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4 Tips for listening fatigue

Ever feel bored listening to someone speak for a long time? Maybe a lecture, work conference, meeting or other event?

This is usually a sign of listening fatigue. Listening fatigue can occur when listening to the same sounds for a long period of time. It’s your brain saying, “I need a break!”

For people with hearing loss, the extra challenge of struggling to hear means this can happen more quickly compared to those with normal hearing.

Here are 4 tips to help with listening fatigue:

  1. Give yourself a break.Consider taking a walk or just finding a quiet place to relax your eyes and ears for a few minutes. You might even read a book or watch some television to give your mind a break. And if you do wear hearing aids, take them out for a few minutes each day.
  2. Take a deep breath.If you find yourself overwhelmed or frustrated, close your eyes, take a deep breath and spend a few minutes clearing your mind. Maybe take a yoga or exercise class to help you breathe, clear your mind, reduce stress and reduce your blood pressure.
  3. Eliminate background noise.Those with hearing loss can have trouble distinguishing speech from background noise. The less background noise your ears and brain have to process, the easier it will be for you to tune into the conversation or speaker.
  4. Take a nap.A 20-30 minute nap can improve your alertness and performance without interfering with your nighttime sleep. It can also boost your energy.


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