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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2014 Dec;47(6):915-26. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2014.08.002. Epub 2014 Oct 3.

Vibrant Soundbridge rehabilitation of conductive and mixed hearing loss.

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1
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cologne, Kerpener Street 62, Building 23, Cologne 50924, Germany.
2
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cologne, Kerpener Street 62, Building 23, Cologne 50924, Germany. Electronic address: huettenbrink.k-b@uni-koeln.de.

Abstract

The Vibrant Soundbridge is the world's most often implanted active middle ear implant or hearing aid. During the last few years, the device indications have expanded from sensorineural hearing loss to conductive and mixed hearing loss. Titanium couplers have led to improved contact of the floating mass transducer with the middle ear structures. The resulting hearing gain is satisfying for most patients, but so far, there is no clear audiologic advantage over conventional hearing aids. Currently, the indications are mainly related to intolerance of conventional hearing aids (eg, chronic otitis externa), severe mixed hearing loss with a destructed middle ear and certain medical diagnosis (eg, congenital atresia).

KEYWORDS:

Conductive hearing loss; Hearing implant; Implantable hearing aid; Middle ear; Mixed hearing loss; Vibrant soundbridge

PMID:
25282039
DOI:
10.1016/j.otc.2014.08.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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