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Deaf Fish? Study Will Probe Sonar’s Effects on Fish

April 24, 2007

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — An assistant biology professor at Western Kentucky University suspects an increase in manmade sounds underwater make fish deaf.

Michael Smith cited U.S. Navy sonar and oceanic shipping as possible noise pollution for fish, which use sound to find their way around and listen for predators.

With the help of his student Reagan Gilley and a $10,000 grant, Smith will study the auditory system of fish.

The study will expose locally-bought rainbow trout, silver perch and goldfish to various sound combinations at a special sound booth at the WKU Complex for Engineering and Biological Sciences.

Afterward, tests will be performed to see whether there has been hearing loss. The fish’s brain waves will be recorded through electrodes while the fish listen to tones.

“We give a series of pure tones to fish through an underwater speaker, and we increase the intensity of the tones until we detect brain-wave activity,” Smith said.

  1. dimsum
    April 24, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    interesting, I learned something new!

  2. April 26, 2007 at 2:47 am

    LoL, I have a tank with tropical fishes,tap on the tank glass that fishes didnot get out of hidden stuffs in the tank so my finger swan in the water to wave fishes’s skin and get out of hidden stuffs and suck my finger LOL! I wonder if they are deaf too. LOL

  1. April 24, 2007 at 10:05 pm
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