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Resonance Theories of Hearing: A History and a Fresh Approach

Bell, James Andrew


This paper provides an historical overview of how a powerful acoustical principle - sympathetic resonance - has been applied to our organ of hearing. It focuses on the principle's virtues, drawbacks, and varying fortunes. Why did Helmholtz's resonance theory of hearing in the 1850s fall from universal acceptance to near total disregard? What were the factors favouring travelling wave theories, most notably that of von Békésy in the mid 20th century? Post-Békésy, however, thinking on cochlear...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Acoustics Australia


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