Round window vibroplasty in chronic ear surgery: Comparison with conventional hearing rehabilitation
2013 (English)In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, Vol. 138, no 8, 814-825 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Functional hearing results with round window vibroplasty in chronically disabled middle ears were comparable and, at high frequencies, superior to the results achieved with previously used conventional hearing aids even after extended surgery. Soft tissue transfer appears to be more important than floating mass transducer (FMT) alignment with the round window membrane (RWM) for efficient coupling or sonoinversion.
To evaluate the functional hearing results of an active middle ear implant (AMEI) to the round window niche (RWN). The results were compared with previously used conventional hearing aids. The position of the FMT was determined by cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT).
Prospective cohort study
Tertiary referral center
Material and Methods:
Seven patients with severe middle ear disease were implanted with an AMEI with round window application. The postoperative hearing outcome was compared with preoperative hearing using unaided and conventionally aided conditions. The results were correlated with the physical/geometric relation of the FMT to the RWM as determined with CBCT.
Dislocation of the FMT was not observed. One patient was re-implanted due to accidental damage to the electrode. In all patients, the pertinent functional hearing results were achieved and were comparable to previous rehabilitation results.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 138, no 8, 814-825 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198120DOI: 10.3109/00016489.2013.780294ISI: 000321791700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198120DiVA: diva2:615259