Is there a difference between ‘listening’ and ‘hearing’?
When googling the ‘difference between hearing and listening,’ the following result displays in the search result:
“Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences.”
The result was fetched from the University of Minnesota Duluth (www.d.umn.edu/student/loon/acad/strat/ss_hearing.html)
What is being said may make sense at first sight. Yet, it is not the whole story. Let’s look at the first statement:“Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear.”
It is true that ears are needed to hear. The question would be if the ear is perceiving the sound or if it is just an organ through which our awareness perceives.
What about listening to music, to the sounds of nature or the sounds of traffic?
Those sounds are primarily non-verbal. We can definitely listen to those sounds as well, or do you never listen to music, nature, traffic? Would that be just hearing?