Are you often tired, feeling low on energy? It could be hearing loss. They are tied together. Hearing loss and mental fatigue go hand in hand.
Cognitive load and tiredness
Trying to make sense of the sounds that are coming into your ears may just be too much where hearing loss is concerned. Cognitive load increases and makes you very tired. Your brain is so caught up in filling in the blanks with speech that there is little energy left to store information into memory. Mental fatigue leads to physical fatigue wherein there is a rush of adrenaline and muscle tension caused by anxiety. Your brain spends so much time trying to fill in the auditory blanks with speech that there is nothing left over for anything else. When you can hear properly, there is plenty of energy for listening, understanding, and remembering.
How to reduce cognitive load
Give yourself a break--take a short time to relax from straining to hear. Let your mind rest. You can also meditate to relieve stress. And you can certainly get hearing aids, which will lead to effortless listening.
For more information, contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.