Hearing is something the human does before the eyes can see. We can make sounds but we need to learn how to talk. We can feel and touch, but need to learn by trial and error what is safe to put our hand on and what is not, what is safe to put in our mouth or not safe. But like seeing, hearing grows and develops without our needing to contribute any effort. There is a difference between hearing and listening. As the dictionary enlightens us, hearing is to perceive sound with the ear; one could say it is automatic. And unlike the senses of sight or taste, we can’t so easily close off our hearing;it just keeps happening. The dictionary explains that to listen is to make effort to hear something, to hear with attention, to seek, to wait alertly.