David C. Mountain, Ph.D.

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Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Research Professor, Otolaryngology

Auditory Biophysics and Simulation Laboratory
Hearing Research Center

M.S., Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Phone: (617) 353-4343; Fax: (617) 353-6766
Email: dcm@bu.edu
Office: ERB 413A; Office hours: By appointment

Recently inducted into AIMBE “for significant engineering-driven advance in the structure-function-mechanism relations of auditory physiology, with emphasis on outer hair cells and cochlea”.

Research Interests

Auditory information processing; sensory biophysics; computer simulation; biomedical electronics; biomedical signal processing; environmental engineering.

Current Research

Dr. Mountain’s research centers around the experimental and theoretical studies of hearing function, including: cochlear biomechanics, otoacoustic emissions, auditory processing of complex sounds, and auditory evoked potentials. Professor Mountain also engages in studies designed to predict the impact of anthropogenic sound sources on marine mammals.

Selected Recent Publications

Zagadou, B.F. and Mountain, D.C. “Analysis of the cochlear amplifier fluid pump hypothesis” J. of Assoc. Res. Otol. 13: 185-197. (2012)

Tubelli A, Zosuls A, Ketten D, Mountain DC. “Prediction of a mysticete audiogram via finite element analysis of the middle ear” In: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, A.N. Popper and A. Hawkins, Eds., Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 730: 57-59. (2012)

Mountain, D.C. “Medial Cochlear Efferent Function: A Theoretical Analysis” AIP Conf. Proc. 1403: 238-243. (2011)

Zosuls, A., Rupprecht, L.C., and Mountain, D.C. “Characterizing Wave Propagation in the Organ of Corti with Stroboscopic Imaging” AIP Conf. Proc. 1403: 438-443. (2011)

Mountain, D.C., Zosuls, Z., Newburg, S., and Ketten, D.R. “Predicting Cetacean Audiograms” Bioacoustics 17: 77-80. (2008)

Karavitaki, K.D. and Mountain, D.C. “Imaging Electrically-Evoked Micromechanical Motion within the Organ of Corti of the Excised Gerbil Cochlea” Biophys. J. 92: 3294-316. (2007)

Karavitaki, K.D. and Mountain, D.C. “Evidence for Outer Hair Cell Driven Oscillatory Fluid Flow in the Tunnel of Corti” Biophys. J. 92: 3284-93. (2007)

Naidu, R.C. and Mountain, D.C. “Basilar Membrane Tension Calculations for the Gerbil Cochlea” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 121: 994-1002. (2007)

Miller, B.S., Zosuls, A.L., Ketten, D.R. and Mountain, D.C. “Middle Ear Stiffness of the Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops Truncates” IEEE J. Oceanic Eng. 31: 87-94. (2006)

Chen, F., Cohen, H.I., Bifano, T.G., Castle, J., Fortin, J., Kapusta, C., Mountain, D.C., Zosuls, A. and Hubbard, A.E. “A Hydromechanical Biomimetic Cochlea: Experiments and Models” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 394-405. (2006)