Measurement of the three-dimensional vibration motion of the ossicular chain in the living gerbil
Rochefoucauld, de La, Ombeline
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
AIP conference proceedings / American Institute of Physics. - New York
, p. 528-533
University of Antwerp
In previous studies 3D motion of the middle-ear ossicles in cat and human temporal bone were explored but models for hearing research has shifted in the last decades to smaller mammals and gerbil in particular has become a hearing model of first choice. In the present study we have measured with an optical interferometer the 3D motion of the malleus and incus in anesthetized gerbil for sound of moderate intensity (90 dB SPL) in a broad frequency range. To access the malleus and incus the pars flaccida was completely removed exposing the neck and head of the malleus and the incus from the malleus-incus joint to the long process of the incus and the plate of the lenticular process. In a previous study an approach through a hole in the bullar wall was used to study the stapes motion so that we now have a complete picture of the middle ear motion. In both approaches vibration measurements were done at 6 to 7 points per ossicle while the angle of observation was varied over approximately 30 degrees to enable calculation of the 3D velocity components. Knowledge of middle ear motion is of great importance in understanding how the middle ear transforms the acoustical input from the ear canal to the cochlea.