New Aspects of Comparative Peripheral Auditory Physiology



Although the study of the auditory system of nonmammals has a long history, it has only been in the last ten years that there has been a greatly increased interest in comparative studies. There are two main reasons for this upsurge in interest. Firstly, the hearing organs of amphibians, reptiles and birds display a structural variety not found in the cochlea of mammals, offering the chance to investigate structure- function relationships without interfering with the normal structure. Secondly, it has been recognized that the sensory papillae of many nonmammals are mechanically and physiologically relatively robust, which allows extensive and detailed investigation of hair-cell function in isolated organs.


Hair Cell Basilar Membrane Tuning Curve Otoacoustic Emission Frequency Selectivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyTechnical University MunichGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia

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