2019 innovations in otology

Anaïs Grégoire, Monique Decat, Daniele De Siati, Naïma Deggouj Published in the journal : February 2020 Category : Otologie

Cochlear implants have been used for over 40 years for deeply deaf children and adults. In Belgium, their significant cost (approximately 20,000 €) is borne by INAMI: bilaterally up to 12 years and unilaterally beyond. Since December 1, 2019, patients with severe deafness; i.e., hearing thresholds of 70dB, have also been permitted to benefit from an implant.

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Innovations in otology : what 2016 brought us ? Reimbursement of middle ear implants: the 2016 revolution.

Monique Decat, Gersende Debie, Naima Deggouj, Anaïs Gregoire Published in the journal : February 2017 Category : Otologie

The management of hearing-impaired patients has taken a leap forward with the reimbursement of partially-implantable middle ear implants. Formerly, patients with neurosensory hearing loss (i.e., related to the destruction of the inner ear) could only benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants provided they were totally deaf. Most of them were not satisfied with their hearing aids. Partially- or even fully-implantable middle ear implants were already available, but their costs were fully borne by the patient (between 10,000 and 18,000 euros approximately).

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