Outer hair cell electromechanical properties in a nonlinear piezoelectric model.

Yi Wen Liu, Stephen T Neely

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Abstract

A nonlinear piezoelectric circuit is proposed to model electromechanical properties of the outer hair cell (OHC) in mammalian cochleae. The circuit model predicts (a) that the nonlinear capacitance decreases as the stiffness of the load increases, and (b) that the axial compliance of the cell reaches a maximum at the same membrane potential for peak capacitance. The model was also designed to be integrated into macro-mechanical models to simulate cochlear wave propagation. Analytic expressions of the cochlear-partition shunt admittance and the wave propagation function are derived in terms of OHC electro-mechanical parameters. Small-signal analyses indicate that, to achieve cochlear amplification, (1) nonlinear capacitance must be sufficiently high and (2) the OHC receptor current must be sensitive to the velocity of the reticular lamina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-761
Number of pages11
JournalThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume126
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Outer Auditory Hair Cells
Nonlinear Dynamics
Cochlea
hair
capacitance
wave propagation
cochlea
shunts
electrical impedance
Membrane Potentials
Compliance
partitions
stiffness
membranes
Cells
cells

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  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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Outer hair cell electromechanical properties in a nonlinear piezoelectric model. / Liu, Yi Wen; Neely, Stephen T.

In: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 126, No. 2, 01.01.2009, p. 751-761.

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