Christiane Hey

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Newborn hearing screening and early intervention for congenital hearing loss have created a need for tools assessing the hearing development of very young children. A multidisciplinary evaluation of children's development is now becoming standard in clinical practice, though not many reliable diagnostic instruments exist. For this(More)
A properly performed fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES(®)) is comprehensive and time-consuming. Editing times of FEES protocols and attempts for efficiency maximization are unknown. Here, the protocol editing times of completed FEES examinations were determined. The present study reports the time savings and quality gains of a newly(More)
BACKGROUND Because documentation and report writing in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) is time consuming and susceptible to omissions, a software solution to ameliorate these problems by maintaining document quality is desirable. MATERIAL/METHODS Based on the FEES procedure of Langmore, a documentation software (DS) which presents a(More)
Penetration–aspiration is known as the main finding in deglutition-disordered patients with implications for diagnostics and therapeutic management. Reliable detection of penetration–aspiration is given with fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES®) as one of the gold standards in instrumental swallowing evaluation. The advice to implement(More)
BACKGROUND Pneumococcal meningitis is a rare but potentially fatal complication of cochlear implantation. METHODS A prospective study was conducted of the immunogenicity of pneumococcal vaccination in 174 patients with cochlear implants (CIs). The cohort was divided into groups of patients with impaired hearing due to meningitis (P(1)), cranial(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS The incidence of meningitis is increased in cochlear implant (CI) recipients. Besides malformations, immunological deficiencies are predisposing factors. Therefore, the immunological background of CI recipients and the immunogenicity of the recommended 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV-23) were investigated. STUDY(More)
Patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) are at high risk for oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) following surgical therapy. Early identification of OD can improve outcomes and reduce economic burden. This study aimed to evaluate the validity of a water screening test using increasing volumes postsurgically for patients with HNC (N=80) regarding the early(More)
The aim of this pilot study was to determine the acceptance and benefit from the middle ear implant system Vibrant Soundbridge® (VSB, MED-EL Corporation, Austria) by means of a questionnaire, compared to a previously used conventional bone conducting hearing device, in preschool children with unilateral congenital aural atresia. Prospective cohort study.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM A change in epidemiology of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has been noticed: while overall incidence has decreased, the incidence of oropharyngeal SCC (OSCC) has been increasing over the past decades. A growing body of evidence suggests a causative role of the human papillomavirus (HPV) as an independent risk factor in(More)
Tongue shape reconstruction based on safe and convenient measurement techniques is of great interest for speech research and speech therapy. Two potentially useful and related measurement techniques for this purpose are electropalatography (EPG) and optopalatography (OPG). While EPG measures the time-varying contact pattern between the hard palate and the(More)