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Two Ears are Better Than One: Sound Localization

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Two Ears are Better Than One: Sound Localization

This activity (9th activity on the page) about hearing demonstrates to learners the importance of having two ears. A blindfolded learner tries to identify the distance of another individual while listening for their name using one or both ears. This activity page includes a link to background information about the ear and hearing.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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