Audiometric evaluation of an attempt to optimize the fixation of the transducer of a middle-ear implant to the ossicular chain with bone cement.
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SourceClinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences, 29, 1, (2004), pp. 5-9
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Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences
SubjectUMCN 3.3: Neurosensory disorders
Typically, an implantable hearing device consists of a transducer that is coupled to the ossicular chain and electronics. The coupling is of major importance. The Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) is such an implantable device; normally, the VSB transducer is fixed to the ossicular chain by means of a special clip that is crimped around the long process of the incus. In addition to crimping, bone cement was used to optimize the fixation in six patients. Long-term results were compared to those of five controls with crimp fixation alone. To assess the effect of bone cement (SerenoCem, Corinthian Medical Ltd, Nottingham, UK) on hearing thresholds, long-term post-surgery thresholds were compared to pre-surgery thresholds. Bone cement did not have any negative effect. Next, to test the hypothesis that aided thresholds might be better with the use of bone cement, aided thresholds were studied. After correction for the severity of hearing loss, only a small difference was found between the two groups at one frequency, viz. 2 kHz. It was concluded that there was no negative effect of using bone cement; however, there is also no reason to use bone cement in VSB users on a regular basis.
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