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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434002/in-situ-hearing-tests-for-the-purpose-of-a-self-fit-hearing-aid
#1
Monique Boymans, Wouter A Dreschler
This study investigated the potential and limitations of a self-fit hearing aid. This can be used in the "developing" world or in countries with large distances between the hearing-impaired subjects and the professional. It contains an on-board tone generator for in situ user-controlled, automated audiometry, and other tests for hearing aid fitting. Twenty subjects with mild hearing losses were involved. In situ audiometry showed a test-retest reliability (SD <3.7 dB) that compared well with the precision of diagnostic audiometry using headphones...
April 22, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423381/self-administered-tinnitus-pitch-matching-versus-a-conventional-audiometric-procedure
#2
Tae Su Kim, Natalia Yakunina, Yoon-Jong Ryu, Ik Joo Chung, Eui-Cheol Nam
OBJECTIVE: Obtaining an accurate tinnitus pitch match is an initial and critical requirement for tinnitus evaluation and treatment, particularly for applying tailor-made notched music training. We investigated whether computer-based self-administered tinnitus pitch matching (CSTPM) is comparable with a conventional audiometric procedure (CAP). METHODS: In total, 82 patients (mean age 45.52 years; 42 females) with tonal tinnitus participated. The CAP was performed by the same audiologist using a 2-alternative forced choice method with a frequency range of 0...
April 20, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423374/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-as-adjuvant-treatment-for-idiopathic-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss-after-failure-of-systemic-steroids
#3
Seiji Hosokawa, Ken-Ichi Sugiyama, Goro Takahashi, Yu-Ichi Hashimoto, Kumiko Hosokawa, Satoru Takebayashi, Hiroyuki Mineta
We evaluated the outcomes of and prognostic factors for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) treated with adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). A retrospective review of clinical data was performed for 167 patients with ISSNHL who failed to respond to systemic steroids and were treated by adjuvant HBOT at Shizuoka Saiseikai General Hospital. We analysed the clinical outcomes, the averaged 5-frequency hearing level after systemic steroids, patient age, the interval between post-steroids and pre-HBOT, vertigo as a complication, the presence of diabetes mellitus, smoking history, and hypertension...
April 20, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384627/simultaneous-versus-sequential-intratympanic-steroid-treatment-for-severe-to-profound-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss
#4
Myung Hoon Yoo, Won Sub Lim, Joo Hyun Park, Joong Keun Kwon, Tae-Hoon Lee, Yong-Hwi An, Young-Jin Kim, Jong Yang Kim, Hyun Woo Lim, Hong Ju Park
OBJECTIVES: Severe-to-profound sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) has a poor prognosis. We aimed to compare the efficacy of simultaneous and sequential oral and intratympanic steroids for this condition. METHODS: Fifty patients with severe-to-profound SSNHL (>70 dB HL) were included from 7 centers. The simultaneous group (27 patients) received oral and intratympanic steroid injections for 2 weeks. The sequential group (23 patients) was treated with oral steroids for 2 weeks and intratympanic steroids for the subsequent 2 weeks...
April 7, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222437/assessment-and-outcome-in-non-traditional-cochlear-implant-candidates
#5
Rebecca L Heywood, Deborah A Vickers, Francesca Pinto, George Fereos, Azhar Shaida
The objectives of this study were to assess: (i) patient expectations met as a measure of outcome in early-deafened, late-implanted (non-traditional) cochlear implant recipients and (ii) pre-implantation predictive factors for postoperative speech perception. The notes of 13 recipients were retrospectively reviewed. The mean age at onset of profound deafness was 1.5 years (range 0-6). The mean age at implantation was 37 years (range 22-51 years). Patient expectations were assessed pre-operatively and 1 year after implantation...
February 22, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099967/somatosensory-tinnitus-correlation-between-cranio-cervico-mandibular-disorder-history-and-somatic-modulation
#6
Massimo Ralli, Giancarlo Altissimi, Rosaria Turchetta, Filippo Mazzei, Massimo Salviati, Francesca Cianfrone, Maria Patrizia Orlando, Valeria Testugini, Giancarlo Cianfrone
In a subpopulation of patients, tinnitus can be modulated by movements of the jaw or head and neck due to complex somatosensory-auditory interactions. In some of these subjects, tinnitus could be related to an underlying temporomandibular (TMJ) or craniocervical (NECK) dysfunction that, if correctly identified, could streamline treatment and increase chances of tinnitus improvement. However, it is still unclear whether somatic modulation of tinnitus could be used as a screening tool for identifying such patients...
