Hearing ranges of laboratory animals

J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2007 Jan;46(1):20-2.


Any attempt to assess the effects of sounds on animals must consider species differences in hearing abilities. Although the hearing ranges of most species overlap to a large degree, considerable variation occurs in high- and low-frequency hearing as well as in absolute sensitivity. As a result, a sound that is easily audible to one species may be less audible, or even inaudible, to another. The purpose of this review is to describe the variation in the hearing ranges of common laboratory animals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amphibians / physiology
  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory / physiology*
  • Birds / physiology
  • Hearing / physiology*
  • Mammals / physiology
  • Reference Values
  • Reptiles / physiology
  • Species Specificity