Having “selective hearing” is an excuse often given by someone who is distracted, preoccupied, or daydreaming. It also describes a situation when a person misses part of the conversation that doesn’t seem crucial to them. Their brain makes certain sounds a priority over others.
When it comes to children, if there are too many distractions and sounds, the brain will filter out the things deemed unessential. Learning about and better understanding what easily distracts you and your children can significantly improve communication.
Think about a typical morning. Multiple noises are happening all at once. Maybe you are listening to the TV while hearing the sounds of clinking dishes and silverware being loud as everyone in your home is quickly fueling up for the day, or someone is asking you a question as they rush to get ready.
Even though these noises happen simultaneously, you focused on the traffic report.
The brain automatically manages sensory information by placing them at low levels of awareness through this process:
4 Ways to Manage Selective Hearing
Ask yourself, “Do I have selective hearing, or do I have hearing loss?” The only way to know for sure is to contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test to determine your hearing status.