Managing Listening Fatigue

December is often one of the busiest months of the year. Whether it’s prepping for company, keeping on top of holiday baking, or making an appearance at more parties than you can count, the festive season can be tiring. Add on the effort it takes to listen with a hearing loss, and you’re bound to be exhausted by the end of the day.

Listening fatigue is a result of many factors. An obvious factor is leaving a hearing loss untreated. Words are mumbled, voices are soft, and the amount of work you have to put in to fill in the blanks is huge. Having properly fitted hearing aids helps fill in the blanks for you. Another factor is how well your brain can process incoming sounds. If you have hearing aids but only wear them when your hearing is really challenged, your brain can’t make sense of the sudden increase in the amount of sounds around you. You need to wear the hearing aids all waking hours to see the benefits. Lastly, trying to hide your hearing loss just puts more pressure on you to follow the conversation. Instead, try encouraging others to speak slower, without covering or turning their face, and be up front about your hearing loss so they will be aware of why you might have misheard them.

Don’t forget to pop by this month to stock up on your hearing aid batteries for 50% off. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Parrott’s Hearing Clinic!