Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants,

Thieme-Verlag, 2014, 1st edition authors: Sanna, Merkus, Free, Falcioni; ISBN: 978-3-13-176441-6 , publication date: 17 June 2015

Scientific Peer-Reviewed Publications (updated Jan, 2018)

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  1. Bruinewoud EM, Kraak JT, van Leeuwen LM, Kramer SE, Merkus P. The Otology Questionnaire Amsterdam: a generic patient reported outcome measure about the severity and impact of ear complaints. A cross-sectional study on the development of this questionnaire. Clinical Otolaryngol 2017; Aug 3. doi: 10.1111/coa.12950
  2. de Graaff F, Huysmans E, Ket JCF, Merkus P, Goverts ST, Leemans CR, Smits C. Is there evidence for the added value and correct use of manual and automatically switching multimemory hearing devices? A scoping review. Int J Audiol. 2017;10:1-8.
  3. van Loon MC, Smits C, Smit CF, Hensen EF, Merkus P. Cochlear Implantation in Adults With Asymmetric Hearing Loss: Benefits of Bimodal Stimulation. Otol Neurotol. 2017;38(6):e100-e106
  4. Merkus P, Ten Tije FA, Stam M, Tan FML, Pauw RJ. Implementation of the "EAONO/JOS Definitions and Classification of Middle Ear Cholesteatoma" – from STAM to STAMCO. J Int Adv Otol. 2017;13(2):272-275.
  5. van Leeuwen LM, Merkus P, Pronk M, van der Torn M, Maré M, Goverts ST, Kramer SE. Overlap and non-overlap between the ICF Core Sets for Hearing Loss and the intake documentation of Otology and Audiology: towards an integrated tool. Ear Hear. 2017;38(1):103-116
  6. van Beeck Calkoen EA, Sanchez Aliaga E, Merkus P, Smit CF, van de Kamp JM, Mulder MF, Goverts ST, Hensen EF. High prevalence of abnormalities on CT and MR imaging in children with unilateral sensorineural hearing loss irrespective of age or degree of hearing loss. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017;97:185-191
  7. Vos FI, Merkus P, van Nieuwkerk EB, Hensen EF. Rare cause of bilateral sudden deafness. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Oct 8;2016. doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-216004 
  8. de Graaff F, Huysmans E, Qazi OU, Vanpoucke FJ, Merkus P, Goverts ST, Smits C. The Development of Remote Speech Recognition Tests for Adult CI Users: The Effect of Presentation Mode of the Noise and a Reliable Method to Deliver Sound in Home Environments.  Audiol Neurootol. 2016;21 Suppl 1:48-54
  9. Stam M, Spooren A, Merkus P, Festen JM, Smits C, Kramer SE. Medication Use in Adults with and without Hearing Impairment. Audiol Neurootol. 2015 ;20(6):354-9.
  10. Kaandorp MW, Smits JCW, Merkus P, Goverts ST, Festen J. Assessing speech recognition abilities with digits in noise in cochlear implant and hearing aid users. Int J Audiol 2015;54(1):48-57
  11. Noordman BJ, Beeck Calkoen E, Witte BI, Goverts ST, Hensen EF, Merkus P. Prognostic factors for sudden drops in hearing level after minor head injury in patients with enlarged vestibular aqueducts: a meta-analysis. Otol Neurotol 2015;36(1):4-11
  12. van Loon MC, Merkus P, Smit CF, Smits C, Witte BI, Hensen EF. Stapedotomy in cochlear implant candidates with far advanced otosclerosis: a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis. Otol Neurotol 2014;35(10):1707-14
  13. Van Loon MC, Goverts ST, Hensen E, Merkus P, Smits C. The addition of a contralateral microphone for unilateral cochlear implant users: not an alternative for bilateral cochlear implantation. Otol Neurotol 2014;35(9):E233-E239
  14. Stam, M, Kostense PJ, Merkus, P, Lemke U, Festen JM, Kramer SE. Comorbidity in adults with hearing impairment: which chronic medical conditions are related to hearing impairment? Int J Audiol 2014;53(6):392-401
  15. Merkus P, Di Lella F, Di Trapani G, Pasanisi E, Beltrame MA, Zanetti D, Negri M, Sanna M. Indications and contra-indications of auditory brainstem implants. Systematic review and illustrative cases. Eur Arch Otolaryngol 2014;271(1):3-13.
  16. Merkus P, van Loon, MC, Hensen EF. Cochlear implantation in young post-meningitis patients: decision making based on hearing evaluation and imaging. Audiol Neurotol 2013;18(Suppl1):19-23
  17. Lenarz T, James C, Cuda D, Fitzgerald-O’Connor A, Frachet B, Frijns J, Klenzner T, Laszig R, Manuel Manrique, Mathieu Marx, Merkus P, Emmanuel A.M. Mylanus, Erwin Offeciers, Joerg Pesch, Angel Ramos-Macias, Alain Robier, Olivier Sterkers, Alain Uziel. Hybrid European multi-centre study of the Nucleus Hybrid L24 cochlear implant. Int J Audiol 2013;52(12):838-48. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2013.802032.
  18. van der Putten L, Bloemena E, Merkus P, Hensen EF. Schneiderian papilloma of the temporal bone. BMJ Case Rep. 2013. doi:pii: bcr2013201219. 10.1136/bcr-2013-201219.
  19. Van Loon MC, Hensen EF, de Foer B, Smit CF, Witte B, Merkus P. MRI in the evaluation of patients with sensorineural hearing loss caused by meningitis: implications for cochlear implantation. Otol Neurotol 2013;34(5):845-54 
  20. Giannuzzi A, Merkus P, Falcioni M. The use of intratympanic gentamicin in patients with vestibular schwannoma and disabling vertigo. Otol Neurotol. 2013:34(6);1096-8
