The auditory brainstem implant restores hearing by stimulating the brainstem directly (ie bypassing the ear, cochlea, and cochlear nerve. It is for patients who have no other hearing rehabilitation options- most commonly after removal of a tumor of the 8th cranial nerve in patients with neurofibromatosis type 2, as shown in this video.
I am a neurosurgeon specializing in complex brain and spinal cord tumors and vascular lesions. I am the Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the House Clinic, a member of the Board at the House Ear Institute, where I am also a Clinician-Scientist.
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