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Re: model of the cochlea


The trouble with the Peterson & Boget model (like the Wegel & Lane 1924, Zweig Lipes & Pierce 1975, and some others, if I understand correctly) is that it is a one-dimensional model, based on a long-wave approximation to the underlying hydrodynamics, even though the wavelength in the cochlea are known to be way too short for that in the region near resonance. So an accurate solution to those equations in not a good cochlea model.

Depending on what your goals are in terms of accuracy or usefulness of a model, I might be able to recommend some alterative approaches (based on 2D model or more abstract model), and maybe some code.

Malcolm Slaney has published code for my old model based on an adaptation of the one-dimensional model; it doesn't give an accurate solution of the equations, but might be an acceptable model. I think it's all stil available, here: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~malcolm/interval/1998-010/


At 8:58 PM -0400 9/15/07, Fred Herzfeld wrote:
Hello list,

I am interested in obtaining a source program (or any ideas) for determining the 175 outputs of a transmission line model of the cochlea as represented in:

   	An integrable model for the basilar membrane
	M.R. Schroeder
	JASA 1973 53(2) 429-434

	A Dynamical Theory of the Cochlea
	L.C. Peterson; B.P. Bogert
	JASA 1950 22(3) 369-381

Determination of the effects of Dissipation in the cochlea Partition by Means of a Network Representing the Basilar Membrane
B.P. Bogert
JASA 1951 23(2) 151-154

The present plan is to use a differential equation routine such as RKG to obtain outputs at very small time increments along the entire 175 or more sections. Although certainly not in real time this will be the section between the front end (encoding each source position from HRTF like data) and the processing to required to simulate the 3-D positions in the CNS, and then follow this up by determining the actual signal originating ONLY from a particular 3-D position in space. This will complete the total model. At present the DE section is simulated with "representative" outputs.

Any ideas or suggestion on the above will be very much appreciated.


Fred Herzfeld, MIT '54
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Brunswick, Ga.31525