Henning Frenzel, MD

I am an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist as well as a specialist in facial plastic surgery. I studied medicine at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel and subsequently completed my residency at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Luebeck, one of the long-standing treatment centers for ear deformities. In the 1990s, reconstruction of the ear from autologous rib cartilage was established here in Germany. I worked there as a consultant until 2017. In 2013 I was promoted to an assistant professor for research about active middle ear implants in deformed middle ears. Since 2018, I am a partner in the ENT Center Lübeck, a large private practice with a major surgical focus.

The main focus of my work is aesthetic or plastic-reconstructive facial surgery and middle ear surgery. My training enables me to perform plastic ear reconstruction at the highest level. Since 2005, I have been treating many patients with congenital ear malformations who come to Lübeck from all over Germany and the world.

I am a member of the German Society for Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, the International Society for Auricular Reconstruction and the Rhinoplasty Society of Europe.

ENT Center Luebeck

The ENT Center Luebeck with its 6 specialists contributes to a considerable extent to the general ENT health care in the region. In addition to specializing in special ENT surgery, head and neck surgery, allergology and sleep medicine, a major focus is on aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery and treatment: rhinoplasty, eyelift surgery and facial cosmetic procedures – to name just the most important.

Treatment in hospital

The surgical treatment for a hearing implant or ear reconstruction is carried out either in the directly affiliated ENT specialist clinic or in a nearby hospital with an ENT specialist department. This depends on the procedure to be performed. In any case, you will be operated on and cared for personally by me.

Hanseatic City of Lübeck

Lübeck is a lively city with around 214,000 inhabitants. Its emblems are famous: its well-known marzipan or the famous town silhouette with its seven towers. Or even the Holsten Gate, which appears on the German two euro coin. In 1987 Lübeck old town, which is unique with around 1,800 listed buildings, winding passageways and historic alleys, was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. The town looks back over its eventful history as a Hanseatic City in the Middle Ages until the present day.

Situated only approximately 10 kilometres from the centre we find Travemünde, Lübeck’s seafront promenade and beach on the Baltic Sea. It’s a splendid place to refresh tired feet with a dip in the water. From the comfort of a beach chair you can watch the ferries coming and going from Scandinavia.

Lübeck is situated approximately 60 km northeast of Hamburg and can be easily reached by the A1 and A20 motorways, Lübeck Central Train Station and Hamburg International Airport.


  • Frenzel H, Wollenberg B, Steffen A, Nitsch S. (2008)
    In-vivo perfusion analysis of normal and dysplastic ears and its implication on total auricular reconstruction.
    J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg, 61 Suppl 1:S21-8.
  • Frenzel H, Hanke F, Beltrame M, Steffen A, Schönweiler R, Wollenberg B.
    Application of the Vibrant Soundbridge® to unilateral osseous atresia cases.
    Laryngoscope 2009;119:67-74.
  • Frenzel H, Hanke F, Beltrame M, Wollenberg B. (2010)
    Application of the Vibrant Soundbridge® in bilateral congenital atresia in toddlers.
    Acta Otolaryngol. 2010 Aug;130(8):966-70
  • Cremers CW, O’Connor AF, Helms J, Roberson J, Clarós P, Frenzel H, Profant M, Schmerber S, Streitberger C, Baumgartner WD, Orfila D, Pringle M, Cenjor C, Giarbini N, Jiang D, Snik AF.
    International consensus on Vibrant Soundbridge® implantation in children and adolescents.
    Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Nov;74(11):1267-9.
  • Frenzel H, Schönweiler R, Hanke F, Steffen A, Wollenberg B.
    The Lübeck flowchart for functional and aesthetic rehabilitation of aural atresia and microtia.
    Otol Neurootol. 2012 Oct;33(8):1363-7.
  • Frenzel H, Sprinzl G, Widmann G, Petersen D, Wollenberg B, Mohr C.
    Grading system for the selection of patients with congenital aural atresia for active middle ear implants.
    Neuroradiology. 2013 Jul;55(7):895-911
  • Agterberg MJ, Frenzel H, Wollenberg B, Somers T, Cremers CW, Snik AF.
    Amplification options in unilateral aural atresia: an active middle ear implant or a bone conduction device?
    Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jan;35(1):129-35.
  • Frenzel H, Sprinzl G, Streitberger C, Stark T, Wollenberg B, Wolf-Magele A, Giarbini N, Strenger T, Müller J, Hempel JM.
    The Vibrant Soundbridge in Children and Adolescents: Preliminary European Multicenter Results. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Jun 23.
  • Steffen A, Frenzel H
    Trauma Management of the Auricle.
    Facial Plast Surg. 2015 Aug;31(4):382-5.
  • Frenzel H
    The Rib Cartilage Concept in Microtia.
    Facial Plast Surg. 2015 Dec;31(6):587-99.
  • Bruchhage KL, Leichtle A, Schönweiler R, Todt I, Baumgartner WD, Frenzel H, Wollenberg B
    Systematic review to evaluate the safety, efficacy and economical outcomes of the Vibrant Soundbridge for the treatment of sensorineural hearing loss.
    Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Apr;274(4):1797-1806.
  • Frenzel H
    Hearing Rehabilitation in Congenital Middle Ear Malformation.
    Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2018;81:32-42. Review.
  • Vogt K, Frenzel H, Ausili SA, Hollfelder D, Wollenberg B, Snik AFM, Agterberg MJH
    Improved directional hearing of children with congenital unilateral conductive hearing loss implanted with an active bone-conduction implant or an active middle ear implant.
    Hear Res. 2018 Dec;370:238-247.
  • Beutner D, Delb W, Frenzel H, Hoppe U, Hüttenbrink KB, Mlynski R, Limberger A, Schönweiler R, Schwab B, Todt I, Walger M, Wesarg T, Zahnert T, Zeh R; ADANO; DGHNO; DGA; Deutsche Cochlea Implantat Gesellschaft DCIG; DGPP.
    Guideline “Implantable hearing aids”-short version : German S2k guideline of the Working Group of German-Speaking Audiologists, Neurootologists and Otologists (ADANO), of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (DGHNO) in collaboration with the German Society of Audiology (DGA), the German Society of Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology (DGPP), and patient representatives.
    HNO. 2018 Sep;66(9):654-659.
  • Hempel JM, Sprinzl G, Riechelmann H, Streitberger C, Giarbini N, Stark T, Zorowka P, Koci V, Magele A, Strenger T, Müller J, Wollenberg B, Frenzel H
    A Transcutaneous Active Middle Ear Implant (AMEI) in Children and Adolescents: Long-term, Multicenter Results.
    Otol Neurotol. 2019 Sep;40(8):1059-1067.
  • Zhang TY, Bulstrode N, Chang KW, Cho YS, Frenzel H, Jiang D, Kesser BW, Siegert R, Triglia JM
    International Consensus Recommendations on Microtia, Aural Atresia and Functional Ear Reconstruction.
    J Int Adv Otol. 2019 Aug;15(2):204-208.
  • Lailach S, Zahnert T, Maurer J, Hempel JM, Koitschev A, Hollfelder D, Frenzel H, Wollenberg B, Arndt S
    The vibrating ossicular prosthesis in children and adolescents: a retrospective study.
    Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Jan;277(1):55-60.
  • Huber AM, Strauchmann B, Caversaccio MD, Wimmer W, Linder T, De Min N, Hempel JM, Pollotzek M, Frenzel H, Hanke F, Röösli C
    Multicenter Results With an Active Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Implant in Patients With Single-sided Deafness.
    Otol Neurotol. 2022 Feb 1;43(2):227-235.
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