Four types of listening include pseudo, appreciative, empathetic and comprehensive. These types of listening define the way noises can be interpreted and help a person understand the meaning of the noise.
Pseudo listening takes place when a person hears a noise that is not particularly of interest to him. An example is listening to a football game when not a fan of the sport. Appreciative listening occurs when the person enjoys the noise heard, such as a favorite song heard on the radio. Empathetic listening exists when the speaker is relaying a problem or other unpleasant event. Comprehensive listening is defined as listening to a subject when specific knowledge must be gained. An example is paying close attention to a chef explain the specifics of a desired recipe.