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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149722/effects-of-middle-ear-quasi-static-stiffness-on-sound-transmission-quantified-by-a-novel-3-axis-optical-force-sensor
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Ivo Dobrev, Jae Hoon Sim, Baktash Aqtashi, Alexander M Huber, Thomas Linder, Christof Röösli
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative quantification of the ossicle mobility could provide valuable feedback for the current status of the patient's conductive hearing. However, current methods for evaluation of middle ear mobility are mostly limited to the surgeon's subjective impression through manual palpation of the ossicles. This study investigates how middle ear transfer function is affected by stapes quasi-static stiffness of the ossicular chain. The stiffness of the middle ear is induced by a) using a novel fiber-optic 3-axis force sensor to quantify the quasi-static stiffness of the middle ear, and b) by artificial reduction of stapes mobility due to drying of the middle ear...
November 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132143/a-jurassic-gliding-euharamiyidan-mammal-with-an-ear-of-five-auditory-bones
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Gang Han, Fangyuan Mao, Shundong Bi, Yuanqing Wang, Jin Meng
Gliding is a distinctive locomotion type that has been identified in only three mammal species from the Mesozoic era. Here we describe another Jurassic glider that belongs to the euharamiyidan mammals and shows hair details on its gliding membrane that are highly similar to those of extant gliding mammals. This species possesses a five-boned auditory apparatus consisting of the stapes, incus, malleus, ectotympanic and surangular, representing, to our knowledge, the earliest known definitive mammalian middle ear...
November 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099047/concept-and-evaluation-of-a-new-piezoelectric-transducer-for-an-implantable-middle-ear-hearing-device
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Houguang Liu, Jinlei Cheng, Jianhua Yang, Zhushi Rao, Gang Cheng, Shanguo Yang, Xinsheng Huang, Mengli Wang
Implantable middle ear hearing devices (IMEHDs) have been developed as a new technology to overcome the limitations of conventional hearing aids. The piezoelectric cantilever transducers currently used in the IMEHDs have the advantages of low power consumption and ease of fabrication, but generate less high-frequency output. To address this problem, we proposed and designed a new piezoelectric transducer based on a piezoelectric stack for the IMEHD. This new transducer, attached to the incus body with a coupling rod, stimulates the ossicular chain in response to the expansion-and-contraction of its piezoelectric stack...
November 2, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096926/using-temporal-bone-computed-tomography-to-predict-sensorineural-hearing-loss-in-otic-capsule-sparing-temporal-bone-fracture
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Seog Kyun Mun, Kyung Hyun Oh, Young Ho Hong, Hyun Jin Min, Kyung Soo Kim, Sei Young Lee, Hoon Shik Yang, Mun Young Chang
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of otic capsule-sparing (OCS) length for the prediction of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in patients with OCS temporal bone fracture. METHODS: Thirty-four patients with OCS temporal bone fracture were enrolled, and their temporal bone computed tomography (TBCT), audiogram, and medical records were reviewed. The TBCT measured the shortest length between the otic capsule and fracture line. This length was referred to as the OCS length and was used to predict SNHL...
October 31, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095508/laser-assisted-fixation-of-a-nitinol-stapes-prosthesis
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Florian Schrötzlmair, Fabian Suchan, Thomas Pongratz, Eike Krause, Joachim Müller, Ronald Sroka
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Otosclerosis is an inner ear bone disease characterized by fixation of the stapes and consequently progressive hearing loss. One treatment option is the surgical replacement of the stapes by a prosthesis. When so called "smart materials" like nitinol are used, prosthesis fixation can be performed using a laser without manual crimping on the incus. However, specific laser-prosthesis interactions have not been described yet. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the thermo-mechanical properties of the NiTiBOND® prosthesis as a basis for handling instructions for laser-assisted prosthesis fixation...
November 2, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989763/into-the-dark-patterns-of-middle-ear-adaptations-in-subterranean-eulipotyphlan-mammals
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Daisuke Koyabu, Misato Hosojima, Hideki Endo
Evolution of the middle ear ossicles was a key innovation for mammals, enhancing the transmission of airborne sound. Radiation into various habitats from a terrestrial environment resulted in diversification of the auditory mechanisms among mammals. However, due to the paucity of phylogenetically controlled investigations, how middle ear traits have diversified with functional specialization remains unclear. In order to identify the respective patterns for various lifestyles and to gain insights into fossil forms, we employed a high-resolution tomography technique and compared the middle ear morphology of eulipotyphlan species (moles, shrews and hedgehogs), a group that has radiated into various environments, such as terrestrial, aquatic and subterranean habitats...
