Mechanical Model Of The Human Ear

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date


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Journal Of The Acoustical Society Of America


Diagrams showing cutaway views of the human ear are all very well for teaching the mechanics of hearing, but a tabletop model the students can manipulate is even better. The author presents a mechanical model based upon the water-tube cochlea previously developed by Robert Keolian, but including the outer- and middle-ear components. The model allows phenomena such as the acoustic reflex, critical bands, and masking of higher-frequency by lower-frequency tones.


Auditory system models, band models, hearing, acoustic modeling


21st International Congress On Acoustics

Conference Dates

June 2-7, 2013

Conference Location

Montréal, Canada

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