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This entry sets out to give a definition of “listening” and explores some of the manifold senses in which the term is used. It goes on to demonstrate the complexity of listening as a sensory activity and outlines key approaches to listening within sound studies, examining some of the consequences of these approaches for the framing of listeners and listening practices. “Mode” has become a popular term for the designation of particular types or ways of listening in sound studies. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in a modern British hospital, the entry draws attention to some of the different “modes...

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