Study: Visual concentration may leave you temporarily deaf

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) — A study says visual concentration may leave you temporarily deaf.

According to the Journal of Neuroscience, the brain’s senses of vision and hearing share a limited processing capacity. This sometimes causes the brain to have to choose between them.

One scenario can be when someone is concentrating on their cellphone, they may not hear their friend say their name.

Researchers studied 14 people’s attempt to concentrate on visual tasks while sounds were being made in the background. During the study, the participants monitored their brain activity. They said during the more demanding visual tasks, the brain’s early response of perception was affected.

They said we might not be as good at multitasking as we think. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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