"You have a perfect hearing" or "You have perfect hearing". Which one is correct? I have seen both versions and I am wondering if the first one is OK. By ”hearing" I mean "the ability to hear".

If I understand correctly, uncountable nouns should not be preceded by the indefinite article unless the meaning is particular, not general, e.g. "I had a good education". Is that the case here?

I know my question refers to the use of articles with uncountable nouns. I have found a similar question but I am still not sure.

Article “a” with uncountable nouns

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    I am surprised you have seen “a perfect hearing”. It is not grammatical to use a with hearing. Unless you mean a sense of hearing besides “the ability to perceive sound”, like a Congressional hearing.
    – Mixolydian
    Commented May 7, 2019 at 20:14

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Hearing meaning one of your five (or so) senses, is not a count noun, so you can't have "a hearing".

When we hear "a hearing" we think of legal procedures or formal administrative meetings, since that sense of hearing is a count noun.


It sounds awkward to say as a native English speaker. If you were to say "I had a perfect hearing", I think most would assume you were talking about a legal hearing/congressional hearing, not hearing sound.

This is one of those cases where there are a lot of exceptions to a rule and you just have to learn them case by case as far as I know.

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