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resonance theory of hearing

 

Definition: theory that the basilar membrane of the cochlea acts as a resonating structure, with low-frequency tones activating it in the apical turn and high-frequency tones activating it in the basal turn. No longer considered correct; superseded by the von Bekesy traveling wave theory.

Synonym(s): Helmholtz theory of hearing

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