There are three areas of the brain that connect with our auditory system, which helps each person to interpret sounds correctly and produce speech. If you’re feeling a loss of energy, it could be because you have hearing loss and your brain is working over-time trying to connect signals.
Three areas of our brain connect with the auditory system to help interpret sound and produce speech:
- Broca’s Area: speech production
- Wernicke’s Area: speech comprehension
- Temporal Lobe: manages hearing
When we listen with normal hearing abilities, these areas of the brain function in unison, allowing communication to seem effortless. The problem is when hearing loss occurs. Hearing loss makes the brain work much harder to interpret sounds than it would with normal hearing. As a result, the aspects of the brain functioning in unison becomes disrupted, increasing the challenges of communication and leading to listening fatigue.
“Hearing loss is more than difficultly understanding speech and hearing sound. It also makes you extremely tired; listening takes a lot of effort and energy. People with normal hearing don’t really think about the fact that listening can be fatiguing and frustrating.” (Starkey Hearing Technologies)
How to Reduce Listening Fatigue Connected to Hearing Loss
The best way to combat listening fatigue is to work toward better hearing health. Although hearing aids do not restore hearing capabilities a person has lost, hearing aids can help improve hearing abilities and relieve listening fatigue. “A person with normal hearing does not usually experience this type of fatigue. The auditory system functions as it should, and the brain processes the information easily. When hearing loss is present, the brain must compensate for the loss and work harder than before to process the same information, causing stress on the brain and finally fatigue,” according to the American Academy of Audiology.
Hearing Loss & Energy Levels
The American Academy of Audiology offers the following helpful tips to keep your energy levels from becoming depleted daily:
- Using the appropriate hearing aids that are clinically fit to each individual and their hearing loss helps reduce listening efforts connected to listening fatigue
- Consistent use of hearing aids makes all the difference. The more consistently you wear your hearing aids, the better chance the brain has to regain processing capabilities.
- Take breaks. It is important for people acclimating to new hearing aids to work together with their hearing aids in order to benefit from a better quality of life. Allow yourself a 5 to 10-minute break each day when you can turn off your hearing aids and mentally rest.
- Even the smallest forms of meditation can assist in regaining energy. If you feel yourself becoming stressed or tired, take just a couple of minutes to close your eyes, breathe deeply and sit quietly.
Hearing loss and associated listening fatigue is your body’s way of telling you it is working hard to work properly. Listen to your body. Having your hearing professionally evaluated, diagnosed and managed by an Audiologist and Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist is the easiest, safest and most successful way to achieve better hearing and less listening fatigue.
Hearing Loss Help in Rhode Island
If you feel you may be suffering from listening fatigue and untreated hearing loss in Rhode Island and surrounding areas, call Physicians Hearing Solutions today. Our team of licensed Otolaryngologists (ENTs), Audiologists and National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists are here to assist each patient through the hearing health process. From Hearing loss counseling and listening fatigue to hearing aid fittings and everything in between, our team of hearing professionals is here to help each patient achieve a better quality of life. It is possible. Call our offices today:
East Providence Office
900 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
3520 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 921-0181 Warwick
(401) 435-5355 E. Providence
Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., later appointments available by request.