HST.721 The Peripheral Auditory System

Fall 2005

Normal ear anatomy.
Normal ear anatomy. (Illustration courtesy of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication.)

Course Highlights

This course features downloadable problem sets in the assignments section and a complete bibliography of readings.

Course Description

In this course, experimental approaches to the study of hearing and deafness are presented through lectures, laboratory exercises and discussions of the primary literature on the auditory periphery. Topics include inner-ear development, functional anatomy of the inner ear, cochlear mechanics and micromechanics, mechano-electric transduction by hair cells, outer hair cells' electromotility and the cochlear amplifier, otoacoustic emissions, synaptic transmission, stimulus coding in auditory nerve responses, efferent control of cochlear function, damage and repair of hair-cell organs, and sensorineural hearing loss.
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Prof. Joe Adams
Prof. Charlie Liberman

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session

One session / biweekly
1 hour / session