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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505526/peripheral-hearing-loss-reduces-the-ability-of-children-to-direct-selective-attention-during-multi-talker-listening
#1
Emma Holmes, Padraig T Kitterick, A Quentin Summerfield
Restoring normal hearing requires knowledge of how peripheral and central auditory processes are affected by hearing loss. Previous research has focussed primarily on peripheral changes following sensorineural hearing loss, whereas consequences for central auditory processing have received less attention. We examined the ability of hearing-impaired children to direct auditory attention to a voice of interest (based on the talker's spatial location or gender) in the presence of a common form of background noise: the voices of competing talkers (i...
May 10, 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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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/28478300/chronic-tinnitus-and-unipolar-brush-cell-alterations-in-the-cerebellum-and-dorsal-cochlear-nucleus
#6
Thomas Brozoski, Daniel Brozoski, Kurt Wisner, Carol Bauer
Animal model research has shown that the central features of tinnitus, the perception of sound without an acoustic correlate, include elevated spontaneous and stimulus-driven activity, enhanced burst-mode firing, decreased variance of inter-spike intervals, and distortion of tonotopic frequency representation. Less well documented are cell-specific correlates of tinnitus. Unipolar brush cell (UBC) alterations in animals with psychophysical evidence of tinnitus has recently been reported. UBCs are glutamatergic interneurons that appear to function as local-circuit signal amplifiers...
May 2, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526177/two-cell-populations-participate-in-clearance-of-damaged-hair-cells-from-the-sensory-epithelia-of-the-inner-ear
#7
REVIEW
Keiko Hirose, Mark A Rutherford, Mark E Warchol
The cochlea and the vestibular organs are populated by resident macrophages, but their role in inner ear maintenance and pathology is not entirely clear. Resident macrophages in other organs are responsible for phagocytosis of injured or infected cells, and it is likely that macrophages in the inner ear serve a similar role. Hair cell injury causes macrophages to accumulate within proximity of damaged regions of the inner ear, either by exiting the vasculature and entering the labyrinth or by the resident macrophages reorganizing themselves through local movement to the areas of injury...
April 28, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511103/the-detection-of-virtual-objects-using-echoes-by-humans-spectral-cues
#8
Daniel Rowan, Timos Papadopoulos, Lauren Archer, Amanda Goodhew, Hayley Cozens, Ricardo Guzman Lopez, David Edwards, Hannah Holmes, Robert Allen
Some blind people use echoes to detect discrete, silent objects to support their spatial orientation/navigation, independence, safety and wellbeing. The acoustical features that people use for this are not well understood. Listening to changes in spectral shape due to the presence of an object could be important for object detection and avoidance, especially at short range, although it is currently not known whether it is possible with echolocation-related sounds. Bands of noise were convolved with recordings of binaural impulse responses of objects in an anechoic chamber to create 'virtual objects', which were analysed and played to sighted and blind listeners inexperienced in echolocation...
April 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463806/salicylate-induced-hyperacusis-in-rats-dose-and-frequency-dependent-effects
#9
Kelly Radziwon, David Holfoth, Julia Lindner, Zoe Kaier-Green, Rachael Bowler, Maxwell Urban, Richard Salvi
The use of auditory reaction time is a reliable measure of loudness perception in both animals and humans with reaction times (RT) decreasing with increasing stimulus intensity. Since abnormal loudness perception is a common feature of hyperacusis, a potentially debilitating auditory disorder in which moderate-intensity sounds are perceived as uncomfortable or painfully loud, we used RT measures to assess rats for salicylate-induced hyperacusis. A previous study using an operant conditioning RT procedure found that high-dose sodium salicylate (SS) induced hyperacusis-like behavior, i...
