Study Says Humans Can Learn Echolocation
A study from Durham University looked at how people with vision loss can use echolocation, the ‘sonar’ used by animals like bats, to make it easier to get around, and they found that people can learn the skill. The study involved both blind and sighted people between 21 and 79 who were taught to click their tongues to take in their surroundings.
Over the 10-week study, the people had 20 two-to-three-hour training sessions and learned how to use sounds to navigate. During the final weeks of the study, the participants tested their new skills in mazes and had fewer collisions compared to the start of the training. Three months after the study finished, participants said they were still using echolocation techniques.
Source: New York Post