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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121162/the-effect-of-adaptive-nonlinear-frequency-compression-on-phoneme-perception
#1
Danielle Glista, Marianne Hawkins, Andrea Bohnert, Julia Rehmann, Jace Wolfe, Susan Scollie
Purpose: This study implemented a fitting method, developed for use with frequency lowering hearing aids, across multiple testing sites, participants, and hearing aid conditions to evaluate speech perception with a novel type of frequency lowering. Method: A total of 8 participants, including children and young adults, participated in real-world hearing aid trials. A blinded crossover design, including posttrial withdrawal testing, was used to assess aided phoneme perception...
November 9, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090311/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-novel-device-for-tinnitus-sound-therapy-during-sleep
#2
Sarah M Theodoroff, Garnett P McMillan, Tara L Zaugg, Megan Cheslock, Chan Roberts, James A Henry
Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine if a customized stimulus from the Otoharmonics Levo System reduces tinnitus perceptions and reactions for people with bothersome tinnitus. Method: Sixty participants were randomized to 1 of 3 groups that used sound therapy devices during sleep that differed in their acoustic stimulus: (a) tinnitus-matched (TM), (b) noise stimulus (NS), and (c) bedside sound generator (BSG). Outcome measures were the Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI), numeric rating scale of tinnitus loudness, and tinnitus loudness match...
October 31, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075750/promoting-hearing-health-collaboration-through-an-interprofessional-education-experience
#3
Jerald James, Rachel Chappell, Donald E Mercante, Tina Patel Gunaldo
Purpose: To enhance audiology and physician assistant (PA) student appreciation for collaboration/team-based care through an interprofessional educational activity focused on hearing assessments. Method: A total of 18 students from Louisiana State University Health-New Orleans's audiology and PA programs participated in an optional interprofessional education learning opportunity, which included a demonstration of hearing assessments. To assess student perspectives regarding interprofessional learning, the students completed pre- and post-surveys...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071340/combined-effects-of-noise-and-reverberation-on-sound-localization-for-listeners-with-normal-hearing-and-bilateral-cochlear-implants
#4
Yunfang Zheng, Janet Koehnke, Joan Besing
Purpose: This study examined the individual and combined effects of noise and reverberation on the ability of listeners with normal hearing (NH) and with bilateral cochlear implants (BCIs) to localize speech. Method: Six adults with BCIs and 10 with NH participated. All subjects completed a virtual localization test in quiet and at 0-, -4-, and -8-dB signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) in simulated anechoic and reverberant (0.2-, 0.6-, and 0.9-s RT60) environments. BCI users were also tested at +8- and +4-dB SNR...
October 25, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049634/internet-based-self-help-for-m%C3%A3-ni%C3%A3-re-s-disease-details-and-outcome-of-a-single-group-open-trial
#5
Ilmari Pyykko, Vinaya Manchaiah, Erna Kentala, Hilla Levo, Martti Juhola
Purpose: In this article, we present the details and the pilot outcome of an Internet-based self-help program for Ménière's disease (MD). Method: The Norton-Kaplan model is applied to construct a strategic, person-focused approach in the enablement process. The program assesses the disorder profile and diagnosis. In the therapeutic component of the program, the participant defines vision and time frame, inspects confounding factors, determines goals, establishes a strategy, and starts to work on the important problems caused by the disorder...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973106/validating-a-rapid-automated-test-of-spatial-release-from-masking
#6
Kasey M Jakien, Sean D Kampel, Meghan M Stansell, Frederick J Gallun
Purpose: To evaluate the test-retest reliability of a headphone-based spatial release from a masking task with two maskers (referred to here as the SR2) and to describe its relationship to the same test done over loudspeakers in an anechoic chamber (the SR2A). We explore what thresholds tell us about certain populations (such as older individuals or individuals with hearing impairment) and discuss how the SR2 might be useful in the clinic. Method: Fifty-four participants completed speech intelligibility tests in which a target phrase and two masking phrases from the Coordinate Response Measure corpus (Bolia, Nelson, Ericson, & Simpson, 2000) were presented either via earphones using a virtual spatial array or via loudspeakers in an anechoic chamber...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975255/a-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-triage-clinic
