Hearing and Listening Continued. . .

The ear plays the role in pitch discrimination or selectivity which is the ability to differentiate a higher from a lower tone, critical in understand the meaning of language, distinguish between sounds and singing in tune. The cerebellum controls the rhythm and timing of movement along with the vestibular system, giving experssion to the rhythm and timing of complex movements. The cerebellum makes the new task become automatic, necessary in learning. Processing speed and immediate memory are important tools for sensory processing in speech or visual information because many inputs are transient, short-lived. The ears and eyes are connected because the vestibular system in the inner ear sends signals to the neural structures that control eye movement, aiding the synchronicity of the eyes and ears.The connections from the ear to the voice and body and back are numerous, wonderful and awesome, in a world we often take for granted, that of our ears, hearing and listening.