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Middle ear implant

Luis Lassaletta, Isabel Sánchez-Cuadrado, Juan Manuel Espinosa, Ángel Batuecas, Carlos Cenjor, María José Lavilla, Laura Cavallé, Alicia Huarte, Faustino Nuñez, Manuel Manrique, Ángel Ramos, Carlos de Paula, Elisa Gil-Carcedo
Active middle ear implants are surgically implanted prosthesis, which intend to stimulate the ossicular chain or the inner ear fluids through the oval or round windows. These implants may be useful for the treatment of certain patients with sensorineural hearing loss as well as for conductive or mixed hearing loss. This clinical guide attempts to summarize the current knowledge concerning the basic characteristics and indications of the most commonly used middle ear implants, including Vibrant Soundbrige (Med-el, Innsbruck), Carina (Cochlear, Australia), and CodacsTM ...
March 16, 2018: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
Ulrich Hoppe, Thomas Hocke, Frank Digeser
OBJECTIVE: To determine speech perception in quiet and noise of adult cochlear implant listeners retaining a hearing aid contralaterally. Second, to investigate the influence of contralateral hearing thresholds and speech perception on bimodal hearing. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sentence recognition with hearing aid alone, cochlear implant alone and bimodally at 6 months after cochlear implantation were assessed in 148 postlingually deafened adults. Data were analyzed for bimodal summation using measures of speech perception in quiet and in noise...
March 19, 2018: Acta Oto-laryngologica
José Ferreira Penêda, Nuno Barros Lima, Francisco Monteiro, Joana Vilela Silva, Rita Gama, Artur Condé
INTRODUCTION: Immune Mediated Inner Ear Disease (IMIED) is a rare form of sensorineural bilateral hearing loss, usually progressing in weeks to months and responsive to immunosuppressive treatment. Despite recent advances, there is no consensus on diagnosis and optimal treatment. METHODS: A review of articles on IMIED from the last 10 years was conducted using PubMed® database. RESULTS: IMIED is a rare disease, mostly affecting middle aged women...
March 7, 2018: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
A L Gesing, F D P Alves, S Paul, J A Cordioli
The presence of external elements is a major limitation of current hearing aids and cochlear implants, as they lead to discomfort and inconvenience. Totally implantable hearing devices have been proposed as a solution to mitigate these constraints, which has led to challenges in designing implantable sensors. This work presents a feasibility analysis of a MEMS piezoelectric accelerometer coupled to the ossicular chain as an alternative sensor. The main requirements of the sensor include small size, low internal noise, low power consumption, and large bandwidth...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Theodore R McRackan, William B Clinkscales, Jayne B Ahlstrom, Shaun A Nguyen, Judy R Dubno
OBJECTIVE: Identify factors associated with benefit of middle ear implants (MEIs) as compared to conventional hearing aids (HAs). STUDY DESIGN: Independent review of audiological data from a multicenter prospective U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial. Preoperative and postoperative earphone, unaided/aided/implanted pure-tone thresholds, and word recognition scores were evaluated. RESULTS: Ninety-one subjects were included in this study...
February 26, 2018: Laryngoscope
Maja Svrakic
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: Reports of patients with concurrent middle and inner ear anomalies are rare. These patients present a surgical challenge for cochlear implantation. The surgical risk must be weighed against the predicted benefit of the patient's hearing outcome and subsequent development of speech and language as well as their quality of life. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Thirteen-year-old boy presented to the Otology clinic for auditory rehabilitation options...
February 17, 2018: Cochlear Implants International
Diego Calero, Stephan Paul, André Gesing, Fabio Alves, Júlio A Cordioli
Most commercially available cochlear implants and hearing aids use microphones as sensors for capturing the external sound field. These microphones are in general located in an external element, which is also responsible for processing the sound signal. However, the presence of the external element is the cause of several problems such as discomfort, impossibility of being used during physical activities and sleeping, and social stigma. These limitations have driven studies with the goal of developing totally implantable hearing devices, and the design of an implantable sensor has been one of the main challenges to be overcome...
