"The theory behind the use of multiple electrodes in cochlear implants is based on Von Bekesy's tonotopic theory, according to which the normally functioning cochlea mechanically sorts sounds by their frequency: high tones closer to the round window and low tones closer to the apex. In essence, the cochlea is like a piano, and the critical event should be to press the keys at the right spot to initiate the proper tone or frequency. However, does the tonotopic theory apply to the damaged-as opposed to the normal-cochlea?"
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