Hearing in the elephant (Elephas maximus)

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Science  02 May 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4443, pp. 518-520
DOI: 10.1126/science.7367876


Auditory thresholds were determined for a 7-year-old Indian elephant. The hearing range extended from 17 hertz to 10.5 kilohertz. The results indicate that the inverse relationship between functional interaural distance (that is, the distance between the two ears divided by the speed of sound) and high-frequency hearing limit is valid even for very large mammals.