Yeah, yeah, we all know humans are amazing! But at every skill there is a handful of organisms in comparison with whom we suck. Sound is no exception. Below is the top 10 animals with the best hearing abilities.
Pigeons are famous for their peaceful nature and beauty. In addition to these obvious advantages, they have other incredible talents. The most surprising one is their acute sense of hearing. This amazing bird can hear a low-frequency infrasound (less than 20 Hz).
Sounds in this range are lower than people can hear. Pigeons can detect sounds of just 0.5 Hz. Such sensitive hearing allows pigeons to detect distant thunderstorms and volcanic eruptions.
Yes, sometimes size does matter! Gigantic ears of an elephant play a huge role in redirecting sound waves. Their ears can also detect low-frequency sound waves that cannot be perceived by human ears. This acute sense of hearing also helps them in remote communications.
Have you ever noticed how weird horses can behave? For example, a horse can suddenly stop running and freeze without a movement, as if it found something unusual. That may be because the horse heard something interesting. Horses have way more sensitive ears than we do.
The horses have ten different muscles on each ear. These muscles allow them to turn their ears 180 degrees. Therefore, horses can quickly concentrate on a sound. Horses are also good at determining the source of the sound due to their extensive sound frequency range.
The sense of audibility of this little rodent is way stronger than ours. Rats are particularly good at pinpointing the exact location of where a sound is coming from, due to their ears being so close together.
In some animal species, albinism causes hearing damage. For rats, this condition can affect eyesight and sense of smell, but their hearing remains unaffected.
Do you know that your dog can hear better than you? In numerical terms it is four times stronger. This incredible hearing is the result of several factors. First, their hearing frequency is almost two times higher than that of a person.
In addition, each ear of the dog contains 18 different muscles, and a person has only three. These ears allow dogs to lift, rotate or tilt their ears. Thus, they can quickly adjust their ears in the direction of sound source.
Cats have an impressive sense of hearing. Especially for high frequency sounds. In fact, their range is even higher than that of dogs (sorry, doglovers). Cats also have 32 muscles in each ear. This makes it easier to move the ears back and forth.
In addition, cats can also rotate them 180 degrees. Thus, to find out the source of sound to cats is much easier than other animals.
Despite small external ears, dolphins can transmit sounds to the middle ear through their lower jaws. The auditory system of the cerebral cortex is much more developed than that of humans. Therefore, dolphins process sounds way faster than we do. The hearing frequency of dolphins is also much wider.
In addition, dolphins use advanced methods of echolocation. They send out sound waves and process waves that bounce back, allowing them to identify what lies ahead. That way they get not only the location of the object, but even its size and shape.
As a nocturnal creature, the owl has strong hearing and excellent eyesight. Sensitive ears of an owl are placed asymmetrically. One ear is slightly higher, and the other is slightly ahead of the first. This asymmetry helps in the rapid determination of the direction and source of a sound.
Bats are also night creatures, but their vision is very weak. So hearing is their only hope to fly and find prey. In fact, bats have the most sensitive hearing in mammals family.
When bats fly, they send a series of sound waves (ultrasounds, to be more precise). They then process echoes using their sensitive ears. Highly concentrated, but effective cells in bats’ ears interpret obtained information in great details. Without any problems bats determine the location and size of distant objects.
Moths can hear sounds up to 300 kHz. No other animal in the world does not have such a high level of hearing.
People can only hear sounds up to a frequency of 20 kHz. This exceptional level of hearing helps moles evade their main predators, bats, which are some of the most advanced sound users themselves.