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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054109/influence-of-backside-loading-on-the-floating-mass-transducer-an-in-vitro-experimental-study
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Antoniu-Oreste Gostian, Martin Sylvester Otte, David Pazen, Magdalene Ortmann, David Schwarz, Karl Bernd Hüttenbrink, Dirk Beutner
HYPOTHESIS: The vibration of the floating mass transducer (FMT) of a single active middle-ear implant (AMEI) is distinctly influenced by the properties of the material coupled to its back side. BACKGROUND: In round window vibroplasty, the FMT needs to be padded against the surrounding bone opposite from the round window membrane. This represents one factor influencing its performance as a round window driver. Therefore, we examined the effects of different materials linked to the back side of an FMT on its vibration range...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964441/cost-utility-of-partially-implantable-active-middle-ear-implants-for-sensorineural-hearing-loss-a-decision-analysis
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Melodi Kosaner Kliess, Martina Kluibenschaedl, Ruth Zoehrer, Bettina Schlick, Francesca Scandurra, Michael Urban
BACKGROUND: Partially implantable active middle ear implants (aMEIs) offer a solution for individuals who have mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss and an outer ear medical condition that precludes the use of hearing aids. When otherwise left untreated, individuals report a lower quality of life, which may further decrease with increasing disability. In the lack of cost-effectiveness studies and long-term data, there is a need for decision modeling. OBJECTIVE: To explore individual-level variance in resource utilization patterns following aMEI implantation...
September 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964300/anatomical-measurement-of-the-ossicles-in-patients-with-congenital-aural-atresia-and-stenosis
#3
Jieying Li, Keguang Chen, Chenlong Li, Dongming Yin, Tianyu Zhang, Peidong Dai
OBJECTIVES: Our aims were to measure and compare anatomical parameters of the ossicles in normal, congenital aural stenosis (CAS), and congenital aural atresia (CAA) ears. METHODS: This retrospective study was performed using three-dimensional reconstructed images derived from computed tomography scans of 20 normal subjects, 20 CAS patients, and 20 CAA patients. RESULTS: The lengths of the malleus handle and long process of the incus were greater in normal ears than in CAS and CAA ears (all P < 0...
October 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889786/implantable-microphones-as-an-alternative-to-external-microphones-for-cochlear-implants
#4
Alistair Mitchell-Innes, Robert Morse, Richard Irving, Philip Begg
Totally implantable cochlear implants may be able to address many of the problems cochlear implant users have around cosmetic appearances, discomfort, and restriction of activities. The major technological challenges that need to be solved to develop a totally implantable device relate to implanted microphone performance. Previous attempts at implanting microphones for cochlear implants have not performed as well as conventional cochlear implant microphones, and in addition have struggled with extraneous body or surface contact noise...
September 11, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834277/vibrant-soundbridge-can-improve-the-most-comfortable-listening-level-in-sensorineural-hearing-loss-our-experience-of-61-patients
#5
Jinsei Jung, Jin Won Kim, In Seok Moon, Sung Huhn Kim, Jae Young Choi
In auditory rehabilitation, the most comfortable listening level (MCL) is important because the conversation partners of patients with hearing impairment are often individuals with normal hearing. Thus, normalizing MCL can help patients with hearing loss to reduce the communication handicap with individuals with normal hearing. While active middle ear implants demonstrate comparable performance with conventional hearing aids (HA) with regard to functional hearing gain and speech intelligibility, little is known about the effect of middle ear implants on the MCL...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
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/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
#8
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/28499296/-implantable-hearing-devices
#9
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/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
#11
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/28383463/influence-of-floating-mass-transducer-coupling-efficiency-for-active-middle-ear-implants-on-speech-recognition
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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/28292001/-implantable-bone-conduction-and-active-middle-ear-devices
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Markus Pirlich, Andreas Dietz, Sylvia Meuret, Mathias Hofer
In case of audiological and/or anatomical limitations in the provision of conventional hearing aids, semi- or fully-implantable hearing systems represent a modern therapy alternative. These hearing systems are divided according to their mode of action into active middle ear implants when stimulating the auditory ossicles or the round window, into bone conduction devices while stimulating the skull directly, into cochlear implants with direct acoustic stimulation to the cochlea with its auditory nerve and finally into auditory brainstem implants by bridging the peripheral auditory structures...
February 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285827/our-auditory-results-using-the-vibrant-soundbridge-on-the-long-process-of-the-incus-20-years-of-data
#14
Anaïs Grégoire, Jean-Philippe Van Damme, Chantal Gilain, Benoit Bihin, Pierre Garin
OBJECTIVE: After 20 years of experience with different types of middle ear implants, we analyzed our database about the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) to know the rate of complications, the effect on the residual hearing and the audiometric gain in our center. METHOD: The study was retrospective and included all VSB implants bound to the long process of the incus in our tertiary medical center between january 1999 and february 2015. We observed the effect of surgery on residual hearing by comparing bone and air conduction thresholds before and after implantation...
