It is suggested that Reissner's membrane normally has a slight curvature toward the basilar membrane. With the coiling of the cochlea, it is then a thin shell of positive curvature which has a behavior consistent with the results and observations of Békésy. The membrane is not “slack” but remains stable in the curved configuration during physiological stimulation.
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August 12 2005
C. R. Steele; Stiffness of Reissner's membrane. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 1 October 1974; 56 (4): 1252–1257. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.1903416
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