Active listening in it’s most proper form fatigues the mind as the day moves forward. Performance functions at peak level when not multi-tasking, therefore engaging active listening is with in a posture and intent to hear and understand.
Our ear’s physiology is fascinating. It holds the smallest bone in the body. Sound separates into vibrations by hair fiber movement. Each ear has a relay station that splits into two pathway’s to filter sounds. The paths cross hemispheres to recognize, distinguish, and filter auditory information. Sound localization, pattern recognition, timing, and balance are main processes of the ear.
Our shoulders, neck, head, eyes and lips are the asset here.
Social listening often includes head movement. Examples include nodding yes or tilting the head in compassion. These movements send messages to your brain that affect the inner ear. If word recognition is a noticeable issue then create the habit of intentionally positioning the body to observe every gesture. Free visual span from moving objects or other individuals. Sit in the front row or be respectively close to the individual speaking.