Listening is a broad term used to refer to complex effective, cognitive and behavioral processes. Listening differs from obeying. A person who receives and understands information or an instruction, and then chooses not to comply with it or to agree to it, has listened to the speaker even though the result is not what the speaker wanted. In simple term, listening is in which the listener listens to the one who produced the sound to be listened.
Now, let me introduce to you the three most common modes of listening, the causal listening, semantic listening, and lastly the reduced listening. These modes address different objects.
Causal listening is the most common of the three. It consists of listening to a sound in order to gather information about its cause. When the cause is visible, sound can provide supplementary information about it. The semantic listening refers to a code or language to interpret a message; spoken language of course. This mode of listening functions in an extremely complex way has been the object of linguistic research and has been the most widely studied. Obviously, one can listen to a single sound sequence employing both the cause and the semantic mode at once. Causal listening to a voice is to listen to it semantically as perception of the handwriting of a written text is to reading it. And last, which is reduced listening that focuses on the traits of the sound itself, independent of its cause and its meaning. Reduced listening takes the sound-verbal, played on an instrument, noises or whatever. Reduced has the more complex structure of the three.
And now, for my final statement we must consider the three modes of listening because these three will assure you to be a good listener so you can effectively use your brilliant reasoning, your considerable criticizing to whom you are listening and especially, it will serve as your guide as you get involved in any conversational situations. (Kim D. Alfiler)