This paper reveals mechanisms of two-tone suppression (2TS) and distortion product (DP) on the basilar membrane (BM) using a model. Computational simulation is conducted with an active and nonlinear transmission line model including a nonlinear outer hair cell model that shows compressive property in two dimensionally where two tones are input. To evaluate the cochlear model, over all responses of BM model are used. For simultaneous input pairs, the response is suppressed by a stronger tone, or distorted where levels of a pair are equaled. Cubic distortion produced by a simple nonlinear feedback system including the OHC model appears similar to DPs in the cochlear model. These results suggest that two dimensional property of the OHC and its feedback generate 2TS and DPs. This further suggests the importance of the overall responses for investigating mechanisms of cochlear nonlinearities without fluid coupling in the cochlea.
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Research Article| December 31 2015
Modeling two-tone suppression and distortion product on basilar membrane
AIP Conf. Proc. 1703, 090021 (2015)
Yasuki Murakami, Shunsuke Ishimitsu; Modeling two-tone suppression and distortion product on basilar membrane. AIP Conf. Proc. 31 December 2015; 1703 (1): 090021. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4939419
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