September 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964300/anatomical-measurement-of-the-ossicles-in-patients-with-congenital-aural-atresia-and-stenosis
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Jieying Li, Keguang Chen, Chenlong Li, Dongming Yin, Tianyu Zhang, Peidong Dai
OBJECTIVES: Our aims were to measure and compare anatomical parameters of the ossicles in normal, congenital aural stenosis (CAS), and congenital aural atresia (CAA) ears. METHODS: This retrospective study was performed using three-dimensional reconstructed images derived from computed tomography scans of 20 normal subjects, 20 CAS patients, and 20 CAA patients. RESULTS: The lengths of the malleus handle and long process of the incus were greater in normal ears than in CAS and CAA ears (all P < 0...
October 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916872/correlation-of-ct-and-histopathology-in-resorption-of-the-distal-long-process-of-the-incus
#8
Katherine L Reinshagen, Joseph B Nadol, Amy F Juliano, Hugh D Curtin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891873/hearing-outcome-with-the-use-of-glass-ionomer-cement-as-an-alternative-to-crimping-in-stapedotomy
#9
Saad Elzayat, Ahmed Younes, Ayman Fouad, Fatthe Erfan, Ali Mahrous
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate early hearing outcomes using glass ionomer cement to fix the Teflon piston prosthesis onto the long process of incus to minimize residual conductive hearing loss after stapedotomy. STUDY DESIGN: Original report of prospective randomized control study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: A total of 80 consecutive patients with otosclerosis were randomized into two groups. Group A is a control group in which 40 patients underwent small fenestra stapedotomy using the classic technique...
October 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872782/erosion-of-the-long-process-of-the-incus-with-incomplete-ossicular-discontinuity-in-simple-chronic-otitis-media-should-we-reconstruct-or-leave-it-be
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Krishnamurti Matos Araujo Sarmento Junior, Carlos Augusto Costa Pires de Oliveira, André Luiz Lopes Sampaio, Angelo Ferreira Sales
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether patients with simple chronic otitis media and incomplete ossicular discontinuity should undergo ossicular reconstruction. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized surgical trial comparing no intervention with incus interposition over a 5-year period. SETTING: Tertiary referral hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-six participants with simple chronic otitis media and erosion of the long process of the incus but apparent good transmission throughout the ossicular chain as tested intraoperatively...
September 5, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852952/atlas-based-segmentation-of-temporal-bone-anatomy
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Kimerly A Powell, Tong Liang, Brad Hittle, Don Stredney, Thomas Kerwin, Gregory J Wiet
PURPOSE: To develop a time-efficient automated segmentation approach that could identify critical structures in the temporal bone for visual enhancement and use in surgical simulation software. METHODS: An atlas-based segmentation approach was developed to segment the cochlea, ossicles, semicircular canals (SCCs), and facial nerve in normal temporal bone CT images. This approach was tested in images of 26 cadaver bones (13 left, 13 right). The results of the automated segmentation were compared to manual segmentation visually and using DICE metric, average Hausdorff distance, and volume similarity...
November 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831558/importance-of-adhesiolysis-in-revision-surgery-for-vibrant-soundbridge-device-failures-at-the-short-incus-process
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Yoon Ah Park, Tae Hoon Kong, Jin Soon Chang, Young Joon Seo
The objectives of the study were to report a vibrant soundbridge (VSB) implant revision surgical method involving adhesiolysis at the short incus process under local anesthesia and demonstrate successful hearing performance after surgery. Three cases of VSB surgery, performed in 2016, were enrolled. All cases had diagnoses of device failure. This 'seven-incision line' exposed the floating mass transducer directly, after which the three steps (adhesiolysis, curettage, and hydrocortisone injection) were performed...
November 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758555/sequential-motion-of-the-ossicular-chain-measured-by-laser-doppler-vibrometry
#13
Yasuomi Kunimoto, Kensaku Hasegawa, Shiro Arii, Hideyuki Kataoka, Hiroaki Yazama, Junko Kuya, Kazunori Fujiwara, Hiromi Takeuchi
OBJECTIVE: In order to help a surgeon make the best decision, a more objective method of measuring ossicular motion is required. METHODS: A laser Doppler vibrometer was mounted on a surgical microscope. To measure ossicular chain vibrations, eight patients with cochlear implants were investigated. To assess the motions of the ossicular chain, velocities at five points were measured with tonal stimuli of 1 and 3 kHz, which yielded reproducible results. The sequential amplitude change at each point was calculated with phase shifting from the tonal stimulus...
July 31, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751512/flat-panel-angiography-in-the-cross-sectional-imaging-of-the-temporal-bone-assessment-of-image-quality-and-radiation-dose-compared-with-a-64-section-multisection-ct-scanner
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G Conte, E Scola, S Calloni, R Brambilla, M Campoleoni, L Lombardi, F Di Berardino, D Zanetti, L M Gaini, F Triulzi, C Sina
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cross-sectional imaging of the temporal bone is challenging because of the complexity and small dimensions of the anatomic structures. We evaluated the role of flat panel angiography in the cross-sectional imaging of the temporal bone by comparing its image quality and radiation dose with a 64-section multisection CT scanner. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected 29 multisection CT and 29 flat panel angiography images of normal whole-head temporal bones...
