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OBJECTIVES To assess audiological performance, satisfaction rate, and side effects of 100 patients who have been using the middle ear implant Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) for 5 to 8 yr when compared with data collected from 3 to 18 mo postsurgery. DESIGN Audiological testing and subjective evaluation using self-assessment scales were performed in 77 out of(More)
OBJECTIVE The Vibrant Soundbridge is an active semi-implantable middle ear implant for the rehabilitation of patients with a sensorineural hearing loss who are not able to derive adequate benefit from conventional hearing aids. A retrospective study was performed to assess the overall level of satisfaction of implanted patients and to investigate the(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study was aimed to compare gain and speech intelligibility measured in quiet and in noise between the Signia hearing aid and the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB), both devices using the same sound processing technology. PATIENTS A prospective longitudinal study was performed. Six patients with a steeply sloping high-frequency hearing loss(More)
CONCLUSIONS The results support bilateral sequential implantation for patients who are not completely satisfied after implantation of one side. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the benefit of bilateral Vibrant Soundbridge middle ear implantation as compared with unilateral implantation in quiet and noisy environments. METHODS This was a multicentric and(More)
OBJECTIVE To present a historical overview of the Vibrant Soundbridge® (VSB) middle ear implant (MEI), since its beginning in the 1990s to date and to describe its course and contemplate what it might become in the future. HISTORY MEIs started to take form in researchers' mind in the 1930s with the first experiment of Wilska. In the 1970s, several(More)
OBJECTIVE Our purpose was to evaluate the results of Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) in conductive or mixed hearing loss. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-five adult patients (29 ears) with a mixed or conductive hearing loss and various etiologies were included in this retrospective study. The preoperative ipsilateral pure tone average was 71 ± 3.0 dB, and the(More)
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