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Performance evaluation of a novel piezoelectric subcutaneous bone conduction device


Dobrev, Ivo; Sim, Jae Hoon; Pfiffner, Flurin; Huber, Alexander M; Röösli, Christof (2018). Performance evaluation of a novel piezoelectric subcutaneous bone conduction device. Hearing Research, 370:94-104.

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Objectives Evaluation of the transfer function efficiency of a newly-developed piezo-electric actuator for active subcutaneous bone conduction hearing aid. Methods The experiments were conducted on four Thiel embalmed whole head cadaver specimens. A novel actuator based on piezo-electric transduction (PZTA), part of a subcutaneous bone conduction hearing aid device, was sequentially implanted on three locations: 1) Immediately posterior to pinna; 2) 50–60 mm posterior to pinna, approximately the same distance as between the BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) location and the ear canal, but the same horizontal level as location 1; 3) the traditional BAHA location. Using a single point 3-dimensional laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) system, three types of motion measurements were performed at the cochlear promontory for each stimulation location: 1) ipsilateral side, 2) contralateral side, 3) measurements 1 and 2 were repeated after mastoidectomy on the ipsilateral side. Results On average, stimulation at locations 1 and 2 show a trend for higher promontory motion relative to location 3 (BAHA location) above 1 kHz. Stimulation at location 1 had an average improvement of 1–6 dB at 2–4 kHz, and 1–18 dB at 6–8 kHz. The spatial composition of the motion showed significant contributions from both in-plane and out-of-plane (along ear canal) motion components, with in-plane components being dominant at mid and high frequencies for locations 2 and 3. Stimulation at locations 1 and 3 produced similar transcranial attenuation at mid frequencies (0.6–4 kHz), with a potential trend of higher attenuation (seen in 3 or the 4 samples) for location 1 at higher frequencies (>4 kHz). The mastoidectomy affected negatively mostly the high frequencies (6–8 kHz) for stimulation at location 1, with no significant change for location 3. Conclusion The sound transfer function efficacy of a novel subcutaneous bone conduction device has been quantified, and the influence of stimulation location and mastoidectomy have been analyzed based on promontory motion in Thiel-preserved cadaver heads.

Abstract

Objectives Evaluation of the transfer function efficiency of a newly-developed piezo-electric actuator for active subcutaneous bone conduction hearing aid. Methods The experiments were conducted on four Thiel embalmed whole head cadaver specimens. A novel actuator based on piezo-electric transduction (PZTA), part of a subcutaneous bone conduction hearing aid device, was sequentially implanted on three locations: 1) Immediately posterior to pinna; 2) 50–60 mm posterior to pinna, approximately the same distance as between the BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid) location and the ear canal, but the same horizontal level as location 1; 3) the traditional BAHA location. Using a single point 3-dimensional laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) system, three types of motion measurements were performed at the cochlear promontory for each stimulation location: 1) ipsilateral side, 2) contralateral side, 3) measurements 1 and 2 were repeated after mastoidectomy on the ipsilateral side. Results On average, stimulation at locations 1 and 2 show a trend for higher promontory motion relative to location 3 (BAHA location) above 1 kHz. Stimulation at location 1 had an average improvement of 1–6 dB at 2–4 kHz, and 1–18 dB at 6–8 kHz. The spatial composition of the motion showed significant contributions from both in-plane and out-of-plane (along ear canal) motion components, with in-plane components being dominant at mid and high frequencies for locations 2 and 3. Stimulation at locations 1 and 3 produced similar transcranial attenuation at mid frequencies (0.6–4 kHz), with a potential trend of higher attenuation (seen in 3 or the 4 samples) for location 1 at higher frequencies (>4 kHz). The mastoidectomy affected negatively mostly the high frequencies (6–8 kHz) for stimulation at location 1, with no significant change for location 3. Conclusion The sound transfer function efficacy of a novel subcutaneous bone conduction device has been quantified, and the influence of stimulation location and mastoidectomy have been analyzed based on promontory motion in Thiel-preserved cadaver heads.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Sensory Systems
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sensory Systems
Language:English
Date:1 December 2018
Deposited On:30 Nov 2018 13:43
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 08:12
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0378-5955
OA Status:Green
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2018.10.003
PubMed ID:30343248

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