My children are grown, so I don't have the noise level and busy-ness of younger mothers. However, I have a husband who likes having the TV on all the time. Since I like to sit in the living room also, he uses the headphones that are laying on the little table. He has the couch and I have the recliner. I read books while he watches TV, and when he's not around and I am not overwhelmed with stuff to do, I watch movies. I bought the two shown below after seeing them with my grandkids. I love them and they still make me laugh. I also get movies from Netflix---mostly ones I like and he doesn't because he's not that big of a movie fan.
I do also read when alone---usually longer than if the TV screen is dancing around in my peripheral vision.