Hearing Can Be Tiring Work
One of the most frustrating things about hearing loss is the difficulty it creates in communication. People with hearing loss tend to expend more energy and put more thought and effort into understanding someone else’s speech. According to the American Academy of Audiology, “when hearing loss is present, the brain has to compensate for the loss and work harder than before to process the same information, causing stress on the brain and finally fatigue.”
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to a difficult hearing environment. Things like significant background noise in a busy restaurant, groups talking all at once, or seminars where the speaker is far away, can all make it even more difficult to hear those around you. Communication is such an integral part of our lives that the continual, extra effort that the hearing impaired put into understanding speech and carrying on a conversation can be exhausting.
If you are hearing impaired, there are several ways to find a respite from that constant effort and stave off exhaustion:
- First, and most important, is to visit an audiologist and get professionally fitted hearing aids. Hearing aid technology grows more advanced with every passing year, and, today, hearing aids nearly mimic the way the world naturally sounds.
- Secondly, do whatever you can to reduce the background noise where you are, or try an assistive device that allows the speaker’s voice to go directly into your hearing aids.
- And, finally, take a break! At some point during the day or evening, turn off the world’s noise and pick up a book or a magazine. Relax and read for a bit.
If you are struggling with fatigue due to hearing loss, give us a call at (519) 893-7663 to talk with one of our hearing health professionals about how we can help!