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Hearing Loss and Mental Strain

Construction worker with hearing loss

Do you ever feel exhausted after a long conversation with someone? Your feelings of tiredness might not be because the conversation was boring, it could be listening fatigue. In fact, did you know that hearing loss can cause you to feel tired?

Hearing loss can do much more than just affect your ability to hear. When left untreated, hearing loss can cause you to feel mentally strained and tired after conversations.

What’s the Connection?

The brain plays an important role in our ability to hear and comprehend speech. The hair cells of the inner ear are responsible for translating the sounds the outer ear gathers into electrical signals, which are sent along the auditory nerve to the brain.

When you have hearing loss the brain has to work harder to make sense of the information it receives from the inner ear. Because the brain has to worker harder just to understand sounds you can be left feeling exhausted after social interactions.

Studies have proven that people with hearing loss report feeling fatigued and mentally strained after social interactions. If you’ve noticed that you feel more tired than usual after conversations then you may have hearing loss.

What Can You Do?

People who manage their hearing loss with hearing aids have reported to feel more energized and have better mental clarity as well. When your brain doesn’t have to strain to hear the conversation, you are left feeling less tired and ready to connect with those who matter. Hearing aids will help you to hear the conversation better by providing your brain with the proper stimulation it needs to remain healthy. By providing the brain with the sounds it has been missing, your brain won’t have to work so hard just to hear.

Even for those who don’t have hearing loss, intense listening can be exhausting. Try these tips to cope and/or reduce listening fatigue:

  • Remove any background noise
  • Take a nap
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Take a break from noisy situations

Managing hearing loss with hearing aids means you will feel better and be able to reconnect with the ones you love. Don’t let hearing loss keep you from socializing with family and friends. Find your local EarQ provider today and discover how better hearing can help you feel more energized and engaged again.

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Put Your Hearing to the Test

Sometimes, hearing loss happens so gradually that it can be difficult to notice at first. However, there are some common signs that indicate you may have hearing loss. Want some answers now? Take this short survey to determine if it's time for you to make a hearing appointment.

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Read the following statements and select “yes” if they apply to you most of the time, “sometimes” if they apply once in a while, and “no” if they don't apply at all.

I have trouble hearing the other person on the phone.

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