After your stroke, you may be highly sensitive to sound. It’s a common side effect called auditory overload. Basically, your brain just can’t keep up with the amount of sensory information it receives. Symptoms of auditory overload include:
- Inability to concentrate on a task or speaker
- Repeating a task over and over
Auditory overload can happen at any time. Parties and other social gatherings increase its likelihood. Here are a few tips to help recover your senses:
- Distance yourself from noise as much as possible.
- Get lots of rest before attending large social gatherings. When you’re tired, your auditory system will not process sound as effectively.
- Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
- Ask the host to turn down or turn off the music if it’s competing with people’s conversations.
- Wear earplugs to help reduce the intensity of the noise and decrease the amount of stimulation your system is trying to process.