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A person with clairaudience has psi-mediated hearing. Rather than just hearing words, they read tones, voices and noises. They can also hear sounds that cannot be percieved by the normal human ear. They can hear the voices of the dead. 
Through clairaudience one might be able to hear sounds, voices of spirits giving them names and dates. A clairaudient is one who tunes in like the radio and actually receives sound, be it in the form of words, tones, music or even moving objects like, airplanes or cars on the highway. This is called a Channeler. They learn to work with a variety of frequencies.
Hearing Multi-Dimensional Frequencies
The faculty of "clear hearing," the ability to hear sounds inaudible to the normal ear, such as "spirit" voices; a faculty analogous to clairvoyance, but considerably less frequently met with.

One such incident occurred to the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. He saw a light and heard a voice. As he later told of the events, "They that were with me saw the light and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him who spoke to me" (Acts 23:9). Perhaps the best-known case is that of Joan of Arc (see Jeanne D'Arc). She was not the only martyr who heard the voices of saints and angels urging them to perform some special task.

In Spiritualist circles the faculty is claimed by mediums, but distinction must be made between the "inner voice," through which mediums are supposed to receive communications from the denizens of "the otherworld," and an externalized voice comparable to an actual physical sound. Frequently some such physical sounds form the basis of an auditory hallucination, just as the points of light in a crystal are said to form points de repère around which the hallucination of the visualizer may shape itself.

Clairaudience is considered a rare mediumistic gift, but the phenomenon has been known from ancient times: "The prophet that is in Israel telleth the king of Israel the words the king of Syria speaks in his bedchamber" (2 Kings 6). The experience of hearing inner voices was described in the age of animal magnetism by one of Dr. G. Billot's somnambulists: "At first, I feel a little breath like a light zephyr, which refreshes and then chills my ear. From that instant I become deaf, and I begin to be aware of a little humming in the ear, like that of a gnat. By giving close attention I then hear a small voice which says to me that which I afterwards repeat.

"A biographer of the poet William Cowper wrote that the most important events of Cowper's later years were audibly announced to him before they occurred."

The difficulty in where to draw the line between subjective and objective experience is illustrated by the following narrative of Vincent Turvey in The Beginnings of Seership (1911): "One afternoon a few weeks ago I went to sleep on the sofa; after a time, probably about forty minutes, I became aware that there was an indistinct conversation going on somewhere near me. Knowing that all my people were out and that my house stands detached in its own grounds, I wondered what it meant.

Then I realized that I was asleep and was 'hearing' clairaudiently, and that those who were conversing were not 'spirits,' but someone inside me and someone outside me, and yet part of me, because both voices were 'Turvey' in language, etc. I caught no sentence, save here and there a word or two such as 'understand—no condition—not yet,' etc., then I heard the sentence: 'But you had better wake it up now, as there is a man coming to the house in a minute.' I woke and had just enough time to throw off my rug and smooth my hair with my hand, when the front door bell rang."
Clairaudience is either spontaneous or experimentally induced. Seashells are used for the latter purpose; most people can hear what sounds like the murmur of the sea in a shell. But the clairaudient medium soon distinguishes other voices, may hear distant friends speaking, may hear part of a conversation he or she has already heard or will soon hear, and may interpret the communications as messages from the dead or from the living. The medium Arthur Ford was well known as a successful platform clairaudient in the United States, whereas Estelle Roberts had a similar reputation in England. Marjorie Livingston published several books on esoteric matters that she clairaudiently received.

Clairaudience fades imperceptively into the inspiration experienced by many artists. Many poets and novelists have also claimed that they "received" their material rather than consciously constructed it. In like measure, musicians often report initially hearing in their head a new composition, which they then reproduce for their audiences.


Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology

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In the field of parapsychology, clairaudience [from late 17th century French clair (clear) & audience (hearing)] is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires information by paranormal auditory means. It is often considered to be a form of clairvoyance.[13] Clairaudience is essentially the ability to hear in a paranormal manner, as opposed to paranormal seeing (clairvoyance) and feeling (clairsentience). Clairaudient people have psi-mediated hearing. Clairaudience may refer not to actual perception of sound, but may instead indicate impressions of the "inner mental ear" similar to the way many people think words without having auditory impressions. But it may also refer to actual perception of sounds such as voices, tones, or noises which are not apparent to other humans or to recording equipment. For instance, a clairaudient person might claim to hear the voices or thoughts of the spirits of persons who are deceased. Clairaudience may be positively distinguished from the voices heard by the mentally ill when it reveals information unavailable to the clairaudient person by normal means (including cold reading or other magic tricks), and thus may be termed "psychic" or paranormal. 
Another situation that comes to mind is the voice heard from you higher self. This is often mistakingly referred to as Spirit Guides. Many people don't recognize the voice of their own higher self and many times feel that the voice that they are hearing is another entity all together seperate from them. Some times the source is from a entity disconnected from themselves and can be considered a Spirit Guide, but it can also just be the higher part of you. You woud be surprised how many times that your higher self speaks to you daily, guideing and leading you in a direction that is helpful for your physical body & mind.  Give yourself the credit due for being a very powerful being. Your higher self assists this body that you reside in daily. It is just as much a part of you as your ego. Every activity, throughout your entire life,  is  monitored by your higher self continually. The more that you recognize this and remember who you really are, you will learn how to create balance in your life with ease.  Having a open mind and trusting in yourself is the first step to having a fulfilling life that is led by your intuitive self , rather than the carnal mind.

Many Blessings, Astoria :)