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How Well Can Rabbits Hear?

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How well can rabbits hear?

Rabbits are known for their big ears, but how well can they actually hear? It turns out that rabbits have very good hearing and can detect a wide range of frequencies. In fact, their hearing is so sensitive that they can even pick up on the ultrasonic calls of bats.

Rabbits can hear between the ranges of 96Hz and 49,000Hz, and they can be detected from 1.8 miles away. They can also swivel each ear independent of each other, and in the wild rabbits rely on their ears more than any other sense.

The anatomy of a rabbit’s ear: what makes hearing possible?

Rabbits have long ears that are important for their hearing, and their ear is made up of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.

The outer ear is made up of the pinna, which is the fleshy part that you see when you look at a rabbit’s ear. The pinna helps to funnel sound waves into the ear canal, leading to the eardrum, which is a thin piece of tissue that vibrates when sound waves hit it.

The middle ear contains three tiny bones – the malleus, incus, and stapes – that transmit vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear. The inner ear is where sound waves are converted into electrical signals that are sent to the brain. 

rabbit in a field listening to sounds nearby

How well do rabbits hear low frequencies?

Rabbits have long been known for their keen hearing, but how well do they hear low frequencies? A new study has found that rabbits are able to hear low frequencies, much lower than previously thought. Some researchers recorded the brain activity of rabbits in response to different sounds, and found that they were able to hear frequencies as low as 96 Hz. Additional research on rabbit hearing suggest that they may be able to communicate using very low frequency sounds that are outside of our range of hearing. This could explain why they are so difficult to catch by surprise!

How well do rabbits hear high frequencies?

Rabbits use their sense of hearing to avoid predators and to communicate with other rabbits, and when a rabbit is scared, it will often emit a high-pitched scream that can be heard for miles. They can detect high frequencies very well, and are much more sensitive to higher frequencies than humans are. Which is useful for avoiding predators in the wild. They use their sense of hearing to avoid predators and to communicate with other rabbits. 

rabbit on its hind legs listening for sounds

How does loudness affect rabbit hearing?

Loudness is a major factor in determining how well rabbits can hear. The louder the noise, the more likely it is that rabbits will be able to hear it. However, loudness is not the only factor that affects rabbit hearing as other factors such as frequency and duration also play a role.

Rabbits have very sensitive ears and can hear sounds that are too faint for humans to hear. This makes them particularly vulnerable to loud noises, which can cause permanent damage to their hearing. For this reason, it is important to keep noise levels down when around rabbits.


Rabbits have very good hearing and can detect a wide range of frequencies; they can hear sounds as high as 49kHz and as low as 96 kHz. They can rotate their ears independently to pinpoint the source of a sound, allowing them to effectively communicate with other rabbits, avoid predators, and navigate their environment. Rabbits are able to hear a wide range of frequencies, from 96Hz to 49kHz. This makes them one of the most sensitive animals when it comes to hearing.

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  1. Dear Sirs, My name is Jane Streff. I am a rabbit project leader for a 4 H Club, in Hastings, Nebraska, called the Rural Ranchers. I found your article on how rabbits hear. I want to ask permission to print off your article and share it with the kids in our rabbit project. When Exhibiters at the county fair do their showmanship speeches, one does not hear about the hearing abilities of a rabbit (last year we learned about dental health…would be awesome to learn about hearing this year).