Long term benefit of bone anchored hearing systems in single sided deafness.

Kompis, Martin; Wimmer, Wilhelm; Caversaccio, Marco (2017). Long term benefit of bone anchored hearing systems in single sided deafness. Acta oto-laryngologica, 137(4), pp. 398-402. Informa Healthcare 10.1080/00016489.2016.1261410

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CONCLUSION Bone Anchored Hearing Systems (BAHS) can be expected to still be used by ∼85% of patients with single sided deafness (SSD) 5 years after implantation, and by ∼50% after 10 years. OBJECTIVES To investigate the long-term use of BAHS and the reasons to stop. METHOD This was a retrospective chart review of all 33 German speaking adults with SSD who had been implanted with a BAHS at one center and of whom the implant status and use of the BAHS were known. RESULTS Ranging from 2.6-12.3 years after BAHS implantation, 21 implantees (63.6%) were still using their device (average use = 7.9 years). Seven (21.2%) had stopped using their BAHS because of insufficient benefit (audiologic reasons). The subjective assessment of the benefit of the BAHS differs significantly from the users. Five former users (15.2%) became non-users for reasons unrelated to their hearing performance, namely infections, implant loss, difficulties with the handling, or aesthetic reasons.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Hearing Research Laboratory

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Kompis, Martin; Wimmer, Wilhelm and Caversaccio, Marco


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Informa Healthcare




Wilhelm Wimmer

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27 Dec 2016 11:51

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01 Apr 2020 09:51

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

BBSS questionnaire; Bone anchored hearing aids; unilateral deafness



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