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"Becoming engrossed in a good book or a crossword really can block the ability to hear, a study has found.
Scientists demonstrated that when someone focuses their full attention on something, they can become deaf to normally audible sounds.
It happens because visual and hearing senses are trying to share limited brain capacity, they said.
For example, when engrossed in a good book or even a captivating newspaper article, we may fail to hear the train driver's announcement and miss our stop.
The phenomenon is known as 'inattentional deafness'". read more