Listening Awareness Month - It’s Listening Awareness Month. We learn by listening, but distractions and bad habits interfere with this process. This month, we can all improve our listening skills.

Listening Awareness Month 2024 – March 2024

Listening Awareness Month takes place in March each year. According to the International Listening Association, listening is “the process of receiving, constructing meaning from, and responding to spoken or nonverbal messages’.’ Listening is an important communication tool that many people overlook. This should not be the case, because developing good listening skills is not difficult. Good listeners make good communicators and they have a much faster grasp of issues than others. Hearing what others are saying improves the quality of your relationships and makes you more effective at work. Hence, listening is an essential skill.

History of Listening Awareness Month

Why do we listen? We listen to understand, get information, learn new things, and we listen for entertainment. With all of the listening we do in our lives, you’d think we’d be experts. However, studies show that most people only remember about 25% to 50% of what they hear. This means that when you speak with someone, they will only remember about half of what you say. Perhaps even less. This also applies to you. Much of what people say to you will pass through one ear and out the other.You can only hope that your brain remembers the most important details. The significance of listening awareness is now clear. The International Listening Association (ILA) established Listening Awareness Month in the late 1990s to highlight the importance of listening in our lives. Since its inception in the late 1970s, the ILA has worked to raise awareness of the importance of studying, developing, and teaching effective listening strategies in all settings.Members of this professional organization represent 16 countries and 38 states, and they are all committed to providing the best listening practices for people all over the world. Every year, more people learn about listening as a result of their efforts during Listening Awareness Month. This includes listening styles, strategies for improving focus and comprehension, and listening depth. In a world where people frequently listen passively while focusing on a screen, awareness of this subject is more important than ever.

Listening Awareness Month timeline

The International Listening Association

The International Listening Association is formed, developing a network of members concerned with the art and science of listening across various fields.

Anderson’s Three Stages of Listening Comprehension

J.R. Anderson suggests that perceptual processing, parsing, and utilization are the three interconnected, recursive processes that explain listening comprehension.

Nagle and Sanders’ Listening Comprehension Model

S.J. Nagle and S.L. Sanders develop the earliest listening comprehension model for adult learners.

The Need for Teaching Listening Skills

Listening has evolved into the parallel processing of input and scholars stress the importance of teaching language listening skills and strategies.

Listening Awareness Month FAQs

How can you listen to someone?

Don’t interrupt, acknowledge what they’ve said, and keep an eye out for nonverbal cues as they speak.

What factors affect good listening?

Grammar, pronunciation, and overall listening time are common factors that affect listening.

How do you overcome listening barriers?

Focus on listening rather than speaking, minimize external distractions and noise, and reflect on what was said instead of deflecting it.

Listening Awareness Month Activities

  1. Study the benefits of listening

    Being a good listener is an underrated but crucial skill. Listening comprehension has many social and cognitive benefits, which you should take the time to learn about during this special holiday.

  2. Practice listening to others

    Listen to every word others have to say and reflect on their meaning before responding. It’s a simple but effective way to celebrate Listening Awareness Month.

  3. Talk to people

    Don’t want to do all the listening? That’s fine. You can talk and have others listen to you. Just make sure it's engaging and the subject is interesting.

5 Interesting Facts About Listening Awareness

  1. You can learn just by listening

    The majority of what we learn throughout our lives comes from listening.

  2. We hear thousands of words every day

    The average person hears around 20,000 to 30,000 words daily.

  3. Humans spend most of their time communicating

    On average, people spend about 70% to 80% of their time communicating through speech, and this figure may be higher for others.

  4. We think faster than we listen

    The average human listens at a rate of about 125 to 250 words per minute but thinks at a rate of about 1,000 to 3,000 words per minute.

  5. Millions of American children have hearing loss

    Three million children in the U.S. suffer from hearing loss.

Why We Love Listening Awareness Month

  1. We gain new insights

    We learn from others when we listen to them. And we can all learn something from someone, whether they are elderly people with decades of life experience or inquisitive children with many questions about the world.

