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    To determine temperature and duration of cooling necessary for achieving cochlear mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH) via ear canal cooling using cool water and earmold attached to a Peltier device. Human temporal bone lab study performed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Cochlear cooling via the ear canal using water irrigation and an earmold attached to a Peltier device. Temperature analysis through implanted thermal probes within the cochlea. Temperature changes in the cochlea. Irrigation of the ear canal with water resulted in achieving MTH in approximately 4 minutes using cool water (30°C) and in approximately 2 minutes using ice-chilled water. After 20 minutes, irrigation of the ear canal using cool water plateaued at a ∆2°C while cooling with ice-chilled water results in an average ∆4.5°C. We observed MTH using a medium-length earmold attached to a Peltier device after approximately 22 minutes of cooling and achieved a maximal average ∆ of 2.3°C after 60 minutes of cooling. Finally, we observed that a longer earmold (C2L) with greater proximity to the eardrum resulted in more efficient intracochlear temperature change, achieving MTH in approximately 16 minutes. MTH of the cochlea can be achieved with water-based ear canal irrigation and via a Peltier device connected to an aluminum earmold. Copyright © 2023, Otology & Neurotology, Inc.


    Alberto A Arteaga, Britton Beatrous, Thomas L Eby, Jeremy Smith, Marcus Yoder, Ryan Meritt, Nicholas Molinaro, Christopher Spankovich. Achieving Mild Therapeutic Hypothermia in the Human Cochlea. Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology. 2023 Jun 01;44(5):e338-e342

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