2019 Volume 10 Issue 1 Pages 90-99
Mechanism of two-tone suppression is studied using a coupled-oscillator model of the cochlea with feed-forward coupling. Local amplification of sound signals is modeled by using Stuart-Landau oscillators near the Hopf bifurcation, and transmission of sound signals is described as feed-forward coupling between the oscillators. Effect of suppressor signals on the response to probe signals is analyzed by numerical simulations. It is found that the effect of suppression is qualitatively different depending on relative frequency between probe and suppressor signals. By analyzing a simplified two-oscillator model, we explain the mechanism of the suppression, where configuration of the oscillators plays an essential role.