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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30136676/insights-from-the-third-international-conference-on-hyperacusis-causes-evaluation-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Hashir Aazh, Marlies Knipper, Ali A Danesh, Andrea E Cavanna, Linus Andersson, Johan Paulin, Martin Schecklmann, Marja Heinonen-Guzejev, Brian C J Moore
Background: Hyperacusis is intolerance of certain everyday sounds that causes significant distress and impairment in social, occupational, recreational, and other day-to-day activities. Objective: The aim of this report is to summarize the key findings and conclusions from the Third International Conference on Hyperacusis. Topics covered: The main topics discussed comprise (1) diagnosis of hyperacusis and audiological evaluations, (2) neurobiological aspect of hyperacusis, (3) misophonia, (4) hyperacusis in autism spectrum disorder, (5) noise sensitivity, (6) hyperacusis-related distress and comorbid psychiatric illness, and (7) audiologist-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for hyperacusis...
July 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30136675/the-effect-of-aircraft-road-and-railway-traffic-noise-on-stroke-results-of-a-case-control-study-based-on-secondary-data
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Anna Lene Seidler, Janice Hegewald, Melanie Schubert, Verena Maria Weihofen, Mandy Wagner, Patrik Dröge, Enno Swart, Hajo Zeeb, Andreas Seidler
Aim: To examine the stroke risks associated with aircraft, road traffic, and railway noise exposure in a large case-control study. Materials and Methods: All people aged ≥40 years living around the Frankfurt airport that were insured by one of three large statutory health insurance funds between 2005 and 2010 were included in the study (n = 1,026,670). Address-specific exposure to aircraft, road, and railway traffic noise was estimated for 2005. We used insurance claim data to identify 25,495 newly diagnosed cases of stroke between 2006 and 2010 and compared them with 827,601 control participants...
July 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30136674/the-assessment-of-exposure-to-occupational-noise-and-hearing-loss-for-stoneworkers-in-taiwan
#3
Feng-Jung Huang, Chia-Jung Hsieh, Chi H Young, Shun-Hui Chung, Chun-Chieh Tseng, Lih-Ming Yiin
Introduction: Stoneworkers in Taiwan are exposed to occupational noise and suffer hearing impairment. A complete assessment of exposure and health effects is needed for a better understanding. Materials and Methods: We accessed nine stone factories, monitored the environmental and personal doses of noise, analyzed the frequency spectra of noise from various machines, and recruited 55 stoneworkers and 25 administrative staff as controls for pure tone audiometry testing...
July 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30136673/impacts-of-low-frequency-noise-exposure-on-well-being-a-case-study-from-portugal
#4
Juliana A Alves, Ligia T Silva, Paula C Remoaldo
Introduction: The aim of this article is to assess the impacts of low frequency noise, emitted by high-voltage lines and power poles, on the perception of discomfort, comparing two different groups of inhabitants (exposed and unexposed groups) in two areas in the Northwest of Portugal. It proposes a new oriented methodology to assess discomfort due to the low frequency noise. Materials and Methods: Two predominantly urban areas were used to test the methodology: an "exposed" area with a high presence of the source under study and an "unexposed" area without records of power transmission lines...
July 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30136672/noise-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-new-approach-to-examining-acoustic-events
#5
Shaylynn W Smith, Amanda J Ortmann, William W Clark
Introduction: Environmental noise is associated with negative developmental outcomes for infants treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The existing noise level recommendations are outdated, with current studies showing that these standards are universally unattainable in the modern NICU environment. Study Aim: This study sought to identify the types, rate, and levels of acoustic events that occur in the NICU and their potential effects on infant physiologic state...
July 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785976/the-study-of-attenuation-levels-and-the-comfort-of-earplugs
#6
Alessandra G Samelli, Raquel F Gomes, Tiago V Chammas, Bárbara G Silva, Renata R Moreira, Ana C Fiorini
Introduction: This study aimed to analyze and compare four different types of earplugs, divided into premolded plugs and foam plug models, in relation to the level of attenuation, comfort, and the size of the external acoustic meatus (EAM) in an attempt to identify how these variables influence the choice of specific hearing protection devices (HPDs). Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was performed in a sample of 49 participants, oriented toward the ideal placement of four HPDs, two premolded and two foam plugs (3M™)...
