An active cochlear model showing sharp tuning and high sensitivity

Stephen T. Neely, D. O. Kim

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Recent in vivo measurements of cochlear-partition motion indicate very high sensitivity and sharp mechanical tuning similar to the tuning of single cochlear nerve fibers. Our experience with mathematical models of the cochlea leads us to believe that this type of mechanical response requires the presence of active elements in the cochlea. We have developed an active cochlear model which incorporates negative damping components; this model produces partition displacement in good agreement with many of the mechanical and neural tuning characteristics which have been observed in vivo by other researchers. We suggest that the negative damping components of our model may represent an active mechanical behavior of the outer hair cells, functioning in the electromechanical environment of the normal cochlea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalHearing Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • active biomechanics
  • cochlear model
  • cochlear tuning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems


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