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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724501/noise-exposure-alters-long-term-neural-firing-rates-and-synchrony-in-primary-auditory-and-rostral-belt-cortices-following-bimodal-stimulation
#1
Joseph D Takacs, Taylor J Forrest, Gregory J Basura
We previously demonstrated that bimodal stimulation (spinal trigeminal nucleus [Sp5] paired with best frequency tone) altered neural tone-evoked and spontaneous firing rates (SFRs) in primary auditory cortex (A1) 15 min after pairing in guinea pigs with and without noise-induced tinnitus. Neural responses were enhanced (+10 ms) or suppressed (0 ms) based on the bimodal pairing interval. Here we investigated whether bimodal stimulation leads to long-term (up to 2 h) changes in tone-evoked and SFRs and neural synchrony (correlate of tinnitus) and if the long-term bimodal effects are altered following noise exposure...
July 13, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712672/noise-induced-cochlear-synaptopathy-in-rhesus-monkeys-macaca-mulatta
#2
M D Valero, J A Burton, S N Hauser, T A Hackett, R Ramachandran, M C Liberman
Cochlear synaptopathy can result from various insults, including acoustic trauma, aging, ototoxicity, or chronic conductive hearing loss. For example, moderate noise exposure in mice can destroy up to ∼50% of synapses between auditory nerve fibers (ANFs) and inner hair cells (IHCs) without affecting outer hair cells (OHCs) or thresholds, because the synaptopathy occurs first in high-threshold ANFs. However, the fiber loss likely impairs temporal processing and hearing-in-noise, a classic complaint of those with sensorineural hearing loss...
July 8, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709732/medial-geniculate-neurons-show-diverse-effects-in-response-to-electrical-stimulation-of-prefrontal-cortex
#3
K M Barry, D Robertson, W H A M Mulders
Phantom perceptions have been proposed to arise due to dysfunctional sensory gating at the level of the thalamus. Recently, it has been suggested that tinnitus, a phantom perception of sound, may arise from altered cortico-limbic circuitry and its connection with the auditory thalamus, the medial geniculate nucleus (MGN). Indeed, some elements of this cortico-limbic circuitry, such as the prefrontal cortex (PFC), as well as elements of the auditory pathway, have been shown to be altered in humans with tinnitus...
July 8, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705607/noise-induced-hearing-loss-induces-loudness-intolerance-in-a-rat-active-sound-avoidance-paradigm-asap
#4
Senthilvelan Manohar, Jaclyn Spoth, Kelly Radziwon, Benjamin D Auerbach, Richard Salvi
Hyperacusis is a loudness hypersensitivity disorder in which moderate-intensity sounds are perceived as extremely loud, aversive and/or painful. To assess the aversive nature of sounds, we developed an Active Sound Avoidance Paradigm (ASAP) in which rats altered their place preference in a Light/Dark shuttle box in response to sound. When no sound (NS) was present, rats spent more than 95% of the time in the Dark Box versus the transparent Light Box. However, when a 60 or 90 dB SPL noise (2-20 kHz, 2-8 kHz, or 16-20 kHz bandwidth) was presented in the Dark Box, the rats'' preference for the Dark Box significantly decreased...
July 8, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697947/synaptic-distribution-and-plasticity-in-primary-auditory-cortex-a1-exhibits-laminar-and-cell-specific-changes-in-the-deaf
#5
H Ruth Clemo, Stephen G Lomber, M Alex Meredith
The processing sequence through primary auditory cortex (A1) is impaired by deafness as evidenced by reduced neuronal activation in A1 of cochlear-implanted deaf cats. Such a loss of neuronal excitation should be manifest as changes in excitatory synaptic number and/or size, for which the post-synaptic correlate is the dendritic spine. Therefore, the present study sought evidence for this functional disruption using Golgi-Cox/light microscopic techniques that examined spine-bearing neurons and their dendritic spine features across all laminae in A1 of early-deaf (ototoxic lesion <1 month; raised into adulthood >16 months) and hearing cats...
July 1, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688755/simultaneous-masking-between-electric-and-acoustic-stimulation-in-cochlear-implant-users-with-residual-low-frequency-hearing
#6
Benjamin Krüger, Andreas Büchner, Waldo Nogueira
Ipsilateral electric-acoustic stimulation (EAS) is becoming increasingly important in cochlear implant (CI) treatment. Improvements in electrode designs and surgical techniques have contributed to improved hearing preservation during implantation. Consequently, CI implantation criteria have been expanded toward people with significant residual low-frequency hearing, who may benefit from the combined use of both the electric and acoustic stimulation in the same ear. However, only few studies have investigated the mutual interaction between electric and acoustic stimulation modalities...
