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!
The Limping Chicken is the UK’s deaf blogs and news website, and is the world’s most popular deaf blog. It is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.
Please note that the views of the writers are their own, and not necessarily the views of the Editor or site as a whole. Read our disclaimer here.
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. How to make Live Automated Captions with Apple’s Latest 'Clips' App
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Hearing Direct: Online hearing aids
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Cast Theatre, Doncaster: The UK's the UK’s first fully BSL integrated pantomime
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Deaf Independent: Deaf care and support services
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- cSeeker: Deaf-led educational communication support service
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- Sign Solutions:, language and learning
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people