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Editorial Comment Abstract In the paper, "New Middle Ear Mechanisms for Normal Hearing," * Dr. Samuel Rosen presents case reports showing remarkable postoperative audiograms in situations where the entire ossicular chain has been disrupted and a fenestra placed in the footplate without continuity with ossicles or eardrum. He states that his findings seriously challenge the Helmholtz theory of hearing and the many observations of recent physiologists. In cases with an intact drum, a closed middle ear, and no ossicular continuity, Rosen is nevertheless able to demonstrate normal hearing through the function of an open fenestra in the footplate of the stapes. These observations are, of course, disturbing to all currently accepted theories of middle ear function. It is difficult to reconcile these reports with other observations by the same author in which he shows equally excellent results where ossicular continuity was maintained. One wonders as to the fate of the average 26 db. contributed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Otolaryngology American Medical Association

Editorial Comment

Abstract

Abstract In the paper, "New Middle Ear Mechanisms for Normal Hearing," * Dr. Samuel Rosen presents case reports showing remarkable postoperative audiograms in situations where the entire ossicular chain has been disrupted and a fenestra placed in the footplate without continuity with ossicles or eardrum. He states that his findings seriously challenge the Helmholtz theory of hearing and the many observations of recent physiologists. In cases with an intact drum, a closed middle ear,...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1958 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0096-6894
DOI
10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010439008
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Abstract

Abstract In the paper, "New Middle Ear Mechanisms for Normal Hearing," * Dr. Samuel Rosen presents case reports showing remarkable postoperative audiograms in situations where the entire ossicular chain has been disrupted and a fenestra placed in the footplate without continuity with ossicles or eardrum. He states that his findings seriously challenge the Helmholtz theory of hearing and the many observations of recent physiologists. In cases with an intact drum, a closed middle ear, and no ossicular continuity, Rosen is nevertheless able to demonstrate normal hearing through the function of an open fenestra in the footplate of the stapes. These observations are, of course, disturbing to all currently accepted theories of middle ear function. It is difficult to reconcile these reports with other observations by the same author in which he shows equally excellent results where ossicular continuity was maintained. One wonders as to the fate of the average 26 db. contributed

Journal

A.M.A. Archives of OtolaryngologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1958

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