March 9, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235386/characteristics-of-ci-children-with-complicated-middle-ear-infections
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Søren Hoberg, Christian Danstrup, Bjarke Laursen, Niels Krintel Petersen, Nichlas Udholm, Gintaras Audrius Kamarauskas, Therese Ovesen
OBJECTIVE: To describe cases of complicated middle ear infections in children with cochlear implants (CI), i.e., episodes of acute otitis media (AOM) and acute mastoiditis (AM), resulting in hospitalization. METHODS: A total of 206 children under 16 years (300 implantations) were implanted between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2014 at the West Danish CI Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Aarhus, Denmark. By means of two prospective local databases, episodes of AOM or AM and demographics were retrieved including biochemistry, microbiology, length of follow- up, and variable treatment modalities (intravenous (IV) antibiotics, revision mastoidectomy, and insertion of ventilation tubes)...
February 24, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068651/comparison-of-alternative-coupling-methods-of-the-vibrant-soundbridge-floating-mass-transducer
#16
Susan Busch, Thomas Lenarz, Hannes Maier
The active middle ear implant Vibrant Soundbridge© provides a variety of coupling modalities of the floating mass transducer (FMT) to various structures of the ossicular chain and the round window. A retrospective analysis was performed on 125 subjects (n = 137 ears) (1) to compare the efficacy of the different FMT coupling modalities with increasing degree of hearing loss, (2) to compare the performance in speech outcome and the effective gain between the coupling types, and (3) to evaluate the risk of additional hearing loss of each coupling procedure...
2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052264/a-retrospective-multicentre-cohort-review-of-patient-characteristics-and-surgical-aspects-versus-the-long-term-outcomes-for-recipients-of-a-fully-implantable-active-middle-ear-implant
#17
Philippe P Lefebvre, Javier Gisbert, Domenico Cuda, Stéphane Tringali, Arnaud Deveze
OBJECTIVE: To summarise treatment outcomes compared to surgical and patient variables for a multicentre recipient cohort using a fully implantable active middle ear implant for hearing impairment. To describe the authors' preferred surgical technique to determine microphone placement. STUDY DESIGN: Multicentre retrospective, observational survey. SETTING: Five tertiary referral centres. PATIENTS: Carina recipients (66 ears, 62 subjects) using the current Cochlear® Carina® System or the legacy device, the Otologics® Fully Implantable Middle Ear, with a T2 transducer...
2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918233/patient-satisfaction-after-auditory-implant-surgery-ten-year-experience-from-a-single-implanting-unit-center
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Simonetta Monini, Alessandra Bianchi, Rita Talamonti, Francesca Atturo, Chiara Filippi, Maurizio Barbara
CONCLUSIONS: The satisfaction rate of the subjects with an auditory implant appears strictly related to the resulting auditory improvement, and the surgical variables would play a prevailing role in respect to the esthetic factors. OBJECTIVES: To assess the rate of satisfaction in subjects who underwent the surgical application of an auditory device at a single Implanting Center Unit. METHOD: A series of validated questionnaires has been administered to subjects who underwent the surgical application of different auditory devices...
April 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796557/systematic-review-to-evaluate-the-safety-efficacy-and-economical-outcomes-of-the-vibrant-soundbridge-for-the-treatment-of-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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REVIEW
Karl-Ludwig Bruchhage, Anke Leichtle, Rainer Schönweiler, Ingo Todt, Wolf-Dieter Baumgartner, Henning Frenzel, Barbara Wollenberg
Introduced in the late 90s, the active middle ear implant Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) is nowadays used for hearing rehabilitation in patients with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) unable to tolerate conventional hearing aids. In experienced hands, the surgical implantation is fast done, safe and highly standardized. Here, we present a systematic review, after more than 15 years of application, to determine the efficacy/effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, as well as patient satisfaction with the VSB active middle ear implant in the treatment of mild to severe SNHL...
April 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631832/clinical-implications-of-word-recognition-differences-in-earphone-and-aided-conditions
#20
Theodore R McRackan, Jayne B Ahlstrom, William B Clinkscales, Ted A Meyer, Judy R Dubno
OBJECTIVE: To compare word recognition scores for adults with hearing loss measured using earphones and in the sound field without and with hearing aids (HA). STUDY DESIGN: Independent review of presurgical audiological data from an active middle ear implant (MEI) FDA clinical trial. SETTING: Multicenter prospective FDA clinical trial. PATIENTS: Ninety-four adult HA users. INTERVENTIONS/MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURED: Preoperative earphone, aided word recognition scores, and speech intelligibility index...
December 2016: Otology & Neurotology
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