Hearing Linked to Cochlea Shape

June 2008
Science Teacher;Summer2008, Vol. 75 Issue 5, p15
Academic Journal
The article discusses research into how the shape of the cochlea affects the hearing of mammals. The study suggests that the curvature of cochlea, an organ that transforms sound waves to neural data, can determine an animal's low-frequency hearing limit. The discovery may help determine how noise levels affect the hearing of certain animals such as tigers and polar bears. Darlene Ketten, a scientist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutes, discusses controversy surrounding the research.


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