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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085740/sound-localization-and-speech-perception-in-noise-of-pediatric-cochlear-implant-recipients-bimodal-fitting-versus-bilateral-cochlear-implants
#1
Ji Eun Choi, Il Joon Moon, Eun Yeon Kim, Hee-Sung Park, Byung Kil Kim, Won-Ho Chung, Yang-Sun Cho, Carolyn J Brown, Sung Hwa Hong
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare binaural performance of auditory localization task and speech perception in babble measure between children who use a cochlear implant (CI) in one ear and a hearing aid (HA) in the other (bimodal fitting) and those who use bilateral CIs. DESIGN: Thirteen children (mean age ± SD = 10 ± 2.9 years) with bilateral CIs and 19 children with bimodal fitting were recruited to participate. Sound localization was assessed using a 13-loudspeaker array in a quiet sound-treated booth...
January 12, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085739/benefits-of-music-training-for-perception-of-emotional-speech-prosody-in-deaf-children-with-cochlear-implants
#2
Arla Good, Karen A Gordon, Blake C Papsin, Gabe Nespoli, Talar Hopyan, Isabelle Peretz, Frank A Russo
OBJECTIVES: Children who use cochlear implants (CIs) have characteristic pitch processing deficits leading to impairments in music perception and in understanding emotional intention in spoken language. Music training for normal-hearing children has previously been shown to benefit perception of emotional prosody. The purpose of the present study was to assess whether deaf children who use CIs obtain similar benefits from music training. We hypothesized that music training would lead to gains in auditory processing and that these gains would transfer to emotional speech prosody perception...
January 11, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085738/using-neural-response-telemetry-to-monitor-physiological-responses-to-acoustic-stimulation-in-hybrid-cochlear-implant-users
#3
Paul J Abbas, Viral D Tejani, Rachel A Scheperle, Carolyn J Brown
OBJECTIVE: This report describes the results of a series of experiments where we use the neural response telemetry (NRT) system of the Nucleus cochlear implant (CI) to measure the response of the peripheral auditory system to acoustic stimulation in Nucleus Hybrid CI users. The objectives of this study were to determine whether they could separate responses from hair cells and neurons and to evaluate the stability of these measures over time. DESIGN: Forty-four CI users participated...
January 11, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045838/effect-of-context-and-hearing-loss-on-time-gated-word-recognition-in-children
#4
Dawna Lewis, Judy Kopun, Ryan McCreery, Marc Brennan, Kanae Nishi, Evan Cordrey, Pat Stelmachowicz, Mary Pat Moeller
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to examine word recognition in children who are hard of hearing (CHH) and children with normal hearing (CNH) in response to time-gated words presented in high- versus low-predictability sentences (HP, LP), where semantic cues were manipulated. Findings inform our understanding of how CHH combine cognitive-linguistic and acoustic-phonetic cues to support spoken word recognition. It was hypothesized that both groups of children would be able to make use of linguistic cues provided by HP sentences to support word recognition...
December 30, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045837/prevalence-incidence-proportion-and-heritability-for-tinnitus-a-longitudinal-twin-study
#5
Renata Bogo, Ahmed Farah, Kjell K Karlsson, Nancy L Pedersen, Magnus Svartengren, Åsa Skjönsberg
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this longitudinal twin study was to explore the effect of tinnitus on hearing thresholds and threshold shifts over two decades and to investigate the genetic contribution to tinnitus in a male twin cohort (n = 1114 at baseline and 583 at follow-up). The hypothesis was that participants with faster hearing deterioration had a higher risk for developing tinnitus and there is an underlying role of genetic influences on tinnitus. DESIGN: Male mono- and dizygotic twin pairs, born between 1914 and 1958 were included...
December 30, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045836/effects-of-stimulus-polarity-and-artifact-reduction-method-on-the-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potential
#6
Michelle L Hughes, Jenny L Goehring, Jacquelyn L Baudhuin
OBJECTIVE: Previous research from our laboratory comparing electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) artifact reduction methods has shown larger amplitudes and lower thresholds with cathodic-leading forward masking (CathFM) than with alternating polarity (AltPol). One interpretation of this result is that the anodic-leading phase used with AltPol elicits a less excitatory response (in contrast to results from recent studies with humans), which when averaged with responses to cathodic-leading stimuli, results in smaller amplitudes...
December 30, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045835/normative-wideband-reflectance-equivalent-admittance-at-the-tympanic-membrane-and-acoustic-stapedius-reflex-threshold-in-adults
#7
M Patrick Feeney, Douglas H Keefe, Lisa L Hunter, Denis F Fitzpatrick, Angela C Garinis, Daniel B Putterman, Garnett P McMillan
OBJECTIVES: Wideband acoustic immittance (WAI) measures such as pressure reflectance, parameterized by absorbance and group delay, equivalent admittance at the tympanic membrane (TM), and acoustic stapedius reflex threshold (ASRT) describe middle ear function across a wide frequency range, compared with traditional tests employing a single frequency. The objective of this study was to obtain normative data using these tests for a group of normal-hearing adults and investigate test-retest reliability using a longitudinal design...
