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Candidacy for Cochlear implantation: Validating a novel Cochlear implant candidacy calculator against gold-standard, in-clinic audiometric assessments.

Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2022 Jun 10;7(3):835-839. Epub 2022 May 10.

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore Maryland USA.

Objectives: Cochlear implants (CI) are reliable implantable devices that are highly cost-effective in reducing the burden of hearing loss at an individual and societal scale. However, only 10% of CI candidates are aware of their candidacy and receive a CI. A web-based screening tool to assess CI candidacy may make many more individuals aware of their candidacy for cochlear implantation. Read More

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Influence of Hearing Rehabilitation With Active Middle Ear and Bone Conduction Implants on Postural Control.

Front Neurol 2022 11;13:846999. Epub 2022 May 11.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany.

Background: As audition also seems to contribute to balance control, additionally to visual, proprioceptive, and vestibular information, we hypothesize that hearing rehabilitation with active middle ear and bone conduction implants can influence postural control.

Methods: In a prospective explorative study, the impact of hearing rehabilitation with active middle ear [Vibrant Soundbrige (VSB), MED-EL, Innsbruck, Austria] and bone conduction implants [Bonebridge (BB), MED-EL, Innsbruck, Austria] on postural control in adults was examined in three experiments. Vestibulospinal control was measured by cranio-corpography (CCG), trunk sway velocity (°/s) by the Standard Balance Deficit Test (SBDT), and postural stability with a force plate system, each time in best aided (BA) and unaided (UA) condition with frontal-noise presentation (Fastl noise, 65 dB SPL), followed by subjective evaluation, respectively. Read More

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Oscillation Characteristics of an Artificial Cochlear Sensory Epithelium Optimized for a Micrometer-Scale Curved Structure.

Micromachines (Basel) 2022 May 13;13(5). Epub 2022 May 13.

Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka 560-8531, Osaka, Japan.

Based on the modern microelectromechanical systems technology, we present a revolutionary miniaturized artificial cochlear sensory epithelium for future implantation tests on guinea pigs. The device was curved to fit the spiral structure of the cochlea and miniaturized to a maximum dimension of <1 mm to be implanted in the cochlea. First, the effect of the curved configuration on the oscillation characteristics of a trapezoidal membrane was evaluated using the relatively larger devices, which had a trapezoidal and a comparable curved shape designed for high-precision in vitro measurements. Read More

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Results and Quality of Life after Implantation of Active Middle Ear Implants.

Laryngorhinootologie 2022 May 23;101(S 01):S3-S35. Epub 2022 May 23.

Universitätsklinikum Dresden Klinik und Poliklinik für Hals-, Nasen-, Ohrenheilkunde, Kopf- und Halschirurgie (Klinikdirektor: Prof. Dr.med. Dr. h.c. Thomas Zahnert) Dresden.

The provision of implantable hearing aids represents an area with high development and innovation potential. On the one hand, this review article provides an overview of current indication criteria for the treatment with active middle ear implants. On the other hand, outcome parameters as well as functional results after implantation of active middle ear implants are demonstrated and discussed. Read More

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Consensus Statement on Bone Conduction Devices and Active Middle Ear Implants in Conductive and Mixed Hearing Loss.


Otol Neurotol 2022 06 4;43(5):513-529. Epub 2022 Apr 4.

Abstract: Nowadays, several options are available to treat patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss. Whenever surgical intervention is not possible or contra-indicated, and amplification by a conventional hearing device (e.g. Read More

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Improved Music Perception after Music Therapy following Cochlear Implantation in the Elderly Population.

J Pers Med 2022 Mar 11;12(3). Epub 2022 Mar 11.

University Clinic St. Poelten, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Dunant-Platz 1, 3100 St. Poelten, Austria.

Background: Cochlear implantation (CI) and the accompanying rehabilitation has become a routine procedure in hearing restoration. Literature is sparse on elderly CI recipients focusing on the issue of age and their inclined auditory resolution, taking their diminished cognitive function into account, which requires adaptation of rehabilitation programs to overcome habituation.

Objective: This study aims to show that a few adjustments in the therapy program towards age, mental, physical and auditory condition significantly improve music perception and overall auditory benefit, hence normal communication and social interactions can be found. Read More

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Cochlear implant aesthetics and its impact on stigma, social interaction and quality of life: a mixed-methods study protocol.

BMJ Open 2022 03 23;12(3):e058406. Epub 2022 Mar 23.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Introduction: Awareness of the benefits of cochlear implants is low, and barriers such as fear of surgery and ongoing rehabilitation have been noted. Perceived stigma associated with hearing loss also plays a key role, with many adults not wanting to appear old or be identified as a person with a disability. In effect, a cochlear implant makes deafness visible. Read More

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Piezoelectric bone conduction hearing implant Osia® - audiological and quality of life benefits.

