Hearing rehabilitation with single-stage bilateral vibroplasty in a child with Franceschetti syndrome.

Hearing is of utmost importance for normal speech and social development. Even children who have mild or unilateral permanent hearing loss may experience difficulties with understanding speech, as well as problems with educational and psycho-social development. The increasing advantages of middle-ear implant technologies are opening new perspectives for restoring hearing. Active middle-ear implants can be used in children and adolescents with hearing loss. In addition to the well-documented results for improving speech intelligibility and quality of hearing in sensorineural hearing loss active middle-ear implants are now successfully used in patients with conductive and mixed hearing loss. In this article we present a case of successful, single-stage vibroplasty, on the right side with the fixation of the FMT on the stapes and PORP CLiP vibroplasty on the left side in a 6-year-old girl with bilateral mixed hearing loss and multiple dyslalia associated with Franceschetti syndrome (mandibulofacial dysostosis). CT revealed bilateral middle-ear malformations as well as an atretic right and stenotic left external auditory canal. Due to craniofacial dysmorphia airway and (post)operative, management is significantly more difficult in patients with a Franceschetti syndrome which in this case favoured a single-stage bilateral procedure. No intra- or postoperative surgical complications were reported. The middle-ear implants were activated 4 weeks after surgery. In the audiological examination 6 months after surgery, the child showed 100% speech intelligibility with activated implants on each side.
AuthorsSona Sargsyan, Torsten Rahne, Sabrina Kösling, Gerburg Eichler, Stefan K Plontke
JournalEuropean archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol) Vol. 271 Issue 5 Pg. 1339-43 (May 2014) ISSN: 1434-4726 [Electronic] Germany
PMID24504491 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
  • Audiometry, Speech
  • Auditory Threshold (physiology)
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hearing Loss, Mixed Conductive-Sensorineural (diagnosis, rehabilitation)
  • Humans
  • Language Development Disorders (diagnosis, rehabilitation)
  • Mandibulofacial Dysostosis (diagnosis, rehabilitation)
  • Ossicular Prosthesis
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Speech Reception Threshold Test
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vibration

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