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What Relaxes You From the Strain of Listening?

Posted Jun 02 2011 2:58pm
I promise, I'm still here. I've just had a bit of a hectic week with my housewarming party this past weekend, but I hope to be back to regular blogging soon.

While I thoroughly enjoyed my housewarming party, and loved seeing everyone, giving tours and talking to people I don't see very often, I'll admit it was a bit draining on me. Being an introvert combined with working to hear everyone left me pretty drained after the party.

I am curious, what do you do to relax or bounce back from having to concentrate on hearing people speak? For example, going out to a restaurant, conference or other gathering. It feels like I always long for a reset button in my mind.

Up until recently I almost never removed my hearing aids during the day. They were always in unless I was sleeping, taking a shower, or swimming. Since getting my new aids, which amplify sounds a bit more for me, I am more likely to turn off my aids or take them out. I am also more likely to dig out my Streamer, which lets me listen to music without having a lot of background noise, and can sometimes relax me.

Other things that relax me in general include writing, spending time with my animals, and watching totally mindless television (with the captions on, of course, so I have to make zero effort). What helps to relax you?
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