Wideband acoustic immittance in superior semicircular canal dehiscence

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      The apparent effect of superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) on middle ear- and cochlear impedance has led researchers to investigate the use of wideband acoustic immittance as a screening tool when SSCD is suspected. The purpose of the study was to describe the absorbance characteristics and tympanometric values of ears with confirmed SSCD measured at tympanometric peak pressure (TPP) and at ambient pressure.


      Wideband Acoustic Immittance was performed at ambient pressure and at TPP on ten participants (12 ears) with confirmed SSCD, as well as on an age- and gender matched control group (12 ears). Inferential statistics were used to determine whether statistical differences existed for the absorbance values at each of the averaged frequencies, the resonance frequency (RF) and tympanometric data between the SSCD and control groups.


      The mean absorbance of the SSCD group reached a maximum at 890.9 Hz and a minimum at 6349.6 Hz. When testing absorbance at TPP, a statistically significant increase/peak in the absorbance values of the SSCD group (compared to those of the control group) was found from 630 to 890.9 Hz and a decrease from 4489.8 to 6349.6 Hz. Similar patterns were observed for absorbance at ambient pressure. A lower mean RF for ears with SSCD as well as an increased mean admittance magnitude (AM) value at RF was found compared to those of the control group.


      The use of SSCD as a screening tool when SSCD is suspected was strengthened by results similar to those of previous studies. As a result of the significant difference in RF of SSCD ears compared to the RF of the control group, the potential value of measuring the RF of the middle ear to differentiate between mass-and stiffness dominated pathologies, was also illustrated.


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