3C10.20 - Binaural Hearing

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Binaural Hearing
Hearing Resolution
Area of Study:
Flexible Plastic Tubing with the Center Marked, and Small Wooden Dowel Rod.

Hold the ends of the flexible tubing so that each end of the tube goes against an ear.  Have someone tap on the tube in different positions.  See how close to the middle of the tube you can come before you can no longer distinguish the time differential.

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