talking at the table can't force you to limp with AQ. Limping is bad. limping with small pairs is pretty bad. Limping with AK is bad. But if there was ever a seemingly strong hand that you wanted to protect by raising it would be AQ. You can't justify that limp by saying it was caused by table top. I would rather see you open shove at a live 200nl game with AQ then limp, your results will probably be better.
On another note, if you can't focus and chat with people then simply do not chat with people. Chatting has its benefits however. Many great player (such as Daniel negreanu) can siphon information from opponents with table talk. If you can develop this skill then go for it. If not, you should still be listening adamantly to the table talk, because you can pick up a lot of info. Bad players at brick and mortar casinos
will literally talk you through there thought process and discuss hands if things are casual enough.
But like I said, it seems like your trying to justify limping in with AQ. I don't get it, if your a player you should understand you need to bet for protection and value, limping in is just a losing play.