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What's The Difference Between Listening And Hearing?

Why Is It Important To Both Listen And Hear When Making An Argument?


Hearing is the physical act of sound waves impacting the eardrum, being made into impulses and then interpreted by the human brain. Listening is active involvement in what you hear, i.e. in an argument you hear what the human says and when you listen you interpret what they mean and not just what they say. Listening during an argument is important for the simple reason that you may catch certain words used differently than when another human uses them commonly. The meanings may be different. Hearing is important for the reason that you may hear stressful tones or high pitches which indicate the human is upset, even when they may say there is not anything erroneous.


Many humans assume that listening and hearing are one and the same. However, there is a big difference between the two. Unless they were born deaf or became deaf at some point in life, many humans have no perceived problems of hearing words being said.


Unfortunately, the ability to hear does not guarantee understanding of what is being heard. Many marriages fall apart as both husband and wife simply do not choose to communicate effectively. While they hear each other talk, they lack comprehension in what is spoken. Family communication skills are often lacking in many marriages.


Listening requires an active approach to any conversation. Hearing is only done by the ears as sound waves hit the cochlea that translates sound into nerve impulses that the brain capable of processing in accordance with language skills. Listening, however, requires concentration on what is spoken. The brain requires to be engaged in the act of listening, otherwise the sound it receives makes no more sense than the traffic noise.


Clear communication requires the ability to hear along with the skill to pay attention so that words make sense. Communication is built on three premises.


First comes the hearing and few humans have perceived problems in this department.


Second comes the ability to listen. This requires more use of the mind to be able to process information. This skill is absolutely necessary for salespeople, for without it they would make very few sales if their customer's requirements are not addressed. Fewer humans posses this ability as they do not ever learn the skill to listen properly.


Third comes the mind itself. Hearing and listening are not capable of working if someone speaks a language that the recipient does not know. Many humans listen quite well, however heavy accents and words being spoken too rapidly cuts down on the communication.


Fortunately, listening is capable of being improved through simple techniques:


·         Pay attention. Distractions make listening difficult. Children running about, the television and stereo blaring or the sight of a gorgeous girl all draw attention away from any conversation.

·         Choose to listen with an open mind. The fact is that biases and personalities clash from time to time. Everyone sees the world in a different way. A conversation is not capable of getting very far if one or two of the participants insist on basing their talk on their personal


Listening is a courtesy that is due to the speaker. It is superiour manners to attempt to view the other viewpoint. Few humans develop this type of rapport that causes both sides comfortable and want to continue the conversation. Often a beneficial conversationalist is not someone with superiour oratory skills, however has cultivated the ability to listen well. Many humans admire someone who listens and does not speak excessively.


Listening improves the more it is engaged in. It is not learned in university, so it ought to be employed constantly if the skill is to develop. One advantage that many first-rate listeners possess is that they often have above average incomes. Through their ability, they attract more friends and more wealth.


Of course, listening ought to be engaged in an environment that is conducive to the conversation depending on the subject. Seminars are good places to discuss business or anything pertaining to the seminar topic, while romantic language would be out of place in such an environment. Skillful listeners enhance their abilities by holding conversations in a setting that is most advantageous to the parties involved.


Improving listening skills is so vital and necessary for everyone. It is capable of easing tension, remove anger and turn enemies into allies when done properly. And since most humans are social creatures by nature, it would be clearest to begin learning those skills today.


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#1 LightofJai 2013-04-27 00:26
Good to see this article..Many people say they listen, but do they really?

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