In this paper, we present the preliminary results achieved with a transtympanic hearing aid (THA). This is a modified digital, open-fit external hearing aid (HA) designed for acute study only, which allows coupling with a pre-implanted ventilation tube. The THA conveys amplified sound directly onto the round window, bypassing the ossicular chain, in contrast with traditional HAs that convey sound onto the second or third portion of the external auditory canal. The THA has been developed as an alternative to standard HAs and active middle ear implants for patients who are unsatisfied with traditional HA outcomes and want to avoid middle-ear implantation. The results achieved using the THA were compared to those obtained with an equivalent device, the Latitude 8 Moxi 13 (Moxi), uncoupled from the ventilation tube, and placed onto the outer ear. For this purpose, 12 patients with conductive (1/12), sensorineural (3/12), or mixed (8/12) hearing loss from moderate to severe, with a pre-implanted ventilation tube, underwent audiological evaluation with both the THA and the Latitude 8 Moxi 13 (Moxi). Our initial results showed that the THA provided significant improvement in the warble tone results in comparison to the Moxi. Moreover, patients with a PTA between 41 and 90 also achieved better results in terms of speech recognition using the THA in comparison to the Moxi. In conclusion, these outcomes provide the first evidence of the potential benefits of the THA over standard open-fit HAs. Nevertheless, these preliminary outcomes require further confirmation.
BERRETTINI, STEFANO (Primo)
BRUSCHINI, LUCA (Secondo)
|Autori:||Berrettini, S; Bruschini, L; DE Vito, A; Gnocco, T; Rosica, N C; Pizzoli, L; Forli, F|
|Titolo:||Transtympanic Hearing Aid: exploratory study on a new device|
|Anno del prodotto:||2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.14639/0392-100X-1612|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|