Cochlear Mechanisms: Structure, Function, and Models

  • J. P. Wilson
  • D. T. Kemp

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hair Cell Ultrastructure

  3. Micromechanical Measurements and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Sietse M. van Netten, Alfons B. A. Kroese
      Pages 47-55
    3. H. P. Zenner, G. Reuter, P. K. Plinkert, U. Zimmermann, A. H. Gitter
      Pages 93-98
    4. R. Fettiplace, A. C. Crawford
      Pages 99-105
    5. Geoffrey A. Manley, Christine Köppl, Graeme K. Yates
      Pages 143-151
  4. Electrophysiological Measurements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. J. J. Zwislocki, R. L. Smith
      Pages 163-168
    3. R. B. Patuzzi, G. K. Yates, B. M. Johnstone
      Pages 169-176
    4. G. K. Yates, C. D. Geisler, R. B. Patuzzi, B. M. Johnstone
      Pages 177-188
    5. P. Dallos, M. A. Cheatham
      Pages 197-204
    6. M. Vater, R. Rübsamen
      Pages 217-223
    7. L. Décory, A. Guilhaume, A. Dancer, J.-M. Aran
      Pages 225-233
  5. Discussion Session I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Peter Dallos
      Pages 271-295
  6. Otoacoustic Emissions

  7. Macromechanical Measurements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Luis Robles, Mario A. Ruggero, Nola C. Rich
      Pages 369-375
    3. A. W. Gummer, J. W. Th. Smolders, R. Klinke
      Pages 377-385

About this book


Great advances have been made in understanding hearing in recent years. In particular, the mechanical function of the cochlea has become the focus of intense interest. This started in one direction, with the discovery of otoacoustic emissions in 1978, which required active mechanical amplification processes, as first postulated by Gold in 1948. Direct evidence for the role of this mechanism in sharpening-up the otherwise poor, basilar membrane tuning properties, was provided in 1982; and in 1983, motility was shown in outer hair cells. In parallel, an immense amount of work has been done on the electrophysiology of hair cells, following the first intracellular recordings in 1977. Over a longer time scale, models of basilar membrane motion have been developed and refined, and recently much effort has been put into incorporating active mechanisms and non-linear processes. It seemed an opportune time to bring together the leading workers in these various areas, to take stock of the whole field and to stimulate further progress. This book represents the proceedings of a NATO ARW on the Mechanics of Hearing held at the University of Keele, 3-8 July, 1988. The conception of the meeting owes much to earlier meetings held in Boston in 1985 (Peripheral Auditory Mechallisms, Eds. J.B. Allen, J.L.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. P. Wilson
    • 1
  • D. T. Kemp
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KeeleKeele, StaffordshireUK
  2. 2.Institute of Otology and LaryngologyLondonUK

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