Modeling the characteristics of spontaneous otoacoustic emissions in lizards

Wit, H. P., Manley, G. A. & van Dijk, P., 15-Nov-2019, In : Hearing Research. 385, p. 107840

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Lizard auditory papillae have proven to be an attractive object for modelling the production of spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAE). Here we use an established model (Vilfan and Duke, 2008) and extend it by exploring the effect of varying the number of oscillating elements, the strength of the parameters that describe the coupling between oscillators, the strength of the oscillators, and additive noise. The most remarkable result is that the actual number of oscillating elements hardly influences the spectral pattern, explaining why spectra from very different papillar dimensions are similar. Furthermore, the spacing between spectral peaks primarily depends on the reactive coupling between the oscillator elements. This is consistent with observed differences between lizard species with respect to tectorial covering of hair cells and SOAE peak spacings. Thus, the model provides a basic understanding of the variation in SOAE properties across lizard species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107840
JournalHearing Research
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15-Nov-2019

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