audio-, aud-, audi-, audit- +

(Latin: hearing, listening, perception of sounds)

auditorily
Referring to, relating to, or experienced through hearing.
auditorium (s), auditoria (pl)
1. The part of a theater designed to accommodate an audience.
2. A large room to accommodate an audience in a building; such as, a school or theater.
3. A large building for public meetings or performances.
4. Etymology: from Latin auditorium, "lecture room"; literally, "a place where something is heard"; neuter of auditorius, "of" or "for hearing"; from auditor, "a listener"; from audire, "to hear".

The auditorium can also describe an entire theater, and has been in use as a word since the 18th century, although there were other words with the same meaning before that.

auditory
1. Pertaining to hearing, to the sense of hearing, or to the organs of hearing.
2. Auditory hallucinations.
3. An assembly of hearers; an audience.
4. An auditorium; especially, the nave of a church.
auditory adaptation
The ability to adapt to changes in sound, as evidenced by changes in the auditory threshold resulting from exposure to sound.
auditory aura
Epileptic aura (phenomenon perceived only by the patient) characterized by illusions or hallucinations of sound.
auditory hypoesthesia (s) (noun), auditory hypoesthesias (pl)
The partial loss of hearing: The auditory hypoesthesia which Jack experienced was caused by the prolonged exposure to the sound of the jack hammer which he used for work.
auditory impedance
A mechanical factor that determines the amount of sound energy that is absorbed or reflected at the eardrum; related to the loss of transmission of sounds to the middle ear and the cochlea (part of the inner ear that converts mechanical energy, or vibrations, into nerve impulses sent to the brain).
auditory nerve
The eighth cranial nerve, or vestibulocochlear nerve (relating to the vestibule and the cochlea of the ear), which innervates the ear and carries impulses relating to both sound stimuli and balance to the brain.
auditory synesthesia (s) (noun), auditory synesthesias (pl)
A hearing sensation that occurs when another sense is stimulated: When LuAnn felt vibrations in her fingertips, she also experienced auditory synesthesia, sensing the sound that the vibrations might have made.
auditosensory
Describing or pertaining to the auditory receptive area of the temporal cortex.
auditress
A female hearer or listener.
autoaudible
1. A description of a condition in which the sounds of an individual's heart are audible to that person or which can be heard by a human being.
2. Audible to oneself; used especially of sounds arising within the components of the middle, or inner ear, or vascular and other sounds arising more distantly in the body.

All animal cries are said to be autoaudible.

behavioral observation audiometry
A method of observing the motor responses of young children to test sound intensities to determine the hearing threshold.
clairaudience (s) (noun), clairaudiences (pl)
The perceived power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experiences or normal abilities: The fortune teller, or clairvoyant, claimed that she could hear the voice of Jim's departed father and that her clairaudience included his best wishes for Jim and his family.
The power to hear sounds that are abnormal.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

clairaudience (adjective), more clairaudience, most clairaudience
Descriptive of the supposed powers that someone has to hear things beyond the range of physical perceptions.

Related "hear, hearing; listen, listening" units: acous-; ausculto-.