What is the difference between listening and hearing?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Communications expert Sean McArdle discusses the importance of becoming an effective listener including the difference between listening and hearing.

    Host: What is the difference between listening and hearing?

    Sean McArdle: Great question! We all hear, in fact, we hear even when we are asleep. It is something we do naturally; it is one of our five senses and it is there to protect us. Listening is different, hearing is noise, listening is looking for the meaning of life and human beings are meaning making organisms. We walk around the globe, trying to figure out what things mean and what they mean to us.

    So, effective listeners are people who have made a decision to get the meaning from life on purpose.