  21. Di Lella F, Merkus P, Di Trapani, G, Taibah, A, Guida M, Sanna, M. Vestibular Schwannoma in the only hearing ear: the role of Cochlear Implant. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2013:122(2);91-9
  22. Merkus P, Free RH, Sanna M. Auditory Brainstem Implants Indications. Auris Nasus Larynx 2013;40:113–114
  23. Ben Ammar M, Merkus P, Di Lella F, Sanna M. Management of CSF leak after vestibular schwannoma surgery. Otol Neurotol. 2012;33(3):491-2.
  24. Sanna M, Di Lella F, Guida M, Merkus P. Auditory brainstem implants in NF2 patients. Results and review of the literature. Otol Neurotol 2012;33(2):154-64.
  25. Roukema B, van Loon MC, Smits C, Smit CF, Goverts ST, Merkus P, Hensen EF. Cochlear Implantation after Bacterial Meningitis in Infants Younger Than 9 Months. Int J Otolaryngol. 2011;2011:845879
  26. Giannuzzi A, Merkus P, Taibah A, Falcioni M. Congenital Mastoid Cholesteatoma: case series, definition, surgical key points, and literature review. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2011;120:700-706
  27. Merkus P, van Loon MC, Smit CF, Smits C, de Cock AFC, Hensen EF. Decision making in Advanced Otosclerosis: an evidence-based strategy. Laryngoscope 2011;121:1935–1941
  28. Merkus P, Hensen EF, Goverts T. To Avoid Delay and Optimize Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Postmeningitic Hearing Loss. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2011:137(10);1052-1053
  29. Merkus P, Vogel JJ, Hensen EF. Improving the evaluation of sensorineural hearing loss in children. Otol Neurotol 2011;32(5):894-5.
  30. Verburg AFE, Alkhateeb WHF, Merkus P. Acute hearing loss: the value of the tunning fork in general practice. [Acuut perceptief gehoorverlies: Het belang van stemvorkproeven in de eerste lijn.] Dutch Journal of Medicine / Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 2010;154:A2460
  31. Merkus P, Free RH, Mylanus EAM, Stokroos R, Metselaar M, Spronsen, van E, Grolman W, Frijns JHM. Dutch Cochlear Implant Group (CION) consensus protocol on postmeningitis hearing evaluation and treatment. Otol Neurotol 2010;31:1281-1286
  32. Merkus P, Taibah A, Sequino G, Sanna M. Less than 1% CSF leakage in 1803 translabyrinthine vestibular schwannoma surgery cases. Otol Neurotol 2010;31(2):276-283
  33. Merkus P, Sanna M. Conservative or surgical treatment of a vestibular schwannoma? Otol Neurotol 2010;31(3):548.
  34. Merkus P, Leemans CR. Idiopathische Facialis parese: wel of geen antivirale middelen naast steroïden? Dutch Journal of Medicine / Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 2009; 153: A1238
  35. Merkus P, Tabor MP, de Foer B, Castelijns JA. The value of MRI diffusion to detect cholesteatoma. [De waarde van diffusie MRI bij detectie van cholesteatoom]. Dutch ENT journal / Ned Tijdsch KNO-Heelkunde 2009;15(1):7-11
  36. Merkus P, Furth, van AM, Goverts ST, Suèr M, Smit CF, Smits C. Post-meningitis deafness in young children: act before the cochlea is obliterated. [Doofheid na bacteriële meningitis bij jonge kinderen: ingrijpen vóór de cochlea is geoblitereerd]. Dutch Journal of Medicine / Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 2007;151:1209-1213
  37. Merkus P, Ebbens FA, Muller B, Fokkens WJ. The ‘best method’ of topical nasal drug delivery: comparison of seven methods. Rhinology, 2006;44:102-107
  38. Merkus P, Ebbens FA, Muller B, Fokkens WJ. Influence of anatomy and head position on nasal drug deposition. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2006;263(9):827-32.
  39. Hoep LS, Merkus P, van Schie A, Rinkel RNPM, Smit CF. The value of nuclear scans in cochlear implant infections. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2006;263(10):895-9.
  40. Smits C, Merkus P, Houtgast T. Experiences with the Dutch functional hearing-screening tests by telephone and internet. Clin Otolaryngol 2006;31:436-455.
  41. Berg, van den MP, Merkus P, Romeijn SG, Verhoef JC, Merkus FWHM. Uptake of melatonin into the cerebrospinal fluid after nasal and intravenous delivery: Studies in rats and comparison with a human study. Pharm Res 2004;21:799-802.
  42. Merkus P, Guchelaar HJ, Bosch DA, Merkus FWHM. Direct access of drugs to the human brain after intranasal drug administration? Neurology 2003;60:1669-1671.
  43. Berg, van den MP, Merkus P, Romeijn SG, Verhoef JC, Merkus FWHM. Hydroxocobalamin uptake into the cerebrospinal fluid after nasal and intravenous delivery in rats and humans. J Drug Targeting 2003;11:325-331.
  44. Merkus P, Romeijn SG, Verhoef JC, Merkus FWHM, Schouwenburg PF. Classification of cilio-inhibiting effects of nasal drugs. Laryngoscope 2001;111:595-602.
  45. Merkus P, Copper MP, van Oers MHJ, Schouwenburg PF. Lymphoma in the ear. ORL  2000;62:274-277.
  46. Sastre Toraño J, van Rijn-Bikker P, Merkus P, Guchelaar HJ. Quantitative determination of melatonin in human plasma and cerebrospinal fluid with high-performance liquid chromatography and fluorescence detection. Biomed Chromatogr 2000;14:306-310.


Current aspects of nasal drug delivery. Thesis  January 31, 2006, University of Amsterdam