Published: 31 December 2012

Modeling the dynamic characteristics of human ossicles

Jen-Fang Yu1
Ching-I Chen2
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The dynamic characteristics of human ossicle responses to stimulus frequencies of 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 750 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 3 kHz, 4 kHz, 5 kHz, 6 kHz, 7 kHz and 8 kHz were analyzed using a 3D image model that was constructed using the finite element method. The 3D image model of the ossicle chain was based on images previously obtained from highresolution computed tomography (CT) scans of the middle ear region of patients. The displacement at the footplate in the 3D model showed essentially no response when the ossicles were subjected to sound stimuli with frequencies above 2 kHz. However, the ossicles responded to sound stimuli with frequencies below 1 kHz, and the vibration of the ossicles was equivalent to the amplitude of the sound stimuli.

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10 August 2012
04 December 2012
31 December 2012
finite element method
vibration analysis
high resolution computed tomography