Musical Ear Syndrome and Cochlear Explantation: Case Report and Proposal for a Theoretical Framework.

Kompis, Martin; Mantokoudis, Georgios; von Gunten, Benjamin; Schmid, Christoph; Blaser, Daniela; Caversaccio, Marco (2019). Musical Ear Syndrome and Cochlear Explantation: Case Report and Proposal for a Theoretical Framework. Otology & neurotology, 40(10), e962-e965. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/MAO.0000000000002408

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OBJECTIVE To report an unusual case of musical ear syndrome, and to present a theoretical framework for this condition, merging information from the presented case and from former case reports. PATIENT A 67-year-old semi-professional musician, who underwent bilateral cochlear implantation and experienced musical ear syndrome, i.e., hearing music, where none was present. INTERVENTIONS Cochlear implantation with a bilateral cochlear implant, and cochlear explantation 17 months later. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE Report of presence or absence of musical ear syndrome by the patient. RESULTS Musical ear syndrome started 1 day after implantation. It ceased immediately after cochlear explantation, but reappeared 3 months later. CONCLUSIONS Several types of factors seem to determine whether a musical ear syndrome is present or not. We propose to differentiate between triggers, modifiers, and conditions, which determine a base vulnerability. Vulnerability seems to be increased by auditory deprivation and by habitual retrieval of music from memory. Cochlear implantation or explantation seems to act as triggers. The proposed framework may help to stimulate reporting of more potentially relevant factors in future case reports on musical ear syndrome, and ultimately to help to understand this condition better.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)

UniBE Contributor:

Kompis, Martin; Mantokoudis, Georgios; von Gunten, Benjamin; Schmid, Christoph; Blaser, Daniela and Caversaccio, Marco

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1531-7129

Publisher:

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Weder

Date Deposited:

22 Jan 2020 11:23

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2020 05:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1097/MAO.0000000000002408

PubMed ID:

31577637

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.137972

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/137972

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