1. Articles from Anders Fridberger

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    1. Revealing the morphology and function of the cochlea and middle ear with optical coherence tomography

      Revealing the morphology and function of the cochlea and middle ear with optical coherence tomography

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has revolutionized physiological studies of the hearing organ, the vibration and morphology of which can now be measured without opening the surrounding bone. In this review, we provide an overview of OCT as used in the otological research, describing advances and different techniques in vibrometry, angiography, and structural imaging.

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    2. Minimal basilar membrane motion in low-frequency hearing

      Minimal basilar membrane motion in low-frequency hearing

      To perceive speech, the brain relies on inputs from sensory cells located near the top of the spiral-shaped cochlea. This low-frequency region of the inner ear is anatomically difficult to access, and it has not previously been possible to study its mechanical response to sound in intact preparations. Here, we used optical coherence tomography to image sound-evoked vibration inside the intact cochlea. We show that low-frequency sound moves a small portion of the basilar membrane, and that the motion declines in an exponential manner across the basilar membrane. Hence, the response of the hearing organ to speech-frequency sounds is different ...

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    3. Minimally invasive surgical method to detect sound processing in the cochlear apex by optical coherence tomography

      Minimally invasive surgical method to detect sound processing in the cochlear apex by optical coherence tomography

      Sound processing in the inner ear involves separation of the constituent frequencies along the length of the cochlea. Frequencies relevant to human speech (100 to 500 Hz) are processed in the apex region. Among mammals, the guinea pig cochlear apex processes similar frequencies and is thus relevant for the study of speech processing in the cochlea. However, the requirement for extensive surgery has challenged the optical accessibility of this area to investigate cochlear processing of signals without significant intrusion. A simple method is developed to provide optical access to the guinea pig cochlear apex in two directions with minimal surgery ...

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    4. Two dimensional vibrations of the guinea pig apex organ of Corti measured in vivo using phase sensitive Fourier domain optical coherence tomography

      Two dimensional vibrations of the guinea pig apex organ of Corti measured in vivo using phase sensitive Fourier domain optical coherence tomography

      In this study, we measure the in vivo apical-turn vibrations of the guinea pig organ of Corti in both axial and radial directions using phase-sensitive Fourier domain optical coherence tomography. The apical turn in guinea pig cochlea has best frequencies around 100 – 500 Hz which are relevant for human speech. Prior measurements of vibrations in the guinea pig apex involved opening the otic capsule, which has been questioned on the basis of the resulting changes to cochlear hydrodynamics. Here this limitation is overcome by measuring the vibrations through bone without opening the otic capsule. Furthermore, we have significantly reduced the ...

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    5. Feature Of The Week 5/27/11: Researchers Utilize Optical Coherence Tomography to Perform in vivo Investigation into the Process of Hearing

      Feature Of The Week 5/27/11: Researchers Utilize Optical Coherence Tomography to Perform in vivo Investigation into the Process of Hearing

      A multidisciplinary research groups spanning several countries (USA, China, Sweden) are using optical coherence tomography (OCT) to investigate minute changes in hair cells within the cochlea - the auditory portion of the inner ear. Below is a summary of their work. Mammalian hearing is refined by amplification of the sound-evoked vibration of the cochlear partition. This amplification is at least partly due to forces produced by protein motors residing in the cylindrical body of the outer hair cell. To transmit power to the cochlear partition, it is required that the outer hair cells dynamically change their length, in addition to generating ...

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    6. In Vivo Outer Hair Cell Length Changes Expose the Active Process in the Cochlea

      In Vivo Outer Hair Cell Length Changes Expose the Active Process in the Cochlea

      Background Mammalian hearing is refined by amplification of the sound-evoked vibration of the cochlear partition. This amplification is at least partly due to forces produced by protein motors residing in the cylindrical body of the outer hair cell. To transmit power to the cochlear partition, it is required that the outer hair cells dynamically change their length, in addition to generating force. These length changes, which have not previously been measured in vivo, must be correctly timed with the acoustic stimulus to produce amplification. Methodology/Principal Findings Using in vivo optical coherence tomography, we demonstrate that outer hair cells in ...

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    7. Imaging Organ of Corti Vibration Using Fourier-Domain OCT

      Imaging Organ of Corti Vibration Using Fourier-Domain OCT

      Measuring the sound stimulated vibration from various structures in the organ of Corti is important in understanding how the small vibrations are amplified and detected. In this study we examine the feasibility of using phase-sensitive Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (PSFD-OCT) to measure vibration of the cellular structures of the organ of Corti. PSFD-OCT is a low coherence interferrometry system where the interferrogram is detected as a function of wavelength. The phase of the Fourier transformation of the detected spectra contains path deference (between the sample arm and the reference arm) information of the interferometer. In PSFD-OCT this phase is ...

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    8. A differentially amplified motion in the ear for near-threshold sound detection

      A differentially amplified motion in the ear for near-threshold sound detection

      The ear is a remarkably sensitive pressure fluctuation detector. In guinea pigs, behavioral measurements indicate a minimum detectable sound pressure of ~20 ╬╝Pa at 16 kHz. Such faint sounds produce 0.1-nm basilar membrane displacements, a distance smaller than conformational transitions in ion channels. It seems that noise within the auditory system would swamp such tiny motions, making weak sounds imperceptible. Here we propose a new mechanism contributing to a resolution of this problem and validate it through direct measurement. We hypothesized that vibration at the apical side of hair cells is enhanced compared with that at the commonly measured ...

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