Definition of auditory in English:



  • Relating to the sense of hearing.

    ‘the auditory nerves’
    and → audile
    ‘teaching methods use both visual and auditory stimulation’
    • ‘A cacophony of sounds and flurry of images create a visual and auditory whirlpool for the senses.’
    • ‘Ear stoplets made of a waxy material can be molded to fit the shape of your auditory canal.’
    • ‘Our ability to make sense of subtle auditory feedback cues will be a huge area of growth over the next few years.’
    • ‘Children who have auditory processing disorders may behave as if they have a hearing loss.’
    • ‘It may be caused by lack of concentration, poor hearing, confusion of auditory and visual cues, etc.’
    • ‘The plasticity of the auditory system is currently thought to be at its maximum below the age of 2 years.’
    • ‘Readers have taken us to task for suggesting that hearing music could be an auditory hallucination.’
    • ‘This part of the text finally concludes with an account of the visual and auditory systems.’
    • ‘Visual and auditory problems can contribute to poor school performance and inattention.’
    • ‘Conductive hearing loss does not involve damage to the receptor cells or any other nerve cells in the auditory pathway.’
    • ‘Sensorineural hearing loss also can result from damage to the brain's auditory center.’
    • ‘When astronauts go into microgravity they lose their sense of place and have to rely on visual and auditory cues.’
    • ‘The physiological details of the auditory sense are somewhat beyond the scope of this essay.’
    • ‘Also, some children have what is called auditory processing problems.’
    • ‘It used to be that church bells fulfilled the same function in an auditory sense as did church spires in a visual one.’
    • ‘We hear things through a stream of nerve impulses going from the cochlea to the auditory system in the brain.’
    • ‘The most commonly reported psychotic features are auditory hallucinations and delusions.’
    • ‘The implant is placed in the cochlea and connected to the auditory nerve with thin wires.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that their purpose is to sharpen the tuning of the signal passed to the auditory nerve.’
    • ‘Sound is converted to signals by the processor and transmitted to the auditory nerves by the electrodes.’
    • ‘The experience of someone talking to her when no one is around is what is called an auditory hallucination.’


Late 16th century: from Latin auditorius, from audire hear.