Hearing is the process by which sound is detected. The ear is made up of three parts, the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear, which are each responsible for transmitting sound waves through the ear to the brain where they are processed.
Hearing allows us to communicate and socialize, as well as keep us safe by alerting us to potential dangers. Problems with our hearing may put our safety at risk and can lead to feelings of isolation or even depression.
Hearing is different than listening. While hearing is the ability to detect sound, listening is the ability to understand the meaning of the sound.