This thesis presents five, separate but interlinked, studies of computer models of cells
in the mammalian auditory system.
The first study presents a comparative evaluation of eight computer models of inner
hair cell function. The models simulate the release of a chemical transmitter
substance from the base of a hair cell in response to sound stimulation. The
simulations take the form of differential equations which are evaluated 20,000 times
per second of simulated events. The models were evaluated in terms of their
agreement with physiological data and their computational efficiency. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.