A half-century's perspective on BÃ©kÃ©sy tracking and loudness growth at threshold
In the more than half a century since Georg von BÃ©kÃ©sy was awarded the Nobel Prize, many of his findings have stood the test of time. Implications of the width of the excursions in the BÃ©kÃ©sy tracking procedure, however, are not as simple as described in his classic book, Experiments in Hearing (von BÃ©kÃ©sy, 1960). The interpretations of his findings have created some misunderstandings in hearing science and audiology. This article reviews a large body of data on BÃ©kÃ©sy tracking and more recent threshold, discrimination, and loudness data in order to answer the following question: Is the width of the excursions a reliable indicator of cochlear pathology?