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Comment on Mygind's Pressure Theory for Stimulation of the Labyrinthine Epithelium

Comment on Mygind's Pressure Theory for Stimulation of the Labyrinthine Epithelium Abstract PROFESSOR Mygind presents a most interesting approach to the interpretation of the mechanical stimulus to the sensory cells of the ear as well as to those of the non-auditory labyrinth. He has first raised the old problem of "bringing harmony between the very broad mechanical and electrical reactions observable and the very sharply restricted areas of sensation actually resulting." That is, how can sharp discrimination between close frequencies be accomplished in face of the apparent broad response of the basilar membrane? Rather than involve secondary systems such as special "triggering action," presumably such as the funneling action of Békésy or the volley principle of Wever, Mygind prefers to reinterpret the entire hair cell stimulating process. In this novel consideration a great many observations on the lateral-line organ and nonauditory labyrinthine system are reviewed, and the first argument is a rejection of the principle of shearing forces between the tectorial membrane References 1. Von Békésy, G.: Description of Some Mechanical Properties of the Organ of Corti , J Acoust Soc Amer 25:770-785, 1953.Crossref 2. Kiang, N.Y., et al: Stimulus Coding in the Cat's Auditory Nerve , Ann Otol 71:1009-1026, 1962. 3. Von Bekesy, G.: Shearing Microphonics Produced by Vibrations Near the Inner and Outer Hair Cells , J Acoust Soc Amer 25:786-790, 1953.Crossref 4. Lawrence, M.: Energy Conversion in the Peripheral Ear: Sensorineural Hearing Processes and Disorders , Boston:Little, Brown and Co., to be published. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Otolaryngology American Medical Association

Comment on Mygind's Pressure Theory for Stimulation of the Labyrinthine Epithelium

Archives of Otolaryngology , Volume 83 (1) – Jan 1, 1966

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1966 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-9977
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10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020012005
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Abstract

Abstract PROFESSOR Mygind presents a most interesting approach to the interpretation of the mechanical stimulus to the sensory cells of the ear as well as to those of the non-auditory labyrinth. He has first raised the old problem of "bringing harmony between the very broad mechanical and electrical reactions observable and the very sharply restricted areas of sensation actually resulting." That is, how can sharp discrimination between close frequencies be accomplished in face of the apparent broad response of the basilar membrane? Rather than involve secondary systems such as special "triggering action," presumably such as the funneling action of Békésy or the volley principle of Wever, Mygind prefers to reinterpret the entire hair cell stimulating process. In this novel consideration a great many observations on the lateral-line organ and nonauditory labyrinthine system are reviewed, and the first argument is a rejection of the principle of shearing forces between the tectorial membrane References 1. Von Békésy, G.: Description of Some Mechanical Properties of the Organ of Corti , J Acoust Soc Amer 25:770-785, 1953.Crossref 2. Kiang, N.Y., et al: Stimulus Coding in the Cat's Auditory Nerve , Ann Otol 71:1009-1026, 1962. 3. Von Bekesy, G.: Shearing Microphonics Produced by Vibrations Near the Inner and Outer Hair Cells , J Acoust Soc Amer 25:786-790, 1953.Crossref 4. Lawrence, M.: Energy Conversion in the Peripheral Ear: Sensorineural Hearing Processes and Disorders , Boston:Little, Brown and Co., to be published.

Journal

Archives of OtolaryngologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1966

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