Cochlea

Streamlined bilateral otologic surgery: How I do it

March 2, 2015     Tara E. Brennan, MD; Miriam I. Redleaf, MD
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Bilateral simultaneous otologic surgery is being performed more commonly among otologists. The benefits of performing bilateral simultaneous cochlear implants in the pediatric population, in particular, have become increasingly recognized as the safety and efficacy of this operation have been recognized in the literature. Here we present a streamlined method of performing bilateral simultaneous otologic surgery that emphasizes midline placement of facial nerve electrodes and a method of sterile preparation and draping that affords direct exposure to both ears at one time, without the need to turn the head or adjust the drapes multiple times throughout the operation. Our approach facilitates frequent and efficient alternation between ears throughout the operation, optimizing efficiency of motion and instrumentation for the surgeon, and reducing overall operative and general anesthesia time for the patient.

Cochlear implantation leading to successful stapedectomy in the contralateral only-hearing ear

March 2, 2015     Samantha J. Mikals, MD; Gerald I. Schuchman, PhD; Joshua G.W. Bernstein, PhD; Arnaldo L. Rivera, MD
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Cochlear implants have recently begun to be offered to patients with single-sided deafness (SSD). Implantation in these patients has led to good results in suppressing ipsilateral tinnitus and in providing audiologic benefits in terms of speech perception in noise and localization. One previously unreported benefit of cochlear implantation in patients with SSD is the restoration of functional hearing in the previously deaf ear, which may allow for surgical opportunities in the contralateral hearing ear. We report a case in which cochlear implantation in the deaf left ear of a 50-year-old man allowed for surgical intervention in the previously only-hearing right ear, which in turn led to the restoration of normal middle ear function. Further studies may be warranted to consider the surgical candidacy of the contralateral only-hearing ear as another potential indication for cochlear implantation in patients with SSD.

Effect of low-level laser therapy in the treatment of cochlear tinnitus: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study

January 19, 2015     Mahboobeh Adami Dehkordi, MD; Sasan Einolghozati, MD; Seyyed Mohsen Ghasemi, PhD; Samaneh Abolbashari, MD; Mojtaba Meshkat, MSc; Hadi Behzad, MSc
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Many treatments for chronic tinnitus have been attempted, but the condition remains difficult to cure, especially in the case of cochlear tinnitus. We conducted a prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the effect of low-dose laser therapy on chronic cochlear tinnitus. Our study population was made up of 66 patients-33 who received active laser treatment (case group) and 33 who received inactive dummy treatment (control group). Patients in the laser group received 5 mV with a wavelength of 650 nm for 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks. The controls followed the same schedule, but they were “treated” with an inactive device. The degree of tinnitus was evaluated before and after treatment in each group in three ways: (1) the Tinnitus Severity Index (TSI), (2) a subjective 10-point self-assessment scale for tinnitus loudness, and (3) the Tinnitus Evaluation Test (TET). At study's end, we found no statistically significant differences between the case and control groups in the number of patients who experienced a reduction in TSI values (p = 0.589) or a reduction in subjective self-assessment scores (p = 0.475). Nor did we find any significant reductions in the loudness (p = 0.665) and frequency (p = 0.396) of tinnitus as determined by the TET. We conclude that 5-mV laser therapy with a wavelength of 650 nm is no better than placebo for improving hearing thresholds overall or for treating tinnitus with regard to age, sex, environmental noise level, and the duration of tinnitus.

Cochlear fistula in a noncholesteatomatous ear

September 17, 2014     Yoav Hahn, MD; Dennis I. Bojrab, MD
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Bony destruction of the labyrinth is usually associated with long-standing cholesteatomatous otitis media. The promontory is not a common site for bone resorption because (1) it is not an area that is involved in accumulation of cholesteatoma perimatrix substances, (2) it is the densest bone of the human body, and (3) pressure necrosis from overlying tissue is uncommon. We report a case of cochlear erosion associated with noncholesteatomatous middle ear disease. As far as we know, this is only the second such case reported in the literature. We also review decision-making factors and techniques for the safe management of this condition.

Implants in otology

March 18, 2014     Barry E. Hirsch, MD
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Progress in technology facilitates progress in patient care.

Immunization guidelines for cochlear implant recipients

October 23, 2013     Barry E. Hirsch, MD
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Patients who have a cochlear implant are considered to be at a higher risk of developing meningitis following otitis media. Whether this occurs along the electrode going from the middle ear into the cochlea or through a blood-borne pathway is unclear.

