Listening effort and fatigue: what exactly are we measuring? A British society of audiology cognition in hearing special interest group 'white paper'

Ronan McGarrigle*, Kevin J. Munro, Piers Dawes, Andrew J. Stewart, David R. Moore, Johanna G. Barry, Sygal Amitay

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Abstract

Objective: There is growing interest in the concepts of listening effort and fatigue associated with hearing loss. However, the theoretical underpinnings and clinical meaning of these concepts are unclear. This lack of clarity reflects both the relative immaturity of the field and the fact that research studies investigating listening effort and fatigue have used a variety of methodologies including self-report, behavioural, and physiological measures. Design: This discussion paper provides working definitions for listening effort and listening-related fatigue. Using these definitions as a framework, methodologies to assess these constructs are reviewed. Results: Although each technique attempts to characterize the same construct (i.e. the clinical presentation of listening effort and fatigue), different assumptions are often made about the nature of these phenomena and their behavioural and physiological manifestations. Conclusion: We suggest that researchers consider these assumptions when interpreting their data and, where possible, make predictions based on current theoretical knowledge to add to our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of listening effort and listening-related fatigue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-440
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume53
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • listening effort
  • fatigue
  • measurement techniques
  • hearing loss

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