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Denis Ayache, Anis Abdellaoui, Marc Williams, Mary Daval
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October 14, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Christian Güldner, Isabell Diogo, Eva Bernd, Stephanie Dräger, Magis Mandapathil, Afshin Teymoortash, Hesham Negm, Thomas Wilhelm
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT, syn. digital volume tomography = DVT) was introduced into ENT imaging more than 10 years ago. The main focus was on imaging of the paranasal sinuses and traumatology of the mid face. In recent years, it has also been used in imaging of chronic ear diseases (especially in visualizing middle and inner ear implants), but an exact description of the advantages and limitations of visualizing precise anatomy in a relevant number of patients is still missing. The data sets of CBCT imaging of the middle and inner ear of 204 patients were analyzed regarding the visualization of 18 different anatomic structures...
October 17, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Thomas Zahnert, Marie-Luise Metasch, Hannes Seidler, Matthias Bornitz, Nicoloz Lasurashvili, Marcus Neudert
HYPOTHESIS: Electromagnetical excitation of ossicular vibration is suitable for middle ear transmission measurements in the experimental and clinical setting. Thereby, it can be used as a real-time monitoring system for quality control in ossiculoplasty. BACKGROUND: Positioning and coupling of middle ear prosthesis are a precondition for good postoperative hearing results, but at the same time completely dependent upon the surgeon's subjective judgment during surgery...
October 4, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
H Kanon, M F Bhutta, J Lavy
The rate of revision stapes surgery is approximately 6% It is important that the appropriate instruments are available for surgery including pistons of varying sizes and diameters and a laser. The use of otomimix(®) cement is also helpful for incus reconstruction Patients should be carefully selected and appropriately counselled prior to surgery to address expectations Clinical outcomes from our series are comparable with the world wide literature Revision stapes surgery can be technically challenging and centres with more experience are likely to achieve better clinical outcomes This article is protected by copyright...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
A N Salt, J J Hartsock, R M Gill, E King, F B Kraus, S K Plontke
Intratympanic gentamicin therapy is widely used clinically to suppress the vestibular symptoms of Meniere's disease. Dosing in humans was empirically established and we still know remarkably little about where gentamicin enters the inner ear, where it reaches in the inner ear and what time course it follows after local applications. In this study, gentamicin was applied to the round window niche as a 20 μL bolus of 40 mg/ml solution. Ten 2 μL samples of perilymph were collected sequentially from the lateral semi-circular canal (LSCC) at times from 1 to 4 h after application...
October 8, 2016: Hearing Research
Rensa Chen, Martin Schwander, Mary F Barbe, Marion M Chan
Globally, a body of comparative case-control studies suggests that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are more prone to developing hearing loss (HL). However, experimental evidence that supports this hypothesis is still lacking because the human auditory organ is not readily accessible. The aim of this study was to determine the association between bone damage to the ossicles of the middle ear and HL, using a widely accepted murine model of collagen-induced arthritis (RA mice). Diarthrodial joints in the middle ear were examined with microcomputer tomography (microCT), and hearing function was assessed by auditory brainstem response (ABR)...
2016: PloS One
Michihiko Sone, Tadao Yoshida, Satofumi Sugimoto, Kyoko Morimoto, Yuriko Okazaki, Masaaki Teranishi, Shinji Naganawa, Tsutomu Nakashima
CONCLUSIONS: The presence of endolymphatic hydrops (EH) in the vestibule on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) might be a high-risk factor for complications in cases that are candidates for stapes surgery. OBJECTIVE: Pre-operative detection of EH could be valuable in cases that are candidates for stapes surgery to prevent unpredictable complications following surgery. Pre-operative MRI findings and post-operative findings following stapes surgery were compared to evaluate the efficacy of such MRI evaluation for the management of cases with otosclerosis...
