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Hearing and Communication Laboratory at Vanderbilt University
Can Listening be Exhausting?

For most people listening and communicating with others is a natural, easy, part of life. But for some people with hearing loss, the simple act of listening and trying to communicate- especially in difficult situations- can be exhausting. We are trying to understand why this is a problem for some people with hearing loss but not for others. Our hope is that by better understanding the listening-related fatigue we will be able to develop tools to help limit this problem. As an important part of our research, the Hearing and Communication Laboratory at Vanderbilt ( is creating a questionnaire specifically designed to measure listening-related fatigue in adults with hearing loss. However, we need your help to make this a sensitive and reliable tool.

If you are 18 years or older and would like to help (whether listening can be tiring for you or not) you can participate by answering some questions about yourself and your hearing, and completing four, short, questionnaires. We expect it will take you no more than 15-20 minutes to complete all the questions. Click the following link to learn more and to access the surveys:

  • Emily of Cincinatti, OH
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