Journal article

Simplified bone-anchored hearing aid insertion using a linear incision without soft tissue reduction

J Husseman, J Szudek, P Monksfield, D Power, S O'Leary, R Briggs

JOURNAL OF LARYNGOLOGY AND OTOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Numerous techniques have been described to manage the skin and other soft tissues during bone-anchored hearing aid insertion. Previously, generally accepted techniques have sometimes led to distressing alopecia and soft tissue defects. Now, some surgeons are rejecting the originally described split skin flap in favour of a less invasive approach. OBJECTIVE: To investigate bone-anchored hearing aid placement utilising a single, linear incision with either no or minimal underlying soft tissue reduction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-four adults were prospectively enrolled to undergo single-stage bone-anchored hearing aid placement with this modified technique. A small, linear incisi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Commonwealth of Australia through the Cooperative Research Centres Program. Subjects were managed through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, under ethics approval from its Human Research Ethics Committee.