May 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785975/utility-of-otoacoustic-emissions-and-olivocochlear-reflex-in-predicting-vulnerability-to-noise-induced-inner-ear-damage
#7
Sarantis Blioskas, Miltiadis Tsalighopoulos, George Psillas, Konstantinos Markou
Aim: The aim of the present study was to explore the possible utility of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) and efferent system strength to determine vulnerability to noise exposure in a clinical setting. Materials and Methods: The study group comprised 344 volunteers who had just begun mandatory basic training as Hellenic Corps Officers Military Academy cadets. Pure-tone audiograms were obtained on both ears. Participants were also subjected to diagnostic transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs)...
May 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785974/railway-noise-annoyance-on-the-railway-track-in-northwest-slovakia
#8
Alzbeta Pultznerova, Panulinova Eva, Daniela Kucharova, Lubica Argalasova
Introduction: This paper describes an assessment of noise caused by railway traffic in a large high-loaded railway track in Northwest Slovakia. Materials and Methods: The measurements of noise levels generated by trains passing through residential neighborhoods were taken. Noise maps were also calculated showing noise pollution generated by the train traffic. In addition, the annoyance level and sleep disturbance of residents affected by railway noise were evaluated by a validated questionnaire on a pilot sample of 107 respondents living near the important railway track...
May 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785973/effect-of-systematic-desensitization-training-on-acceptable-noise-levels-in-adults-with-normal-hearing-sensitivity
#9
Arivudainambi Pitchaimuthu, Anshul Arora, Jayashree S Bhat, Vibha Kanagokar
Context: The willingness of a person to accept noise while listening to speech can be measured using the acceptable noise level (ANL) test. Individuals with poor ANL are unlikely to become successful hearing aid users. Hence, it is important to enhance the individual's ability to accept noise levels. The current study was an attempt to investigate whether systematic desensitization training can improve the ANL in individuals having high ANL. Aims: To investigate the effect of systematic desensitization training on ANLs in individuals with normal hearing sensitivity...
May 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785972/a-methodology-to-objectively-assess-the-performance-of-sound-field-amplification-systems-demonstrated-using-50-physical-simulations-of-classroom-conditions
#10
Stephen Dance, Bradford Backus, Lorenzo Morales
Introduction: The effect of a sound reinforcement system, in terms of speech intelligibility, has been systematically determined under realistic conditions. Different combinations of ambient and reverberant conditions representative of a classroom environment have been investigated. Materials and Methods: By comparing the measured speech transmission index metric with and without the system in the same space under different room acoustics conditions, it was possible to determine when the system was most effective...
May 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785971/community-noise-exposure-and-annoyance-activity-interference-and-academic-achievement-among-university-students
#11
Rattapon Onchang, Darryl W Hawker
Background: Noise annoyance and effects on academic performance have been investigated for primary and secondary school students but comparatively little work has been conducted with university students who generally spend more time in dormitories or accommodation for their self-study. Objective: To determine, using a socio-acoustic approach involving face-to-face interviews and actual noise measurements, the effect of various community noise sources on student activities in accommodation both inside and outside a university precinct and also relationships with cumulative grade point average (GPA)...
May 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676297/realizing-modeling-and-mapping-tools-to-study-the-upsurge-of-noise-pollution-as-a-result-of-open-cast-mining-and-transportation-activities
#12
Satish K Lokhande, Mohindra C Jain, Satyajeet A Dhawale, Rakesh Gautam, Ghanshyam L Bodhe
Introduction: In open-cast mines, noise pollution has become a serious concern due to the extreme use of heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM). Materials and Methods: This study is focused to measure and assess the effects of the existing noise levels of major operational mines in the Keonjhar, Sundergadh, and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha, India. The transportation noise levels were also considered in this study, which was predicted using the modified Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) model...
March 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676296/a-profile-of-noise-sensitivity-on-the-health-related-quality-of-life-among-young-motorcyclists
#13
Anila Ali, Roslinah M Hussain, Nazri C Dom, Razi Ikhwan Md Rashid
Introduction: Motorcycle riders with noise sensitivity (NS) may suffer from degraded health-related quality of life (HRQOL) because they are exposed to acute noise levels on a daily basis. Materials and Methods: This study was aimed to identify the relationship between NS and HRQOL among young motorcycle riders (undergraduate university students) aged between 19 and 25 years (n = 301) through a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study, that is, Weinstein noise sensitivity scale and the World Health Organization Quality of Life...
