Intracellular recordings from cochlear outer hair cells

Peter Dallos*, Joseph Santos-Sacchi, Åke Flock

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Intracellular recordings were made from outer hair cells in the third turn of the guinea pig cochlea, and the electrical characteristics of the cells were compared to those of inner hair cells, supporting cells, and extracellular spaces from the same recording region. Outer hair cells have higher membrane potentials than do inner hair cells, but they produce smaller a-c receptor potentials. The frequency response characteristics of both types of hair cells are probably not significantly different. In the frequency region where tuning is optimal, both cell types produce depolarizing d-c receptor potentials, but outer hair cells also generate hyperpolarizing responses at low frequencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-584
Number of pages3
Issue number4572
StatePublished - 1982

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