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December 1958

Stapes Mobilization: Analysis of Results in Two Hundred Fifty Operations

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(6):663-672. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020687002

In the past four years the advances in the operative technique of stapes mobilization have been rapid and of great importance. With these changes of technique has come a steadily increasing percentage of good hearing results, starting with the 30% to 40% successful mobilizations reported by Rosen1 in 1953 and increasing to the 70% to 80% successes indicated by recent reports of Rosen,2 Goodhill3 and Scheer.4 It is difficult to evaluate the results recorded by some authors, as in some instances their successes are registered only by an "improvement of hearing" or a "significant gain" without indicating whether or not the improvement has been to the 30 db. level or better. A significant gain might mean only an improvement of hearing of 10 db. regardless of the level attained, while a gain of real significance would be the improvement to the bone-conduction level or better, whether


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