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Listening vs. Hearing

There is a major distinction between hearing and listening. While hearing is the passive, involuntary function of sound perception, listening is active and voluntary. When well developed or well trained, the listening function allows us to focus on the sound information we need, and leave out, or protect ourselves, from those we don’t. Listening is at the base of most skills involved in verbal and non-verbal communication, socialization, language and learning.

At The Listening Centre we use modified sound (music and voice) as neurostimulation to train listening and “start the ball rolling” in the brain.


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