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New York/Stuttgart –Hearing loss is one of the leading contributors to the global disease burden. In particular, the increasing population of people aged 65 years and older is expected to be a key driver. In children, hearing screening programs are becoming a worldwide standard, improving auditory rehabilitation options from a very young age. Implantable auditory technology — which, apart from cochlear implants, includes auditory brainstem implants, bone anchored hearing aids, and implantable middle ear devices — is an emerging field, and these devices represent a new era in hearing rehabilitation. However, cochlear implantation is still the biggest segment in the hearing implants market. Cochlear implantation is performed in a growing number of patients worldwide, and the indications are widening, helped by technological advances.

This comprehensive, high-level surgical reference and atlas is tailored for surgeons who are undertaking training for cochlear implant procedures and implantable auditory devices and for experienced surgeons who would like to expand their knowledge, improve their skills and outcomes, and learn advanced surgical techniques.

Following the principle underlying Professor Sanna’s other successful publications, Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants takes an integrated approach to anatomy, imaging, technology, decision making, surgical procedures described step by step, and clinical cases.

This book allows readers to:

  • Improve the efficiency and outcomes of cochlear implantation and other auditory implant surgeries
  • Learn the required basic and advanced surgical techniques
  • Evaluate different surgical options and types of implants
  • Review common and uncommon variations of anatomy and malformations
  • Understand issues and surgical modifications unique to pediatric cochlear implantation, to revision surgery, and in postmeningitis, otosclerosis, and NF2 cases
  • Find decision-making algorithms for difficult pathologies
  • Examine common and not so common intraoperative dilemmas and identify strategies to resolve them
  • Review preoperative assessment and set up and outcomes
  • Find out about classification systems in cochlear implant failure, malformations, otosclerosis, and post meningitis

Supplementing the 1200 images within the book are 15 outstanding videos available on Thieme’s MediaCenter demonstrating the implantation of the different cochlear implantation devices that are currently available and the application of brainstem implants in these situations: tumor removal, malformation (missing auditory nerve in children), and cochlear ossification.


Sanna et al.
Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants
Thieme Publishers, New York, Stuttgart. 2015
400 pp, 1200 illustrations
ISBN: 9783131764416
eBook - Available from, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
eISBN: 9783131764515


About the Authors
Mario Sanna, MD, PhD, is Professor of Otolaryngology, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Chieti, and Director, Gruppo Otologico, Piacenza and Rome, Italy.
Rolien Free, MD, PhD, is ENT Surgeon, Otologist, and Pediatric ENT Surgeon, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, and Director of Cochlear Implant Team Northern Netherlands, Groningen, the Netherlands.
Paul Merkus, MD, PhD, is ENT Surgeon and Neurotologist, Department of Otolaryngology, Section Ear & Hearing, VU University Medical Center & EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Maurizio Falcioni, MD, is Otologist and Skull Base Surgeon, affiliated with the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Parma, Parma, Italy.


About Thieme
Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 900 staff and maintaining offices in seven cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 150 peer-reviewed journals and more than 450 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include eNeurosurgery, Medlantis, Thieme E-Journals, Thieme Electronic Book Library, the medical student website and Thieme Teaching Assistant, an innovative web-based platform for faculty. For more information about Thieme, please visit

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