Prevention of cochlear implant electrode damage

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the current trend in cochlear implantation is to prescribe cochlear implants for patients with residual hearing and to use electroacoustic stimulation, cochlear implant damage must be prevented. This article summarizes current research endeavors to prevent electrode insertion trauma and resulting hearing loss. RECENT FINDINGS: Alteration in surgical technique is necessary with each new electrode design. Nontraumatic surgical technique also requires minimizing acoustic trauma due to drilling the cochleostomy, mechanical damage from electrode insertion, potential infection, and fibrosis of the cochlea. The pattern of hearing loss following electrode insertion trauma is an immediate loss that results from direct trauma to the macroscopic elements of the cochlea and a delayed loss that may reflect the activation of inflammatory and cell death pathways. Therapies under investigation include glucocorticoids, inhibitors of cell death pathways, and hypothermia. SUMMARY: Electrode insertion trauma-induced hearing loss involves multiple mechanisms ranging from mechanical insertion trauma to activation of inflammatory and cell death pathways. The macroscopic mechanical damage to the cochlea may be prevented by improvement of electrode design and surgical technique. The molecular damage needs further studies to assess the efficacy of novel therapeutic strategies in preserving functional residual hearing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-328
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

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Cochlear Implants
Electrodes
Cochlea
Hearing Loss
Wounds and Injuries
Cell Death
Hearing
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Cochlear Implantation
Hypothermia
Glucocorticoids
Fibrosis
Therapeutics
Infection
Research

Keywords

  • Cochlear implant
  • Ear surgery
  • Electrode-induced trauma
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Residual hearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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Prevention of cochlear implant electrode damage. / Eshraghi, Adrien.

In: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 14, No. 5, 01.10.2006, p. 323-328.

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