  2. Less noise, more substance

    In a world full of influencers and talking heads spewing an endless stream of information, it's important to recognize the importance of listening. And not just listening, but paying attention to subjects that are important to you. During Listening Awareness Month, we filter out the meaningless noise and focus on substance.

  3. It makes speaking more enjoyable

    You gain a better understanding of people when you are a good listener. You will be a more pleasant person to converse with as a result of this. Listening also improves communication.

Listening Awareness Month dates

Year Date Day
2023 March 1 Wednesday
2024 March 1 Friday
2025 March 1 Saturday
2026 March 1 Sunday
2027 March 1 Monday
World Compliment Day
National Day of Unplugging
National Peanut Butter Lover's Day
St. David's Day
National Employee Appreciation Day
National Pig Day
Baby Sleep Day
Self-Injury Awareness Day
National Wedding Planning Day
Share a Smile Day
World Day of Prayer
National Dress in Blue Day
National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day
Independence Movement Day
World Music Therapy Day
National Dadgum That's Good Day
Refired Not Retired Day
Yap Day
World Civil Defense Day
National Fruit Compote Day
National Horse Protection Day
Zero Discrimination Day
International Ideas Month
Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day
National March First Day
National Texas Stress Day
World Seagrass Day
Denim Day for Dementia
International Martisor
Public Risk Management Awareness Day
National Sage Day
Endometriosis Awareness Day
National Speech and Debate Education Day
National Hotel Slipper Day
National Minnesota Day
Plan a Solo Vacation Day
Peace Corps Day
National Welsh Corgi Day
Overseas N.H.S. Workers Day
Baba Marta
International Women of Color Day
Justin Bieber's Birthday
Kenny Redneck Tv's Birthday
Frederic Chopin's Birthday
Sawyer Sharbino's Birthday
Philza's Birthday
Kesha's Birthday
Ron Howard's Birthday
Wonho's Birthday
Universal Human Beings Week
Hearing Awareness Week
North Dakota Winter Show
National Will Eisner Week
National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week
National Ghostwriters Week
Festival of Owls Week
National Aplastic Anemia & MDS Awareness Week
National Invest in Veterans Week
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Irish American Heritage Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Celery Month
National Crafting Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Kidney Month
National Noodle Month
National Nutrition Month
National Peanut Month
National Sauce Month
National Cheerleading Safety Month
National Umbrella Month
National Flour Month
March Madness
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Social Work Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Trisomy Awareness Month
National Crochet Month
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National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
Dolphin Awareness Month
Red Cross Month
National Color Therapy Month
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
National Reading Month
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Veggie Month
National Athletic Training Month
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Save Your Vision Awareness Month
National Women's History Month
National Eye Donor Month
Berries and Cherries Month
National Ethics Awareness Month
NZ Book Month
Alport Syndrome Awareness Month
Exotic Winter Fruit & Leeks and Green Onions Month
Listening Awareness Month
Gardening, Nature and Ecology Books Month
Middle Level Education Month
Women’s Month (Philippines)
Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal
Vascular Anomalies Awareness Month
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month
National Deaf History Month
American Red Cross Month
Endometriosis Month
Gender Equality Month
Read an E-Book Month
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Mad for Plaid Month
Youth Art Month
National Breast Implant Awareness Month
National Bed Month (U.K.)
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month
Greek American Heritage Month
Birth anniversary of Samaon Sulaiman
Supply Management Month
National Optimism Month
Employee Spirit Month
Humorists are Artists Month
National Essential Tremor Awareness Month
Spiritual Wellness Month
Academy Awards Month
Sing With Your Child Month
National Professional Social Worker's Month
The Great Daffodil Appeal
Honor Society Awareness Month
Small Press Month
Malignant Hyperthermia Awareness and Training Month
Mental Retardation Awareness Month
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
International Mirth Month
Play the Recorder Month
National Music in Our Schools Month
National Clean up Your IRS Act Month
National Credit Education Month
Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
National March Into Literacy Month