CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Laryngorhinootologie 2019; 98(S 02): S307
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1686342
Poster
Otology
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Coupling the Vibrant Soundbridge with the Round-Window-Soft-Coupler – experiments on transmission quality

A Bendas
1  Universitätsklinikum Dresden, Klinik und Poliklinik für HNO, Dresden
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N Lasurashvili
1  Universitätsklinikum Dresden, Klinik und Poliklinik für HNO, Dresden
,
M Neudert
1  Universitätsklinikum Dresden, Klinik und Poliklinik für HNO, Dresden
,
T Zahnert
1  Universitätsklinikum Dresden, Klinik und Poliklinik für HNO, Dresden
,
M Bornitz
1  Universitätsklinikum Dresden, Klinik und Poliklinik für HNO, Dresden
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Publication History

Publication Date:
23 April 2019 (online)

  

Introduction:

Coupling the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB, Med-EL, Innsbruck, Austria) to the round window has extended the indication to combined hearing loss due to middle ear malformation or previous surgery. Finding the optimal transmission of energy within a limited space stays challenging. The current Round-Window-Soft-Coupler (RW-Soft-Coupler) was compared to its previous version (Round-Window-Coupler [RW-Coupler]) in terms of handling and transmission Quality.

Methods:

We performed measurements in 10 human temporal bones. The floating mass transducer (FMT) was stimulated with a multisine signal up to 6 kHz and 20 to 50 mV of voltage, respectively. The FMT was coupled with the RW-Coupler and with the RW-Soft-Coupler afterwards. The displacement of the stapes footplate was objectified via Laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) and was seen as measure of transmission function.

Results:

The RW-Soft-Coupler offers advantages over its previous version in terms of handling and surgical effort due to the compact dimensions. Moreover, our measurements show a better transmission function within the entire frequency range.

Conclusion:

Coupling the Vibrant Soundbridge to the round window provides an important alternative in surgical hearing rehabilitation under certain anatomic conditions. The RW-Soft-Coupler clearly shows advantages compared to its previous version.