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Micromechanics of the Middle Ear

Improving hearing reconstruction methods

This research focuses primarily on the micromechanics of middle ear reconstruction. Hearing reconstruction is an inexact science, with multiple parameters affecting the hearing result.

In our lab, we investigate the micro-movements of the eardrum and middle ear bones (ossicles) using a laser Doppler vibrometer in the human middle ear. Our main goal is to improve existing hearing reconstruction methods and develop new prostheses.

Our research allows us also to:

  • create a better understanding of how the middle ear functions
  • design better surgical techniques for reconstruction
  • develop new technologies for hearing rehabilitation
  • create an understanding of the physiological pathways of hearing loss

We have published over 16 papers in this field, and have contributed substantially to a surgical understanding of how manipulating various parameters in the reconstruction changes the surgical outcomes.