What To Do When Listening Makes Your Brain Tired

January 29, 2018 CaptionCall 11 comments
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After hosting a party for your family, running errands with the kids, and exercising for an hour with a friend you are feeling tired. But not the kind of tired you would expect. You have energy, you feel like you can do more things, it’s that your brain feels tired. Why is that? It can actually be a number of things, did you know that hearing loss can lead to hearing fatigue?

Hearing fatigue is what happens when your brain gets tired because of how much effort it takes to understand the noises you hear in your everyday life. What can you do? First and foremost visit with a hearing care professional to learn more about hearing aids.  Hearing aids will help relieve the stress your brain endures when it struggles to decipher the sounds you can’t hear very well.

Healthyhearing.com has a great list of some things you can do to help alleviate hearing fatigue-

  1. Take a break from noise – Every now and then, try to find a quiet place where you can just let your mind rest. Read a book, meditate, do a puzzle. Just try and find a quiet place.
  2. Take a nap – What are you supposed to do when you feel tired? Take a nap! Taking a nap is a great way to give your mind and body a break. If you know you are about to participate in a noisy gathering, you may want to make sure you are rested up.
  3. Practice deep breathing – Don’t let yourself get stressed out. Take a moment and practice some deep breathing exercises.

You can read more here: https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52807-Hearing-loss-and-listening-fatigue

Don’t forget, the best thing you can do to help prevent hearing fatigue is to get your hearing checked. Hearing aids may be just the thing to help take the load off of your brain during your next party.

CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss.  CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified.  CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life

Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator


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11 Comments on “What To Do When Listening Makes Your Brain Tired

  1. MY comment is really a question, do you have anyone who would be a speaker a Seniors group at a Church?? We have such a to of people with hearing difficulties.
    I have extreme hearing loss but do well with my hearing aids etc.
    Thank You

      1. I agree with Jim’s idea. That would help to balance the bilateral hearing when speaking on the landline phone.
        It’s tiresome to hear most people yelling at the cell phones – it makes me wonder about the need for a Y-cord that can be attached to the cell phone.

  2. Thank you so much . I have been and am feeling as though I am losing it. I’ve gone from being a social butterfly to a grumpy woman. Staying away from all fun gatherings with my church brethern. I do spend most of my time where it is quite but it gets very lonely. They seem to be able to replace all parts of the body, why can’t they replace the eardrum?
    Sincerely, thank you for listening and caring!

  3. I knew that I was tired after conversations on the phone, sitting through a meeting, or just gathering with a group of friends for conversations. i didn’t know that there was a name for this feeling, brain fatigue/listening fatigue/hearing fatigue. I have an eighty percent hearing loss due to audio nerve damage, so naturally have hearing aids. I try to stay on the positive side, that if I didn’t have them, I wouldn’t be having many conversations, but the clarity issue is major, rarely is it volume. It seems like the more sophisticated the device, the harder to fine tune, because of the very subjective descriptions used to explain the issue. At least knowing why I am tired will make me feel less guilty about taking that nap. Thank you, Suzy

  4. This is such a serious topic! Listening is hard work when you have a hearing loss. The Salt Lake Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America had Dr. Susan Naidu from the College of Audiology at the University of Utah teach about listening fatigue at one of our chapter meetings. It is really common for us. Thank you, Caption Call, for spreading the word on it. I am the chapter president this year, and would love to have more people join us. Our website and email address are included here.

  5. THANK YOU I have been trying to explain this to my family . They get mad at me because I don’t like to even go to a store due to the back ground noise . If a lot of my family comes over I end up going in my room. be for seeing this I would go in my room and take my hearing aids out and not even take a nap I would just lay there . Now I know I am also having Panic Attacks if I am some where that I can’t stop the noise I get a rapid heart beat and hot sweats. And will turn off my hearing aids
    THANK YOU SO MUCH I am making a copy of this for everyone that has gotten MAD at me so they can understand what I have been trying to tell them for the pass 4 years. ALSO THANK YOU FOR THE CAPTION PHONE if not for this phone I would not even be able to talk to my one and only GRAND CHILD

    1. Hi Lorraine, I know exactly what you are saying. I have stopped going to weddings, bbq’s, birthday parties EXCEPT for my immediate family. My daughter in law would get upset with because I would go off and sit by myself. Unfortunately, I really felt the need to. When you sit in a group everyone talks at th same time so forget about trying to have a understandable conversation with anyone! It really makes me so self conscious. I am so glad now that I can put a name to my fatigue. My son and sister get upset with me too because I prefer to text rather than talk on the phone. I hope your issues improve for your overall health and me too but that’s kind of iffy unless the HEARING community gets educated but I don’t see that in the near future. Thanks for listening.

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