How internally coupled ears generate temporal and amplitude cues for sound localization

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In internally coupled ears, displacement of one eardrum creates pressure waves that propagate through air-filled passages in the skull and cause displacement of the opposing eardrum, and conversely. By modeling the membrane, passages, and propagating pressure waves, we show that internally coupled ears generate unique amplitude and temporal cues for sound localization. The magnitudes of both these cues are directionally dependent. The tympanic fundamental frequency segregates a low-frequency regime with constant time-difference magnification from a high-frequency domain with considerable amplitude magnification.

Article number028101
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2016

    Research areas

  • Animals, Cues, Ear, Hearing, Models, Anatomic, Models, Biological, Skull, Sound Localization, Tympanic Membrane, Vibration

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