Using the CLARION® Cochlear Implant in cochlear ossification

P. A. Bird, S. Butts, T. J. Balkany, O. Gomez, A. V. Hodges, D. Lee

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This paper is a retrospective review of 5 patients with various degrees of cochlear ossification who were implanted with the CLARION® Multi- Strategy(TM) Cochlear Implant. Preoperative computed tomography scans, intraoperative findings, surgical technique, and hearing outcomes are discussed in a case report format. Full implantation was achieved in all cases by a systematic approach that included drill-through of proximal obstruction (2 cases), scala vestibuli insertion (2 cases), and complete drill-out (1 case). The only complication was delayed wound healing in a patient with sickle cell disease, chronic active hepatitis, and steroid dependency on antimetabolite therapy. Early results show that the 4 patients with at least 3 months of experience have a mean open-set sentence recognition score of 55% and a mean open-set word recognition score of 24%. The conclusion is that implantation of the Clarion device in ossified cochleas can be successful in all degrees of ossification and can provide significant hearing benefit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number4 II
StatePublished - 1999


  • Cochlear implant
  • Deafness
  • Hearing loss
  • Ossified cochlea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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