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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731963/audiologic-gain-of-incus-short-process-vibroplasty-with-conventional-incus-long-process-vibroplasty-a-retrospective-analysis-of-36-patients
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Jeon Mi Lee, Young Ho Lee, Jinsei Jung, Sung Huhn Kim, In Seok Moon, Jae Young Choi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the audiological and non-audiological benefits of incus short process (SP) vibroplasty with those of conventional incus long process (LP) vibroplasty. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Thirty-six patients with sensorineural hearing loss were treated with the semi-implantable middle ear hearing device. Of these, 22 were treated with conventional LP vibroplasty, and 14 were treated with SP vibroplasty using SP couplers...
July 20, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728240/-the-implantation-of-bonebridge-in-bilateral-congenital-malformation-of-external-and-middle-ear
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S Q Zhao, R Ren, D M Han, Y Li, X B Ma, D N Wang, Y L Li
Objective: To evaluate the auditory efficacy of Bonebridge implantation in patients with bilateral congenital malformation of external and middle ear. Methods: Eleven cases (6 males and 5 females) had unilateral Bonebridge implantation. The age ranged from 8 to 26 and the average age was 16.9. Seven to ten days after operation, the first fitting was undergone. In acoustic sound field, the average auditory thresholds were respectively measured for unaided ears and Bonebridge implanted ears by pure tone auditory (PTA, 0...
July 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717576/demodulation-of-quasi-quadrature-interferometric-signals-for-use-in-the-totally-implantable-hearing-aids
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Milos C Tomic, Zoran V Djinovic, Slobodan J Petricevic
We propose and experimentally prove an algorithm for demodulation of interferometric signals, modified for use in a totally implantable hearing aid device. A fiber optic configuration, which generates two quasi-quadrature signals by a passive 3x3 coupler, for a non-contact detection of the middle ear ossicle vibration is employed. We simulated the ossicle vibration and large movements and demonstrated the effectiveness of the algorithm to compensate changes of the signal DC values and the phase shift introduced by the coupler...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708797/role-of-multislice-ct-imaging-in-predicting-the-visibility-of-the-round-window-in-pediatric-cochlear-implantation
#4
Yasser A Fouad, Ahmad Shaker Elaassar, Mohammad Waheed El-Anwar, Ebrahim Sabir, Ahmad Abdelhamid, Mai Ghonimy
BACKGROUND: High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) magnifies the role of preoperative imaging for detailed inner and middle ear anatomical information and enhances more efforts for better dependent correlation and measurements of round window (RW). OBJECTIVE: To find an applicable way by HRCT imaging for the prediction of the visibility of the RW during cochlear implantation (CI) surgery. METHODS: Five radiologic measurements were performed on the axial HRCT and these measurements were correlated with the degree of RW visibility after performing posterior tympanotomy during CI surgery...
July 13, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671917/experimental-simulation-of-clinical-borderline-situations-in-temporal-bone-specimens-after-ossiculoplasty
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Till F Jakob, Jan Kromeier, Tobias Baumann, Jens Pfeiffer, Marcus Neudert, Roland Laszig, Thomas Zahnert, Christian Offergeld
OBJECTIVES: One reason for insufficient hearing improvement with a distinct air-bone gap after ossiculoplasty with implantation of partial or total ossicular replacement prostheses can be the dislocation or minimal shifting of the prosthesis. The aim of this study was the simulation of common clinical borderline situations with minimal shifting of the prosthesis in temporal bone specimens after ossiculoplasty. It was furthermore the goal to identify these specific situations through imaging by cone beam computed tomography (cbCT) and direct visual inspection using the operation microscope...
June 30, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666703/a-comparative-study-of-med-el-fmt-attachment-to-the-long-process-of-the-incus-in-intact-middle-ears-and-its-attachment-to-disarticulated-stapes-head
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Tao Chen, Liu-Jie Ren, Dong-Ming Yin, Jia Li, Lin Yang, Pei-Dong Dai, Tian-Yu Zhang
The Vibrant Soundbridge(©) (VSB) active middle-ear implant provides an effective treatment for mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss in the case of normal middle ear anatomy and mixed hearing loss in middle ear malformation. The VSB floating mass transducer (FMT), with proper couplers, can be installed on various structures of the ossicular chain, e.g., the short and long process of the incus, the stapes head, and the stapes footplate. A long process (LP) coupler is most commonly used for FMT attachment to the long process of the incus with intact ossicular chain, while CliP and Bell couplers are two standardized and reliable methods for FMT attachment to the stapes head with missing incus and malleus...
