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March 1987

Far–Advanced OtosclerosisCochlear Implantation vs Stapedectomy

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(3):299-302. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860030075012

• In 1981, our group, as part of a Food and Drug Administration investigator team directed by William House, performed Illinois' first cochlear implantation. We have since performed cochlear implantations in ten other persons. Since May 1980, approximately 35 severely to profoundly deaf persons per year have been referred to our clinic for evaluation. A small number of these patients had far-advanced otosclerosis. In these cases, exploratory tympanotomy and stapedectomy followed by rehabilitation with a hearing aid was a more appropriate management than cochlear implantation. Case histories and a temporal bone study of far-advanced otosclerosis are presented.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:299-302)