Measurements of the stiffness map challenge a basic tenet of cochlear theories.


The cochlear frequency map is believed to depend on the progressive decrease in partition stiffness from base to apex. Measurements on cochleae from human cadavers by von Békésy (1960) suggested that the elasticity of the partition increases by a factor of 100 from the stapes to the helicotrema. However, conventional models require a factor of nearly 10,000… (More)


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