fly, insect, pollination @ Pixabay

You may have heard the saying “a fly on the wall” before.

Who is to say that this is not true?

Could flies be able to hear everything going on in a room for all we know?

For those of you who are still not convinced, here are some interesting facts about flies and their hearing abilities.

fly, insect, dustbin @ Pixabay

Flies have ears, technically called tympanal organs. They are situated on their front legs and each one contains a sensory membrane or drumhead that detects vibrations in the air (much like our own eardrums).

These membranes also help to dampen sound waves for better hearing. It is not clear how well flies can hear as there has been very little research done on this topic.

However, scientists do know that they can detect low-frequency sounds from approximately 12 inches away which would allow them to hear human speech across a room without interfering with it too much.

This blog post will be about if flies can really hear everything going on around them or just some things. 


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