Cochlear implantation in otosclerotic deafness

Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2007;65:328-334. doi: 10.1159/000098855.


The otosclerotic process commonly involves the otic capsule and may cause quite widespread demineralisation which leads to a progressive and often profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. In this situation cochlear implantation may be the only effective treatment. This chapter considers the pathology of this hearing loss, the effects of cochlear obliteration on implantation, and the effects of demineralisation of the otic capsule on placement of the electrode and nonauditory stimulation. A study is reported from 4 cochlear implant centres in the UK and the Netherlands of 53 patients with cochlear otosclerosis who received cochlear implantation. The CT features of their petrous bones are presented and a classification of the radiological features suggested. 38% of patients experienced facial nerve stimulation presumably due to spread of current through an otic capsule with lower than usual electrical impedance. The most common rogue electrodes were in the proximity of the geniculate ganglion. These could usually be successfully programmed out of the MAP.

MeSH terms

  • Bone Demineralization, Pathologic / diagnostic imaging
  • Cochlear Implants*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Deafness / diagnostic imaging
  • Deafness / rehabilitation*
  • Electrodes, Implanted / adverse effects
  • Fenestration, Labyrinth / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Otosclerosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Otosclerosis / rehabilitation*
  • Petrous Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Failure
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stapes Surgery / rehabilitation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed