The words permanence, permanents sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do permanence, permanents sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: permanence, permanents are homophones of the English language.
The quality or condition of being permanent; permanency.
Plural form of permanent.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.