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International Journal of Audiology

Sam Denys, Matthias Latzel, Tom Francart, Jan Wouters
The recent integration of automated real-ear measurements (REM) in the fitting software facilitates the hearing aid fitting process. Such a fitting strategy, TargetMatch (TM), was evaluated. Test-retest reliability and matching accuracy were quantified, and compared to a REM-based fitting with manual adjustment. Also, it was investigated whether TM leads to better perceptual outcomes compared to a FirstFit (FF) approach, using software predictions only. Ten hearing impaired participants were enrolled in a counterbalanced single-blinded cross-over study comparing TM and FF...
December 4, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Ross J Roeser
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December 4, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Agnes Au, Jessica M Blakeley, Richard C Dowell, Gary Rance
OBJECTIVE: To assess the speech perception benefits of binaural streaming technology for bilateral hearing aid users in two difficult listening conditions. DESIGN: Two studies were conducted to compare hearing aid processing features relating to telephone use and wind noise. Speech perception testing was conducted in four different experimental conditions in each study. STUDY SAMPLE: Ten bilaterally-aided children in each study. RESULTS: Significant improvements in speech perception were obtained with a wireless feature for telephone use...
November 24, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Meizhu Liu, Lingxiang Wu, Weijing Wu, Guangdi Li, Taisheng Cai, Jiaxi Liu
This study aims to examine the complex relationships among verbal ability (VA), executive function (EF), and theory of mind (ToM) in young Chinese children with cochlear implants (CCI). All participants were tested using a set of nine measures: one VA, one non-VA, three EF, and four ToM. Our study cohort comprised 82 children aged from 3.8 to 6.9 years, including 36 CCI and 46 children with normal hearing (CNH). CNH outperformed CCI on measures of VA, EF, and ToM. One of the EF tasks, inhibitory control, was significantly associated with ToM after controlling for VA...
November 22, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Keyi Li, Liang Xia, Zhong Zheng, Wenqing Liu, Xinyue Yang, Yanmei Feng, Changxin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To compare speech perception obtained with different time compression rates in teenagers that do or do not use personal listening devices (PLDs). DESIGN: Teenagers in a high school were recruited to complete questionnaires reporting their recreational noise exposure using PLDs. The dose of individual recreational noise exposure was calculated. The individuals with the most and least doses of recreational noise were selected and grouped into PLD users and non-PLD users...
November 15, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
John P Preece
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Niraj Kumar Singh, Animesh Barman
The study aimed at examining the usefulness of inter-frequency amplitude ratio (IFAR) of ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP) in identifying Meniere's disease (MD) and differentiating it from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). A case-control design was used with a double blind approach. Phase 1 included 70 healthy individuals and 36 individuals each with MD and BPPV and Phase 2 included 20 individuals each with MD and BPPV. The age range of the participants in both phases was 15-50 years...
November 1, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Jenna L Cramer, Jeremy J Donai
The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of signal bandwidth, noise and signal predictability on listening effort among younger and middle-aged individuals with normal hearing, where YNH = young normal hearing and ONH = older normal hearing. It was of interest to determine if a reduction in high-frequency energy would differentially influence performance between the two groups. A mixed-model design was used, where listening effort, word identification and effort ratings served as the within-subject factors and listener group served as the between-subject factor...
November 1, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
M L Grasmeder, C A Verschuur, R M van Besouw, A M H Wheatley, T A Newman
An experiment was conducted to investigate the possibility that speech perception could be improved for some cochlear implant (CI) users by adjustment of the frequency allocation to the electrodes, following assessment of pitch perception along the electrode array. Thirteen adult CI users with MED-EL devices participated in the study. Pitch perception was assessed for individual CI electrode pairs using the Pitch Contour Test (PCT), giving information on pitch discrimination and pitch ranking for adjacent electrodes...
October 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Larry E Humes
This review evaluated the data from five datasets having pure-tone thresholds and functional measures of speech communication from relatively large groups of older adults to evaluate the validity of the proposed new World Health Organisation (WHO) hearing-impairment grading system, referred to here as WHO-proposed. This was a review of studies identified from the literature having both pure-tone audiometry and functional measures of speech communication from relatively large samples of older adults. Three population or population-sample datasets and two clinical datasets were identified with access provided to de-identified data for five of these six studies...
