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Listen.......what do you hear?

Our sense of hearing is truly a marvelous gift.

Do you know how to use your sense of hearing to listen?
Are you sure?

I invite you to watch Evelyn Glennie's talk on "How to truly listen".

I look forward to any thoughts you may have on what you learned from watching the talk, or any experiences you have involving listening.

I would love to hear from any hard of hearing individuals as well as deaf individuals regarding communication....be it lip reading or sign language.
How do you listen as a deaf person?

I think you will all be pleasantly surprised at this wonderful TED talk given by a deaf person. Enjoy!!


"For every word intended to render us deaf to one another, there is always a lyric connecting ears and hearts across the continents in rhyme.” (Sarah Jones.....TED presenter)

Closing Statement from W T

I listened..........instead of talking.

Thank you for your contributions.

  • Nov 8 2013: Agreed, too many people take hearing for granted. Going into a sound proof room and you can not hear even an echo can be very disturbing.
  • Nov 8 2013: There is a saying "Hear through the ears and Listen through the eyes". Whenever any persons talks to you and you are not looking at him/her then he/she says look at me and listen.Listening is an active and attentive process where all the nine senses of the human being actively take part in the process.The nine senses are ears,eyes,nose,tongue,body touch,sixth sense(intuition),spirit,brain . When a person talks to a person the message he/she conveys to the other person consists of four types of the messages . One the invisible message, second the visible message,third the intangible message and fourth the tangible message. The invisible message is the unspoken message,the visible message is the message which he intentionally speaks ,writes,or conveys through body language or sign language,the intangible message consists of emotions ,feelings,psychic energy. When two people communicate with each other when one of them is listening and other is talking then while they are doing so , then at the same time an exchange of psychic energies takes place between the two and a psychic connection is established between the two people.And then an invisible communication takes place between the two people of which they are not aware of , and due to which the person who is talking to the other person feels very comfortable and relaxed while talking.

    Listening is a natural art and science, and not everyone can be a good listener.When any person who is in trouble or having any problem comes to you then he/she expects you to listen to his story without being judgemental or he/she does not expects you to give moral lectures or decide who is wrong or whom to blame for the problem.

    Listening is a therapy where not only the person who talks feels relaxed and comfortable but also the person who is listening to the person also gains.
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    Nov 7 2013: Hi, Mary, I'd like to share something from the Harvard Manage Mentor with you about how to be an active listener between nondisabled people.

    "Tips for listening actively

    1.Keep your eyes on the speaker.
    2.Take notes as appropriate.
    3.Don't allow yourself to think about anything but what the speaker is saying.
    4.Resist the urge to formulate your response until after the speaker has finished.
    5.Pay attention to the speaker's body language
    6.Ask questions to get more information and to encourage the speaker to continue
    7.Repeat in your own words what you've heard to ensure that you understand and to let the speaker know that you've processed his or her words "
  • Nov 6 2013: Thank you Mary, I had not heard Evelyn's talk yet and it brighten up my day. I took computer courses with several blind students who became some of my best friends. I credit them with teaching me how to see and hear with not just my ears but as Evelyn pointed out, my whole body especially the skin and hair(my beard and hair were over a foot long then). Vibrations do impact our whole body, I feel sorry for people who can only feel the vibrations in their ears.

    When I was 9 I began studying classical guitar and had to play the music as I read it. That lasted a few years and my parents had high hopes for me as a musician. I wanted to play Beatle songs, folk music and the Beach boys but they refused to let me buy that kind of music. So you can imagine how horrified they were when I started listening to the radio and writing the music and lyrics down by ear. I also just taught myself to just play by ear without any music as most jazz musicians do. Then when I took the classical music and jazzed it up that was the last straw, they finally let me start my own band and play whatever I wanted.
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    Nov 6 2013: When I was teen studying concert percussion Dame Glennie was one of my musical inspirations. I loved her talk, and will always enjoy watching her perform. She has such joy! :) This talk was wonderful, and much like her work in the past. She plays barefoot, for example (something that I also did as a performer, perhaps inspired by Dame Glennie), to feel the sounds, and she often spoke about how she felt the deeper sounds in the center of her body. So very true. As a percussionist now for most of my life, I appreciate her insights...thank you for sharing...
  • Nov 6 2013: I have no hearing disorder, but I do cherish my sense of hearing, and try to practice the skill of listening at every opportunity. In so many meetings, people attend to talk and have their say rather than to wonder what others will say or what they are thinking. Sometimes it is not what is said, but the tone in which it was said, or the time in the conversation they choose to say it.

    There is also a lot of sound therapy available for free at the beach, at night on the porch, or in the morning when the sun comes up, or camping at night near a river.

    Sometimes with the kids, or with aging parents, or with a friend in trouble, being there to listen is what is important, almost more than what is said.

    Neat site:
    http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/awc-comm.htm#listening

    Another TED talk. Mr. Treasure has many on sound.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_5_ways_to_listen_better.html