What is Listening Fatigue?

We all know how the body tires from exercise, but you can also tire after an active day of listening, especially when you have hearing loss. This is often referred to as listening fatigue.

Hearing is not just about your ears. Your brain plays an important role in interpreting conversation, and when you have hearing loss, the brain’s job is even harder. Not only is the brain busy evaluating the sounds traveling through the auditory system, but it is also processing visual cues from lip reading and body language. No wonder listening fatigue can happen when you think about all the work being done to understand just one conversation.

Here are some tips to keep fresh and reduce the impact of listening fatigue:

Did you know that your hearing aids can also help reduce listening fatigue? Talk to your audiologist about the settings available. For example, telephone conversations can now be streamed directly to your hearing aids. Control settings around location and type of listening environment can also help to block out extra background noises. Today’s hearing aids offer more customization and control than ever before to help meet your listening needs, so you can hear and feel better.