September 27, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Alexander Stoessel, Romain David, Philipp Gunz, Tobias Schmidt, Fred Spoor, Jean-Jacques Hublin
The diminutive middle ear ossicles (malleus, incus, stapes) housed in the tympanic cavity of the temporal bone play an important role in audition. The few known ossicles of Neandertals are distinctly different from those of anatomically modern humans (AMHs), despite the close relationship between both human species. Although not mutually exclusive, these differences may affect hearing capacity or could reflect covariation with the surrounding temporal bone. Until now, detailed comparisons were hampered by the small sample of Neandertal ossicles and the unavailability of methods combining analyses of ossicles with surrounding structures...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Ana Castro Sousa, Vânia Henriques, Jorge Rodrigues, Rui Fonseca
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The goal of ossiculoplasty is to improve hearing. Successful ossiculoplasty depends on several factors. This retrospective study was carried out to analyze hearing results of ossiculoplasty in ears with chronic otitis media (COM) and evaluate clinical outcomes and factors predictive of hearing improvement. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We reviewed the results of 153 patients with COM (with cholesteatoma (COMC) and without cholesteatoma (COMWC)) who underwent ossiculoplasty between January of 2002 to December of 2011...
September 20, 2016: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
Vânia Henriques, Rafaela Teles, Ana Sousa, Roberto Estevão, Jorge Rodrigues, Alexandra Gomes, Francisco Silva, Ângelo Fernandes, Fausto Fernandes
Congenital middle ear malformations are rare. Most part of them are usually associated with other malformations, such as aural atresia, microtia, and dysmorphic craniofacial features. A clinical case of a 24-year-old male with a right-sided conductive hearing loss since his childhood, without craniofacial malformation, is presented. He was proposed for exploratory tympanotomy under the suspicious diagnosis of otosclerosis. The surgery revealed an abnormal location of stapes' superstructure, which was attached to the promontory and had an isolated and mobile osseous footplate in the oval window...
2016: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Inge Wegner, Mostafa M A S Eldaebes, Thomas G Landry, Wilko Grolman, Manohar L Bance
HYPOTHESIS: The use of larger-diameter pistons in stapedotomy leads to better hearing outcomes compared with the use of smaller-diameter pistons. There is an interaction between stapes piston diameter and fenestration diameter. BACKGROUND: Otosclerosis can be treated surgically by removing part of the stapes and bypassing the stapes footplate with a prosthesis. Available piston shaft diameters range between 0.3 and 0.8 mm. There has been a tendency toward the use of smaller-diameter pistons, because of a suspected decreased risk of cochlear trauma and subsequent sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) with smaller pistons...
September 16, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Francis Pete X Creighton, Xiying Guan, Steve Park, Ioannis John Kymissis, Hideko Heidi Nakajima, Elizabeth S Olson
OBJECTIVE: To validate an intracochlear piezoelectric sensor for its ability to detect intracochlear pressure and function as a microphone for a fully implantable cochlear implant. METHODS: A polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric pressure sensor was inserted into a human fresh cadaveric round window at varying depths. An external sound pressure stimulus was applied to the external auditory canal (EAC). EAC pressure, stapes velocity, and piezoelectric sensor voltage output were recorded...
September 14, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Marcus Neudert, Matthias Bornitz, Nikoloz Lasurashvili, Uwe Schmidt, Thomas Beleites, Thomas Zahnert
HYPOTHESIS: Prosthesis' length creates tension in ossicular reconstructions, which directly effects the middle ear sound transmission. BACKGROUND: Relatively long prostheses are often used to stabilize the middle ear reconstruction to prevent dislocation. Thereby, tension on the flexible components such as the tympanic membrane (TM) and the annular ligament (AL) is increased. Only little is known on the amount of displacement-related stiffening of the TM and AL, as well as the consecutive reduction in middle ear transfer function (METF)...
October 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Martin Grossöhmichen, Rolf Salcher, Klaus Püschel, Thomas Lenarz, Hannes Maier
The standard method to determine the output level of acoustic and mechanical stimulation to the inner ear is measurement of vibration response of the stapes in human cadaveric temporal bones (TBs) by laser Doppler vibrometry. However, this method is reliable only if the intact ossicular chain is stimulated. For other stimulation modes an alternative method is needed. The differential intracochlear sound pressure between scala vestibuli (SV) and scala tympani (ST) is assumed to correlate with excitation. Using a custom-made pressure sensor it has been successfully measured and used to determine the output level of acoustic and mechanical stimulation...
