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    Default How does one ignore background noises?

    I am one of those who get distracted very easily when someone is talking nearby while I am reading. Yet there are people who are able to read even in the most noisy environments as if the sound isn't part of their business.

    I get restless when I am trying to read and I have all these noises going on. I can hear someone shuffling or whispering in one part of the library and get annoyed. So much so that I need earplugs or noise cancelling headphones to expel the noise.

    How do you people do it? I've been trying to do it without much avail.
    What are some tips from the masters of ignoring these noises?

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    if you figure it out let me know.
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    Your audio processing center is going to notice what it is going to notice. I use ear plugs with a filter built in to knock down errant noises while still allowing me to hear important sounds like speech.
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    Try reading aloud in your head, listening to wordless or very familiar music, or putting a hood up over your head. Those things can help me.
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    Maybe you should practice meditation?

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    You consciously tag it 'irrelevant' and tune it out. I tend to do that with all new sounds - find out what makes it, tag it important or irrelevant and tune it out from then on or put it in my alarm clock. If a cat is in distress, Im next to my bed in two seconds flat, but a drain that keeps running or a radiator that keeps making noise? I just sleep right through that sucker. Unfortunately, iM also tuned into distress emanating from my INTj who is incapable of ignoring these things so we end up both awake and grumpy


    For the record, you're incapable, you might have brain damage to your ..god, I forget what that thing is called. Talamus?

    Also, men have bigger issues with like having the tv on when they re on the phone and stuff than women, as they prefer fully focusing on one thing while women tend to do the whole multitasking thing better.
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    Too difficult for me

    Sometimes I wear earplugs when I need to concentrate. It's kinda cool to experience a little bit of sensory deprivation anyway

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    Noise cancelling headphones.
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    I have to consciously 'ignore' noises too. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I like the suggestion to read aloud in your head to get you 'in the zone'. I also find that it helps if I try to consciously focus on whatever I need to be concentrating on. For example, if I have to read something but the radio is on, I will think "Ok, I'm looking at this page that I need to read. I can see the words. I'm going to read the words now. The first sentence says..."
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