Is there a difference between 'hear' and 'listen' in Standard English?
To hear is to physically experience the sense of sound. As long as one's ear and brain are capable of processing sound waves, one can hear.
To listen is to deliberately apply the ability to hear. One who listens is thinking about what is heard, what it means, how to respond, and whether to continue to listen/pay attention.
Imagine three people seated together, with two of them speaking to one another. The third, temporarily not involved in the conversation, pulls out a phone and begins doing stuff with it, ignoring the conversation. This third person can hear the conversation, but is not listening to it.
(A person who is deaf might be said to be listening to a conversation if they can read lips, but it would be more correct to use a term such as engaged or participating.)
Note that there is some overlap in common usage:
"Did you even hear what I told you??"
is a common idiomatic expression of
"Why are you not listening to me?"
'Hearing' is the physical activity of sound falling on the ears and the biological processes involved in its perception. 'Listening' is the ability to pay attention to what the sounds means and understand it.
We hear noise, but we listen to music.
That is because noise falls on our ears without any effort at our end. But music is something we pay attention to; we expend effort.
Listening is own choice but hearing comes automatically whether you want or not
To Listen means to understand and pay attention what someone is saying. hearing means any sound that is coming to ur ears . for example, mom ordered u to do some work n u said I'll do it n u forgot... This is hearing where u didn't paid attention towards what ur mom is telling.....another example... Is when u are solving maths questions with earphones in ur ears... At this time u are hearing the music.... But when u are free n just lying on ur bed or sitting idle. ....at this time u are listening to music.....actually... HEAR is till ur ears....like we say in Hindi....ek kam se suna n dusre se nikaal Diya....that is what hearing