While it is important for all students to develop strong auditory strategies, this area is crucial for those who are blind or visually impaired. Definitions of literacy have expanded to include auditory skills as another type of literacy.
Is Listening Literacy?
There is controversy about whether or not accessing text through hearing is reading or not. Dr. Phil Hatlen gives his thoughts about this in Literacy According to Phil. Whether or not it is truly reading, many students with visual impairments access information from text through auditory means. The skills to do this are different than those used for listening in casual conversation.