Yes, I see that stones DO have ears! Many words in Scripture are used as metaphors, and the word 'stone' is one of them. 'Stone' refers to man, mankind, people, and Jesus Christ.
First, an explanation of the stones of Scripture:
God said to Moses:
If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. (Exodus 20:25)
Interesting! God both created and shapes stones. For us, dressing a stone uses man-made tools and utilizes man’s understanding to alter something that God created. According to Exodus 20:24-25, undefiled stones (stones not changed by man’s reasoning) or earth itself were only acceptable by God to build His alter.
I wondered “What is a stone?” Is it a rock from something like a mountain, or is it a description of something else, or is it both?
This is what I know about stones:
A stone is an object created by God.
A stone is a chip off of one rock.
Apart from God, a stone has no life,
A stone can only be moved by other forces.
Matthew records some of the verbalized usage of stones by or used in conversation with Jesus:
And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.” (3:9)
The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." (4:3)
Jesus said to them, "*Have you never read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes' (21:42)
(Of course, there are many other references to ‘stone’ but these should suffice.)
God first created the earth from which all of His stones come. Some stones are pure and others are a mixture of the elements. God then created Adam from the stones (the elements) of the earth and, after a time, brought forth woman from His child. They (man) were His most beautiful creations as He had created them in His likeness, first as a child and then as a man and a woman together, and all three were acceptable to Him as alters of worship. The stones God created them from were not defiled. When they sinned they became ‘dressed’ stones and they blended in with the livestock. They used their drive for pleasure and their self-serving tools of reasoning to change the way they were created to live. God offered them the opportunity to confess and repent but they chose not to. By making choices apart from God’s instructions they lost their understanding of God and became lifeless spiritual objects that could only be moved by other forces.
I could not find that Adam fellowshipped with God after his fall as he never gave thanks to God for anything but Eve, the mother of the living, did.
Now, about stone as a metaphor: From Matthew Chapter 4:
3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." (Reference John 6:35 about the bread.)
4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
‘Stones’ then, in context with and defined in its usage by Jesus Christ, refers to people.
Peter describes Jesus Christ and his followers as living stones. Reference 1 Peter 2:4-8:
4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”