Blind children in the U.K. are being taught to "see" their surroundings by clicking their tongues — a method used by bats, dolphins, and whales, The Sunday Times of London reported.
The technique, called echolocation, uses reflected sound to help subjects "see" their surroundings by measuring the distance, size, and density of the objects around them, it is reported.
Visibility, one of Glasgow's oldest charities for the blind, is pioneering the project in Scotland. Ten children, aged five to 17, are being taught to produce clicking sounds and to interpret echoes from those sounds to aid them in visualizing their world, according to the Times.
The children will reportedly be able to make use of the technique, even in noisy situations, and are already practicing in crowded subway stations.
The technique was first developed in the U.S., and has been used to teach blind Americans how to differentiate between people, trees, and buildings, according to the paper.
"It’s very exciting," Professor Gordon Dutton of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and one of Britain’s leading pediatric ophthalmologists, told The Sunday Times.
"I have seen echolocation being used –- it’s quite stunning. It has been demonstrated to me that it absolutely works," he said.