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PD Dr. med. Alexander Huber

Biomechanics of Hearing
ENT Department
University Hospital Zurich

Frauenklinikstrasse 36
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 5860
Fax +41 44 255 4556

Main Goals, Keywords

To understand the Biomechanics of hearing in the normal and diseased ear in order to improve rehabilitation methods for patients suffering with hearing loss.

Group Members

1 group leader, 2 postdoctoral fellows, 2 clinical physicians, 3 doctoral fellows

Previous and Current Research

The investigation of the mechanical properties and the three dimensional kinematics of the ossicles and the interface between the middle and inner ear aims to further reveal the basic understanding of these complex structures. The way the stapes transmits sound to the fluids of the inner ear needs further investigation and has a direct impact on the classical theory of hearing.


In order to provide the safest and most effective middle ear prosthesis to patients, we are involved in developing and testing passive (ossicular replacement) and active (implantable hearing aids) middle ear prosthesis. Thereby we conduct both theoretical and model-based studies to optimize shape, weight and coupling properties. Finally, new prostheses are implanted in patients and evaluated using standardized, controlled protocols.


Future Projects

With future projects, the quality of perceived sound shall be quantified in models and surgical preparations to allow for comparison and further improvement of prosthesis design, coupling properties, material selection and surgical techniques. With this, the fundamental technique for intra-operative quality assessment will be developed for future use.

Techniques and Equipment

Selected Publications


Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), EMDO Foundation Zürich, USZ, industrial partners



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