Sense of Hearing in Fishes

  title={Sense of Hearing in Fishes},
  author={C. B. Williams},
IN his review of our knowledge of the sense of hearing in fishes, von Frisch1 only quotes one observation in the field, and in his summary says, “spontaneous reactions to musical tones are not to be expected, since the sound signals used by us have no biological significance for fishes. Reliable reactions can therefore only be obtained by conditioning to tones.” 

Sense of Hearing in Fishes

I AM sure that the fish described in Dr. C. B. Williams' communication1 did hear the bicycle bell, as a disturbance of the norm to which it is ‘conditioned’. Dr. Bull has had to make a sound-proof

Auditory evoked potential audiometry in fish

The AEP-technique was frequently used to study the effects of high sound/noise levels on hearing in particular by measuring the temporary threshold shifts after exposure to various noise types (white noise, pure tones and anthropogenic noises) and was successfully utilized to study acoustic communication.

An overview of fish bioacoustics and the impacts of anthropogenic sounds on fishes†

It is made clear that there are currently so many information gaps that it is almost impossible to reach clear conclusions on the nature and levels of anthropogenic sounds that have potential to cause changes in animal behaviour, or even result in physical harm.


  • H. Yan
  • Environmental Science
  • 2001
It is proved that the mechanically coupled or directly linked gas holding devices are used by fish to enhanced hearing.

The Role of Gas-Holding Structures in Fish Hearing: An Acoustically Evoked Potentials Approach

  • H. Yan
  • Environmental Science
  • 2004
This chapter reviews the work carried out by the ABR method in the author’s laboratory investigating how gas-holding structure plays a role in hearing ability of fish, and reveals the possible existence of different populations of sensory hair cells in specialist species.


  • G. Arnold
  • Biology
    Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • 1974
Fish have a wide range of responses to currents, extending beyond simple orientation, and the term rheotropism is therefore used as a ‘portmanteau’ word to describe all such reactions.

Hearing and Sound Communication in Fishes

This volume is a compilation of the papers presented at a meeting that took place in April 1980 at the Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida. The meeting and this volume are outgrowths of two

Sound detection by Atlantic cod: An overview.

The focus is upon what is already known about cod hearing, and what now needs to be known, and on what knowledge of cod hearing tells about hearing in fishes in general.


  • B. M. Phillips
  • Biology
    Endangered and Threatened Animals of Florida and Their Habitats
  • 2004
The ontogeny of inter-and intrasexual vocal muscle dimorphisms in a sound-producing fish and the effects of stimulus level and depth of modulation are studied.

Sensory Cells of the Fish Ear: A Hairy Enigma

The presence of multiple hair cell types in fishes provides strong support to the hypothesis of regional differences in the responses of individual otolithic sensory epithelia, and suggests that hair cell heterogeneity arose earlier in the evolution of the vertebrate ear than previously thought.