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OBJECTIVE To investigate safety and efficacy of a new transcutaneous bone conduction hearing implant, over a 3-month follow-up period. STUDY DESIGN Prospective, single-subject repeated-measures design in which each subject serves as his/her own control. SETTING Departments of Otolaryngology at 4 hospitals in Germany and Austria. PATIENTS Subjects were(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) is an active middle ear implant, 'direct-drive' hearing system for the treatment of hearing loss. Recently, the VSB has been applied to conductive and mixed hearing losses. The aim of this study is to evaluate aided benefit, speech recognition in quiet and noise, subjective benefits, changes in residual hearing,(More)
OBJECTIVE To confirm the clinical efficacy and safety of a direct acoustic cochlear implant. STUDY DESIGN Prospective multicenter study. SETTING The study was performed at 3 university hospitals in Europe (Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland). PATIENTS Fifteen patients with severe-to-profound mixed hearing loss because of otosclerosis or(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with moderate-to-severe mixed hearing losses (MHLs) are hard to provide sufficient benefit with currently available conventional hearing aids. Here, the long-term safety of a direct acoustic cochlear stimulator (DACS) and the effectiveness compared with conventional "high-performance" hearing aids were investigated. STUDY DESIGN(More)
PURPOSE As the form and size of the external auditory canal determine its transmitting function and hence the sound pressure in front of the eardrum, it is important to understand its anatomy in order to develop, optimize, and compare acoustical methods. METHOD High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) data were measured retrospectively for 100 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To present power stapes, stapedotomy, and middle ear implantation with Vibrant SoundBridge (VSB) performed in a one-step surgery as an alternative option for hearing rehabilitation in patients with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). STUDY DESIGN Retrospective case series. SETTING Tertiary referral ear center. PATIENTS A family with genetically(More)
BACKGROUND Residual inhibition (RI) is a temporary phenomenon that happens following offset of appropriate complete or partial acoustical and electrical masking stimulations in people who experience tinnitus. The biologic mechanisms associated with RI are not yet fully understood. Few studies have been focused on RI. Auditory mismatch negativity (MMN) as a(More)
In an experimental study, we evaluated acoustic immittance in rabbits in order to use these data as normative values for further experimental investigations. This study is the first experimental evaluation of both conventional 226 Hz and multifrequency tympanometry (MFT) in rabbits. For the investigation, we used 33 female New Zealand rabbits weighing(More)
HYPOTHESIS We used multiple-frequency tympanometry (MFT) to evaluate the influence of a newly developed ossicular replacement prosthesis on transmission characteristics of middle ear. BACKGROUND Multiple-frequency tympanometry is a technique for evaluating the emittance of the middle ear over a wide frequency range. It has been shown to be sensitive to(More)
In an experimental study, we determined the physiological hearing threshold of the rabbit in order to use these data as normative values for further experimental investigations. The aim was to use different acoustic stimuli (click and tone-pip stimuli) with different frequency spectra for air and bone conduction (BC) in order to obtain further information(More)
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