June 30, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705608/the-impact-of-hearing-aids-and-age-related-hearing-loss-on-auditory-plasticity-across-three-months-an-electrical-neuroimaging-study
#7
Nathalie Giroud, Ulrike Lemke, Philip Reich, Katarina L Matthes, Martin Meyer
The present study investigates behavioral and electrophysiological auditory and cognitive-related plasticity in three groups of healthy older adults (60-77 years). Group 1 was moderately hearing-impaired, experienced hearing aid users, and fitted with new hearing aids using non-linear frequency compression (NLFC on); Group 2, also moderately hearing-impaired, used the same type of hearing aids but NLFC was switched off during the entire period of study duration (NLFC off); Group 3 represented individuals with age-appropriate hearing (NHO) as controls, who were not different in IQ, gender, or age from Group 1 and 2...
June 29, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687184/paraflocculus-plays-a-role-in-salicylate-induced-tinnitus
#8
Yali Du, Junxiu Liu, Qin Jiang, Qingchuan Duan, Lanqun Mao, Furong Ma
Tinnitus impairs quality of life of about 1-2% of the whole population. In most severe situation, tinnitus may cause social isolation, depression and suicide. Drug treatments for tinnitus are generally ineffective, and the mechanisms of tinnitus are still undetermined. Accumulating evidence suggests that tinnitus is related to changes of widespread brain networks. Recent studies propose that paraflocculus (PFL), which is indirectly connected to various cortical regions, may be a gating zone of tinnitus. So we examined the electrophysiological changes and neurotransmitter alterations of the PFL in a rat model of sodium salicylate (SS)-induced tinnitus...
June 29, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716582/a-probabilistic-poisson-based-model-accounts-for-an-extensive-set-of-absolute-auditory-threshold-measurements
#9
Peter Heil, Artur Matysiak, Heinrich Neubauer
Thresholds for detecting sounds in quiet decrease with increasing sound duration in every species studied. The neural mechanisms underlying this trade-off, often referred to as temporal integration, are not fully understood. Here, we probe the human auditory system with a large set of tone stimuli differing in duration, shape of the temporal amplitude envelope, duration of silent gaps between bursts, and frequency. Duration was varied by varying the plateau duration of plateau-burst (PB) stimuli, the duration of the onsets and offsets of onset-offset (OO) stimuli, and the number of identical bursts of multiple-burst (MB) stimuli...
June 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666703/a-comparative-study-of-med-el-fmt-attachment-to-the-long-process-of-the-incus-in-intact-middle-ears-and-its-attachment-to-disarticulated-stapes-head
#10
Tao Chen, Liu-Jie Ren, Dong-Ming Yin, Jia Li, Lin Yang, Pei-Dong Dai, Tian-Yu Zhang
The Vibrant Soundbridge(©) (VSB) active middle-ear implant provides an effective treatment for mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss in the case of normal middle ear anatomy and mixed hearing loss in middle ear malformation. The VSB floating mass transducer (FMT), with proper couplers, can be installed on various structures of the ossicular chain, e.g., the short and long process of the incus, the stapes head, and the stapes footplate. A long process (LP) coupler is most commonly used for FMT attachment to the long process of the incus with intact ossicular chain, while CliP and Bell couplers are two standardized and reliable methods for FMT attachment to the stapes head with missing incus and malleus...
June 23, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666702/contralateral-routing-of-signals-disrupts-monaural-level-and-spectral-cues-to-sound-localisation-on-the-horizontal-plane
#11
Adam J Pedley, Pádraig T Kitterick
OBJECTIVES: Contra-lateral routing of signals (CROS) devices re-route sound between the deaf and hearing ears of unilaterally-deaf individuals. This rerouting would be expected to disrupt access to monaural level cues that can support monaural localisation in the horizontal plane. However, such a detrimental effect has not been confirmed by clinical studies of CROS use. The present study aimed to exercise strict experimental control over the availability of monaural cues to localisation in the horizontal plane and the fitting of the CROS device to assess whether signal routing can impair the ability to locate sources of sound and, if so, whether CROS selectively disrupts monaural level or spectral cues to horizontal location, or both...
June 21, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655419/neural-representations-of-concurrent-sounds-with-overlapping-spectra-in-rat-inferior-colliculus-comparisons-between-temporal-fine-structure-and-envelope
#12
Lu Luo, Qian Wang, Liang Li
Perceptual segregation of multiple sounds, which overlap in both time and spectra, into individual auditory streams is critical for hearing in natural environments. Some cues such as interaural time disparities (ITDs) play an important role in the segregation, especially when sounds are separated in space. In this study, we investigated the neural representation of two uncorrelated narrowband noises that shared the identical spectrum in the rat inferior colliculus (IC) using frequency-following-response (FFR) recordings, when the ITD for each noise stimulus was manipulated...
June 17, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668316/ontogenetic-development-of-the-inner-ear-saccule-and-utricle-in-the-lusitanian-toadfish-potential-implications-for-auditory-sensitivity
#13
Patrícia P Chaves, Ciara M C Valdoria, M Clara P Amorim, Raquel O Vasconcelos
Studies addressing structure-function relationships of the fish auditory system during development are sparse compared to other taxa. The Batrachoididae has become an important group to investigate mechanisms of auditory plasticity and evolution of auditory-vocal systems. A recent study reported ontogenetic improvements in the inner ear saccule sensitivity of the Lusitanian toadfish, Halobatrachus didactylus, but whether this results from changes in the sensory morphology remains unknown. We investigated how the macula and organization of auditory receptors in the saccule and utricle change during growth in this species...