March 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676295/effects-of-parenteral-papaverine-and-piracetam-administration-on-cochlea-following-acoustic-trauma
#14
Nurcan Yurtsever Kum, Yavuz F Yilmaz, Seren G Gurgen, Rauf O Kum, Muge Ozcan, Adnan Unal
Introduction: Noise exposure, the main cause of hearing loss in countries with lot of industries, may result both in temporary or permanent hearing loss. The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of parenteral papaverine and piracetam administration following an acoustic trauma on hearing function with histopathologic correlation. Materials and Methods: Eighteen Wistar albino rats exposed to noise for 8 h in a free environment were included. We divided the study population into three groups, and performed daily intraperitoneal injections of papaverine, piracetam, and saline, respectively, throughout the study...
March 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676294/noise-exposure-and-hearing-loss-in-classical-orchestra-musicians-a-five-year-follow-up
#15
Alberto Behar, Marshall Chasin, Steve Mosher, Mohammad Abdoli-Eramaki, Frank A Russo
Introduction: This study is a follow-up to prior research from our group that attempts to relate noise exposure and hearing thresholds in active performing musicians of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Materials and Methods: Exposures obtained in early 2010 were compared to exposures obtained in early 2017 (the present study). In addition, audiometric thresholds obtained in early 2012 were compared to thresholds obtained in early 2017 (the present study)...
March 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676293/association-between-polymorphism-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-tnf%C3%AE-in-the-region-308-g-a-with-tinnitus-in-the-elderly-with-a-history-of-occupational-noise-exposure
#16
Luciana L M Marchiori, Ana C M Dias, Alyne S Gonçalvez, Regina C Poly-Frederico, Marcelo Y Doi
Context: Tinnitus is a common disorder that occurs frequently across all strata of population and has an important health concern and is often associated with different forms of the hearing loss of varying severity. Aims: To investigate the association between the polymorphism of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) in the region -308 G/A with the susceptibility to tinnitus in individuals with the history of exposure to occupational noise. Settings and Design: This was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 179 independent elderly people above 60 years of age...
March 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676292/the-test-retest-reliability-of-questionnaires-regarding-attitudes-and-beliefs-toward-noise-hearing-loss-and-hearing-protector-devices-in-young-adults
#17
Sofie Degeest, Leen Maes, Laura Leyssens, Hannah Keppler
Context: Young people expose themselves to high noise levels during leisure activities, and might thus be at risk of acquiring hearing-related problems. Therefore, information regarding risk-taking behavior is necessary to prevent future hearing problems and to optimize future preventive campaigns. Aim: This study evaluated the test-retest reliability of the Youth Attitude to Noise Scale (YANS) and beliefs about hearing protection and hearing loss (BAHPHL) instrument...
March 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457604/cathodal-neuromodulation-of-dominant-temporoparietal-cortex-with-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-for-tinnitus-a-case-series
#18
Rohit Verma, Nand Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Saurabh Kumar, Preethy Kathiresan
There is scant literature on the effectiveness of using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as an intervention modality for managing tinnitus. The current case series reflects the use of tDCS as an effective intervention for tinnitus while inhibiting the dominant temporoparietal cortex and simultaneous stimulating the non-dominant dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
January 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457603/the-hearing-of-rural-workers-exposed-to-noise-and-pesticides
#19
Tereza R R Sena, Solano S F Dourado, Lucas V Lima, Ângelo R Antoniolli
n work environments, different physical and chemical agents that may pose a risk to workers' hearing health coexist. In this context, occupational hearing loss stands out. It has mostly been attributed to only noise exposure, although there are other agents, that is, pesticides that might contribute to occupational hearing loss. In this report, two cases will be presented that consider rural workers exposed to pesticides and intense noise generated by an adapted rudimentary vehicle. The noise measured in this vehicle was 88...
January 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457602/examination-of-previously-published-data-to-identify-patterns-in-the-social-representation-of-loud-music-in-young-adults-across-countries
#20
Vinaya Manchaiah, Fei Zhao, Susan Oladeji, Pierre Ratinaud
Purpose: The current study was aimed at understanding the patterns in the social representation of loud music reported by young adults in different countries. Materials and Methods: The study included a sample of 534 young adults (18-25 years) from India, Iran, Portugal, United Kingdom, and United States. Participants were recruited using a convince sampling, and data were collected using the free association task. Participants were asked to provide up to five words or phrases that come to mind when thinking about "loud music...
January 2018: Noise & Health
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