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July 1962

An Interesting Stapes Surgery Report

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(1):47-48. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050051009

Much has been written about stapes surgery in recent years. New approaches, new techniques have been suggested in almost every periodical. We do not suggest new approaches, nor do we suggest a new technique. We simply would like to describe a coincidence which happened to us, and which in our humble opinion might throw some light on the phenomenon of restoring hearing without an intact ossicular chain.

Report of a Case  A 45-year-old female with complaints of decreased hearing and nervousness was first seen by us in January, 1961. The familial history was significant in that both the mother and grandmother of the patient were hard of hearing. The patient's 18-year-old daughter also has a hearing-loss problem.Otological examination revealed retracted tympanic membranes, but the membranes were movable with the Siegal otoscope. X-rays of the mastoids and sinuses were normal. Calibrated politzerization of the eustachian tubes revealed normal patency. On