The “Ear in a Dish” Project

There are specialized cells in the inner ear called sensory hair cells that detect sound. As most audiologists and otolaryngologists know, these hair cells are susceptible to damage by loud noise, ototoxic drugs, genetic mutations or aging, which can cause profound hearing loss.  Since these hair cells do not regrow after being damaged, intense research efforts have been made into…

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A New Look at Cochlear Physiology

Those of us who taught anatomy and physiology of the auditory mechanism in the 1970s have changed our lectures on auditory physiology a number times in the past 40 years or so.  As new research is conducted, new procedures invented, and knowledge becomes greater, it’s more evident that our theories of how things work require modification.  Such is…

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