Cochlear distortions afford researchers and clinicians a glimpse into the conditions and properties of inner ear signal processing mechanisms. Until recently, our examination of these distortions has been limited to measuring the vibration of the basilar membrane or recording acoustic distortion output in the ear canal. Despite its importance, the generation mechanism of cochlear distortion remains a substantial task to understand. The ability to measure the vibration of the reticular lamina in rodent models is a recent experimental advance. Surprising mechanical properties have been revealed. These properties merit both discussion in context with our current understanding of distortion, and appraisal of the significance of new interpretations of cochlear mechanics. This review focusses on some of the recent data from our research groups and discusses the implications of these data on our understanding of vocalization processing in the periphery, and their influence upon future experimental directions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems