Nothing is more critical to listener-sponsored radio than our ears. Until a few decades ago, little was known about hearing beyond basic anatomy. UW Neuroscience Professor Robert Fettiplace joins host Patrick Sajbel to discuss the science of the innermost working of ears and how they fail.
Fettiplace is a Kavli Prize winner for fundamental research and was honored this year with membership in the National Academy of Sciences for studies on how hair cells in the inner ear translate the vibrations of sound into electrical signals sent to the brain. His career spans research at Cambridge University in his native England, Colorado, and Stanford prior to joining the UW faculty in 1990.