Mechanism of auditory masking?

radams2000 at radams2000 at
Mon Nov 18 21:17:02 EST 1996

I am trying to find accurate information on the exact mechanism
of auditory masking. I have heard that there is physical interaction
between hair cells along the basilar membrane. What is the
exact nature of this physical interaction? When a hair cell is bent does
in some way cause its neighbor to become stiffer? 
  I have also heard that the auditory cortex plays some role in masking.
Which is the greater effect?

Thanks for any info ...

Bob Adams

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