Can Our Pups Really Hear Better Than Us?

Can Our Pups Really Hear Better Than Us?

It’s a well-known fact that pups have an incredible sense of hearing, and in many ways, it’s much more powerful than a human’s!

But have you ever wondered what makes a pup’s ears so good, and how does all of that work? Let’s delve into that mystery and answer those burning questions today! In general, pups can detect noises at much higher frequencies than humans, with their range spanning between 40-60,000 hertz. In comparison, most humans’ hearing abilities start at 20 hertz and end between 12,000 and 20,000 hertz.

That’s why dog whistles, which sound at anywhere between 16,000 and 22,000 hertz, can’t be heard by Mommies and Daddies, but can be easily picked up by fur balls. But it is worth noting that in both fur balls and people, the ability to detect higher frequencies decreases with age! Oddly, even though pups have much better hearing than humans, their middle and inner ears have relatively similar anatomies in terms of parts, membranes, and bones.

But the real reason our fur ball friends can hear so well lies in their ear flaps – which are also called pinna, by the way! These flaps have 18 muscles that control them in order to move the ear canals in directions that will fully receive sounds in the most effective ways possible. That’s why fur balls with ears that stand up tend to have better hearing than those whose ears droop or flop!

This also explains why fur balls are more frightened of loud noises than people are! They hear everything so much louder than we do. If you found this interesting, do share it around!

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