July 27, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731963/audiologic-gain-of-incus-short-process-vibroplasty-with-conventional-incus-long-process-vibroplasty-a-retrospective-analysis-of-36-patients
#15
Jeon Mi Lee, Young Ho Lee, Jinsei Jung, Sung Huhn Kim, In Seok Moon, Jae Young Choi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the audiological and non-audiological benefits of incus short process (SP) vibroplasty with those of conventional incus long process (LP) vibroplasty. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Thirty-six patients with sensorineural hearing loss were treated with the semi-implantable middle ear hearing device. Of these, 22 were treated with conventional LP vibroplasty, and 14 were treated with SP vibroplasty using SP couplers...
September 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727263/hearing-outcomes-of-incus-interposition-versus-titanium-partial-ossicular-replacement-prostheses-our-experience-in-115-patients
#16
Elisabeth Sterrer, Benjamin Loader
Both, PORP and incus interpositions, are valuable techniques for the reconstruction of the conductive mechanism. In our study we were able to show that, in certain aspects, the audiological outcome was better in incus remodelling reconstruction than in PORP placement. A detailed analysis of all frequencies showed significantly better results in the incus group especially for the frequencies 250Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz and 3000Hz. If clinical conditions warrant it, a reconstruction of the ossicular chain with incus interposition may be preferred to PORP...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719404/predictive-factors-for-hearing-outcomes-after-canaloplasty-in-patients-with-congenital-aural-atresia
#17
Jungmin Ahn, Sun Young Baek, Kyunga Kim, Yang-Sun Cho
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the most important factors in preoperative imaging, including components of Jahrsdoefer score (J score), and favorable prognostic factors for postoperative hearing results after canaloplasty for congenital aural atresia. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of medical records. SETTING, PATIENTS, INTERVENTION, MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: One hundred eight patients who underwent canaloplasty by a single surgeon between January 2011 and July 2014 were included...
September 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711236/temporal-bone-computed-tomography-findings-associated-with-feasibility-of-endoscopic-ear-surgery
#18
Dunia Abdul-Aziz, Elliott D Kozin, Brian M Lin, Kevin Wong, Parth V Shah, Aaron K Remenschneider, Lukas D Landegger, Amy F Juliano, Michael S Cohen, Daniel J Lee
PURPOSE: There are no formal radiologic criteria to stratify patients for transcanal (TEES) or transmastoid endoscopic ear surgery for resection of cholesteatoma. We aim to determine 1) whether standard preoperative computed tomography (CT) findings are associated with the need for conversion to a transmastoid approach and 2) the amount of time added for conversion from TEES to transmastoid techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review of consecutive pediatric and adult cases of TEES for primary cholesteatoma from 2013 through 2015 (n=52)...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680491/relation-between-ossicular-erosion-and-destruction-of-facial-and-lateral-semicircular-canals-in-chronic-otitis-media
#19
Suphi Bulğurcu, İlker Burak Arslan, Bünyamin Dikilitaş, İbrahim Çukurova
Introduction  Chronic otitis media can cause multiple middle ear pathogeneses. The surgeon should be aware of relation between ossicular chain erosion and other destructions because of the possibility of complications. Objective  This study aimed to investigate the rates of ossicular erosion in cases of patients with and without facial nerve canal destruction, who had undergone mastoidectomy due to chronic otitis media with or without cholesteatoma. Methods  We retrospectively analyzed three hundred twenty-seven patients who had undergone tympanomastoidectomy between April 2008 and February 2014...
July 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666703/a-comparative-study-of-med-el-fmt-attachment-to-the-long-process-of-the-incus-in-intact-middle-ears-and-its-attachment-to-disarticulated-stapes-head
#20
Tao Chen, Liu-Jie Ren, Dong-Ming Yin, Jia Li, Lin Yang, Pei-Dong Dai, Tian-Yu Zhang
The Vibrant Soundbridge(©) (VSB) active middle-ear implant provides an effective treatment for mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss in the case of normal middle ear anatomy and mixed hearing loss in middle ear malformation. The VSB floating mass transducer (FMT), with proper couplers, can be installed on various structures of the ossicular chain, e.g., the short and long process of the incus, the stapes head, and the stapes footplate. A long process (LP) coupler is most commonly used for FMT attachment to the long process of the incus with intact ossicular chain, while CliP and Bell couplers are two standardized and reliable methods for FMT attachment to the stapes head with missing incus and malleus...
June 23, 2017: Hearing Research
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