The University of Southampton

Challenges of listening

Listening Effort and Fatigue

  • Bear in mind a cochlear implant user will be working much harder to follow what is going on 
  • Listening takes more energy and with the need to follow visual cues as well the implant user can get tired more easily.


In all sorts of different environments including the classroom there are a number of reasons why the listening conditions are far from optimal. This makes hearing for a cochlear implant user a challenge.  We spoke to teenagers, adults and parents of young children about what they find are challenging listening situations. Teenager responses are summarised below:


Adult responses are in the video below:

Parents responses are in the video below:


Key concepts