Inverse-solution method for a class of non-classical cochlear models

Egbert De Boer, Alfred L. Nuttall

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Measurements of distortion-product (DP) waves inside the cochlea have led to a conception of wave propagation that is at variance with the "classical" attitude. Of the several alternatives that have been proposed to remedy this situation, the feed-forward model could be a promising one. This paper describes a method to apply the inverse solution with the aim to attain a feed-forward model that accurately reproduces a measured response. It is demonstrated that the computation method is highly successful. Subsequently, it is shown that in a feed-forward model a DP wave generated by a two-tone stimulus is almost exclusively a forward-traveling wave which property agrees with the nature of the experimental findings. However, the amplitude of the computed DP wave is only substantial in the region where the stimulation patterns of the two primary tones overlap. In addition, the model developed cannot explain coherent reflection for single tones. It has been suggested that a forward transversal DP wave induced by a (retrograde) compression wave could be involved in DP wave generation. This topic is critically evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2146-2154
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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