2016: BioMed Research International
Elke Loos, Nicolas Verhaert, Annelore Willaert, Koenraad Devriendt, Ann Swillen, Robert Hermans, Katya Op de Beeck, Greet Hens
The 22q11 deletion syndrome (22q11DS), the most frequent microdeletion syndrome in humans, presents with a large variety of abnormalities. A common abnormality is hearing impairment. The exact pathophysiological explanation of the observed hearing loss remains largely unknown. The aim of this study was to analyze the middle and inner ear malformations as seen on computer tomographic imaging in patients with 22q11DS. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 11 22q11DS patients who had undergone a CT of the temporal bone in the past...
November 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Dong Ho Shin, Ki Woong Seong, Sunil Puria, Kyu-Yup Lee, Jin-Ho Cho
A number of methods to drive the round window (RW) using a floating mass transducer (FMT) have been reported. This method has attracted attention because the FMT is relatively easy to implant in the RW niche. However, the use of an FMT to drive the RW has been proven to produce low outputs at frequencies below approximately 1 kHz. In this study, a new tri-coil bellows-type transducer (TCBT), which has excellent low frequency output and is easy to implant, is proposed. To design the frequency characteristics of the TCBT, mechanical and electrical simulations were performed, and then a comparative analysis was conducted between a floating mass type transducer (like the FMT) and a fixed type transducer (like the TCBT)...
September 2, 2016: Hearing Research
Bruno Areias, Carla Santos, Renato M Natal Jorge, Fernanda Gentil, Marco Pl Parente
The ear is one of the most complex organs in the human body. Sound is a sequence of pressure waves, which propagates through a compressible media such as air. The pinna concentrates the sound waves into the external auditory meatus. In this canal, the sound is conducted to the tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane transforms the pressure variations into mechanical displacements, which are then transmitted to the ossicles. The vibration of the stapes footplate creates pressure waves in the fluid inside the cochlea; these pressure waves stimulate the hair cells, generating electrical signals which are sent to the brain through the cochlear nerve, where they are decoded...
September 2, 2016: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Giannicola Iannella, Giuseppe Magliulo
OBJECTIVE: Analyze the surgical outcomes of endoscopic stapes surgery, comparing the results with a conventional stapes surgery under microscopic approach. Estimate the operation type of each surgical approach and show a learning curve of endoscopic stapes surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Twenty patients who underwent endoscopic stapedotomy for otosclerosis and 20 patients who underwent microscopic stapedotomy for otosclerosis...
October 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Renee M Banakis Hartl, Jameson K Mattingly, Nathaniel T Greene, Herman A Jenkins, Stephen P Cass, Daniel J Tollin
HYPOTHESIS: A cochlear implant electrode within the cochlea contributes to the air-bone gap (ABG) component of postoperative changes in residual hearing after electrode insertion. BACKGROUND: Preservation of residual hearing after cochlear implantation has gained importance as simultaneous electric-acoustic stimulation allows for improved speech outcomes. Postoperative loss of residual hearing has previously been attributed to sensorineural changes; however, presence of increased postoperative ABG remains unexplained and could result in part from altered cochlear mechanics...
October 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Jacob B Hunter, Alejandro Rivas
There are limited studies describing the surgical and hearing outcomes following endoscopic stapes surgeries, despite the burgeoning interest and excitement in endoscopic ear surgery. Current studies have demonstrated that endoscopic stapes surgery is safe and has similar audiologic outcomes when compared with microscopic stapes procedures. However, preliminary studies show decreased postoperative pain in endoscopic cases compared with microscopic controls. In regards to possible endoscopic advantages, these few studies demonstrate mixed results when comparing the need to remove the bony medial external auditory canal wall to improve visualization and access to the oval window niche...
October 2016: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
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