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What are the non-inflammatory causes of a conductive loss?

This retrospective study looked at patients with an intact tympanic membrane with non-inflammatory causes – i.e. otitis media and cholesteotoma. They document their findings based on exploratory tympanotomy. They operated depending on the findings with either a stapedectomy or a...

2014: Are today’s implantable devices better than conventional solutions for patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss?

Patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss become candidates for amplification when reconstructive surgery is not viable. Three common amplification options are conventional acoustic devices, such as behind-the-ear devices (BTEs), (implantable) bone-conduction devices and active middle ear implants. The goal...

Are today’s implantable hearing devices better than conventional devices for patients with conductive and mixed hearing loss?

In March 2014, we published a paper in ENT & Audiology News, with a similar title. Below, an updated overview is presented of available devices (early 2021) for patients with conductive/mixed hearing loss. The focus is on effectiveness. Patients with...

Which bone conduction implant (BCI) device to use?

Bone conduction implants (BCI) are alternatives when the use and benefit of conventional, prosthetic equipment is limited or contraindicated in patients who suffer from conductive, mixed and single-sided deafness. They are broadly divided into two main groups delivering vibration directly...

Adjoin™ bone conduction system

Patrik Westerkull (PW), Otorix AB, and Ann-Louise McDermott (A-LM), ENT Consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, tell us about the Adjoin bone conduction device, a non-surgical bone-conduction option developed by Otorix. They explain how the product works, the background to the...

Stapedotomy in osteogenesis imperfecta

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare connective tissue disease caused by a defect in collagen structure. Hearing loss is a characteristic feature of OI. It typically presents with conductive hearing loss initially, followed by a superimposed sensorineural component later in...

Wireless bone conduction headphones – Aftershokz Wireless Trekz Titanium

Trekz Titanium wireless headphones claim to be the safest alternative to traditional sport headphones, delivering music through the cheekbones and leaving the ears free to hear all surrounding sounds. Designed with athletes in mind, Gareth Smith donned his running gear...

Semi implantable bone conduction devices: challenges and developments

Bone conduction mechanisms and history of bone conduction aids Bone conduction hearing devices work by stimulating hair cells via the bone conduction hearing pathways. These pathways are less well understood than the air conduction pathways, but recent research has shown...

Use of automated audiometry for faster patient access to audiology services?

Manual audiometry has long been the gold standard for establishing hearing thresholds. In recent years, a number of automated audiometry applications have reached the market. In this article, a team from Ireland have put a version of automated audiometry to...

New bone anchored hearing implant reaches clinical milestone

A new implant for bone-conduction hearing, BCI (Bone Conduction Implant), has been developed by Bo Håkansson and his team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, both in Gothenburg, Sweden. Unlike most bone-conduction devices used today,...

The Merseyside Rhinology - Skull Base Interface Meeting

We aim to provide a friendly and conducive platform to present complex patients, difficult-to-manage cases, uncommon pathology, interesting scans, innovative surgical techniques, lessons learnt from mistakes or complications, or an opportunity to obtain a second (or third!) opinion. These meetings...