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February 1969

Long-Term Results in Stapedectomy

Author Affiliations

Zurich, Switzerland

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(2):429-430. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020431039

MY LONG-TERM stapedectomy results are shown in Fig 1 where the hearing gain or loss for air conduction at the one-year test is represented in white columns and the five-year postoperative tests are shown in the dark columns.

You will note that the indications showing a hearing loss increase from 1% after five years. Those showing a hearing gain are grouped according to a gain of 0 to 20 db, a gain of 21 to 40 db, and a gain of 41 to 60 db. Only those showing the smallest gain showed any difference between the one-year and five-year results with a loss of 3% during that period.

Fig 2 compares the bone conduction changes at one year and five years grouped according to the db loss by bone conduction. Those showing the greatest preoperative losses were practically unchanged after five years. No discrimination scores were done regularly in 1960,

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