Subcutaneous emphysema and pneumolabyrinth plus pneumocephalus as complications of middle ear implant and cochlear implant surgery

July 21, 2013     Brian J. McKinnon, MD, MBA; Tamara Watts, MD, PhD
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We conducted a retrospective case review at a tertiary academic medical center for the complications of pneumolabyrinth with pneumocephalus and subcutaneous emphysema after surgery for middle ear and cochlear implants. Charts of 76 cochlear implant and 2 middle ear implant patients from January 2001 through June 2009 were reviewed. We identified 1 cochlear implant recipient with pneumolabyrinth and pneumocephalus, and 1 middle ear implant recipient with subcutaneous emphysema. Surgical exploration was performed for the pneumolabyrinth with pneumocephalus; the subcutaneous emphysema was managed conservatively. The patient with the cochlear implant, who had had a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placed, experienced pneumolabyrinth with pneumocephalus 6 years after uneventful surgery. Middle ear exploration revealed no residual fibrous tissue seal at the cochleostomy. The middle ear and cochleostomy were obliterated with muscle, fat, and fibrin glue. The ventriculoperitoneal shunt was deactivated, with clinical and radiographic resolution. On postoperative day 5, the patient who had undergone the middle ear implant reported crepitance over the mastoid and implant device site after repeated Valsalva maneuvers. Computed tomography showed air surrounding the internal processor. A mastoid pressure dressing was applied and the subcutaneous emphysema resolved. These 2 cases support the importance of recognizing the clinical presentation of pneumolabyrinth with associated pneumocephalus, as well as subcutaneous emphysema. Securing the internal processor, adequately sealing the cochleostomy, and providing preoperative counseling regarding Valsalva maneuvers and the potential risk of cochlear implantation in the presence of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt may prevent adverse sequelae.

A purely intracanalicular cochlear schwannoma presenting with progressive hearing loss

October 26, 2011     Hüseyin Işıldak, MD, Metin Ibrahimov, MD, Mehmet Yilmaz, MD, Ozgun Enver, MD, and Sait Albayram, MD
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Schwannomas arising from the cochlear nerve and confined to the internal auditory canal are rare. Clinically, a cochlear schwannoma can cause a progressive hearing loss. We report the case of a 56-year-old woman with a cochlear schwannoma that manifested as a slowly progressive hearing loss. The lesion was diagnosed by gadolinium-enhanced 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging.

Cochlear implant fixation using resorbable mesh

July 13, 2011     Larry Lundy, MD and Selmin Karatayli-Ozgursoy, MD
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In this article we describe a new method of cochlear implant receiver-stimulator fixation using a resorbable poly (D,L) lactic acid mesh. We conducted a retrospective case review at a tertiary referral center; 10 pediatric and 4 adult patients had undergone cochlear implantation during the period from February to October 2008. Resorbable poly (D,L) lactic acid mesh and pins were used for fixation of the cochlear implant receiver stimulator. The receiver stimulator was assessed for stability/migration, and the scalp flap/incision were evaluated for allergic reactions, infections, and healing problems. With an average follow-up of 17.2 months, no patients had migration of the receiver stimulator, and there was no evidence of infection, wound dehiscence, or allergic reaction. Early results indicate that fixation of a cochlear implant receiver stimulator using resorbable mesh is well tolerated and provides good stability without device migration. Resorbable mesh fixation of the receiver stimulator is a reasonable alternative technique for cochlear implantation.

Clinical significance of a hearing and imaging workup in a child with cochlear nerve aplasia and a normal internal auditory canal

December 1, 2009     Fernando Ribeiro, MD, Liciere Marotta, MD, and Claudia A. Eckley, MD
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Modern magnetic resonance imaging has significantly improved the diagnosis of cochlear nerve deficiencies. A careful assessment of all clinical, imaging, and auditory data is of utmost importance in such cases in order to properly establish the site of the abnormality. We report the case of a 3-year-old girl with unilateral cochlear nerve aplasia, normal middle and inner ear anatomy, and an absence of otoacoustic emissions, all of which erroneously suggested cochlear damage. We also briefly review the embryogenesis of the inner ear and auditory pathway. A patient with similar findings in the setting of a bilateral hearing loss and insufficient imaging would be at risk of inappropriate cochlear implantation.

Post-stapedectomy cochlear otosclerosis

March 31, 2009     Fred Linthicum Jr., MD
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Transmastoid labyrinthotomy approach for cochlear implantation in a common cavity malformation: A case report

May 31, 2008     Masoud Motasaddi Zarandy, MD
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The standard transmastoid facial recess approach has become the popular technique for cochlear implantation. Although this approach has been used for implantation in patients with common cavity malformations, in patients with this anomaly and severe abnormalities of the middle ear, this approach may be technically difficult and makes the facial nerve vulnerable to injury. Using a direct approach to the common cavity through the mastoid cavity, we have successfully performed cochlear implantation in 1 patient with a common cavity malformation. This transmastoid labyrinthotomy approach to the common cavity is an effective and simple technique for placing the electrode array. It minimizes the risk to the facial nerve and may decrease postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leaks.

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