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Hearing preservation in acoustic tumour surgery.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Nordstadt Hospital, Hannover, Federal Republic of Germany.


900 acoustic neurinomas were removed by the suboccipital approach at Nordstadt Neurosurgical Department from 1978 to 1992 by the same surgeon (M. S.). While 247 patients were deaf on the involved side before surgery, there were 653 patients ears with some preoperative hearing. Preservation of the cochlear nerve was always attempted, and the overall-rate of hearing preservation was 38% (249 of 653), regardless of pre- and postoperative quality of hearing or of tumour sizes. In small tumour sizes below 3 cm of diameter preservation rate was 51%, in large tumours above 3 cm of diameter it was 22%. A classification system of hearing quality was made up considering pure tone audiometric hearing losses (PTA HL) at 1 to 3 kHz, and individual maximum speech discrimination scores. The usefulness of the preserved hearing is further evaluated considering the quality of hearing in the contralateral ear, and by application of other classification schemes. Presentation of the surgical strategies and their refinements by personal experience provide the base for discussion questioning whether and how further progress may still be anticipated.

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