At the change of seasons, we can feel a little run down and in need of extra sleep.
That is normal! Allow for yourself to take a nap or get some extra Zz’s between seasons.
If you suffer from hearing loss, however, you may have noticed more fatigue than normal after a regular day of interacting with others.
If you suffer from hearing loss and routine dealings with friends or co-workers is making you unusually tired, it’s possible you are experiencing listening fatigue.
What is Listening Fatigue?
It may seem strange that just living your life and engaging in normal communication could make you tired, but people with hearing loss must put more effort into navigating everyday life. Listening and comprehending sounds and voices is more difficult, so after straining to listen all day mental exhaustion can set in. Others may not understand this because for people without hearing loss these interactions take little to no effort.
It is estimated that $56 billion annually is lost due to hearing-fatigue associated loss in productivity. Hearing loss and hearing fatigue go hand in hand, and it’s something that needs to be addressed in one way or another.
Escalating communication struggles can even cause some people to quit their jobs in frustration. The strain to participate and stay engaged can become too much to manage.
What are My Options?
If you have noticed this hearing fatigue, you are not alone!
Modern hearing aids are very adept at assisting with this issue by making the job of hearing and translating sounds easier for your brain. They can help you not only hear sounds more easily but can also help your brain to interpret those sounds and cancel out background noise that may interfere.
Your annual hearing exam is a great way to decide your specific need and the best device to help you.
A few tips to combat listening fatigue:
- If you work, schedule uninterrupted blocks of time so you are able to focus and be productive.
- If you start to get overwhelmed, take a breather for a few minutes to rest your brain and get your bearings.
- If you can, go to a quiet place and read or do something else for a little while to give your ears and brain a rest
Remember that the first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.
Diablo Hearing Services 2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106 San Ramon (925) 394-4646