Study by Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems finds lasting improvement in word recognition among patients with middle-ear implants in the part of the ear known as the round window.
Middle-ear implants that stimulate auditory nerves via the round window can improve hearing for many years. In most cases, these electronic hearing aids can be implanted and used without any problems. Complications are limited to patients who have previously had benign tumours removed from their middle ear. These are the recently published findings of a study of 46 individuals carried out at Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems (KL Krems). The study considered periods of as much as six years after implantation, making it one of the first long-term investigations of the effectiveness of these specialised middle-ear implants.
Original publication: Long‐Term Stability and Safety of the Soundbridge Coupled to the Round Window. G. M. Sprinzl, P. Schoerg, S. Muck, M. Jesenko, S. Speiser, M. Ploder, S. H. Edlinger & A. Magele. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.29269