Chapter

The Bionic Human

pp 413-423

Ossicular Implants

  • Adrien A. EshraghiAffiliated withDepartment of Otolaryngology, University of Miami. School of Medicine
  • , Hessam ElfikiAffiliated withDepartment of Otolaryngology, University of Miami. School of Medicine
  • , Steven R. MobleyAffiliated withDepartment of Otolaryngology, University of Miami. School of Medicine
  • , Thomas J. BalkanyAffiliated withDepartment of Otolaryngology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

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Abstract

Middle ear function requires an intact, mobile tympanic membrane, an air-containing mucosa-lined middle ear space, and a connection between the tympanic membrane and the inner-ear fluids. Restoration of function to hearing-impaired patients is often feasible with modern surgical approaches.