This Blind Man Uses Echolocation Like Bats Do To “See” The World Around Him

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By Anthony McLennan | Truth Theory

Daniel Kish has what most of us would consider a ‘super power’ in that he uses Echolocation or sound reflection to perceive the world around him.

Kish lost his eyesight at just 13-months old due to cancer. But encouraged by his parents to enjoy life as any other child, he developed a remarkable new way to interact with the world.

He did this through ‘echo locating’ – much like many species (not all) of bats use sonar navigation. Dolphins are another species which use Echolocation.

More specifically, by making clicking sounds, Daniel was eventually able to navigate the world with confidence.

“They (his parents) believed I should grow up to enjoy the same freedom and responsibilities as everyone else,” he said during a TED presentation.

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Such has been Daniel’s mastery of this skill that today he can trust his ears enough to ride a bicycle. He can even draw a 3D diagram to describe the world around him, based on the sound messages he picks up.


Daniel is also teaching his remarkable echolocation ability to fellow blind people all over the globe.

According to an interview with Daniel, the ability to use Echolocation comes naturally for those who can’t see.


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