Acoustical transmission-line model of the middle-ear cavities and mastoid air cells

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Abstract

An acoustical transmission line model of the middle-ear cavities and mastoid air cell system (MACS) was constructed for the adult human middle ear with normal function. The air-filled cavities comprised the tympanic cavity, aditus, antrum, and MACS. A binary symmetrical airway branching model of the MACS was constructed using an optimization procedure to match the average total volume and surface area of human temporal bones. The acoustical input impedance of the MACS was calculated using a recursive procedure, and used to predict the input impedance of the middle-ear cavities at the location of the tympanic membrane. The model also calculated the ratio of the acoustical pressure in the antrum to the pressure in the middle-ear cavities at the location of the tympanic membrane. The predicted responses were sensitive to the magnitude of the viscothermal losses within the MACS. These predicted input impedance and pressure ratio functions explained the presence of multiple resonances reported in published data, which were not explained by existing MACS models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1877-1887
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume137
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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