Mechanisms of Frequency Tuning in the Internal Ear
Much of the research work in the internal ear during the last 20 years has been concerned with the mechanisms involved in signal transduction and frequency tuning. It has long been known that the peripheral auditory system operates separating complex stimuli into its component frequencies, and that in this process it not only analyzes the stimulus into components but it also amplifies those frequency components, thus improving its capacity to transduce low-level stimuli. There is recent evidence showing that, in the internal ear, frequency tuning and signal transduction are intimately related processes.
KeywordsHair Cell Outer Hair Cell Frequency Tuning Basilar Membrane Tuning Curve
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