April 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460252/effects-of-noise-induced-hearing-loss-on-parvalbumin-and-perineuronal-net-expression-in-the-mouse-primary-auditory-cortex
#10
Anna Nguyen, Haroun M Khaleel, Khaleel A Razak
Noise induced hearing loss is associated with increased excitability in the central auditory system but the cellular correlates of such changes remain to be characterized. Here we tested the hypothesis that noise-induced hearing loss causes deterioration of perineuronal nets (PNNs) in the auditory cortex of mice. PNNs are specialized extracellular matrix components that commonly enwrap cortical parvalbumin (PV) containing GABAergic interneurons. Compared to somatosensory and visual cortex, relatively less is known about PV/PNN expression patterns in the primary auditory cortex (A1)...
April 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463805/time-dependent-activity-of-primary-auditory-neurons-in-the-presence-of-neurotrophins-and-antibiotics
#11
Helen Q Cai, Lisa N Gillespie, Tess Wright, William G A Brown, Ricki Minter, Bryony A Nayagam, Stephen J O'Leary, Karina Needham
In vitro cultures provide a valuable tool in studies examining the survival, morphology and function of cells in the auditory system. Primary cultures of primary auditory neurons have most notably provided critical insights into the role of neurotrophins in cell survival and morphology. Functional studies have also utilized in vitro models to study neuronal physiology and the ion channels that dictate these patterns of activity. Here we examine what influence time-in-culture has on the activity of primary auditory neurons, and how this affects our interpretation of neurotrophin and antibiotic-mediated effects in this population...
April 25, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463804/encapsulated-cell-device-approach-for-combined-electrical-stimulation-and-neurotrophic-treatment-of-the-deaf-cochlea
#12
W S Konerding, H Janssen, P Hubka, J Tornøe, P Mistrik, L Wahlberg, T Lenarz, A Kral, V Scheper
Profound hearing impairment can be overcome by electrical stimulation (ES) of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) via a cochlear implant (CI). Thus, SGN survival is critical for CI efficacy. Application of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has been shown to reduce SGN degeneration following deafness. We tested a novel method for local, continuous GDNF-delivery in combination with ES via a CI. The encapsulated cell (EC) device contained a human ARPE-19 cell-line, genetically engineered for secretion of GDNF...
April 25, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460253/early-cortical-metabolic-rearrangement-related-to-clinical-data-in-idiopathic-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss
#13
Alessandro Micarelli, Agostino Chiaravalloti, Andrea Viziano, Roberta Danieli, Orazio Schillaci, Marco Alessandrini
Results in studies concerning cortical changes in idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) are not homogeneous, in particular due to the different neuroimaging techniques implemented and the diverse stages of ISSNHL studied. Considering the recent advances in state-of-the-art positron emission tomography (PET) cameras, the aim of this study was to gain more insight into the neuroanatomical differences associated with the earliest stages of unilateral ISSNHL and clinical-perceptual performance changes...
April 25, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460251/streptococcus-pneumoniae-induced-ototoxicity-in-organ-of-corti-explant-cultures
#14
Michael Perny, Magdalena Solyga, Denis Grandgirard, Marta Roccio, Stephen L Leib, Pascal Senn
Hearing loss remains the most common long-term complication of pneumococcal meningitis (PM) reported in up to 30% of survivors. Streptococcus pneumoniae have been shown to possess different ototoxic properties. Here we present a novel ex vivo experimental setup to examine in detail the pattern of hair cell loss upon exposure to different S. pneumoniae strains, therefore recapitulating pathogen derived aspects of PM-induced hearing loss. Our results show a higher susceptibility towards S. pneumoniae-induced cochlear damage for outer hair cells (OHC) compared to inner hair cells (IHC), which is consistent with in vivo data...
April 25, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441570/neural-indices-of-phonemic-discrimination-and-sentence-level-speech-intelligibility-in-quiet-and-noise-a-p3-study
#15
Tess K Koerner, Yang Zhang, Peggy B Nelson, Boxiang Wang, Hui Zou
This study examined how speech babble noise differentially affected the auditory P3 responses and the associated neural oscillatory activities for consonant and vowel discrimination in relation to segmental- and sentence-level speech perception in noise. The data were collected from 16 normal-hearing participants in a double-oddball paradigm that contained a consonant (/ba/ to /da/) and vowel (/ba/ to /bu/) change in quiet and noise (speech-babble background at a -3 dB signal-to-noise ratio) conditions. Time-frequency analysis was applied to obtain inter-trial phase coherence (ITPC) and event-related spectral perturbation (ERSP) measures in delta, theta, and alpha frequency bands for the P3 response...