December 30, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045787/some-neurocognitive-correlates-of-noise-vocoded-speech-perception-in-children-with-normal-hearing-a-replication-and-extension-of-eisenberg-et-al-2002
#8
Adrienne S Roman, David B Pisoni, William G Kronenberger, Kathleen F Faulkner
OBJECTIVES: Noise-vocoded speech is a valuable research tool for testing experimental hypotheses about the effects of spectral degradation on speech recognition in adults with normal hearing (NH). However, very little research has utilized noise-vocoded speech with children with NH. Earlier studies with children with NH focused primarily on the amount of spectral information needed for speech recognition without assessing the contribution of neurocognitive processes to speech perception and spoken word recognition...
December 27, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045786/three-dimensional-force-profile-during-cochlear-implantation-depends-on-individual-geometry-and-insertion-trauma
#9
Ersin Avci, Tim Nauwelaers, Volkmar Hamacher, Andrej Kral
OBJECTIVES: To preserve the acoustic hearing, cochlear implantation has to be as atraumatic as possible. Therefore, understanding the impact of the cochlear geometry on insertion forces and intracochlear trauma might help to adapt and improve the electrode insertion and reduce the probability of intracochlear trauma. DESIGN: The study was conducted on 10 fresh-frozen human temporal bones. The inner ear was removed from the temporal bone. The bony capsule covering the scala vestibuli was removed and the dissected inner ear was mounted on the three-dimensional (3D) force measurement system (Agilent technologies, Nano UTM, Santa Clare, CA)...
December 27, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045785/cold-thermal-irrigation-decreases-the-ipsilateral-gain-of-the-vestibulo-ocular-reflex
#10
Laszlo T Tamás, Konrad P Weber, Christopher J Bockisch, Dominik Straumann, David M Lasker, Béla Büki, Alexander A Tarnutzer
OBJECTIVES: During head rotations, neuronal firing rates increase in ipsilateral and decrease in contralateral vestibular afferents. At low accelerations, this "push-pull mechanism" is linear. At high accelerations, however, the change of firing rates is nonlinear in that the ipsilateral increase of firing rate is larger than the contralateral decrease. This mechanism of stronger ipsilateral excitation than contralateral inhibition during high-acceleration head rotation, known as Ewald's second law, is implemented within the nonlinear pathways...
December 27, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002083/the-effect-of-interaural-mismatches-on-contralateral-unmasking-with-single-sided-vocoders
#11
Jessica M Wess, Douglas S Brungart, Joshua G W Bernstein
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear-implant (CI) users with single-sided deafness (SSD)-that is, one normal-hearing (NH) ear and one CI ear-can obtain some unmasking benefits when a mixture of target and masking voices is presented to the NH ear and a copy of just the masking voices is presented to the CI ear. NH listeners show similar benefits in a simulation of SSD-CI listening, whereby a mixture of target and masking voices is presented to one ear and a vocoded copy of the masking voices is presented to the opposite ear...
December 19, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002082/long-term-synergistic-interaction-of-cisplatin-and-noise-induced-hearing-losses
#12
J Riley DeBacker, Ryan T Harrison, Eric C Bielefeld
OBJECTIVE: Past experiments in the literature have shown that cisplatin interacts synergistically with noise to create hearing loss. Much of the previous work on the synergistic interaction of noise and cisplatin tested exposures that occurred very close together in time. The present study assessed whether rats that have been exposed to cisplatin continue to show increased susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss months after conclusion of the cisplatin exposure. DESIGN: Thirty-two Fischer 344/NHsd rats were exposed to one of five conditions: (1) cisplatin exposure followed by immediate cochlear tissue harvest, (2) cisplatin exposure and a 20-week monitoring period before tissue harvest, (3) cisplatin exposure followed immediately by noise exposure, (4) cisplatin exposure followed by noise exposure 16 weeks later, and (5) noise exposure without cisplatin exposure...
December 19, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002081/children-with-cochlear-implants-and-their-parents-relations-between-parenting-style-and-children-s-social-emotional-functioning
#13
Lizet Ketelaar, Carin H Wiefferink, Johan H M Frijns, Carolien Rieffe
OBJECTIVES: Parenting a child who has a severe or profound hearing loss can be challenging and at times stressful, and might cause parents to use more adverse parenting styles compared with parents of hearing children. Parenting styles are known to impact children's social-emotional development. Children with a severe to profound hearing loss may be more reliant on their parents in terms of their social-emotional development when compared with their hearing peers who typically have greater opportunities to interact with and learn from others outside their family environment...
December 19, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002080/on-the-etiology-of-listening-difficulties-in-noise-despite-clinically-normal-audiograms
#14
Martin Pienkowski
Many people with difficulties following conversations in noisy settings have "clinically normal" audiograms, that is, tone thresholds better than 20 dB HL from 0.1 to 8 kHz. This review summarizes the possible causes of such difficulties, and examines established as well as promising new psychoacoustic and electrophysiologic approaches to differentiate between them. Deficits at the level of the auditory periphery are possible even if thresholds remain around 0 dB HL, and become probable when they reach 10 to 20 dB HL...
