Audiological results and subjective benefit of an active transcutaneous bone-conduction device in patients with congenital aural atresia

Veronika Volgger, Inge Teresa Schießler,Joachim Müller, Florian Schrötzlmair, Marlene Pollotzek,John Martin Hempel

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology(2021)

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Purpose To review functional and subjective benefit after implantation of an active transcutaneous bone conduction device (BCD) in patients with congenital microtia with atresia or stenosis of the external auditory canal. Methods Retrospective chart analysis and questionnaire on the subjective impression of hearing ( Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ-B) of patients treated between 2012 and 2015. ResultsResults 18 patients (24 ears) with conductive or mixed hearing loss in unilateral ( n = 10) or bilateral ( n = 8) atresia were implanted with a BCD. No major complications occurred after implantation. Preoperative unaided air conduction pure tone average at 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 kHz (PTA 4 ) was 69.2 ± 11.7 dB, while postoperative aided PTA 4 was 33.4 ± 6.3 dB, resulting in a mean functional hearing gain of 35.9 +/- 15.6 dB. Preoperatively, the mean monosyllabic word recognition score was 22.9 % ± 22.3 %, which increased to 87.1 % +/- 15.1 % in the aided condition. The Oldenburger Sentence Test at S 0 N 0 revealed a decrease in signal-to-noise-ratio from − 0.58 ± 4.40 dB in the unaided to − 5.67 ± 3.21 dB in the postoperative aided condition for all patients investigated. 15 of 18 patients had a subjective benefit showing a positive SSQ-B score (mean 1.7). Conclusion The implantation of an active bone conduction device brings along subjective and functional benefit for patients with conductive or combined hearing loss.
Congenital aural atresia, Bonebridge, Bone conduction device, Hearing rehabilitation, SSQ
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