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Böhnke, Frank; Scheunemann, Christian; Semmelbauer, Sebastian (2018): Combination Tones along the Basilar Membrane in a 3D Finite Element Model of the Cochlea with Acoustic Boundary Layer Attenuation. In: To the Ear and Back Again - Advances in Auditory Biophysics, Vol. 1965, No. 1
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The propagation of traveling waves along the basilar membrane is studied in a 3D finite element model of the cochlea using single and two-tone stimulation. The advantage over former approaches is the consideration of viscous-thermal boundary layer damping which makes the usual but physically unjustified assumption of Rayleigh damping obsolete. The energy loss by viscous boundary layer damping is 70 dB lower than the actually assumed power generation by outer hair cells. The space-time course with two-tone stimulation shows the traveling waves and the periodicity of the beat frequency f(2) - f(1).