Physiology of the Ear OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Study Human Physiology Course by MIT

Published Jan 14, 2009

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Discover the workings of hearing and the human ear in this free online OpenCourseWare from MIT. In 'Physiology of the Ear,' students will learn how the different parts of the ear work together to transmit sound, as well as the many physiological causes of hearing disorders. This graduate-level course is well suited for students interested in studying Medicine or Biology.

Physiology of the Ear: Course Specifics

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Physiology of the Ear: Course Description

Medical and biology students can explore the mechanics of the human ear in 'Physiology of the Ear.' This free OpenCourseWare, offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explores the different physical operations of the ear, such as cochlear amplification and hair-cell transduction, in order to create a comprehensive picture of how all the components of the ear work together. Students will learn about the acoustics of sound transmission and the analysis and signaling of sounds by the inner ear. Students will then apply the information they've gained from the study of the physiology of a working ear to explore hearing disorders and the consequences of damage to the ear. MIT Professors John Guinan, Jr., John Rosowski and Christopher Shera teach this graduate-level course.

A bibliographic list of suggested readings and examples of past student paper topics are offered on the course website. To learn more, visit the ear physiology course page.

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