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Back to School: How to Minimize Listening Fatigue

By August 18, 2023No Comments

As we approach back-to-school season, it’s essential for students with hearing loss to have the right tools and strategies to combat listening fatigue. Listening fatigue is a common challenge for those with hearing loss, leading to exhaustion and burnout after social interactions or conversations. Symptoms may include headaches, stress, loss of motivation, and avoiding social situations.

Individuals with hearing loss often have to exert twice the effort to follow conversations and understand what is being said, leaving them drained and irritable. This can negatively impact their social life, making them more prone to isolation and missing out on fun activities with friends

Top Strategies to fight off listening fatigue:

Take Frequent Breaks

Take listening breaks often. Don’t feel like you need to be involved in every conversation going on around you – this will only lead to burnout faster. Contribute when you can, but don’t worry about missing out. Someone can fill you in later.

Wear Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can make a significant difference in reducing listening fatigue. Think of them as a tool that is taking the effort and hard-work off of you. These devices will not solve your hearing loss. However, they have proven to be super transformative for individuals struggling with hearing loss. It will be much easier to engage with those around you, without feeling like you’re putting in a ridiculous amount of effort to do so.

Have someone that can relay information to you

If you are fortunate enough to have a friend that helps to relay information you have missed, this can be highly beneficial. It is nearly impossible to keep up with the entire lesson taking place in the classroom – hearing loss or not. However, when key information is being reviewed (like what material is going to be on an upcoming test) and you’re struggling to hear — your grades may suffer. Having someone that can fill you in on what you missed, or give you their notes to review can be a life-saver.

Go outside (when you can)

Nature can be highly restorative. Spending time outside, even if its only for 10 minutes or less, can drastically improve your mood. Connecting with nature and breathing in fresh air may help alleviate some of the negativity you’re feeling, and help you recharge throughout your day.

At Lake Shore Audiology, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those with hearing loss. If you or someone you know is facing hearing health issues, our experienced audiologists are here to help. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today or call 716-674-4188