December 19, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941405/optimizations-for-the-electrically-evoked-stapedial-reflex-threshold-measurement-in-cochlear-implant-recipients
#15
Jace Wolfe, Melanie Gilbert, Erin Schafer, Leonid M Litvak, Anthony J Spahr, Aniket Saoji, Charles Finley
OBJECTIVE: The electrically-evoked stapedial reflex threshold (eSRT) has proven to be useful in setting upper stimulation levels of cochlear implant recipients. However, the literature suggests that the reflex can be difficult to observe in a significant percentage of the population. The primary goal of this investigation was to assess the difference in eSRT levels obtained with alternative acoustic admittance probe tone frequencies. DESIGN: A repeated-measures design was used to examine the effect of 3 probe tone frequencies (226, 678, and 1000 Hz) on eSRT in 23 adults with cochlear implants...
December 7, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941404/dichotic-digits-test-performance-across-the-ages-results-from-two-large-epidemiologic-cohort-studies
#16
Mary E Fischer, Karen J Cruickshanks, David M Nondahl, Barbara E K Klein, Ronald Klein, James S Pankow, Ted S Tweed, Dayna S Dalton, Adam J Paulsen
OBJECTIVES: The Dichotic Digits test (DDT) has been widely used to assess central auditory processing but there is limited information on observed DDT performance in a general population. The purpose of the study was to determine factors related to DDT performance in a large cohort spanning the adult age range. DESIGN: The study was cross-sectional and subjects were participants in the Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study (EHLS), a population-based investigation of age-related hearing loss, or the Beaver Dam Offspring Study (BOSS), a study of aging in the adult offspring of the EHLS members...
December 7, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879487/electrocochleography-in-cochlear-implant-recipients-with-residual-hearing-comparison-with-audiometric-thresholds
#17
Kanthaiah Koka, Aniket A Saoji, Leonid M Litvak
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether electrocochleography (ECoG) thresholds, especially cochlear microphonic and auditory nerve neurophonic thresholds, measured using an intracochlear electrode, can be used to predict pure-tone audiometric thresholds following cochlear implantation in ears with residual hearing. DESIGN: Pure-tone audiometric thresholds and ECoG waveforms were measured at test frequencies from 125 to 4000 Hz in 21 Advanced Bionics cochlear implant recipients with residual hearing in the implanted ear...
November 22, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861251/fast-click-rate-electrocochleography-and-auditory-brainstem-response-in-normal-hearing-adults-using-continuous-loop-averaging-deconvolution
#18
Wafaa A Kaf, Kelly M Lewis, Erdem Yavuz, Samantha M Dixon, Mark Van Ess, Abdullah M Jamos, Rafael E Delgado
OBJECTIVES: Using the continuous loop averaging deconvolution (CLAD) technique for conventional electrocochleography (ECochG) and auditory brainstem response (ABR) recordings, the effects of testing at high stimulus rates may have the potential to diagnose disorders of the inner ear and auditory nerve. First, a body of normative data using the CLAD technique must be established. DESIGN: Extratympanic click ECochG and ABR to seven stimulus rates using CLAD were measured simultaneously from a tympanic membrane electrode and surface electrodes on the forehead and mastoid of 42 healthy individuals...
November 16, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828788/sequential-bilateral-cochlear-implantation-in-children-outcome-of-the-second-implant-and-long-term-use
#19
Marte Myhrum, Henrik Strøm-Roum, Mariann Gjervik Heldahl, Arne Kirkhorn Rødvik, Beth Eksveen, Borghild Landsvik, Kjell Rasmussen, Ole Edvard Tvete
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this retrospective cohort study was to assess speech perception outcomes of second-side cochlear implants (CI2) relative to first-side implants (CI1) in 160 participants who received their CI1 as a child. The predictive factors of CI2 speech perception outcomes were investigated. In addition, CI2 device use predictive models were assessed using the categorical variable of participant's decision to use CI2 for a minimum of 5 years after surgery. Findings from a prospective study that evaluated the bilateral benefit for speech recognition in noise in a participant subgroup (n = 29) are also presented...
November 8, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067750/unilateral-hearing-loss-understanding-speech-recognition-and-localization-variability-implications-for-cochlear-implant-candidacy
#20
Jill B Firszt, Ruth M Reeder, Laura K Holden
OBJECTIVES: At a minimum, unilateral hearing loss (UHL) impairs sound localization ability and understanding speech in noisy environments, particularly if the loss is severe to profound. Accompanying the numerous negative consequences of UHL is considerable unexplained individual variability in the magnitude of its effects. Identification of covariables that affect outcome and contribute to variability in UHLs could augment counseling, treatment options, and rehabilitation. Cochlear implantation as a treatment for UHL is on the rise yet little is known about factors that could impact performance or whether there is a group at risk for poor cochlear implant outcomes when hearing is near-normal in one ear...
November 4, 2016: Ear and Hearing
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