1. I can no longer listen to people whose English is pretty good but whose accents blur the words, as when I call Geek Squad or some other electronic first aid outlet to help me with my computer needs. Ditto on television news when more and more reporters bring an accent with them and there are no subtitles.
Either I have to recalibrate my understandings or the news programs might be well-advised to use subtitles to back up any speaker who sports an accent from his/her native land.
2. Also on the television news, increasing numbers of people seem to be talking faster than they once did ... as if rushing to stuff as much of their collected information as possible into an increasingly shrinking space (sort of like the old 33.3 rpm records played at a 45 rpm speed). I trust (or anyway hope) that they have done their homework, but when they talk so fast, I get lost in what may start to sound like jibber-jabber.
As I say, I'm not sure whether the problem is my deteriorating mind or if it is the circumstance of a penny-pinching mandate. I honestly don't know, but I do know I find it annoying. I'd rather get less information clearly delivered ... or maybe I mean better-lubricated brain circuitry.