The Complexities of Fatigue in Children with Hearing Loss Fatigue is a common phenomenon in our society, and it can have a major impact on an individual's performance and wellbeing. Parents and teachers have long believed that children with hearing loss (CHL) are at increased risk for fatigue. One could easily speculate that toward the end of a school ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2014
The Complexities of Fatigue in Children with Hearing Loss
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Fred H. Bess
    Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Nashville, TN
  • Benjamin W. Y. Hornsby
    Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Nashville, TN
  • Disclosures: Financial: This article was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R324A110266 to Vanderbilt University. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.
    Disclosures: Financial: This article was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R324A110266 to Vanderbilt University. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.×
  • Nonfinancial: Fred H. Bess and Benjamin W.Y. Hornsby have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Fred H. Bess and Benjamin W.Y. Hornsby have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Hearing Disorders / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2014
The Complexities of Fatigue in Children with Hearing Loss
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2014, Vol. 24, 25-39. doi:10.1044/hhdc24.2.25
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2014, Vol. 24, 25-39. doi:10.1044/hhdc24.2.25

Fatigue is a common phenomenon in our society, and it can have a major impact on an individual's performance and wellbeing. Parents and teachers have long believed that children with hearing loss (CHL) are at increased risk for fatigue. One could easily speculate that toward the end of a school day, CHL may be “physically and mentally spent” as a result of focusing so intently on a teacher's speech, as well as conversations with other students. Moreover, the increased listening effort, stress, and subsequent fatigue experienced by CHL could jeopardize the ability to learn in a noisy classroom environment, thus increasing the risk for problems in school. Only recently, however, have we begun to see empirical studies supporting the notion that CHL experience more fatigue than children with normal hearing (CNH).

This review was developed to enhance the awareness of fatigue among those audiologists interested in serving CHL. To this end, we have presented an overview on fatigue in CHL, including its importance, definitions, prevalence, consequences, and recent developments. The complexity and multifaceted nature of fatigue has been highlighted and the need for additional research on fatigue in CHL is emphasized.

Acknowledgements
The authors would like to thank the graduate students from the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, who assisted in subject recruitment and data collection including Lindsey Rentmeester, Samantha Gustafson, Andy DeLong, Amelia Shuster, Krystal Werfel, Amanda Headley and Emily Guiterriz. The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R324A110266 (Bess, PI) to Vanderbilt University. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.
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