Otolaryngol Pol 2021 Jun;75(6):11-22

Department of Otolaryngology and Laryngological Oncology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland.

<b>Introduction:</b> Nowadays, there are many options to treat hearing-impaired patients: tympanoplastic surgery, hearing aids and a wide range of implantable devices.</br></br> <b>Aim:</b> The aim of this study is to present the mid-term audiological and quality of life benefits after the implantation of Osia®, an active piezoelectric bone conduction hearing implant. </br></br> <b>Material and methods:</b> The state of the tissues in the implanted area, as well as audiological and quality of life results were analyzed at six, nine and twelve months after implantation in a group of four adult patients with bilateral mixed hearing loss (1 after bilateral canal-wall-down mastoidectomy, 2 with chronic simple otitis media and after myringoplasty in the opposite ear, 1 with bilateral otosclerosis and after stapedotomy in the opposite ear). Read More

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Comparison between incus short process and long process coupling of the vibrant soundbridge in human temporal bones.

Int J Audiol 2022 Feb 17:1-7. Epub 2022 Feb 17.

ENT Department, University Basel Hospital, Basel, Switzerland.

Objective: The Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) is one of the most widely used implantable hearing devices. It consists of a vibrating floating mass transducer (FMT) that is connected to a middle ear structure. The standard coupling devices for sensorineural hearing loss are short process (SP) or long process (LP) couplers. Read More

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February 2022

Neuron Compatibility and Antioxidant Activity of Barium Titanate and Lithium Niobate Nanoparticles.

Int J Mol Sci 2022 Feb 3;23(3). Epub 2022 Feb 3.

Bioacoustics Research Laboratory, Department of Neurosciences, University of Padova, via G. Orus, 2b, 35129 Padova, Italy.

The biocompatibility and the antioxidant activity of barium titanate (BaTiO) and lithium niobate (LiNbO) were investigated on a neuronal cell line, the PC12, to explore the possibility of using piezoelectric nanoparticles in the treatment of inner ear diseases, avoiding damage to neurons, the most delicate and sensitive human cells. The cytocompatibility of the compounds was verified by analysing cell viability, cell morphology, apoptotic markers, oxidative stress and neurite outgrowth. The results showed that BaTiO and LiNbO nanoparticles do not affect the viability, morphological features, cytochrome c distribution and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by PC12 cells, and stimulate neurite branching. Read More

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February 2022

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Artefact Reduction Possibilities with the New Active Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Implant (Bonebridge BCI602).

J Laryngol Otol 2022 Feb 11:1-24. Epub 2022 Feb 11.

University Clinic St. Poelten, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, St. Poelten, Austria.

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February 2022

Electrical stimulation of the cochlea for treatment of chronic disabling tinnitus: an open-label trial towards the development of an implantable device.

J Transl Med 2022 01 29;20(1):56. Epub 2022 Jan 29.

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 200 1st St SW55905, USA.

Background: Chronic tinnitus affects millions of people globally and constitutes the most commonly compensated disability among military service members in the United States. Existing treatment options largely surround helping patients cope with their disease as opposed to directly suppressing tinnitus perception. The current study investigated the efficacy of electrical stimulation of the cochlea on chronic disabling tinnitus. Read More

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January 2022

Systematic and audiological indication criteria for bone conduction devices and active middle ear implants.

Hear Res 2022 Aug 25;421:108424. Epub 2021 Dec 25.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Medicine Halle (Saale), Halle (Saale), Germany.

Certain patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss can benefit from bone-conduction hearing devices or active middle ear implants. Available devices differ in coupling site, energy transfer from the sound processor to the implant, and the active or passive actuator technology. The audiological benefit of those devices depends on the maximum stable power output and the noise floor of the device, the degree and expected stability of the sensorineural hearing loss and the coupling efficiency with the aim on achieving a minumum of 30-35 dB effective dynamic range. Read More

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Staged surgical management of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss refractory to medical treatment

Orv Hetil 2021 12 19;162(51):2055-2060. Epub 2021 Dec 19.

1 Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Klinikai Központ, Fül- Orr-Gégészeti és Fej-Nyaksebészeti Klinika Pécs, Munkácsy M. u. 2., 7621.

Összefoglaló. A hirtelen halláscsökkenés patofiziológiája még nagyrészt tisztázatlan, így oki terápia nem lehetséges. Az elsődleges kezelést a helyileg vagy szisztémásan adott kortikoszteroid jelenti, egységes protokoll azonban nem áll rendelkezésre. Read More

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December 2021

Bioengineering applications for hearing restoration: emerging biologically inspired and biointegrated designs.

