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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-34

Five years audiological outcomes of the first Saudi Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI)

Chairman of audiology and balance unit ENT department, college of medicine king saud university, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ph.D Murad O Al-Momani
P O. Box 245 Riyadh 11411
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.275311

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Absence of the cochlear nerve (cochlear nerve aplasia) or complete labyrinthine aplasia (Michel aplasia) is a rare inner ear congenital anomaly. Children born with cochlear nerve aplasia and/or Michel aplasia are deaf and cannot develop speech and language. Conventional hearing aids and/or cochlear implant are of no benefit to manage this condition. The only available option to help children with this condition have a sense of hearing is by directly electrically stimulating cochlear nuclei in the brain stem through a device called auditory brain stem implant (ABI). The main objective of this report was to present audiolgical outcomes over 5 years period for a child who received the first ever ABI in Saudi Arabia in 2011. The ABI procedure, programming and follow up were done at King Khalid University Hospital and King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Riyadh. Results revealed good sound detection to both testing stimuli and environmental sounds. The child developed 2 word sentences which helped her communicate more effectively. These results are comparable to results of other ABI centers worldwide. In conclusion; audiological results of the first ABI in Saudi Arabia are positive and very well in agreement with results worldwide.

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