Listening takes a lot of effort, and for those with hearing loss it can be exhausting. When a person experiences hearing loss, their brain must work harder to process auditory information. Making sense out of misheard words, lip reading, and using clues to follow along in conversations are a few contributing factors to what is called listening fatigue.  

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As a person with hearing loss, I often find myself fatigued after spending time in a noisy restaurant or after a day filled with meetings. I want to share some of the tips I use to help combat this often-unknown side effect of hearing loss.  

Limit background noise. Try choosing restaurants that are less busy and avoid having conversations in noisy places. 

Limit background noise. Try choosing restaurants that are less busy and avoid having conversations in noisy places. 

Take time for yourself. A short break sitting in silence can help you reset. Close your eyes and practice deep breathing, pray, or meditate.  

Take a power nap. A short nap can energize you and prepare you to tackle the rest of your day. 

Use hearing aids. Hearing aids can improve your hearing, making it less challenging to follow along in conversations. You can find an article with hearing aid tips at the end of this newsletter. 

Hough Ear Institute is working hard to make a hearing loss treatment available. Until then, you can use these tips to help combat listening fatigue and improve your quality of life.