Curr Opin Biotechnol 2021 12 23;72:131-138. Epub 2021 Nov 23.

Center for Brain Injury & Repair, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania, 240 S. 33rd St., 301 Hayden Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA; Department of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied, Science, University of Pennsylvania, 220 S 33rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA; Center for Brain Injury & Repair, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania, 3320 Smith Walk, 105 Hayden Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA; Center for Neuroengineering & Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Electronic address:

Cochlear implantation has become the standard of care for hearing loss not amenable to amplification by bypassing the structures of the cochlea and stimulating the spiral ganglion neurons directly. Since the first single channel electrodes were implanted, significant advancements have been made: multi-channel arrays are now standard, they are softer to avoid damage to the cochlea and pre-curved to better position the electrode array adjacent to the nerve, and surgical and stimulation techniques have helped to conform to the anatomy and physiology of the cochlea. However, even with these advances the experience does not approach that of normal hearing. Read More

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December 2021

Output performance of the novel active transcutaneous bone conduction implant Sentio at different stimulation sites.

Hear Res 2022 Aug 19;421:108369. Epub 2021 Oct 19.

Department of Otolaryngology and Institute of Audioneurotechnology (VIANNA), Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany; Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all.

Objectives: The output performance of a novel semi-implantable transcutaneous bone conduction device was compared to an established percutaneous bone-anchored hearing system device using cadaver heads. The influence of actuator position, tissue growth below the actuator and mounting it on the surface or in a flattened bone bed on the performance of the implanted actuator was investigated.

Materials And Methods: The percutaneous and the new transcutaneous device were sequentially implanted at two sites in five human cadaver heads: 55 mm superior-posterior to the ear canal opening (position A) and, closer to the cochlea, about 20 mm inferior-posterior to the ear canal opening behind the pinna on the mastoid (position B). Read More

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Patient-Reported Outcomes in Middle Ear and Active Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Hearing Implants.

J Int Adv Otol 2021 Sep;17(5):405-411

Department of Otolaryngology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Ninewells Avenue, Dundee, United Kingdom.

Objective: This study used questionnaires to examine the patient-reported satisfaction with 2 hearing implant devices to determine the level of overall satisfaction with the devices, which, if any, factors predicted good or poor perceived outcomes, or whether there were any specific aspects of the devices where dissatisfaction was apparent.

Methods: A post-treatment questionnaire survey of 39 adult patients who had received a Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) or Bonebridge (BB) hearing implant, with at least 3 months of follow-up, was conducted using the Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) and Hearing Device Satisfaction Scale (HDSS). Satisfaction scores were compared to pre- and post-operative audiologic outcomes. Read More

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September 2021

Device Design Modifications Informed by In Vitro Testing of Bacterial Attachment Reduce Infection Rates of Cochlear Implants in Clinical Practice.

Microorganisms 2021 Aug 25;9(9). Epub 2021 Aug 25.

The iThree Institute, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia.

Recalcitrant chronic infections of implanted medical devices are often linked to the presence of biofilms. The prevention and treatment of medical device-associated infections is a major source of antibiotic use and driver of antimicrobial resistance globally. Lowering the incidence of infection in patients that receive implanted medical devices could therefore significantly improve antibiotic stewardship and reduce patient morbidity. Read More

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Experimental study of an implantable fiber-optic microphone on human cadavers.

Hear Res 2021 10 8;410:108351. Epub 2021 Sep 8.

Medical University of Vienna, Department of Anatomy, Centre for Anatomy and Cell Biology, Waehringerstrasse 13, Vienna 1090, Austria.

In this paper, we present the results of an experimental study about a novel fiber optical vibrometer, aimed to be used as a totally implantable fiber-optic microphone for hearing aids. The sensor head, implanted inside the human cadaver middle ear, detects the amplitude of the incus vibrations, which are produced by an external acoustical source. The probe beam of coherent vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) radiation is directed to the incus and the phase-modulated reflected beam is captured and demodulated. Read More

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October 2021

Device failure caused by the dissociation of floating mass transducer in Vibrant SoundBridge®.

Am J Otolaryngol 2022 Jan-Feb;43(1):103222. Epub 2021 Sep 11.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Biomedical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, 179 Gudeok-ro, Seo-gu, Busan 49241, Republic of Korea; Department of Otorhinolaryngology, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, 2 Busandaehak-ro 63beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 46241, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Background: Vibrant SoundBridge® (VSB), a semi-implantable middle ear device, is one of the treatment options for patients with mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss or mixed hearing loss. Herein, we report delayed device failure after VSB surgery in two patients.

Case Presentation: In both cases, a revision surgery was performed for the removal of the device; dissociation of the floating mass transducer (FMT) and coupler was noticed in one patient, and dissociation of the FMT-coupler complex from the short process of the incus in the other. Read More

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January 2022

Functional results with active middle ear implant or semi-implantable bone conduction device in patients with comparable hearing loss.

