Application of the vibrant soundbridge® in bilateral congenital atresia in toddlers

Henning Frenzel*, Frauke Hanke, Millo Beltrame, Barbara Wollenberg

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    Conclusion: The Vibrant Soundbridge® offers an excellent audiologic rehabilitation for toddlers with microtia and atresia. It provides direct stimulation of the cochlea and straightforward adaption to the given anatomical structures. The 'posterior atresia incision' preserves the physical integrity of the tissue layers around the ear remnant, which is essential for an aesthetic auricular reconstruction. Objectives: Patients with bilateral aural atresia require immediate auditory stimulation to ensure normal speech development. We present an operative technique that allows safe restoration of hearing before aesthetic reconstruction. Methods: A 6-year-old boy presented with bilateral microtia and osseous atresia. A hairline incision was performed through all layers and was followed by a subperiostal preparation towards the atresia plane. The fused malleus-incus-complex was removed and the transducer was crimped to the stapes suprastructure on both sides. Results: Speech performance is nearly normal in both quiet and noise conditions. The surgery did not affect the tissues that are important for the later ear reconstruction

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
    Issue number8
    Pages (from-to)966-970
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2010


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