Cochlear Implantation in Posttraumatic Bilateral Temporal Bone Fracture

Katrien Vermeire*, Jan P. L. Brokx, Ingeborg Dhooge, P. H. Van de Heyning

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Temporal bone (TB) fractures can cause loss of audiovestibular function. Four cases of profound hearing impairment following bilateral TB fracture are presented in this report. All patients received a cochlear implant. All 4 patients became regular users of their implants. None of the patients experienced facial nerve stimulation. Implant-aided audiometry demonstrated a hearing threshold of 28 dB HL. The performance in speech understanding was comparable to standard postlingual adult patients implanted. We believe that cochlear implantation in patients suffering from profound sensorineural hearing losses secondary to TB fractures can be an effective tool for rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-56
JournalORL: journal for oto-rhino-laryngology and its related specialties
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • Cochlear implantation
  • Temporal bone fracture
  • Audiovestibular function
  • Speech in noise

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