‘Molecular Handshake’ Between Tip Links in Ear Essential to Hearing, Balance

We hear sounds in part because tiny filaments inside our inner ears help convert voices, music, and noises into electrical signals that are sent to our brains for processing. Now, scientists have mapped and simulated those filaments at the atomic level, a discovery that shed lights on how the inner ear works and that could help researchers learn more about how and why people lose the ability to hear.