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Listening Fatigue

Listening fatigue is a normal consequence of listening for extended periods of time (such as after a long meeting or Zoom session). It’s your brain’s way of saying “I need a break!”
People with hearing loss, auditory processing difficulties, ADD and cognitive issues must allocate MORE brainpower to listening.
When your brain is working harder to comprehend, it takes a toll over time.

Do you tire easily or get stressed when talking with others? Need a break after a long conversation?  listening-fatigue

Signs of Listening Fatigue:  

  • Low energy
  • Exhaustion at the end of the day
  • Tiredness after long meetings or events
  • Higher stress levels
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Reduced work performance

What To Do:  If you are noticing daily fatigue, it’s time to have your hearing evaluated and rule out the many causes of listening fatigue.  Be proactive. Find out why you’re fatigued.

A few Quick Tips:
Rest.  Adequate sleep allows the brain to process faster & easier
Limit disruptive noises.   Mute your phone. Turn off TV & background music.
Rest your ears. Find a quiet place for 20 minutes/day to provide a boost for later listening.
Listening training. Improves auditory processing & understanding.
Hearing aids.   Make it easier for the brain to interpret sounds & reduce the energy required for listening.

Holidays & family events create a big drain on your listening skills and inevitably cause listening fatigue.  Prepare ahead to rest your ears and enjoy the conversations!

Hearing wellness will have a ripple effect on your life and relationships! Make good listening a priority for 2022 and you will see improved relationships and less stress.

Dr. Anita Carroll is a licensed Audiologist and owner of Hearing Solutions in the Triangle, PLLC with over 25 years of experience. Need some wellness tips – she can be contacted here.  If you’re looking to test hearing or improve listening skills visit our online scheduling here.