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Detection without deflection? A hypothesis for direct sensing of sound pressure by hair cells

Bell, Andrew


It is widely thought that organisms detect sound by sensing the deflection of hair-like projections, the stereocilia, at the apex of hair cells. In the case of mammals, the standard interpretation is that hair cells in the cochlea respond to deflection of stereocilia induced by motion generated by a hydrodynamic travelling wave. But in the light of persistent anomalies, an alternative hypothesis seems to have some merit: that sensing cells (in particular the outer hair cells) may, at least at...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007-04-19
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Biosciences
DOI: 10.1007/s12038-007-0037-9


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