Some deaf adults have reported feeling exhausted, both mentally and physically, from communicating with others throughout the day.
The stress of trying to catch important information during conversation, the annoying interference of background noise, and the effort of trying to multi-task can be overwhelming.
One adult with bilateral hearing loss explains. “You know, by the end of the day you were just totally worn out from straining, stressing, and trying to hear and not, knowing that you’re not quite there with it—that you’re not completing hearing everything.”
Ian Noon also shared his experiences with listening fatigue in a Limping Chicken blog that furthered our interest in the topic.
Researchers in the Hearing and Communication Lab at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN are interested in why some adults with hearing loss report high levels of fatigue and stress while others do not.
In order to better identify deaf people struggling with listening-related fatigue, the lab is currently developing a questionnaire that can be used in clinics and for research.
In order to create the questionnaire, we need your help! Feel free to re-post this link or forward to others who may be interested. Your feedback will help us to learn more about this important topic.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? All adults, age 18 or older, with or without hearing loss in one or both ears are eligible to participate. Click the link below to go to the questionnaire:
We appreciate your time. If you have any questions you can contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Ben Hornsby, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Study Coordinator, Dr. Hilary Davis, at email@example.com. Thanks!
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