January 19, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081534/enhanced-auditory-sensitivity-to-body-vibrations-in-superior-canal-dehiscence-syndrome
#7
Krister Brantberg, Luca Verrecchia, Magnus Westin
A key feature of superior canal dehiscence (SCD) syndrome is supranormal hearing of body sounds. The aim of the present study was to quantify this phenomenon and to ascertain whether auditory sensitivity to body vibrations can distinguish SCD patients. Hearing thresholds in response to vibration at the vertex, at the spinous process of the 7th cervical vertebra, and at the medial malleolus were tested in 10 SCD patients and 10 controls. Both patients and controls had insert earphones in both ears. The insert in the test ear was blocked while masking was presented to the other ear...
January 13, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068659/hearing-loss-after-round-window-surgery-in-mice-is-due-to-middle-ear-effusion
#8
Bovey Z Zhu, Jasmine Saleh, Kevin T Isgrig, Lisa L Cunningham, Wade W Chien
BACKGROUND: Delivery of therapeutic agents directly through the round window (RW) offers promise for treating sensorineural hearing loss. However, hearing loss can result from the surgical approach itself, and the reasons for this are poorly understood. We examined the hearing loss following the 3 major steps involved with the RW approach to access the mouse cochlea: bullostomy, RW puncture, and RW injection. METHODS: Twenty-one adult CBA/J mice underwent bullostomy alone, 10 underwent RW puncture, and 8 underwent RW injection with PBS with 5% glycerol...
January 10, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068651/comparison-of-alternative-coupling-methods-of-the-vibrant-soundbridge-floating-mass-transducer
#9
Susan Busch, Thomas Lenarz, Hannes Maier
The active middle ear implant Vibrant Soundbridge© provides a variety of coupling modalities of the floating mass transducer (FMT) to various structures of the ossicular chain and the round window. A retrospective analysis was performed on 125 subjects (n = 137 ears) (1) to compare the efficacy of the different FMT coupling modalities with increasing degree of hearing loss, (2) to compare the performance in speech outcome and the effective gain between the coupling types, and (3) to evaluate the risk of additional hearing loss of each coupling procedure...
January 10, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806363/health-related-quality-of-life-in-adult-cochlear-implant-users-a-descriptive-observational-study
#10
Ángel Ramos-Macías, Juan Carlos Falcón González, Silvia A Borkoski-Barreiro, Ángel Ramos de Miguel, David Simón Batista, Daniel Pérez Plasencia
Cochlear implantation has a significant impact on patients' social life, performance of activities, and self-esteem. The objective of this retrospective study was to assess the health-related quality of life of cochlear implant users aged under and over 60 years by a self-report using the Glasgow Health Status Inventory and the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit. It was observed that quality of life values increased very rapidly straight after implantation regardless of age. Bilateral cochlear implant users showed better results in environments with background noise and in a reverberant room than unilateral cochlear implant users...
November 3, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806358/editorial
#11
Manuel Manrique-Rodríguez, Ángel Ramos-Macías
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 3, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806356/speech-perception-and-information-carrying-capacity-for-hearing-aid-users-of-different-ages
#12
Ulrich Hoppe, Thomas Hocke, Alexander Müller, Anne Hast
Hearing impairment in the elderly is usually treated with conventional hearing aids; however, a large number of older people do not achieve sufficient speech recognition with hearing aids. The aim of the study was to describe speech perception with hearing aids in comparison to pure-tone hearing loss and maximum speech recognition scores for phonemically balanced words. Data from 392 hearing aid users with different degrees of hearing loss were evaluated retrospectively. In particular, pure-tone thresholds, the maximum monosyllabic word score, and the monosyllabic word score in quiet at conversational level with a hearing aid were analysed...
November 3, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806354/the-development-of-remote-speech-recognition-tests-for-adult-cochlear-implant-users-the-effect-of-presentation-mode-of-the-noise-and-a-reliable-method-to-deliver-sound-in-home-environments
#13
Feike de Graaff, Elke Huysmans, Obaid Ur Rehman Qazi, Filiep J Vanpoucke, Paul Merkus, S Theo Goverts, Cas Smits
The number of cochlear implant (CI) users is increasing annually, resulting in an increase in the workload of implant centers in ongoing patient management and evaluation. Remote testing of speech recognition could be time-saving for both the implant centers as well as the patient. This study addresses two methodological challenges we encountered in the development of a remote speech recognition tool for adult CI users. First, we examined whether speech recognition in noise performance differed when the steady-state masking noise was presented throughout the test (i...
