Cochlear wave propagation
Ren, Tianying Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon.
- Forward propagation of cochlear wave
- Backward propagation of cochlear wave
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The auditory peripheral organ consists of the outer, middle, and inner ears. The cochlea (from the Greek word for snail), in the inner ear, is the auditory sensory organ. The bony, spiral cochlear shell is filled with fluid and separated by Reissner's membrane and the basilar membrane into three ducts: the scala tympani, scala media, and scala vestibuli (Fig. 1a). Because of the flexibility of Reissner's membrane, the cochlea is often simplified to a two-duct mechanical system, in which the two ducts are open to each other at the apex and sealed at the cochlear base by the stapes on the scala-vestibuli side and the round window membrane on the scala-tympani side (Fig. 1b).
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