#7
Kristal M Riska, Faith W Akin, Laura Williams, Stephanie B Rouse, Owen D Murnane
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of triaging patients with motion-provoked dizziness into a benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) clinic. Method: A retrospective chart review was performed of veterans who were tested and treated for BPPV in a triaged BPPV clinic and veterans who were tested and treated for BPPV in a traditional vestibular clinic. Results: The BPPV triage clinic had a hit rate of 39%...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973090/characteristics-and-treatment-outcomes-of-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-in-a-cohort-of-veterans
#8
Faith W Akin, Kristal M Riska, Laura Williams, Stephanie B Rouse, Owen D Murnane
Background: The Mountain Home Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has been diagnosing and treating veterans with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) for almost 2 decades. The clinic protocol includes a 2-week follow-up visit to determine the treatment outcome of the canalith repositioning treatment (CRT). To date, the characteristics of BPPV and treatment efficacy have not been reported in a cohort of veterans with BPPV. Purpose: To determine the prevalence and characteristics of veterans diagnosed with BPPV in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center Audiology Clinic and to examine treatment outcomes...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915294/estimating-nonorganic-hearing-thresholds-using-binaural-auditory-stimuli
#9
Linda W Norrix, Vivian Rubiano, Thomas Muller
Purpose: Minimum contralateral interference levels (MCILs) are used to estimate true hearing thresholds in individuals with unilateral nonorganic hearing loss. In this study, we determined MCILs and examined the correspondence of MCILs to true hearing thresholds to quantify the accuracy of this procedure. Method: Sixteen adults with normal hearing participated. Subjects were asked to feign a unilateral hearing loss at 1.0, 2.0, and 4.0 kHz. MCILs were determined...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049630/reflections-on-lake-como-conferences-2000-2016
#10
Ferdinando Grandori, Deborah Hayes
We present an overview of the conceptualization and development of the Newborn Hearing Screening and Hearing Across the Lifespan (Lake Como) conferences from 2000 to 2016.
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049629/do-older-listeners-with-hearing-loss-benefit-from-dynamic-pitch-for-speech-recognition-in-noise
#11
Jing Shen, Pamela E Souza
Purpose: Dynamic pitch, the variation in the fundamental frequency of speech, aids older listeners' speech perception in noise. It is unclear, however, whether some older listeners with hearing loss benefit from strengthened dynamic pitch cues for recognizing speech in certain noise scenarios and how this relative benefit may be associated with individual factors. We first examined older individuals' relative benefit between natural and strong dynamic pitches for better speech recognition in noise...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049628/findings-from-eurotrak-surveys-from-2009-to-2015-hearing-loss-prevalence-hearing-aid-adoption-and-benefits-of-hearing-aid-use
#12
Nikolai Bisgaard, Stefan Ruf
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze data from the EuroTrak surveys performed from 2009 to 2015 in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom to identify factors that could account for the growth in hearing aid sales over that period. Method: Data of 132,028 people-approximately 15,000 for each of the 3 countries at 3-year intervals-were collected using a questionnaire. The sample in each country was weighted using the respective country age-gender populations to get balanced results...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049627/international-outcome-inventory-for-hearing-aids-data-from-a-large-swedish-quality-register-database
#13
Stig Arlinger, Peter Nordqvist, Marie Öberg
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze a database of completed International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids (IOI-HA) questionnaires obtained from over 100,000 clients fitted with new hearing aids in Sweden during the period of 2012-2016. Mean IOI-HA total scores were correlated with degree of hearing loss, unilateral versus bilateral fitting, first-time versus return clients, gender, and variation among dispensing clinics. The correlations with expectations, service quality, and technical functioning of the hearing aids were also analyzed...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049626/ecological-momentary-assessment-feasibility-construct-validity-and-future-applications
#14
Barbra H B Timmer, Louise Hickson, Stefan Launer
