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Acta Otolaryngol. 2013 Jun;133(6):569-73. doi: 10.3109/00016489.2012.762117. Epub 2013 Feb 28.

Vibrant Soundbridge in congenital osseous atresia: multicenter study of 12 patients with osseous atresia.

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Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Sanatorio Allende, Ciudad de Córdoba, Argentina.



The study suggests that the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) middle ear implant could be a valid alternative for patients with congenital aural atresia to compensate for their hearing loss.


To determine the audiologic benefit the VSB provides in patients with congenital aural atresia.


Twelve patients with congenital aural atresia were implanted with VSB: eight patients were unilaterally atretic (67%) and 4 (33%) were bilaterally atretic. In five cases the implant was placed onto the round window, in another five cases the implant was placed on the stapes, in only one case a prosthesis (coupler) was used to fix the implant into the oval window, and in one case a fenestration on the cochlear endostium was performed.


The mean functional gain obtained for all patients evaluated was 62 dB at 0.5 kHz, 60 dB at 1 kHz, 48.3 dB at 2 kHz, and 50.8 dB at 4 kHz. The mean functional gain for all frequencies evaluated was 55.1 dB.

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