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Vol. 11, Suppl. 1, 2006
Issue release date: October 2006
Section title: Paper
Audiol Neurotol 2006;11:34–41
(DOI:10.1159/000095612)

Temporal Bone Results and Hearing Preservation with a New Straight Electrode

Lenarz T.a · Stöver T.a · Buechner A.a · Paasche G.a · Briggs R.b · Risi F.c · Pesch J.a, d · Battmer R.-D.a
aDepartment of Otolaryngology, Medical University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany; bDepartment of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, and cCochlear Ltd., Lane Cove, Australia; dCochlear GmbH, Hannover, Germany

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Abstract of Paper

Received: 3/15/2006
Accepted: 4/24/2006
Published online: 10/23/2006
Issue release date: October 2006

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 6
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1420-3030 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9700 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/AUD

Abstract

Due to improved technology, cochlear implant (CI) candidacy has been widened towards patients with usable residual hearing in the low frequency range. These patients might benefit from additional acoustic amplification provided that residual hearing can be preserved with cochlear implantation. To provide a high probability of hearing preservation, a new electrode array was designed and developed at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover. This ‘Hybrid-L’ electrode array has 22 electrodes spread over 15 mm with an overall insertion depth of 16 mm. The straight electrode with modiolus facing contacts is designed for a round window insertion. It shall provide the full range of the currently most advanced Nucleus CI system. A temporal bone study demonstrated the favorable insertion characteristics and minimized trauma to intracochlear structures. Compared to standard CI electrodes especially no basilar membrane perforation could be found. So far, 4 patients have been implanted and residual hearing could be preserved. One patient was fitted and showed a marked additional benefit from the electroacoustic stimulation compared to either acoustic or electrical stimulation alone. These results are very encouraging towards a concept of reliable hearing preservation with cochlear implantation.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Paper

Received: 3/15/2006
Accepted: 4/24/2006
Published online: 10/23/2006
Issue release date: October 2006

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 6
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1420-3030 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9700 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/AUD


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