Rhode [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 121, 2805-2818 (2007)] acknowledges that two-tone neural rate responses for low-side suppression differ from those measured in basilar membrane mechanics, making one question whether this aspect of suppression has a mechanical correlate. It is suggested here that signal coding between mechanical and neural processing stages may be responsible for the fact that the total rate response (but not the basilar membrane response) for low-frequency suppressors is smaller than that for the probe-alone condition. For example, the velocity dependence of inner hair cell (IHC) transduction, membrane/synaptic filtering and the sensitivity difference between ac and dc components of the IHC receptor potential all serve to reduce excitability for low-side suppressors at the single-unit level. Hence, basilar membrane mechanics may well be the source of low-side suppression measured in the auditory nerve.
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