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A major goal of hearing research is to explain how the human auditory system normally functions and to help identify the causes of and treatments for hearing impairment. Experimental approaches to this research make use of animal models that are developed, evaluated and validated to determine what can be generalized from one species to another. By investigating the structures, physiological functions and hearing capabilities of various species, comparative hearing research establishes the biological and evolutionary context for such models. This volume brings together our current understanding of the auditory systems of two of the major vertebrate classes, fish and amphibians. It overcomes the differing theoretical and experimental paradigms that underlie most work on these groups and treats both fish and amphibians together in most chapters in order to address broader comparative issues.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »amphibians - anatomy - evolution - fish - physiology
1 Hearing in Fishes and Amphibians: An Introduction.- 2 Hearing in Two Worlds: Theoretical and Actual Adaptive Changes of the Aquatic and Terrestrial Ear for Sound Reception.- 3 The Auditory Periphery in Fishes.- 4 The Acoustic Periphery of Amphibians: Anatomy and Physiology.- 5 Anatomy of the Central Auditory Pathways of Fish and Amphibians.- 6 Central Auditory Processing in Fish and Amphibians.- 7 The Sense of Hearing in Fishes and Amphibians.- 8 The Enigmatic Lateral Line System.- 9 Acoustic Communication in Fishes and Frogs.