Hearing Better in the Dark

Blind people are better at locating distant sounds than people who can see.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM October 15, 2004

Where is that noise coming from? Not sure? Try living with your eyes closed for a few years.

Blind people are better at locating sounds than people who can see, a new study says. Without the benefits of vision, the ears seem to work much better.

Parts of the brain that normally deal with visual information become active in locating sound in people who are blind by age 11.

Parts of the brain that normally deal with visual information become active in locating sound in people who are blind by age 11.

Courtesy FONAR Corporation

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