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Managing listening fatigue

07 December, 2021 Ann Porter Parents

Real Life Tips - Managing listening fatigue

Children with hearing loss have to concentrate more than their hearing peers to hear, comprehend and respond effectively. There is a lot of energy required in lip reading, interpreting expressions, and filling in the gaps in conversations. It is no wonder our kids are in a state of exhaustion when they get home from school. Here are some ways your child can manage their listening fatigue:

  • Use hearing aids/cochlear implants and other devices to make listening easier.
  • Practice deep breathing, mindfulness, or relaxation.
  • Use captions when watching TV.
  • Encourage your child to have quiet times away from the noise, which may include removing their devices.
  • Let them know that it is okay to be tired and to take a nap if needed.
  • Eliminate background noise where possible.
  • Teach your child to advocate for themselves. For example, asking to move seats in class if they can’t hear properly.

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More information

  • Bess, F. H., & Hornsby, B. W. (2014). Commentary: listening can be exhausting - fatigue in children and adults with hearing loss. Ear and hearing, 35(6), 592–599.
  • Picou, E. M., Bean, B., Marcrum, S. C., Ricketts, T. A., & Hornsby, B. W. Y. (2019, 2019-August-02). Moderate Reverberation Does Not Increase Subjective Fatigue, Subjective Listening Effort, or Behavioral Listening Effort in School-Aged Children [Original Research]. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1749).