Speech perception takes precedence over nonspeech perception.

@article{Whalen1987SpeechPT,
  title={Speech perception takes precedence over nonspeech perception.},
  author={Douglas H. Whalen and Alvin M. Liberman},
  journal={Science},
  year={1987},
  volume={237 4811},
  pages={169-71}
}
Some components of a speech signal, when made more intense, are heard simultaneously as speech and nonspeech--a form of duplex perception. At lower intensities, the speech alone is heard. Such intensity-dependent duplexity implies the existence of a phonetic mode of perception that takes precedence over auditory modes. 

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