Cellular Cooperation in Cochlear Mechanics – George Zweig (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
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Two contrasting views of cochlear mechanics are compared with each other, and with experiment. The first posits that all qualitative features of the nonlinear cochlear response are those of a simple dynamical system poised at a Hopf bifurcation, the second argues that the cochlear response must be found with 3-D simulations. Hopf bifurcations are explained, and their consequences for cochlear mechanics explored.