The function of hearing
Hearing, not hearing, is the primary function of the ear. Tomatis draws a clear line between hearing and hearing.
Hearing is a passive process; listening is active and it requires us to use our ears in an appropriate way. We can have excellent hearing, but poor listeners. Many children who have learning difficulties or lack concentration have excellent hearing, but cannot read well or concentrate. Their problem is their inability to listen. As a result, they cannot concentrate and have difficulty reading. If you want to find out whether you or your child has problems with hearing, see the excellent checklist of Paul Madaule at the end of this article. Continue reading