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Journal of the American Academy of Audiology

Suzanne C Purdy, Mridula Sharma, Amanda Morgan
BACKGROUND: Classrooms can be noisy and are challenging listening environments for children with auditory processing disorder (APD). This research was undertaken to determine if the Listening Inventory for Education-UK version (LIFE-UK) can differentiate children with listening difficulties and APD from their typically developing peers. PURPOSE: To investigate reliability and validity of the student and teacher versions LIFE-UK questionnaire for assessing classroom listening difficulties...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Gabrielle H Saunders, Ian Odgear, Anna Cosgrove, Melissa T Frederick
BACKGROUND: There have been numerous recent reports on the association between hearing impairment and cognitive function, such that the cognition of adults with hearing loss is poorer relative to the cognition of adults with normal hearing (NH), even when amplification is used. However, it is not clear the extent to which this is testing artifact due to the individual with hearing loss being unable to accurately hear the test stimuli. PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this study was to examine whether use of amplification during cognitive screening with the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) improves performance on the MoCA...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Andrew J Vermiglio, Stephanie Griffin, Courtney Post, Xiangming Fang
BACKGROUND: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a pure-tone threshold average (PTA) ≤25 dB HL for the better ear represents "no impairment." This implies that patients with single-sided deafness (SSD) would have "no or very slight hearing problems." According to the American Medical Association (AMA), a patient with SSD would receive a binaural hearing impairment rating of 16.7%. The premise of the WHO and AMA methods is that PTA is related to the ability to perceive speech in everyday environments...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Hashir Aazh, Brian C J Moore
PURPOSE: The purpose was to assess the proportion of patients seeking help for tinnitus and/or hyperacusis who have severe hyperacusis and to examine factors associated with severe hyperacusis. RESEARCH DESIGN: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study based on 362 consecutive patients who attended a National Health Service audiology clinic for tinnitus and/or hyperacusis rehabilitation and for whom uncomfortable loudness levels (ULLs) had been measured. The criterion for severe hyperacusis was taken as a ULL of 30 dB HL or less for at least one of the measured frequencies for at least one ear...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Navshika Chandra, Kevin Chang, Arier Lee, Giriraj S Shekhawat, Grant D Searchfield
BACKGROUND: The effects of treatments on tinnitus have been difficult to quantify. The Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) has been proposed as a standard questionnaire for measurement of tinnitus treatment outcomes. For a questionnaire to achieve wide acceptance, its psychometric properties need to be confirmed in different populations. OBJECTIVE: To determine if the TFI is a reliable and valid measure of tinnitus, and if its psychometric properties are suitable for use as an outcome measure...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Shelby Tiffin, Susan Gordon-Hickey
BACKGROUND: Older adults often struggle with accurate perception of rate-altered speech and have difficulty understanding speech in noise. The acceptable noise level (ANL) quantifies a listener's willingness to listen to speech in background noise and has been found to accurately predict hearing aid success. Based on the difficulty older adults experience with rapid speech, we were interested in how older adults may change the amount of background noise they willingly accept in a variety of speech rate conditions...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Kathleen M McNerney, Mary Lou Coad, Robert Burkard
BACKGROUND: When patients are given instructions before vestibular function testing, they are often asked to refrain from ingesting caffeine 24 h before testing. However, research regarding the effects of caffeine on the outcome of vestibular function testing is limited. PURPOSE: To evaluate whether the results from rotational chair tests are influenced by caffeine. RESEARCH DESIGN: Participants were tested after consuming a caffeinated beverage (i...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Jennifer L Smart, Suzanne C Purdy, Andrea S Kelly
BACKGROUND: Personal frequency modulation (FM) systems are often recommended for children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD) to improve their listening environment in the classroom. Further evidence is required to support the continuation of this recommendation. PURPOSE: To determine whether personal FM systems enhance auditory processing abilities and classroom listening in school-aged children with APD. RESEARCH DESIGN: Two baseline assessments separated by eight weeks were undertaken before a 20-week trial of bilateral personal FM in the classroom...
