Several of us here seem to have a common problem in dealing with sensory input (me included). Specifically, the inability to filter undesired stimuli from our attention. Anyone suffering this can tell you how frustrating it is to try having a coherent conversation in a room where there is a TV on or other conversations going on at the same time (or BOTH :o). I think it was mentioned in the ADD thread that you could do some training to improve on this. I'd really like to read about this, and the condition in general. Can anyone suggest books or websites? Also, is there a name for it???
Quoted from Lolaindividuality! that s the word!;)
Quoted from LloydAre you referring to 'focus'?
Quoted from VickiWhen I'm disinterested in the topic at hand, anything can draw my attention away from it.
You have my sympathy! I don't know of anything short of cutting the auditory nerve to eliminate that problem, and that is a drastic remedy, to put it mildly.Quoted from GolfzillaTJ ~ I can relate however mine is related to Tinitus, very distracting :-/
Quoted from Lolaindividuality! that s the word!;)
The problem is, Paul, when I enter a room with 20 conversations, the blood pressure instantly rises, I get very hot (I have learned to dress lightly when I know I'll be around a lot of people), my ears are filled with what I call "cafeteria noise", and it takes a tremendous amount of concentration to focus on one conversation, even if the people are right in front of me.
TJ, people fit into the category of Highly Sensitive Persons because they have Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Do some googling. I have worked with children who ACT like I FEEL. A couple more ticks in that direction and I think it would have pushed me over the edge into their little world.
I tap out rhythms with my teeth...
Caffeine calms all that.
I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to have other people say they understand. I've never been understood and it's really nice, I must say. I've always been "a little odd" and now I know it's okay.
I worked at the therapy for a year and a half and at the end my elementary school grades all raised a letter.Paul, I love what I read about the Tomitis method. Have you used it? I did notice it wasn't indicated for people with tinnitus. It makes a lot of sense, and I'd love to try it, but as is so often the case, money is a seriously limited resource for me. Perhaps I will be able to pursue this avenue in the future when/if I have the funds.
Yes adjusting your brain activity levels by stimulant or depressants – it is always a temptation. It’s better to fidget than to coffee up!The problem is, Paul, when I enter a room with 20 conversations, the blood pressure instantly rises, I get very hot (I have learned to dress lightly when I know I'll be around a lot of people), my ears are filled with what I call "cafeteria noise", and it takes a tremendous amount of concentration to focus on one conversation, even if the people are right in front of me. In fact, I can often concentrate better on somebody else's conversation nearby than the people right around me. I've learned to position myself next to, rather than in front of, somebody I'm supposed to be listening to. Otherwise I can't hear them. I zone out and leave feeling rather shaken and exhausted, having gotten nothing out of it.....Unless I dose up on caffeine. Then the situation is totally different. We've talked about this before.
Some of that energy is scattered nervous energy that indicates a lack of mental focus. All your life you have been (unconsciously) engaging in compensating strategies. We are all meant to be social, communicative beings. When there is a blockage to that, the drive is to overcome that way. The usual paths are blocked or choked, so alternative ones are sought.Someone with a lower energy brain could be obviously in trouble act the same level (or lower) of sensory processing inefficiency. I'm not in any way suggesting "brain energy" has anything to do with intelligence. It's more like the fuel supply to an engine. (Not to brag, but I feel like I have a racing engine brain with a lawn motor fuel supply. )
This is not a noise-specific issue. Imagine being forced to really listen to everything that is happening. All at once, without any slacking!Quoted TextIs that the same thing as being really annoyed by people who crack their gum or snort loudly all day long?
I do things so automatically sometimes that I don't realize I've done them. I'll turn out of the driveway, blink, and be at the grocery store and have no recollection of getting there. I just zone out.
I zone so bad I may as well not be there. I can snap out of a zone (without even knowing I'm in one) and have no idea what I was doing or how I got there.
Quoted from Tom MartensAlpha state is many things but in this case I mean it as: The brain's relaxed or neutral state. This occurs when we are relaxed and not under stress. When watching TV you are taking in information and not actively "paticipating" in the "conversation" with what you are watching.
You are detached.
I'm so jealous!Quoted from koahiatamadlI can sit in a room out at a client with my team and two of them are chatting to each other, one is coaching the junior and another is on the phone and client staff also keep popping in and out, also talking to the team and in the midst of all that I am completely zoned out reviewing work, reading my emails or prioritising my to do list and am oblivious to it all until somebody says "Michaela, did you listen to that? What....." At which point they normally have to repeat what they said before saying my name because I won't have consciously heard any of it.