Physiology of the Ear

A diagram of the human cochlea of the inner ear.

The human inner ear. (Figure by MIT OCW.)


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Fall 2004



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Course Description

Course Description

Topics for this course are based primarily on reading and discussions of original research literature that cover the analysis as well as the underlying physical and physiological mechanisms of acoustic signals in the auditory periphery. Topics include the acoustics, mechanics, and hydrodynamics of sound transmission; the biophysical basis for cochlear amplification; the physiology of hair-cell transduction and synaptic transmission; efferent feedback control; the analysis and coding of simple and complex sounds by the inner ear; and the physiological bases for hearing disorders.

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Christopher Shera, John Guinan Jr., and John Rosowski. HST.720 Physiology of the Ear. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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