Protection from Acoustic Trauma Is Not a Primary Function of the Medial Olivocochlear Efferent System

@article{Kirk2002ProtectionFA,
  title={Protection from Acoustic Trauma Is Not a Primary Function of the Medial Olivocochlear Efferent System},
  author={Ellen Kirk and David W Smith},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology},
  year={2002},
  volume={4},
  pages={445-465}
}
The medial olivocochlear (MOC) efferent system is an important component of an active mechanical outer hair cell system in mammals. An extensive neurophysiological literature demonstrates that the MOC system attenuates the response of the cochlea to sound by reducing the gain of the outer hair cell mechanical response to stimulation. Despite a growing understanding of MOC physiology, the biological role of the MOC system in mammalian audition remains uncertain. Some evidence suggests that the… CONTINUE READING

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