Learn to see with your ears

07/2/2009 | Wired.com

We might not have fancy, built-in equipment the way bats and dolphins do, but new research finds humans are perfectly capable of using echolocation. A researcher with the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain taught a group of students and coworkers to navigate by listening for the echo made by a series of tongue clicks. The trick takes just a few weeks to learn, a researcher says, noting that it could dramatically improve the lives of the blind, as well as aid firemen and others who work in low-visibility environments.

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