The present invention provides a device to restore hearing to individuals who have a discontinuity in the middle ear sound conductive mechanism. The device in accordance with the present invention addresses a specific problem arising often in middle ear surgery. Currently available middle ear prostheses are inadequate to remedy the specific problem of a lateral relationship of the stapes capitulum to the malleus, thereby necessitating a cartilage graft resulting in poor sound conductive properties. The present invention provides a middle ear prosthesis that solves the problems associated with the lateral relationship of the stapes capitulum to the malleus.
Boyev, K. Paul, "Incus replacement prosthesis" (2006). USF Patents. 651.
University of South Florida