Cochlear mechanics without the traveling wave: the cochlea as a surface acoustic wave resonator
Current models of the cochlea are almost invariably based on a traveling wave set up on the partition by a pressure difference across it, a von Békésy-style picture in which the pressure common to both sides – the common-mode pressure – is ignored. But here the speculation is made that the sensing elements – the outer hair cells – respond to common-mode pressure in a way that creates reverberating wave activity between the cells and produces an active amplifying system analogous to a surface...[Show more]
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