The aim of this study was to test whether gender differences and task difficulty level have an effect on audio inattentional deafness rates. It was expected that there would be a significant difference in the number of male and female auditory tones detected between male and female participants on either a high or low task difficulty level due to inattentional deafness. Two independent samples t-tests and a between groups ANOVA were carried out on twenty Dublin Business School students (N=20) both male (N=10, 50%) and female (N=10, 50%).
Results showed that there were no significant differences between genders on number of tones detected. Similarly, no significant result was found between gender of participant and gender of audio input on number of tones detected. In addition, no significant results were found between task difficulty level and number of tones detected. Suggestions for limitations and further directions were discussed.