Ever wonder how your ears and brain work together to help you process the notes of a sonata or the pounding of a jackhammer? The cochlea, a spiral-shaped structure in the ear, transforms sound vibrations in the air into electrical signals the brain can use. Scientists mapped the location of a protein that is key to this hearing process in the auditory hair cells of the mouse cochlea (highlighted in green above).
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