How come your hearing is better when you have been in silence for a while?

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How come your hearing is better when you have been in silence for a while?

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Your hearing isn’t better, so much as your concious mind is focuses much more on individual sounds. Our brains naturally tune out a lot of stimuli, especially if it’s repetitive, to minimize neural load and energy usage. Being in a silent space for awhile causes our brains to focus much more on sound in order to listen for ANYTHING that might hurt us. Once you reenter a loud area, much of our brains focus is on sound input.

It’s kind of like when you close your eyes for a minute before turning the lights out, so that your eyes adjust to darkness faster. It’s a way to re-tune one of your senses.