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Advances in the field of bone conduction hearing implants

McLeod, R.W.J. ORCID:, Culling, J.F. ORCID: and Jiang, D. 2018. Advances in the field of bone conduction hearing implants. 81 , pp. 24-31. 10.1159/000485587

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The number of marketed bone-conduction hearing implants (BCHIs) has been steadily growing, with multiple percutaneous devices and transcutaneous devices now available. However, studies assessing efficacy often have small sample sizes and employ different assessment methodologies. Thus, there is a paucity of evidence to guide clinicians to the most appropriate device for each patient. This paper outlines audiological guidelines for the latest devices, as well as research from the most up-to-date clinical trials. We also outline the evidence base for some potentially contentious issues in the field of bone conduction, including bilateral fitting of BCHIs in those with bilateral conductive hearing loss as well as the use of BCHIs in single-sided deafness (SSD). Bilateral fitting of BCHIs have been found to significantly increase the hearing thresholds in quiet and improve sound localization, but to give limited benefits in background noise. Studies conducted via multiple assessment questionnaires have found strong evidence of subjective benefits for the use of BCHIs in SSD. However, there is little objective evidence of benefit for SSD patients from sound localization and speech in noise tests.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Karger Publishers
ISSN: 0065-3071
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 23 November 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 20:00

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