European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 249, Issue 5, pp 257–262 | Cite as

Intraoperative monitoring by transtympanic electrocochleography and brainstem electrical response audiometry in acoustic neuroma surgery

  • T. Lenarz
  • A. Ernst
Original Investigations


The preservation of hearing is a major aim of contemporary temporal bone surgery. Our present findings demonstrate that intraoperative monitoring is a key method for attaining serviceable postoperative hearing after the removal of an acoustic neuroma. Both electrocochleography (ECoG) and brainstem electrical response audiometry were performed in 96 patients operated on for acoustic neuromas. The specificity of the different monitoring methods was affected by surgical manipulations in addition to such non-specific influences as CSF drainage, core body temperature and anesthesia. In the present study ECoG was found to be more reliable in assessing the intra- and postoperative course with respect to the preservation of cochlear function.

Key words

Acoustic neuroma surgery Preservation of hearing Intraoperative monitoring Electrocochleography Brainstem electrical response audiometry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Lenarz
    • 1
  • A. Ernst
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyUniversity of TübingenGermany

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