Close your eyes.  In general, you hear more when your eyes are closed or when you can’t see well (as when walking in the dark).  Vision – translating light waves into familiar images – takes up a lot of brain power.  Turn it off, and your mind has more resources to devote to the other senses

Spend an hour in a completely silent place.  You’ll notice that your hearing will gradually become more acute.  That’s because constant noise over-stimulates the delicate nerves that register sound.

Practice listening.  Sitting in a quiet spot, try to identify all the sounds around you and direction each comes from.  Most people can detect more sounds coming from in front of them than from behind.

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