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So what is the difference between Listening and Hearing?

July 11, 2017

 

Dear Mindful Tribe,
 
One of the greatest benefits of mindful sound meditation is the increased ability to hear and listen--not only to ourselves, but to others, including the sounds of nature itself.  To illustrate this, I’m sure we can all remember a time when we asked someone how they were doing, and without skipping a beat we really did not listen, or the last time we walked out the front door in a hurry and didn’t even hear the raw nature of morning before speeding off in our cars.

 

So what is the difference between Listening and Hearing?

 

Key Difference: Hearing is one of the five senses of a person and it is the ability to perceive sound by detecting vibrations through an organ such as the ear. Listening also known as ‘active listening’ is a technique used in communication which requires a person to pay attention to the speaker and provide feedback. Listening is a step further than hearing, where after the brain receives the nerve impulses and deciphers it, it then sends feedback.

Hearing and Listening, though synonymous, are complete different things. You can hear someone without actually listening to anything. Let’s put it this way, have you ever day dreamed in class? In this, though you were hearing the noise in the classroom, you did not listen to what the teacher was saying.

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