A Three-Degree-of-Freedom Active Micromechanical Model of the Cochlear Partition

  • K. L. Jones
  • D. O. Kim
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The earliest cochlear models were passive and macromechanical (e.g., Peterson and Bogert, 1950; Ranke, 1950; Zwislocki, 1950). In these models, the properties of the cochlear partition were lumped and represented by a single value of mass, stiffness, and damping for each location on the partition. Hence, we refer to these models as single degree-of-freedom (1-DOF) models. The results of calculations based on these models were in good agreement with the only measurements available at the time, those of von Békésy (1960), who worked with cochleas taken from cadavers.


Hair Cell Outer Hair Cell Basilar Membrane Otoacoustic Emission Auditory Nerve Fiber 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. L. Jones
    • 1
  • D. O. Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Div. Otolaryngology/Surgery; Neuroscience ProgramUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA

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