Do you hear and listen at the same time?
You are probably thinking, "Of course I do, what are you asking?"
But do you really?
As you are reading these words, are you hearing all that is going on around you?
If so, is there ever a situation where you are seeing someone talking but not understanding a word they say? (perhaps the more pointed question to ask here is, are there 'certain people' who are talking but you don't get what in the world they are talking about?)
do you ever feel acute awareness of the sounds in the room but can't see what is right in front of you?
Most of the time, the two systems, the visual and auditory systems are working in unison with each other, enough to get you through your life with some ease. Or they are not and you are going through life with lots of stress because you keep missing things you should've caught.
Perhaps you get pegged as someone who just doesn't listen even if you really want to. It feels like you just "can't help it". Or maybe you must have COMPLETE SILENCE while you're trying to study or do something that takes visual focus.
Whatever variation of this you have, do you know that this can change?
This inability to process sight and sound at the same time is a result of these inputs overloading your brains ability to process these information simultaneously.
When sight and sound come at you, your brain reacts like an outlet at Christmas time which has a bunch of appliances as well as the Christmas lights plugged into it at the same time. You either blow a fuse or start putting out smoke from all the hard work you're doing to process everything.
Of course you can unplug and remove some of the inputs, but if you are living life inthe world, staving off input for a lengthened period of time is an unrealistic strategy.
This can be a result of certain reflexes that have not integrated fully from a young age. Another possibility is that there was stress somewhere along the way in school or in life, where these stresses compounded and created a block which you eventually learned to live around.
I have seen this change in my clients. If this is something that you would like to explore, come try the Miyoshi Method.