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Auditory and vestibular hair cell stereocilia: relationship between functionality and inner ear disease

  • R R Ciuman (a1)


The stereocilia of the inner ear are unique cellular structures which correlate anatomically with distinct cochlear functions, including mechanoelectrical transduction, cochlear amplification, adaptation, frequency selectivity and tuning. Their function is impaired by inner ear stressors, by various types of hereditary deafness, syndromic hearing loss and inner ear disease (e.g. Ménière's disease). The anatomical and physiological characteristics of stereocilia are discussed in relation to inner ear malfunctions.


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Address for correspondence: Dr Raphael R Ciuman, Uranusbogen 15, 45478 Mülheim, Germany E-mail:


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Auditory and vestibular hair cell stereocilia: relationship between functionality and inner ear disease

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