Purpose: This research assessed the feasibility and construct validity of ecological momentary assessment in capturing the hearing experiences of adults with mild hearing impairment in natural environments. Method: Twenty-nine adults between the ages of 55 and 79 years (M = 69 years) answered multiple surveys on a smartphone app over a 2-week trial. Participants also wore 1 environmental classifier and a streamer allowing bidirectional communication between smartphone and classifier...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049625/a-goldilocks-approach-to-hearing-aid-self-fitting-user-interactions
#15
Arthur Boothroyd, Carol Mackersie
Purpose: The purpose of the current study was to evaluate user reactions to custom software designed for self-adjustment of amplification. Method: "Goldilocks" software was developed to allow user exploration and selection of preferred levels of overall output, low-frequency cut, and high-frequency boost while listening to preprocessed speech. Thirteen hearing-aid users and 13 nonusers self-adjusted before and after taking a speech perception test incorporated into the software...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049624/the-alfa4hearing-model-at-a-glance-labeling-for-features-of-apps-for-hearing-health-care-to-characterize-mobile-apps-for-hearing-health-care
#16
Alessia Paglialonga, Francesco Pinciroli, Gabriella Tognola
Purpose: The aim of the study was to analyze, by using the ALFA4Hearing model (At-a-Glance Labeling for Features of Apps for Hearing Health Care), a sample of apps over a wide range of services in the hearing health care (HHC) domain in order to take a first picture of the current scenario of apps for HHC. Method: We tested 120 apps, and we characterized them by using the ALFA4Hearing model, which includes 29 features in 5 components (Promoters, Services, Implementation, Users, and Descriptive Information)...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049623/subjective-fatigue-in-children-with-hearing-loss-assessed-using-self-and-parent-proxy-report
#17
Benjamin W Y Hornsby, Samantha J Gustafson, Hope Lancaster, Sun-Joo Cho, Stephen Camarata, Fred H Bess
Purpose: The primary purposes of this study were to examine the effects of hearing loss and respondent type (self- vs. parent-proxy report) on subjective fatigue in children. We also examined associations between child-specific factors and fatigue ratings. Method: Subjective fatigue was assessed using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Multidimensional Fatigue Scale (PedsQL-MFS; Varni, Burwinkle, Katz, Meeske, & Dickinson, 2002). We compared self- and parent-proxy ratings from 60 children with hearing loss (CHL) and 43 children with normal hearing (CNH)...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049622/relation-between-listening-effort-and-speech-intelligibility-in-noise
#18
Melanie Krueger, Michael Schulte, Melanie A Zokoll, Kirsten C Wagener, Markus Meis, Thomas Brand, Inga Holube
Purpose: Subjective ratings of listening effort might be applicable to estimate hearing difficulties at positive signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) at which speech intelligibility scores are near 100%. Hence, ratings of listening effort were compared with speech intelligibility scores at different SNRs, and the benefit of hearing aids was evaluated. Method: Two groups of listeners, 1 with normal hearing and 1 with hearing impairment, performed adaptive speech intelligibility and adaptive listening effort tests (Adaptive Categorical Listening Effort Scaling; Krueger, Schulte, Brand, & Holube, 2017) with sentences of the Oldenburg Sentence Test (Wagener, Brand, & Kollmeier, 1999a, 1999b; Wagener, Kühnel, & Kollmeier, 1999) in 4 different maskers...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049621/autonomic-nervous-system-responses-to-hearing-related-demand-and-evaluative-threat
#19
Carol L Mackersie, Lucia Kearney
Purpose: This paper consists of 2 parts. The purpose of Part 1 was to review the potential influence of internal (person-related) factors on listening effort. The purpose of Part 2 was to present, in support of Part 1, preliminary data illustrating the interactive effects of an external factor (task demand) and an internal factor (evaluative threat) on autonomic nervous system measures. Method: For Part 1, we provided a brief narrative review of motivation and stress as modulators of listening effort...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049620/diagnosing-and-screening-in-a-minority-language-a-validation-study
#20
Melanie A Zokoll, Kirsten C Wagener, Birger Kollmeier
Purpose: The Turkish Digit Triplet Test for hearing self-screening purposes and the Turkish Matrix Test (TURMatrix) for follow-up hearing diagnostics offer an automated closed-set response format where patients respond by choosing from response alternatives. Their applicability for testing Turkish-speaking patients in their native language by German audiologists with different Turkish language skills was investigated. Method: Tests were composed of spoken numbers (Turkish Digit Triplet Test) or sentences (TURMatrix)...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
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