July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Devin L McCaslin
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July 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Vinaya Manchaiah, Barbara Michiels Hernandez, Douglas L Beck
BACKGROUND: Health Behavior Change (HBC) refers to facilitating changes to habits and/or behaviors related to health. There are a number of models/theories of HBC, which provide a structured framework to better understand the HBCs of individuals. The Transtheoretical Model (TTM, aka "the Stages of Change" model) is an integrative model used to conceptualize the process of intentional behavior change and is applied to a variety of behaviors, populations, and settings. In the last few years, use of TTM by the profession of audiology has been increasing...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Mithila Durai, Mary G O'Keeffe, Grant D Searchfield
BACKGROUND: The precise mechanisms underlying tinnitus perception and distress are still not fully understood. A recent proposition is that auditory prediction errors and related memory representations may play a role in driving tinnitus perception. It is of interest to further explore this. PURPOSE: To obtain a comprehensive narrative synthesis of current research in relation to auditory prediction and its potential role in tinnitus perception and severity. RESEARCH DESIGN: A narrative review methodological framework was followed...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Jonathan M Vaisberg, Paula Folkeard, John Pumford, Philipp Narten, Susan Scollie
BACKGROUND: The real-ear-to-coupler difference (RECD) is an ANSI standardized method for estimating ear canal sound pressure level (SPL) thresholds and assisting in the prediction of real-ear aided responses. It measures the difference in dB between the SPL produced in the ear canal and the SPL produced in an HA-1 2-cc coupler by the same sound source. Recent evidence demonstrates that extended high-frequency bandwidth, beyond the hearing aid bandwidth typically measured, is capable of providing additional clinical benefit...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Jonas K Brännström, Wayne J Wilson, Sebastian Waechter
BACKGROUND: Despite the presence of efferent neural pathways from the cortex to brainstem, evidence for cognitive inhibition and sensory gating on the auditory brainstem has been mixed. Some previous studies have suggested auditory brainstem responses (ABR) can be affected by cognitive load whereas others have not. PURPOSE: The present study explores if the ABR recorded from adults with normal hearing was affected by increased cognitive load involving cognitive interference...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
K Jonas Brännström, Sebastian Waechter
BACKGROUND: A common complaint by people with tinnitus is that they experience that the tinnitus causes attention and concentration problems. Previous studies have examined how tinnitus influences cognitive performance on short and intensive cognitive tasks but without proper control of hearing status. PURPOSE: To examine the impact tinnitus and high-frequency hearing thresholds have on reading comprehension in quiet and in background noise. RESEARCH DESIGN: A between-group design with matched control participants...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Amisha Kanji, Katijah Khoza-Shangase
BACKGROUND: The ideal hearing screening measure is yet to be defined, with various newborn hearing screening protocols currently being recommended for different contexts. Such diverse recommendations call for further exploration and definition of feasible and context-specific protocols. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to establish which combinations of audiological screening measures provide both true-positive (TP) and true-negative (TN) results for risk-based hearing screening, at and across time...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Christina M Roup, Emily Post, Jessica Lewis
BACKGROUND: There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating self-reported hearing difficulties (HD; i.e., substantial difficulty in understanding speech in complex listening situations) in adults with normal pure-tone sensitivity. Anecdotally, some audiologists have tried personal mild-gain amplification as a treatment option for adults with HD. In 2008, Kuk and colleagues reported positive results of a mild-gain hearing aid trial for children with auditory processing disorders. To date, however, there have been no studies investigating the benefit of mild-gain amplification to treat HD in adults with normal audiograms...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Linda Gottermeier, Carol De Filippo
BACKGROUND: Individuals with early-onset severe-profound bilateral hearing loss (S/PHL) manifest diverse levels of benefit and satisfaction with hearing aids (HAs), even with prescriptive HA fitting. Such fittings incorporate normal loudness values, but little is known about aided loudness outcomes in this population and how those outcomes affect benefit or satisfaction. PURPOSE: To describe aided loudness growth and satisfaction with aided listening in experienced adult HA users with S/PHL...
June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Gary P Jacobson
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June 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Jeffery J Kuhn, Violette H Lavender, Lisa L Hunter, Stephanie E McGuire, Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Robert W Keith, John H Greinwald
BACKGROUND: To add to the limited body of literature on ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP) responses in children and to assess a different montage for oVEMP recording. PURPOSE: To evaluate the characteristics of the oVEMP response in children and compare the results with that of a group of healthy adults. RESEARCH DESIGN: Prospective descriptive study from a tertiary referral center. STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty-two children (mean age = 6...
May 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Lisa L Hunter, Chelsea M Blankenship, Rebekah G Gunter, Douglas H Keefe, M Patrick Feeney, David K Brown, Kelly Baroch
BACKGROUND: Examination of cochlear and neural potentials is necessary to assess sensory and neural status in infants, especially those cared for in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) who have high rates of hyperbilirubinemia and thus are at risk for auditory neuropathy (AN). PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether recording parameters commonly used in click-evoked auditory brain stem response (ABR) are useful for recording cochlear microphonic (CM) and Wave I in infants at risk for AN...
May 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
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