What makes human hearing special?

Sumner, C.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-2573-7418, Bergevin, C., Oxenham, A.J. and Shera, C.A., 2022. What makes human hearing special? Frontiers for Young Minds, 10: 708921. ISSN 2296-6846

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Humans and many other animals can hear a wide range of sounds. We can hear low and high notes and both quiet and loud sounds. We are also very good at telling the difference between sounds that are similar, like the speech sounds “argh” and “ah,” and picking apart sounds that are mixed together, like when an orchestra is playing. But how do human hearing abilities compare to those of other animals? In this article, we discover how the inner ear determines hearing abilities. Many other mammals can hear very high notes that we cannot, and some can hear quiet sounds that we cannot. However, humans may be better than any other species at distinguishing similar sounds. We know this because, milliseconds after the sounds around us go into our ears, other sounds come out: sounds that are actually produced by those same ears!

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers for Young Minds
Creators: Sumner, C.J., Bergevin, C., Oxenham, A.J. and Shera, C.A.
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Date: 31 May 2022
Volume: 10
ISSN: 2296-6846
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 22 Sep 2022 08:36
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2022 08:36
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/47069

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