It’s your brain that hears, not your ears
If you’re like most people, you’re used to thinking of hearing as something that happens in your ears. But that's not the case. Hearing actually happens between your ears, in the hearing part of your brain. That’s where sound becomes information that has meaning.
When you listen to a conversation, your ears and your brain work together as a system. And it's your brain that does the heavy lifting. Your brain uses the information from your two ears to orient you by figuring out which direction the sound is coming from. Inside your brain, sound waves become sounds that you recognize. And while you're listening, your brain is what helps you focus in on a conversation and separate out unwanted noise. Right now, all four of these tasks — orient, recognize, focus, and separate — are happening inside your brain.