What is the difference between hearing and listening?

One is passive, the other is active.

One is automatic, the other is intentional.

One we use every day, the other we may not have used in years.

Listening is a veritable art form, and the good news is that everybody can learn, enjoy, and perfect it.

Do you feel stressed out? Overwhelmed? Unable to concentrate? Disconnected from those around you, and perhaps even from yourself?

Active and deep listening provides a compelling solution to all of these pervasive modern afflictions – and it is no farther away than your own ears.

In order to raise awareness on the profound advantages that active listening promises, HARMAN brought together esteemed experts including Dr. Sean Olive, Sr. Research Fellow at HARMAN,  7x Grammy-winning music producer Frank Filipetti, the Director of York Music Psychology Group (YMPG) at the University of York, Dr. Hauke Egermann, and digital anthropologist Rahaf Harfoush to discuss what the art of listening is, what benefits it offers, and how to gain those benefits.

Take a moment and tune in. The HARMAN Art of Listening Documentary.

And if you’re curious what songs professional audio experts listen to while developing and tuning audio products, here’s a playlist from the Pros.