Hearing is an inborn form of magic exclusive to vampires. It manifests at age 4 or 5, and is widely considered a mental illness rather than a magical power. Hearers experience voices attached to nearby objects speaking to them in continuous monologues about the properties of the objects in question. These voices (called "hhikiias") are invariably accurate, and hearers can query them about specific details of their respective objects. However, suddenly and constantly hearing this many voices at such a young age does in fact drive most hearers insane, contributing to the perception of the power as an illness.