October 15, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Tim Liebscher, Katrin Alberter, Ulrich Hoppe
The objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of place of stimulation on cortical auditory evoked potentials in relation to speech performance in cochlear implant listeners. It was designed that cortical responses were recorded for single-electrode bursts at apical, medial and basal portions of the electrode array with varying inter-stimulus intervals ranging from 300 ms to 5 s. Latency and amplitude of N1 and P2 peaks were analysed in relation to monosyllabic word scores. The study sample was 44 adult cochlear implant users ranging in age from 28 to 86 years...
October 8, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Eldré W Beukes, Vinaya Manchaiah, Alice S A Davies, Peter M Allen, David M Baguley, Gerhard Andersson
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore participants' experiences after undertaking an Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy intervention (ICBT) for tinnitus. DESIGN: Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted 6-8 months after participants undertook the ICBT intervention. Qualitative thematic analysis was used to interpret the interview data. STUDY SAMPLE: A purposeful sampling strategy was used to identify a diverse range of participants...
October 8, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Husmita Ratanjee-Vanmali, De Wet Swanepoel, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque
This study describes characteristics, behaviours and readiness of people who are interested in seeking hearing healthcare (HHC) online. A non-profit clinic was established from which services through a virtual clinic are offered. Most of the patient-audiologist interactions are conducted online. We used online means to invite individuals to take a free online digit-in-noise (DIN) test. Upon failing the test, individuals reported their readiness to seek HHC by using two tools: the line and the staging algorithm...
October 5, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Hashir Aazh, Berthold Langguth, Ali A Danesh
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationships between parental separation and parental mental health in childhood with tinnitus and hyperacusis disability in adulthood. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional. STUDY SAMPLE: The data for consecutive patients who attended a tinnitus and hyperacusis clinic in the UK over a six months period were included (n = 184). RESULTS: 14.7% of patients reported that while they were growing up, their parents were separated or divorced...
October 1, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Annegret Dreher, Veronika Weilnhammer, Doris Gerstner, Lana Hendrowarsito, Dorothee Twardella, Christina Reiter, Carmelo Perez-Alvarez, Thomas Steffens, Caroline Herr, Stefanie Heinze
The aim was to investigate leisure noise exposure and sociodemographic determinants of risky leisure noise exposure over five years in 2148 students visiting grade 9 of any school type in a German city from 2009-2011. Within the OHRKAN cohort study, leisure noise exposure was calculated from literature-retrieved sound pressure levels (SPLs) and self-reported duration of 18 leisure activities at baseline and two follow-ups. Risky exposure was defined as exceeding 85 dB(A) averaged over a 40-h-week. Determinants of risky total leisure noise (TLN) exposure and risky exposure to portable listening devices (PLDs) were investigated using generalised estimating equations (GEEs)...
September 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Suzanne C Purdy, Steve Taylor, Philip J Schluter, El-Shadan Tautolo, Leon Iusitini, Zahoor Ahmad, Gerhard Sundborn, Janis Paterson
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of hearing loss and ear problems in Pacific children, and investigate current and past demographic, health and social factors potentially associated with hearing and ear problems. A cross-sectional observational study design nested within a birth cohort was employed. Nine-hundred-twenty Nine-hundred-twenty Pacific children aged 11 years were audiologically assessed. Using average hearing thresholds at 500, 1k and 2k Hz, 162 (18%) right and 197 (21%) left ears had ≥20 dB hearing loss...
September 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Annelies Devesse, Alexander Dudek, Astrid van Wieringen, Jan Wouters
The speech intelligibility benefit of visual speech cues during oral communication is well-established. Therefore, an ecologically valid approach of auditory assessment should include the processing of both auditory and visual speech cues. This study describes the development and evaluation of a virtual human speaker designed to present speech auditory-visually. A male and female virtual human speaker were created and evaluated in two experiments: a visual-only speech reading test of words and sentences and an auditory-visual speech intelligibility sentence test...
September 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Haidi Yang, Yuexin Cai, Huanping Guo, Hao Xiong, Yingfeng Sun, Xiayin Huang, Yiqing Zheng
There is a lack of national studies on tinnitus in China and data based on a large sample size from multiple areas of the country. A cross-sectional study was carried out in Guangdong province from October 2015 to February 2016. In the study, tinnitus was defined as the presence of ringing, buzzing or other sounds in the ears in the past one year. Fourteen districts in Guangdong Province were selected as the first-level cluster by using the sampling method of probability proportional to size (PPS). Two sub-districts in each first-level cluster were randomly selected as the second-level cluster by PPS method...
September 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
L Maureen Valente
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September 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Gail Whitelaw
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September 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
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