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Do Bats Have Ears?



Bats DO have ears.

Like all mammals, bats do have ears.   In fact, bats have the most sensitive hearing at high frequencies of all mammals.  Bats use their ears in a process called echolocation in which the bat sends out a high-pitched sound and interprets the returned signal to navigate and locate food.

The bat’s ear is highly adapted at assisting in echolocation.  The outer ear plays a significant role in capturing the return signals and funneling them into the inner ear.  The inner ear is equipped with a concentration of receptor cells that are highly sensitive to frequency changes.  These signals are then funneled to the brain for processing.



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