Here's a few quotes from the article:
"Anthony Ricci, PhD, associate professor of otolaryngology, and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin and the Pellegrin Hospital in France found that the ion channels responsible for hearing aren't located where scientists previously thought. The discovery turns old theories upside down, and it could have major implications for the prevention and treatment of hearing loss."
"Ricci explained, "Location is important, because our entire theory of how sound activates these channels depends on it. Now we have to re-evaluate the model that we've been showing in textbooks for the last 30 years."
Don't ask me what an ion channel is because I don't know. The pictures I found on Google didn't make it any clearer to me, either. I just have to trust the scientists on this. Apparently these researchers worked with hair cells from rats rather than the hair cells of bullfrogs which had been used in prior experiments. From that statement alone I think the scientists still have a lot to learn about human hearing.
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