Int J Audiol 2021 Sep 1:1-9. Epub 2021 Sep 1.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, LMU Klinikum, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany.

Objective: In patients with conductive (CHL) or mixed hearing loss (MHL), hearing rehabilitation with an implantable hearing system, active middle ear implant (AMEI) or a semi-implantable bone-conduction device (SIBCD), is an option when conventional hearing aids are insufficient, or patients are unable to wear them.

Design: Retrospective analysis of 20 consecutive patients (24 implants) with a comparison of demographic characteristics and audiometric results (air-bone gap = ABG, effective hearing gain = EHG, functional hearing gain = FHG, Freiburg Monosyllabic Test in quiet, Oldenburg Sentence Test in noise = OLSA).

Study Sample: Patients, eligible for both devices, who received either AMEI or SIBCD due to CHL or MHL. Read More

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September 2021

Subtotal Petrosectomy with Cochlear Implantation or Osseointegrated Hearing Rehabilitation: A Single Institutional Study.

Otol Neurotol 2021 12;42(10):1499-1506

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.

Objective: To examine audiologic outcomes and operative considerations for patients undergoing subtotal petrosectomy (STP) followed by implantable hearing restoration.

Study Design: Retrospective review.

Setting: Tertiary academic referral hospital. Read More

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December 2021

Development and Characterization of a Biomimetic Totally Implantable Artificial Basilar Membrane System.

Front Bioeng Biotechnol 2021 16;9:693849. Epub 2021 Jul 16.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Sensory Organ Research Institute, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Cochlear implants (CIs) have become the standard treatment for severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. Conventional CIs have some challenges, such as the use of extracorporeal devices, and high power consumption for frequency analysis. To overcome these, artificial basilar membranes (ABMs) made of piezoelectric materials have been studied. Read More

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Surgical Experience and Early Audiological Outcomes With New Active Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Implant.

Otol Neurotol 2021 09;42(8):1208-1215

University Clinic St. Poelten, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Objectives: Our objective was to report the very first surgical experiences, audiologic benefits, and satisfaction with the new active transcutaneous bone conduction implant, generation 602 (BCI602), in patients with mixed/conductive hearing loss (M/CHL) and single-sided deafness.

Methods: A retrospective chart review from patients who underwent BCI602 surgery was performed.

Results: Twelve subjects were implanted (mean age 33. Read More

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September 2021

Postural and Head Control Given Different Environmental Contexts.

Front Neurol 2021 3;12:597404. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States.

Virtual reality allows for testing of multisensory integration for balance using portable Head Mounted Displays (HMDs). HMDs provide head kinematics data while showing a moving scene when participants are not. Are HMDs useful to investigate postural control? We used an HMD to investigate postural sway and head kinematics changes in response to auditory and visual perturbations and whether this response varies by context. Read More

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[Implantable hearing aids: the details matter for the outcome].

HNO 2021 Jun 1;69(6):445-446. Epub 2021 Jun 1.

Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Deutschland.

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Harefuah 2021 May;160(5):316-322

The Ear and Hearing Center, A.R.M.-Advanced Otolaryngology Head and Neck and Maxillofacial Surgery, Assuta Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Introduction: Cholesteatoma is the most severe middle ear disease. In most cases cholesteatoma results from under-aeration of the middle ear cleft. It is characterized by otorrhea and hearing loss, and may lead to severe complications, intra- and extra-cranial. Read More

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[Preliminary audiological evaluation of the SoundBite bone conduction devices in adults with single-sided deafness].

Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke Za Zhi 2021 May;56(5):478-486

Department of Dentistry, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China.

The auditory deficits of single-sided deafness (SSD) can be treated with a novel intra-oral device, SoundBite, which delivers sound by applying vibratory signal to the teeth. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and benefit of the bone conduction device for Chinese adults with SSD. Eighteen patients aged 19-66 yrs with acquired, permanent sensorineural SSD and no current treatment by any other devices for SSD, were recruited in a prospective controlled, nonrandomized, unblinded study. Read More

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Rehabilitation for unilateral deafness - Narrative review comparing a novel bone conduction solution with existing options.

Am J Otolaryngol 2021 Nov-Dec;42(6):103060. Epub 2021 Apr 18.

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan, United States of America. Electronic address:

Patients with single sided deafness (SSD) struggle with sound localization and speech in noise. Existing treatment options include contralateral routing of signal (CROS) systems, percutaneous bone conduction hearing devices (BCHDs), passive transcutaneous BCHDs, active BCHDs, and cochlear implants. Implanted devices provide benefits in speech in noise compared to CROS devices. Read More

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January 2022