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Hyper-Compliant Tympanic Membrane and VEMP Responses

Kamran Barin, PhD

July 19, 2010

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Question

I understand that middle ear pathologies may negate a VEMP response. However, will hyper-compliant tympanic membranes also negate a VEMP response?

Answer

The reason air-conduction VEMP responses are diminished in patients with middle ear pathologies is that the sound intensity delivered to the labyrinth is reduced in these patients. Because the sound transmission is not affected by hyper-compliant tympanic membranes, VEMP responses should not be affected. Incidentally, bone-conduction VEMPs that bypass the middle ear can be used in patients with middle ear pathologies.

Kamran Barin, Ph.D., is the Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Biomedical Engineering Program. He received his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.


kamran barin

Kamran Barin, PhD

Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Biomedical Engineering Program

Kamran Barin, Ph.D. is the Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Biomedical Engineering Program. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. Kamran Barin is a consultant to Otometrics and provides courses and other educational material to the company


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