resonance theory of hearing(redirected from Helmholtz theory of hearing)
res·o·nance the·o·ry of hear·ing
theory that the basilar membrane of the cochlea acts as a resonating structure, with low-frequency tones activating it in the apical turn and high-frequency tones activating it in the basal turn. No longer considered correct; superseded by the von Bekesy traveling wave theory.
Synonym(s): Helmholtz theory of hearing
Helmholtz,Hermann L.F. von, German physician, physicist, and physiologist, 1821-1894.
Gibbs-Helmholtz equation - see under Gibbs
Helmholtz axis ligament - a ligament forming the axis about which the malleus rotates. Synonym(s): axis ligament of malleus
Helmholtz energy - energy equivalent to the internal energy minus the entropy contribution.
Helmholtz theory of accommodation - the ciliary muscle relaxes for near vision and allows the anterior aspect of the lens to become more convex.
Helmholtz theory of color vision - Synonym(s): Young-Helmholtz theory of color vision
Helmholtz theory of hearing - that the basilar membrane of the cochlea acts as a resonating structure, recording low tones from its apical turns and high tones from its basal turns. Synonym(s): resonance theory of hearing
Helmholtz-Gibbs theory - Synonym(s): Gibbs-Helmholtz equation
Young-Helmholtz theory of color vision - see under Young, Thomas