Fatigue from Listening with Hearing Loss in School

Fatigue from Listening with Hearing Loss in School

 

Individuals with hearing loss must put forth more “listening effort” and cognitive resources to attend to auditory information, which can be exhausting. The repeated need for extra listening effort in challenging situations can lead to listening-related fatigue. For children, severe fatigue is associated with increased stress, poorer performance in school, and increased absences. Educators, audiologists, and other hearing health professionals can support students dealing with listening-related fatigue. Read on to learn about how to help your student avoid or recover from listening-related fatigue.

Fatigue is often described as being extremely tired, a lack of energy, and/or a lack of motivation to continue on with a task. Intuitively, we understand that we can get worn out from time to time, from both physical tasks (e.g., running) or mental tasks (e.g., focusing all day at work). It is very common to experience this type of fatigue and healthy individuals can bounce back relatively easily with breaks or recovery periods. However, for some individuals, fatigue can be debilitating, and recovery is difficult. This is concerning as long-term outcomes related to fatigue can be negative, affecting quality of life and work performance in adults. For children, severe fatigue is associated with increased stress, poorer performance in school, and increased absences. It can also be a precursor to mental health problems in adulthood.

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