dynamics and vibrations

Understanding cochlear mechanics to better replicate natural hearing

BY BRANDON PATTERSON AND MARC T. HENRY DE FRAHAN

From the beep of the morning alarm to chats with friends and coworkers and the sweet tunes of your favorite band, we are constantly surrounded by sound. We rely so much on hearing and sound for business, pleasure, and awareness of our everyday lives that, for most of us, a life without hearing is unfathomable. But for 70 million deaf people, this silence is reality. And it’s this reality that University of Michigan mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Aritra Sasmal is trying to understand and improve.