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Schematic diagram of the human ear

Hearing (or audition) is the ability to perceive sound by detecting vibrations through an organ such as the ear. It is one of the traditional five senses. The inability to hear is called deafness. In humans and other vertebrates, hearing is performed primarily by the auditory system: vibrations are detected by the ear and transduced into nerve impulses that are perceived by the brain (primarily in the temporal lobe).


  • He ne'er presumed to make an error clearer;—
    In short, there never was a better hearer.
  • Your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.
  • Little pitchers have wide ears.
  • Who is so deaf as he that will not hear?
  • Where more is meant than meets the ear.
  • I was all ear,
    And took in strains that might create a soul
    Under the ribs of death.
  • All lies and jest, still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 357.
  • One eare it heard, at the other out it went.
  • Within a bony labyrinthean cave,
    Reached by the pulse of the aërial wave,
    This sibyl, sweet, and Mystic Sense is found,
    Muse, that presides o'er all the Powers of Sound.
  • None so deaf as those that will not hear.
  • Went in at the one eare and out at the other.
  • Hear ye not the hum
    Of mighty workings?
  • Where did you get that pearly ear?
    God spoke and it came out to hear.
  • He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
    • Mark, IV. 9.
  • They never would hear,
    But turn the deaf ear,
    As a matter they had no concern in.
  • Strike, but hear me.
    • Themistocles, Rollin's Ancient History, Book VI, Chapter II, Section VIII.

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