Sensors, motors, and tuning in the cochlea: interacting cells could form a surface acoustic wave resonator
The outer hair cells of the cochlea occur in three distinct and geometrically precise rows and, unusually, display both sensing and motor properties. As well as sensing sound, outer hair cells (OHCs) undergo cycle-by-cycle length changes in response to stimulation. OHCs are central to the way in which the cochlea processes and amplifies sounds, but how they do so is presently unknown. In explanation, this paper proposes that outer hair cells act like a single-port surface acoustic wave (SAW)...[Show more]
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