Mechanisms of hearing question

Becky Talyn Becky at
Wed Dec 16 13:12:06 EST 1998

I missed the beginning of this thread, so I'm not sure what organism you are
discussing.  I do know that some animals (Drosophilids, for example) are
sensitive to the particle motion rather than the pressure wave caused by
sound.  This allows their hearing to be very sensitive, but only at very
small distances from the source.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	tonyjeffs at [SMTP:tonyjeffs at]
> Sent:	Tuesday, December 15, 1998 2:28 PM
> To:	neur-sci at
> Subject:	Re: Mechanisms of hearing question
> In article <753gqr$jqv$1 at>, didier at (Didier A.
> Depireux) writes:
> >If you really want to know all the details, they can be found in one of
> the
> >7 "Green Books", edited by Art Popper and published by Springer-Verlag.
> One
> >of the green books (vol 8, I think) is entitled 'The cochlea'.
> Didier.
> Thanks.
> I'm particularly interested in your clarification of the limitations of
> the
> system.
> I'll seek out a copy of the book.
> I can't understand how a sound pressure wave could survive if its
> amplitude was
> less than brownian motion.
> Some people with severe hyperacusis (a condition where normal levels of
> sound
> are uncomfortable) can hear sounds with negative dB levels.  
> Thanks to all for the replies to my question.

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