Digital high-speed camera systems are used to record high-frequency videoclips. After adapting this technology to the analysis of eardrum motions, fast motions of the eardrum can be recorded using an endoscope. Under specific static pressure conditions during the Valsalva maneuver, recordings of eardrum motions were made. The use of a Kodak Image Ektapro 1000 Motion Analyzer allowed only conventional videosignal processing and storage. A new type of data interface made it possible to save and process the complete videoclip digitally. Using an image-processing workstation and special mathematical algorithms, three-dimensional computer animations of fast eardrum motions under static pressure can be generated. In the present study, several animations of fast eardrum movements are described. High-speed digital videoimaging is an adequate method to describe fast eardrum displacements under static pressure (Valsalva maneuver). It is possible to create visible time-shift images of separate eardrum parts during the fast Valsalva maneuver.

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