2021 AMI Online Salon

Graphical Abstract–Computational Mathematics as applied to Hearing Loss

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Chris Gralapp
  • Client: Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss
  • Copyright: Chris Gralapp, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Graphite / Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Online Graphical Abstract
  • Primary Audience: Interested public and potential donors

Project Description

This is a graphical abstract which heads a website for the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss.  It is designed to attract potential donors, by showing that computational mathematicians are a part of the multidisciplinary team approaching the problem of sensorineural hearing loss.  Sensory hair cells in your inner ear convert vibrations caused by sound into a signal that is sent to your brain. Mathematical equations describe how the hairs of the sensory hair cells vibrate, how fluid moves within the inner ear, and how the inner ear vibrates. For the weakest sounds you can hear, the hairs move less than the size of an atom. Scientists are using computational and mathematical techniques to discover how this incredible sensitivity to sound is possible, which will help them to restore sensitivity in people with hearing loss. To a scientist, finding the correct equations is like music to their ears.