Listener fatigue

Listener fatigue, also known as auditory fatigue or ear fatigue, refers to the phenomenon where prolonged exposure to sound, particularly at high volumes or frequencies, leads to a decrease in sensitivity and perception of sound.

This condition can result in symptoms such as reduced clarity, dulled hearing, discomfort, and even physical pain. Listener fatigue is commonly experienced by individuals exposed to loud environments, such as concerts, clubs, or workplaces with constant background noise.

In audio production and sound design, listener fatigue is a significant concern, as it can impact the effectiveness and enjoyment of auditory experiences. Designers must carefully consider factors such as sound levels, frequency balance, and dynamic range to minimize the risk of fatigue and ensure a comfortable listening experience for their audience.