European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head & Neck

, Volume 261, Issue 9, pp 493–496

A longitudinal study on postoperative hearing thresholds with the Vibrant Soundbridge device


    • Service Otologie et Otoneurologie CHU de LilleHôpital Salengro
  • B. Fraysse
    • Service ORL CHU de ToulouseHôpital Purpan
  • J.-P. Lavieille
    • Service ORLCHU de Grenoble
  • E. Truy
    • Service ORLCHU de Lyon Hôpital Herriot
  • O. Sterkers
    • Service ORL, AP-HPHôpital Beaujon
  • F.-M. Vaneecloo
    • Service Otologie et Otoneurologie CHU de LilleHôpital Salengro

DOI: 10.1007/s00405-003-0669-9

Cite this article as:
Vincent, C., Fraysse, B., Lavieille, J. et al. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol (2004) 261: 493. doi:10.1007/s00405-003-0669-9


The Vibrant Soundbridge is a semi-implantable middle ear hearing device used in the rehabilitation of adults with sensorineural hearing loss. In order to evaluate the long-term effects of the implanted part of the device, audiological data from 39 patients implanted over several implant sites across France were collected and analyzed retrospectively. The mean follow-up time was 16 months; 25 patients had a follow-up period of over 1 year. Surgery was uneventful in all cases. The present study of the 39 implanted patients with a mid- to long-term follow-up found a statistically significant modification of hearing thresholds (pre- versus postoperative) for frequencies of 0.5 and 4 kHz. However, the shift of threshold was rather limited (2.79 and 3.34 dB, respectively), and this variation was not statistically different from the evolution of the opposite non-operated ear.


Vibrant SoundbridgeMiddle ear implantSensorineural hearing loss

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