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Musical ratios in geometrical spacing of outer hair cells in the cochlea: strings of an underwater piano?

Bell, James Andrew


Questions have arisen about the ability of conventional traveling wave theory to adequately describe the active cochlea. For example, if a sensitive microphone is inserted in the ear canal of a healthy human ear, it is likely to detect one or more faint, pure tones called spontaneous otoacoustic emissions. This study assumes that these tones represent the ringing of the cochlea's resonant elements and, revisiting the resonance theory of Helmholtz, puts forward a physical model of what these...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Conference paper


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