Quality standards for bone conduction implants

Javier Gavilan, Oliver Adunka, Sumit Agrawal, Marcus Atlas, Wolf Dieter Baumgartner, Stefan Brill, Iain Bruce, Craig Buchman, Marco Caversaccio, Marc T. De Bodt, Meg Dillon, Benoit Godey, Kevin Green, Wolfgang Gstoettner, Rudolf Hagen, Abdulrahman Hagr, Demin Han, Mohan Kameswaran, Eva Karltorp, Martin KompisVlad Kuzovkov, Luis Lassaletta, Yongxin Li, Artur Lorens, Jane Martin, Manikoth Manoj, Griet Mertens, Robert Mlynski, Joachim Mueller, Martin ODriscoll, Lorne Parnes, Sasidharan Pulibalathingal, Andreas Radeloff, Christopher H. Raine, Gunesh Rajan, Ranjith Rajeswaran, Joachim Schmutzhard, Henryk Skarzynski, Piotr Skarzynski, Georg Sprinzl, Hinrich Staecker, Kurt Stephan, Serafima Sugarova, Dayse Tavora, Shin Ichi Usami, Yuri Yanov, Mario Zernotti, Patrick Zorowka, Paul Van De Heyning

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Conclusion: Bone conduction implants are useful in patients with conductive and mixed hearing loss for whom conventional surgery or hearing aids are no longer an option. They may also be used in patients affected by single-sided deafness. Objectives: To establish a consensus on the quality standards required for centers willing to create a bone conduction implant program. Method: To ensure a consistently high level of service and to provide patients with the best possible solution the members of the HEARRING network have established a set of quality standards for bone conduction implants. These standards constitute a realistic minimum attainable by all implant clinics and should be employed alongside current best practice guidelines. Results: Fifteen items are thoroughly analyzed. They include team structure, accommodation and clinical facilities, selection criteria, evaluation process, complete preoperative and surgical information, postoperative fitting and assessment, follow-up, device failure, clinical management, transfer of care and patient complaints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1285
Number of pages9
JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2 2015


  • Bone conduction implants
  • clinical consensus
  • multicenter study
  • quality standards


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