June 23, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601531/sheep-as-a-large-animal-ear-model-middle-ear-ossicular-velocities-and-intracochlear-sound-pressure
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Dominik Péus, Ivo Dobrev, Lukas Prochazka, Konrad Thoele, Adrian Dalbert, Andreas Boss, Nicolas Newcomb, Rudolf Probst, Christof Röösli, Jae Hoon Sim, Alexander Huber, Flurin Pfiffner
Animals are frequently used for the development and testing of new hearing devices. Dimensions of the middle ear and cochlea differ significantly between humans and commonly used animals, such as rodents or cats. The sheep cochlea is anatomically more like the human cochlea in size and number of turns. This study investigated the middle-ear ossicular velocities and intracochlear sound pressure (ICSP) in sheep temporal bones, with the aim of characterizing the sheep as an experimental model for implantable hearing devices...
August 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594978/association-of-gel-forming-mucins-and-aquaporin-gene-expression-with-hearing-loss-effusion-viscosity-and-inflammation-in-otitis-media-with-effusion
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Tina L Samuels, Justin C Yan, Pawjai Khampang, Peter W Dettmar, Alexander MacKinnon, Wenzhou Hong, Nikki Johnston, Blake C Papsin, Robert H Chun, Michael E McCormick, Joseph E Kerschner
Importance: Persistent, viscous middle ear effusion in pediatric otitis media (OM) contributes to increased likelihood of anesthesia and surgery, conductive hearing loss, and subsequent developmental delays. Biomarkers of effusion viscosity and hearing loss have not yet been identified despite the potential that such markers hold for targeted therapy and screening. Objective: To investigate the association of gel-forming mucins and aquaporin 5 (AQP5) gene expression with inflammation, effusion viscosity, and hearing loss in pediatric OM with effusion (OME)...
June 8, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581120/evaluating-speech-perception-of-the-maxum-middle-ear-implant-versus-speech-perception-under-inserts
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R Kent Dyer, Michael Spearman, Brian Spearman, Anna McCraney
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To evaluate the speech perception of the Ototronix MAXUM middle ear implant relative to the cochlear potential for speech perception of patients. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical study chart review. METHODS: We performed an evaluation of data from a prospective clinical study of 10 MAXUM patients. Primary outcome measures included comparison of word recognition (WR) scores with MAXUM (WRMAXUM ) versus word recognition under inserts (WRinserts ), and the functional gain improvement for pure-tone average (PTA) (0...
June 5, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538078/vibroplasty-in-severe-congenital-or-acquired-meatal-stenosis-by-coupling-an-active-middle-ear-implant-to-the-short-process-of-the-incus
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Jan Peter Thomas, Christiane Voelter, Katrin Neumann, Stefan Dazert
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of coupling an active middle ear implant to the short process of the incus in subjects with meatal pathologies. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Twelve patients suffering from either congenital aural atresia or acquired meatal fibrosis. INTERVENTION: Implantation of an active middle ear implant with coupling of the actuator to the short process of the incus...
August 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516965/benefits-of-active-middle-ear-implants-over-hearing-aids-in-patients-with-sloping-high-tone-hearing-loss-comparison-with-hearing-aids
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J M Lee, J H Jeon, I S Moon, J Y Choi
In this retrospective chart review we compared the subjective and objective benefits of active middle ear implants (AMEIs) with conventional hearing aids (HAs) in patients with sloping high tone hearing loss. Thirty-four patients with sensorineural hearing loss were treated with AMEIs. Of these, six had sloping high tone hearing loss and had worn an HA for more than 6 months. Objective assessments, a pure-tone audiogram, as well as a word recognition test, and the Korean version of the Hearing in Noise Test (K-HINT), and a subjective assessment, the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB) questionnaire, were performed...
June 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499303/-long-term-follow-up-and-patient-satisfaction-after-tympanoplasty-with-titanium-clip-prothesis
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Guido Wolferts, Daniel Schicke, K-Wolfgang Delank
Aim of the present study is to evaluate the long term results of ossiculoplasty using titanium clip prosthesis. A retrospective analysis with prospective follow-up has been done including for all patients who had a Clip-PORP implanted between the years 2002-2013. Following this, audiometric hearing results were measured with clinical examination including otoscopy and quality of life evaluation using Glasgow benefit inventory. 48 patients (51 ears, 29 men, 19 women, average age 44.1 years) received followed up after an average duration of 6...
May 12, 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499296/-implantable-hearing-devices
#13
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 BCI, while percutaneous BCI systems are recommended also for moderate hearing loss. For combined hearing loss 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...
April 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499295/-tympanoplasty-news-and-new-perspectives
#14
Marcus Neudert, Thomas Zahnert
Techniques and biomaterials for reconstructive middle ear surgery are under steady, ongoing development. 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...
April 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483256/infectious-complications-of-pediatric-cochlear-implants-are-highly-influenced-by-otitis-media
#15
Peter M Vila, Nsangou T Ghogomu, Audrey R Odom-John, Timothy E Hullar, Keiko Hirose
OBJECTIVE: Determine the incidence of ear infections in cochlear implant patients, evaluate the contribution of otitis media to complications, describe the bacteriology of otitis media in the cochlear implant population, the treatment provided at our center, and the long term outcome. METHODS: Data collected included age at implantation, history of otitis media or ear tubes, etiology of hearing loss, inner ear anatomy, postoperative infections, time to infection, route of antibiotic administration, and interventions for infections...
June 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481780/round-window-application-of-an-active-middle-ear-implant-a-comparison-with-hearing-aid-usage-in-japan
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Satoshi Iwasaki, Shin-Ichi Usami, Haruo Takahashi, Yukihiko Kanda, Tetsuya Tono, Katsumi Doi, Kozo Kumakawa, Kiyofumi Gyo, Yasushi Naito, Sho Kanzaki, Noboru Yamanaka, Kimitaka Kaga
OBJECTIVE: To report on the safety and efficacy of an investigational active middle ear implant (AMEI) in Japan, and to compare results to preoperative results with a hearing aid. DESIGN: Prospective study conducted in Japan in which 23 Japanese-speaking adults suffering from conductive or mixed hearing loss received a VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE with implantation at the round window. Postoperative thresholds, speech perception results (word recognition scores, speech reception thresholds, signal-to-noise ratio [SNR]), and quality of life questionnaires at 20 weeks were compared with preoperative results with all patients receiving the same, best available hearing aid (HA)...
July 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420277/device-optimised-chirp-stimulus-for-abr-measurements-with-an-active-middle-ear-implant
#17
Mario Cebulla, Ute Geiger, Rudolf Hagen, Andreas Radeloff
OBJECTIVE: Active middle ear implants are widely used to treat adults and children with sensorineural, conductive, or mixed hearing loss. Currently, there is no adequate method to determine the performance of active middle ear implant systems. DESIGN: The proposed method is based on measuring the auditory brainstem response while stimulating the hearing system via the active middle ear implant (Vibrant Soundbridge(TM), VSB; MEDEL, Austria). The acoustic stimulation was achieved via an optimised chirp stimulus (CE-Chirp), implemented in the Eclipse system (Interacoustics, Denmark)...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388970/contemporary-imaging-of-auditory-implants
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REVIEW
S E J Connor
There have been significant advances in the diversity and effectiveness of hearing technologies in recent years. Implanted auditory devices may be divided into those that stimulate the cochlear hair cells (bone conduction devices and middle ear implants), and those that stimulate the neural structures (cochlear implants and central auditory implants). Contemporary preoperative and postoperative imaging may be used to help individualise implant selection, optimise surgical technique and predict auditory outcome...
April 4, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383463/influence-of-floating-mass-transducer-coupling-efficiency-for-active-middle-ear-implants-on-speech-recognition
#19
Alexander Müller, Parwis Mir-Salim, Nina Zellhuber, Ralf Helbig, Marc Bloching, Tobias Schmidt, Sven Koscielny, Oliver C Dziemba, Stefan K Plontke, Torsten Rahne
OBJECTIVE: The efficiency of vibroplasty (coupler-floating mass transducer [FMT] assembly) can be monitored by direct stimulation of the inner ear through the active middle-ear implant system and comparison of the vibroplasty in vivo threshold and the postoperative bone-conduction pure-tone threshold. The aim of this study was to compare the vibroplasty in vivo threshold with the postoperative speech recognition in patients with a high preoperative maximum word recognition score. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of German-speaking patients implanted with a vibrating ossicular prosthesis (VORP) 502 or VORP 503 and high preoperative maximum word recognition score between the years of 2011 and 2015...
July 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357188/audiological-findings-from-an-adult-with-thin-cochlear-nerves
#20
Prashanth Prabhu, Jyothi Shivaswamy
Reported here are audiological findings from an adult with thin cochlear nerves. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed that he had a thinner cochlear nerve in the left ear than in the right ear. He had a higher degree of hearing loss in the left ear and poor speech recognition scores for both ears. He had normal middle ear and cochlear functioning. The auditory brainstem response and acoustic reflexes were absent, indicating a retrocochlear pathology. Long latency responses (LLR) revealed normal cortical functioning...
February 2017: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
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