Outer hair cells: The inside story

P. Dallos*

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The neurobiology of hair cells is reviewed, including their transduction apparatus, the production and nature of receptor potentials, and the similarities and differences between inner hair cells and outer hair cells (OHCs). Intracellular recordings from hair cells in vivo are discussed. This is followed by a consideration of effects of OHC lesions and consequent notions about OHC functions. Feedback in the cochlea is then considered, and the role of OHCs as the feedback element is examined, along with putative means of producing the feedback.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number5 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1997


  • cochlea
  • cochlear amplifier
  • hair cells
  • outer hair cell motility
  • receptor potentials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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