A comparative study of hearing aids and round window application of the vibrant sound bridge (VSB) for patients with mixed or conductive hearing loss

Roberta Marino, Nicola Linton, Robert Eikelboom, Elle Statham, Gunesh Rajan

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Abstract

Objective: This study was undertaken to determine the efficacy of the round window (RW) application of the vibrant soundbridge (VSB) in patients with mixed or conductive hearing loss. Design: Speech in quiet and in noise were compared to preoperative data attained with conventional hearing aids so that each subject served as his or her own control in a single test protocol. Study sample: Eighteen adults implanted monaurally with the VSB in the poorer hearing ear. Experience with the VSB ranged from nine to 25 months. Results: Sixteen of the 18 subjects were successful VSB users, wearing their device all waking hours. There was no significant deterioration in the averaged bone conduction results preoperatively versus post-operatively (p > 0.05). Speech recognition in quiet results were not significantly different to performance attained whilst wearing hearing aids (p > 0.05). Speech recognition in noise performance was substantially improved with use of the VSB in most test conditions. Conclusions: For the majority of the subjects, the VSB was an effective method of hearing restoration for their mixed and conductive hearing loss. © 2013 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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