April 18, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456093/differences-in-velocity-information-processing-between-two-areas-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-mustached-bats
#16
Haibing Teng, Nobuo Suga
The bio-sonar pulse of the mustached bat, Pteronotus parnellii parnellii, consists of four harmonics of constant frequency (CF1-4) and frequency-modulated (FM1-4) components. The CF and FM components carry velocity and distance information, respectively. In the auditory cortex of mustached bats, the CC ("C" stands for constant frequency) and DIF (dorsal intrafossa) areas consist of CF/CF neurons tuned to a combination of pulse CF1 and echo CFn (n = 2 or 3). They show facilitative responses to pulse-echo stimuli with specific frequency differences, corresponding to Doppler shifts...
April 17, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432874/delayed-changes-in-auditory-status-in-cochlear-implant-users-with-preserved-acoustic-hearing
#17
Rachel A Scheperle, Viral D Tejani, Julia K Omtvedt, Carolyn J Brown, Paul J Abbas, Marlan R Hansen, Bruce J Gantz, Jacob J Oleson, Marie V Ozanne
This retrospective review explores delayed-onset hearing loss in 85 individuals receiving cochlear implants designed to preserve acoustic hearing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics between 2001 and 2015. Repeated measures of unaided behavioral audiometric thresholds, electrode impedance, and electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) amplitude growth functions were used to characterize longitudinal changes in auditory status. Participants were grouped into two primary categories according to changes in unaided behavioral thresholds: (1) stable hearing or symmetrical hearing loss and (2) delayed loss of hearing in the implanted ear...
April 12, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412580/a-non-toxic-dose-of-cobalt-chloride-blocks-hair-cells-of-the-zebrafish-lateral-line
#18
William J Stewart, Jacob L Johansen, James C Liao
Experiments on the flow-sensitive lateral line system of fishes have provided important insights into the function and sensory transduction of vertebrate hair cells. A common experimental approach has been to pharmacologically block lateral line hair cells and measure how behavior changes. Cobalt chloride (CoCl2) blocks the lateral line by inhibiting calcium movement through the membrane channels of hair cells, but high concentrations can be toxic, making it unclear whether changes in behavior are due to a blocked lateral line or poor health...
April 12, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426992/factors-affecting-sound-energy-absorbance-in-acute-otitis-media-model-of-chinchilla
#19
Xiying Guan, Thomas W Seale, Rong Z Gan
Acute otitis media (AOM) is a rapid-onset infection of the middle ear which results in middle ear pressure (MEP), middle ear effusion (MEE), and structural changes in middle ear tissues. Previous studies from our laboratory have identified that MEP, MEE, and middle ear structural changes are three factors affecting tympanic membrane (TM) mobility and hearing levels (Guan et al., 2014, 2013). Sound energy reflectance or absorbance (EA) is a diagnostic tool increasingly used in clinical settings for the identification of middle ear diseases...
April 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390777/on-the-role-of-ephrina2-in-auditory-function
#20
Neil J Ingham, Karen P Steel, Uwe Drescher
Recent findings suggest that the manipulation of the EphA/ephrinA system can improve hearing threshold sensitivity in the auditory system (Yates et al., 2014). These results appear to open-up the possibility that pharmacological manipulation of this system could lead to the development of treatments to cure some types of hearing loss. As a first step towards this goal, we have performed a further series of auditory brainstem evoked potential recordings on ephrinA2 homozygous knockout mice and their wildtype littermates in order to replicate the previously reported findings...
April 5, 2017: Hearing Research
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