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Peripheral Mechanisms of Hearing

Handbook of Physiology, The Nervous System, Sensory Processes

  1. Peter Dallos

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp010314

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Dallos, P. 2011. Peripheral Mechanisms of Hearing. Comprehensive Physiology. 595–637.

Author Information

  1. Auditory Physiology Laboratory (Audiology) and Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Overview and Gross Anatomy
  • 2
    Evolution of Ears and Their Variety
    • 2.1
      Evolution of the Inner Ear
    • 2.2
      Evolution of the middle ear
  • 3
    Sensory Receptors
    • 3.1
      Cochlear Hair Cells in the Mammal
    • 3.2
      Hair Cells as Transducers
  • 4
    Function of Cochlear Hair Cells
    • 4.1
      Events at Receptive Region of Cells
    • 4.2
      Anatomy of Mammalian Cochlear Duct
    • 4.3
      Generation of Receptor Current
    • 4.4
      Micromechanics of Organ of Corti
  • 5
    Input to Organ of Corti: Basilar Membrane Mechanics
    • 5.1
      Structure and Properties of Cochlear Canal and Basilar Membrane
    • 5.2
      The Traveling Wave
    • 5.3
      Nonlinearities
    • 5.4
      The Second Filter
  • 6
    The Middle and Outer Ear
    • 6.1
      Evolutionary Necessity
    • 6.2
      The Middle Ear
    • 6.3
      The Outer Ear
  • 7
    Electrical Signs of Transduction: Cochlear Potentials
    • 7.1
      Recording Methods
    • 7.2
      Intracellular Recording
    • 7.3
      Gross Recording
  • 8
    Output of Receptor Cells
    • 8.1
      Transmitter Substances
    • 8.2
      Site of Impulse Initiation
    • 8.3
      Action of Efferent Nerve Fibers
  • 9
    Summary
  • 10
    Note Added in Proof