November 3, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806351/the-epidemiology-of-cognitive-impairment-in-the-aging-population-implications-for-hearing-loss
#14
Andrea Peracino, Sergio Pecorelli
Cognitive impairment and dementia are characterized by a progressive and devastating reduction in most cognitive abilities, functional independence, and social relationships. Dementia represents a substantial financial burden on society, one that is comparable to the financial burden of heart disease and cancer. Due to its insidious onset, cognitive impairment can be clinically silent for several years; therefore, diagnosis occurs late in the disease process, and treatment becomes almost useless. The identification of predictors of dementia may help identify the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the disease and lead to the development of a more effective medical diagnosis and therapy, and thus an early treatment...
November 3, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806349/contributing-determinants-to-hearing-loss-in-elderly-men-and-women-results-from-the-population-based-rotterdam-study
#15
Stephanie C Rigters, Mick Metselaar, Marjan H Wieringa, Robert J Baatenburg de Jong, Albert Hofman, André Goedegebure
To contribute to a better understanding of the etiology in age-related hearing loss, we carried out a cross-sectional study of 3,315 participants (aged 52-99 years) in the Rotterdam Study, to analyze both low- and high-frequency hearing loss in men and women. Hearing thresholds with pure-tone audiometry were obtained, and other detailed information on a large number of possible determinants was collected. Hearing loss was associated with age, education, systolic blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, body mass index, smoking and alcohol consumption (inverse correlation)...
November 3, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806361/author-and-subject-index-vol-21-suppl-1-2016
#16
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November 2, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705979/functional-expression-of-an-osmosensitive-cation-channel-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-in-rat-vestibular-ganglia
#17
Takefumi Kamakura, Makoto Kondo, Yoshihisa Koyama, Yukiko Hanada, Yusuke Ishida, Yukiko Nakamura, Takahiro Yamada, Yasumitsu Takimoto, Tadashi Kitahara, Yoshiyuki Ozono, Arata Horii, Takao Imai, Hidenori Inohara, Shoichi Shimada
Transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV) 4 is a nonselective cation channel expressed in sensory neurons such as those in the dorsal root and trigeminal ganglia, kidney, and inner ear. TRPV4 is activated by mechanical stress, heat, low osmotic pressure, low pH, and phorbol derivatives such as 4α-phorbol 12,13-didecanoate (4α-PDD). We investigated the expression of TRPV4 in rat vestibular ganglion (VG) neurons. The TRPV4 gene was successfully amplified from VG neuron mRNA using reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction...
October 6, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27653609/five-year-hearing-outcomes-in-bilateral-simultaneously-cochlear-implanted-adult-patients
#18
Daniele De Seta, Yann Nguyen, Antoine Vanier, Evelyne Ferrary, Jean-Pierre Bebear, Benoit Godey, Alain Robier, Michel Mondain, Olivier Deguine, Olivier Sterkers, Isabelle Mosnier
OBJECTIVE: To report the speech performance and sound localization in adult patients 5 years after bilateral simultaneous cochlear implantation and to evaluate the change in speech scores between 1 and 5 years. DESIGN: In this prospective multicenter study, 26 patients were evaluated 5 years after implantation using long straight electrode arrays (MED-EL Combi 40+, standard electrode array, 31 mm). Speech perception was measured using disyllabic words in quiet and noise, with the speech coming from the front and a cocktail party background noise coming from 5 loudspeakers...
September 22, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27584905/safety-and-efficacy-of-chitosan-dextran-hydrogel-in-the-middle-ear-in-an-animal-model
#19
Selin Ünsaler, Bora Başaran, Şule Öztürk Sarı, Eyüp Kara, Kemal Değer, Peter John Wormald
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy of chitosan-dextran hydrogel (CDH) in preventing postoperative adhesions between the tympanic membrane (TM) and intratympanic structures, and to evaluate its ototoxicity in an animal study. METHODS: In the first step, ototoxicity was evaluated with 7 male albino guinea pigs (GPs) via auditory brainstem responses (ABR) before and 4 weeks after unilateral intratympanic injection of CDH and saline solution contralaterally. In the second step, 12 GPs underwent bilateral ear surgery...
September 2, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27576862/cilostazol-effect-on-amikacin-induced-ototoxicity-an-experimental-study
#20
Mohammad Waheed El-Anwar, Said Abdelmonem, Ebtessam Nada, Dalia Galhoom, Ahmed A Abdelsameea
OBJECTIVES: To find out the possible protective effect of cilostazol against amikacin-induced ototoxicity. METHODS: This study was carried out on 24 adult male rats classified into 4 equal groups of 6 animals each. (1) The control group was administered saline (1 ml/day, p.o.) for 14 days. (2) The amikacin group was administered amikacin (200 mg/kg, i.m.) once daily for 14 days. (3) The cilostazol-amikacin (14 days) group was administered cilostazol (30 mg/kg, p...
August 30, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
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