At the recent spring meeting of the American Neurotologic Society, Dr Michael Novak, Carle Clinic, Urbana, Ill, Dr Richard Miyamoto, Indiana University, Indianapolis, and Dr Thomas Balkany, Colorado Otologic Research Center, Denver, presented their experience with cochlear implantation in the patient with inner ear malformation. Cochlear implants are being used more commonly as an aid for rehabilitation since 10% of deaf children may have inner ear deformity. The Mondini deformity is most commonly seen.
The performance of children with deformed inner ears is representative of the performance of children with cochlear implants in general. Long multichannel electrodes may be more difficult to insert in these deformed ears.