I wouldn't imagine the hard cochlea being physically altered with just
a yawn. I would think it would have more to do with change in middle
ear pressure and TM mobility...much like we yawn to open our Eustachian
Harriet B. Jacobster, Au.D.
Board Certified in Audiology
Prof Roger K Moore wrote:
Dear List, I have often noticed that if I yawn while listening to music, I experience a noticeable distortion of the auditory experience - in particular, the sounds appear to become discordant. Is this a well known effect, and can it be easily explained as the result of a physical distortion of the cochlea? If so, what does it say about timing-based theories of timbre perception? Best wishes Roger K. Moore P.S. I see that there was a short discussion on this in the LIST in 2004, but no conclusion was reached. ________________________________________________________________ Prof ROGER K MOORE BA(Hons) MSc PhD FIOA MIET Chair of Spoken Language Processing Speech and Hearing Research Group (SPandH) Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 211 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK e-mail: r.k.moore@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx web: http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~roger/ tel: +44 (0) 11422 21807 fax: +44 (0) 11422 21810 mobile: +44 (0) 7910 073631 ________________________________________________________________