Whilst we may put listening armour in place to protect us being drawn into areas we don’t want to go, Karena de Souza rightly suggests that the bigger issue is a defence against noise overwhelm.
We can easily drown in the barrage of noise and information that flows our way. Every day. And in dealing with this, our capacity for listening is reduced.
However, even those who are more comfortable with noise wallpaper are affected. Neuroscientists tell us that there is no such thing as multitasking, just rapid adaption.
So if we value listening, what are we going to do about the noise?