has different dialects within it, making it quite difficult to follow and pick up."

Ashish goes on to say: "No matter how subtle or strong, an accent is something that everyone has. It plays a significant role in the way we articulate ourselves, communicate, and connect to those around us. The tonality, pitch, and pace of speech can change how we feel. So no wonder we are drawn to different accents! However, when we don't hear well, accents can become an additional barrier when trying to communicate. As the recognisable vowel sounds are not so easy to pick up, it requires more listening effort, which means people have to work harder just to hear the words. Speaking clearly, concisely and using hand gestures are just some of the ways you can communicate effectively, as often people who are hard of hearing rely on visual cues. Being aware of these potential auditory challenges can help foster both an effective and inclusive conversation."

Visit https://www.thcp.co.uk/  for more information about their expert care hearing services

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