February 13, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Juuso Pellinen, Juha-Pekka Vasama, Ilkka Kivekäs
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate long-term benefits of atresiaplasty on hearing and the impact of surgery on quality of life (QoL) in congenital aural atresia (CAA) patients. METHODS: We evaluated the long-term hearing results, the impact of atresiaplasty on QoL, the meatal diameter of the operated ear canal, and the cumulative number of post-operative hospital visits in 14 CAA patients, on average, 12 years (range: 4-17 years) post-operatively. RESULTS: The mean preoperative pure tone average (PTA) was 61 dB HL...
February 9, 2018: Acta Oto-laryngologica
T Strenger, M Brandstetter, T Stark, F Böhnke
BACKGROUND: An instrument to measure vibration in the middle ear needs to be sensitive enough to detect displacement on a nanometer scale, yet not affect the vibration itself. Numerous techniques have been described in the literature, but laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) has nowadays become established as the standard method in hearing research. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to present possible clinical applications of an LDV system in otology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A commercially available single-point vibrometer was used...
February 7, 2018: HNO
Ali A Danesh, Navid Shahnaz, James W Hall
Diagnostic audiologic procedures for otosclerosis are effective tools in identifying this condition. Audiometric data usually demonstrate a conductive hearing loss at the early stages of otosclerosis. Modern middle ear analysis procedures are becoming more popular in the better diagnosis of otosclerosis. In clinical practice, cochlear otosclerosis can also be observed. Audiologic rehabilitation of otosclerosis includes fitting of hearing aids and implantable hearing devices. Current hearing technology enables patients who do not pursue surgical correction to function well and significantly improve their communication and quality of life...
February 1, 2018: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Yuliyan Hadzhiev, Stanislav Yordanov, Diana Popova, Darina Kachakova
OBJECTIVE: The bactericidal/permeability-increasing, fold-containing family member A1 (BPIFA1) gene codes a secretory protein (BPIFA1), which is present in the respiratory tract mucosa, and is part of the innate immune system. This study aimed to prove that BPIFA1 gene expression exists in the human middle ear mucosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 32 patients participated in the study between March 2016 and September 2016. Seventeen patients had chronic otitis media with cholesteatoma (COMC) and 15 had bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (BSHL)...
December 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
Diego Zanetti, Federica Di Berardino
BACKGROUND Implantable devices have been proposed as an alternative to hearing aids and auditory canal reconstruction in patients with microtia (congenital aural atresia), which includes a malformation of the external and middle ear. This report is of two rare cases of microtia associated with congenital stapes ankylosis treated with an implantable device and describes the treatment outcomes. CASE REPORT Two siblings from Ecuador, a 29-year-old woman, and her 35-year-old brother, were born with unilateral type II microtia with bilateral external auditory canal atresia and conductive hearing loss...
January 23, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Mohnish Grover, Shitanshu Sharma, Shashank Nath Singh, Tanmaya Kataria, Rajendra Singh Lakhawat, Man Prakash Sharma
INTRODUCTION: The anatomy of the cochlea forms the basis for a successful cochlear implantation. Cochlear duct length (CDL) is defined as the length of the scala media as measured from the middle of the round window to helicotrema. Preoperative measurement of CDL is particularly important when precise intracochlear electrode array placement is desired. It can be done both histologically and radiologically. Preoperative high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan which forms an integral part of cochlear implant workup is a useful tool to calculate CDL using 3D reconstructions...
January 13, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Wojciech Gawęcki, Michał Karlik, Łukasz Borucki, Maciej Wróbel, Olgierd Maciej Stieler, Witold Szyfter
OBJECTIVE: To present qualification criteria, surgery, and results of cochlear implantation via the middle fossa approach. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of medical charts of patients. SETTING: Cochlear implant program in academic medical center. PATIENTS: Six adults after middle ear surgery due to chronic otitis media with bilateral deafness or profound hearing loss. INTERVENTION: Analysis aimed to identify patients qualified for cochlear implantation via middle fossa approach and to present surgery and result...
