Dynamical behavior of middle ear: theoretical study corresponding to measurement results obtained by a newly developed measuring apparatus.

Abstract

An attempt is made to develop a new measuring apparatus, and the dynamical characteristics of the middle ear of normal subjects and patients are measured with this apparatus. Applying the impedance theory of the tube to the external auditory canal, the aditus, and the tympanic and mastoid cavities, and applying the energy method to the eardrum and the ossicular chain, the equation of the middle ear, corresponding to the output of the apparatus and including the pressure difference effect upon the eardrum, is obtained. The numerical results are compared with the measurement results, and the effects of each part of the middle ear upon its dynamical characteristics are clarified. The great dependence of the dynamical characteristics of the middle ear upon the external auditory canal pressure is mainly caused by the pressure-dependent ossicular chain angular stiffness. The clearly different measurement results of the ossicular chain disorder patients from those of the normal subjects are obtainable by this apparatus, and these characteristics can be explained theoretically.

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@article{Wada1990DynamicalBO, title={Dynamical behavior of middle ear: theoretical study corresponding to measurement results obtained by a newly developed measuring apparatus.}, author={Hiromi Wada and Takayoshi Kobayashi}, journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America}, year={1990}, volume={87 1}, pages={237-45} }