June 15, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571616/advances-in-translational-inner-ear-stem-cell-research
#14
REVIEW
Athanasia Warnecke, Adam J Mellott, Ariane Römer, Thomas Lenarz, Hinrich Staecker
Stem cell research is expanding our understanding of developmental biology as well as promising the development of new therapies for a range of different diseases. Within hearing research, the use of stem cells has focused mainly on cell replacement. Stem cells however have a broad range of other potential applications that are just beginning to be explored in the ear. Mesenchymal stem cells are an adult derived stem cell population that have been shown to produce growth factors, modulate the immune system and can differentiate into a wide variety of tissue types...
May 25, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527538/masking-release-with-changing-fundamental-frequency-electric-acoustic-stimulation-resembles-normal-hearing-subjects
#15
Alice Barbara Auinger, Dominik Riss, Rudolfs Liepins, Tobias Rader, Tilman Keck, Thomas Keintzel, Alexandra Kaider, Wolf-Dieter Baumgartner, Wolfgang Gstoettner, Christoph Arnoldner
It has been shown that patients with electric acoustic stimulation (EAS) perform better in noisy environments than patients with a cochlear implant (CI). One reason for this could be the preserved access to acoustic low-frequency cues including the fundamental frequency (F0). Therefore, our primary aim was to investigate whether users of EAS experience a release from masking with increasing F0 difference between target talker and masking talker. The study comprised 29 patients and consisted of three groups of subjects: EAS users, CI users and normal-hearing listeners (NH)...
May 11, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505527/amino-acid-and-acetylcholine-chemistry-in-the-central-auditory-system-of-young-middle-aged-and-old-rats
#16
Donald A Godfrey, Kejian Chen, Thomas R O'Toole, Abdurrahman I A A Mustapha
Older adults generally experience difficulties with hearing. Age-related changes in the chemistry of central auditory regions, especially the chemistry underlying synaptic transmission between neurons, may be of particular relevance for hearing changes. In this study, we used quantitative microchemical methods to map concentrations of amino acids, including the major neurotransmitters of the brain, in all the major central auditory structures of young (6 months), middle-aged (22 months), and old (33 months old) Fischer 344 x Brown Norway rats...
May 4, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495019/response-to-letter-psychometric-properties-of-the-tinnitus-functional-index-tfi-assessment-in-a-uk-research-volunteer-population
#17
LETTER
Kathryn Fackrell, Deborah A Hall, Johanna G Barry, Derek J Hoare
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 4, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505528/acuity-in-ranging-based-on-delay-tuned-combination-sensitive-neurons-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-mustached-bats
#18
Masakiyo Suzuki, Nobuo Suga
A 1.0-ms echo delay from an emitted bio-sonar pulse at 25 °C corresponds to a 17.3-cm target distance. In the auditory cortex of the mustached bat, Pteronotus parnellii, neurons tuned to a specific delay (best delay) of an echo from an emitted pulse are clustered in the FF, dorsal fringe and ventral fringe areas. ("FF" stands for the frequency-modulated components of a pulse and its echo.) Those delay-tuned neurons are systematically arranged in the FF area according to their best delays and form a 18-ms-long delay axis...
May 2, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494386/effect-of-efferent-activation-on-binaural-frequency-selectivity
#19
Jesko L Verhey, Monika Kordus, Vit Drga, Ifat Yasin
Binaural notched-noise experiments indicate a reduced frequency selectivity of the binaural system compared to monaural processing. The present study investigates how auditory efferent activation (via the medial olivocochlear system) affects binaural frequency selectivity in normal-hearing listeners. Thresholds were measured for a 1-kHz signal embedded in a diotic notched-noise masker for various notch widths. The signal was either presented in phase (diotic) or in antiphase (dichotic), gated with the noise...
May 2, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637591/salicylate-induced-frequency-map-reorganization-in-four-subfields-of-the-mouse-auditory-cortex
#20
Yasutaka Yanagawa, Kengo Takasu, Hisayuki Osanai, Takashi Tateno
Salicylate is the active ingredient in aspirin, and in high-doses it is used as an experimental tool to induce transient hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis. These salicylate-induced perceptual disturbances are associated with tonotopic-map reorganization and neural activity modulation, and such neural correlates have been examined in the central auditory pathway, including the auditory cortex (AC). Although previous studies have reported that salicylate induces increases in noise-burst-evoked neural responses and reorganization of tonotopic maps in the primary AC, little is known about the effects of salicylate on other frequency-organized AC subfields such as the anterior auditory, secondary auditory, and dorsomedial fields...
August 2017: Hearing Research
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