February 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Marcus Neudert, Thomas Zahnert
Techniques and biomaterials for reconstructive middle ear surgery are continuously and steadily developing. At the same time, clinical post-surgery results are evaluated to determine success or failure of the therapy. Routine quality assessment and assurance is of growing importance in the medical field, and therefore also in middle ear surgery. The exact definition and acquisition of outcome parameters is essential for both a comprehensive and detailed quality assurance. These parameters are not the audiological results alone, but also additional individual parameters, which influence the postoperative outcome after tympanoplasty...
2017: GMS Current Topics in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Matthias Tisch
Combined hearing loss is an essential indication for implantable hearing systems. Depending on the bone conduction threshold, various options are available. Patients with mild sensorineural deafness usually benefit from transcutaneous bone conduction implants (BCI), while percutaneous BCI systems are recommended also for moderate hearing loss. For combined hearing losses with moderate and high-grade cochlear hearing loss, active middle ear implants are recommended. For patients with incompatibilities or middle ear surgery, implants are a valuable and proven addition to the therapeutic options...
2017: GMS Current Topics in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Zoran Djinović, Robert Pavelka, Miloš Tomić, Georg Sprinzl, Hanns Plenk, Udo Losert, Helga Bergmeister, Roberto Plasenzotti
The main obstacle in realization of a totally implantable hearing aid is a lack of reliable implantable microphone. In this paper we have described a potentially miniature fiber-optic vibrometer based on a modified Michelson interferometer, designed to serve as a middle-ear microphone for totally implantable cochlear- or middle-ear hearing aids. A model of the sensing system was used for in-vitro and in-vivo investigation of acoustical response of sheep's middle-ear ossicles. Surgical and implantation procedure of introducing the sensing optical fiber into the middle-ear and its aiming at the incus was investigated and described here in detail...
December 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Y Kavitha, K Sabarigirish, Upendra Kumar Joish, Sanjeev Saxena, Angshuman Dutta
Consanguinity has been considered as one of the risk factors predisposing to the development of congenital hearing loss. Effect of consanguinity on cochlear morphology has been subject of speculation, though many studies have provided insight into functional aspect of cochlea. This study was conducted to know the effect of consanguinity on cochlear morphology, if any. A prospective, observational study, including prelingually deaf children with bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss who are registered as candidates for cochlear implantation at a tertiary care centre, was conducted...
December 2017: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Ashish Vashishth, Andrea Fulcheri, Sampath Chandra Prasad, Manjunath Dandinarasaiah, Antonio Caruso, Mario Sanna
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long-term surgical outcomes of cochlear implantation (CI) in chronic otitis media (COM) with cholesteatoma and open cavities using subtotal petrosectomy (STP). To review device explantation (DE) patients and reimplantation considerations. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review. SETTING: Otology and skull base center. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Charts of 35 patients (36 ears) with COM with cholesteatoma, including open cavities, who underwent CI were reviewed for surgical outcomes and DE...
January 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Wouter Johannes van Drunen, Mathias Mueller, Anatoly Glukhovskoy, Rolf Salcher, Marc Christopher Wurz, Thomas Lenarz, Hannes Maier
Introduction: Most implantable hearing aids currently available were developed to compensate the sensorineural hearing loss by driving middle ear structures (e.g., the ossicles). These devices are successfully used in round window (RW) stimulation clinically, although this was initially not the intended use. Here, a novel microactuator, specifically designed for RW stimulation, was tested in human temporal bones to determine actuator performance and applicability. Methods: Stapes footplate response to RW stimulation was determined experimentally in human temporal bones and the obtained sound pressure output level was estimated...
2017: BioMed Research International
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