Hearing is the sense that allows you to distinguish sounds with your ears. Dogs have a particularly acute sense of hearing, and they can hear sounds pitched too high for humans to hear.

You use your hearing when you attend a concert, listen to an audio book, or talk to a friend on the phone. Another kind of hearing is a legal process at which people state a case in front of a judge, so she can decide whether or not it should be presented at a trial with a jury. This kind of hearing gets its name from the idea that the court is "listening" to the evidence.

Definitions of hearing
  1. noun
    the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
    “his hearing was impaired”
    synonyms: audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, sense of hearing
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    good hearing
    absolute pitch, perfect pitch
    the ability to identify the pitch of a tone
    type of:
    modality, sense modality, sensory system
    a particular sense
    sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
  2. noun
    the range within which a voice can be heard
    synonyms: earreach, earshot
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    type of:
    range, reach
    the limits within which something can be effective
  3. noun
    the act of hearing attentively
    “they make good music--you should give them a hearing
    synonyms: listening
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    listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
    rehearing, relistening
    the act of hearing again
    percussion, pleximetry
    tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes
    shaking a person to determine whether a large amount of liquid is present in a body cavity
    type of:
    perception, sensing
    becoming aware of something via the senses
  4. adjective
    able to perceive sound
    quick-eared, sharp-eared
    having keen hearing
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    lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
    deaf-and-dumb, deaf-mute
    lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak
    caused to hear poorly or not at all
    hard-of-hearing, hearing-impaired
    having a hearing loss
    deaf as a post, profoundly deaf, stone-deaf, unhearing
    totally deaf; unable to hear anything
    unable to appreciate music
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  5. noun
    (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence
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    administrative hearing
    a hearing that takes place outside the judicial process before hearing examiners who have been granted judicial authority specifically for the purpose of conducting such hearings
    competence hearing
    a hearing to determine legal capacity (to determine whether the defendant can understand the charges and cooperate with a lawyer in preparing a defense)
    fair hearing
    a hearing that is granted in extraordinary situations where the normal judicial process would be inadequate to secure due process because the person would be harmed or denied their rights before a judicial remedy became available (as in deportation or loss of welfare benefits)
    quo warranto
    a hearing to determine by what authority someone has an office or franchise or liberty
    type of:
    legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
    (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  6. noun
    a session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken
    “the investigative committee will hold hearings in Chicago”
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    confirmation hearing
    a hearing held by the US Senate to gather information on whether to approve or reject candidates for high federal office who are nominated by the president
    type of:
    a meeting for execution of a group's functions
  7. noun
    an opportunity to state your case and be heard
    “they condemned him without a hearing
    synonyms: audience
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    type of:
    chance, opportunity
    a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
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