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Knowledge about the structure and function of the inner ear is vital to an understanding of vertebrate hearing. This volume presents a detailed overview of the mammalian cochlea from its anatomy and physiology to its biophysics and biochemistry. The nine review chapters, written by internationally distinguished auditory researchers, provide a detailed and unified introduction to sound processing in the cochlea and the steps by which the ensuing signals are prepared for the central nervous system.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Nervous System - anatomy - biochemistry - biology - central nervous system - ear - hearing - neurobiology - neurotransmitter - physiology
1 Overview: Cochlear Neurobiology.- 2 Structure of the Mammalian Cochlea.- 3 Homeostatic Mechanisms in the Cochlea.- 4 Cochlear Micromechanics and Macromechanics.- 5 Mechanics of the Cochlea: Modeling Efforts.- 6 Physiology of Mammalian Cochlear Hair Cells.- 7 Outer Hair Cell Motility.- 8 Physiology of Olivocochlear Efferents.- 9 Neurotransmitters and Synaptic Transmission.