How do you filter out sounds?

14 October 2012

Question

I'm interested in what we choose to hear. I've met people with Asperger’s who said that they hear everything equally and this becomes a huge sound overload for them, but I can filter out background sounds to focus on what I want to hear. How does that work?

Answer

Owen - I can't comment intelligently on Asperger's syndrome, on sort of the autistic spectrum, but if it is a question of allocation of attention, people who have difficulty channelling their attention to particular stimuli, to particular things, are going to have a harder time filtering out things that they don't want to hear.

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