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International Journal of Audiology

John Greer Clark, Matthew Brady, Brian R Earl, Peter M Scheifele, Lianna Snyder, Suzanne Duchesne Clark
OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of noise cancelation earphones (NCE) in audiometric evaluations. DESIGN: Degree of noise reduction of Bose QuietComfort 15 NCE was assessed through probe-microphone measures and sound-field audiometry. Occlusion effects from NCE were assessed for potential effects on bone-conduction thresholds. STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty participants were tested to determine average occlusion effect values during bone-conduction testing with and without NCE...
August 8, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Luka Bonetti, Boris Šimunjak, Jadranka Franić
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to validate the performance of a self-assessment hearing loss screening tool for adults against audiometric evaluation. Different audiological measurements were compared with the results of a 10-item Likert-type questionnaire named the Hearing Self-Assessment Questionnaire (HSAQ) to investigate its psychometric characteristics. DESIGN: Participants underwent audiological evaluation and completed the HSAQ. The screening performance of the HSAQ was evaluated against three definitions of hearing loss: better-ear mean pure-tone thresholds >25 dBHL at 500-2000 Hz, 500-4000 Hz and 1000-4000 Hz...
July 27, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Erin M Picou, Todd A Ricketts
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of directional microphone use on laboratory measures of sentence recognition, listening effort and localisation. An additional purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of asymmetric directional microphone use on the same laboratory measures. DESIGN: Three hearing aid conditions were evaluated: (1) bilateral omnidirectional microphones, (2) bilateral directional microphones and (3) asymmetric microphones (directional microphone for only one hearing aid)...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Beth Brooks, Kristin Knight
OBJECTIVE: To review the prevalence, mechanisms, clinical presentation, risk factors and implications of platinum-induced ototoxicity in paediatric cancer patients based on published evidence, discuss options for monitoring hearing in young children during treatment and review long-term follow-up guidelines. DESIGN: Narrative literature review. RESULTS: Children treated with cisplatin are at high risk of hearing loss and early, accurate identification of ototoxicity is important for medical decision making and hearing rehabilitation...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Nicole C Schmitt, Brandi R Page
OBJECTIVE: Review of the literature regarding hearing loss in patients with head and neck cancer treated with chemoradiation. DESIGN: Studies in the literature are reviewed that pertain to hearing loss sustained in head and neck cancer patients receiving cisplatin-based chemoradiation. Personal observations noted while treating these patients are also detailed. STUDY SAMPLE: PubMed was searched for pertinent articles regarding hearing loss in head and neck cancer patients receiving cisplatin chemotherapy and/or radiation...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Alex Meibos, Karen Muñoz, Jared Schultz, Tanner Price, John J Whicker, Ana Caballero, Laurel Graham
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to determine the scope of peer-reviewed empirical research related to counselling in audiology with patients using hearing technology and to identify limitations and gaps to guide recommendations for future research. DESIGN: A rapid evidence assessment was used to identify relevant articles for the review. STUDY SAMPLE: Eighteen articles met the inclusion criteria. RESULTS: Three themes were identified: (1) audiologist counselling perspectives, (2) counselling communication trends in practice and (3) audiologist experiences with professional training and reported patient outcomes...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Rebecca J Bennett, Carly Meyer, Michelle Olaithe, Dunay Schmulian, Robert H Eikelboom
OBJECTIVE: Although clinician administered surveys evaluating hearing aid handling skills exist, the development of a self-administered version may reduce clinical load, save consultation time, and facilitate more frequent use than face-to-face consultations allow. However, there is currently no evidence to support whether hearing aid owners can accurately self-report hearing aid handling skills via self-report survey that systematically evaluates the ability to accurately perform the individual aspects of hearing aid handling required for effective hearing aid management...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Karin Neijenhuis, Ellen de Wit, Margreet Luinge
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the perspectives of professionals from the Dutch audiological centres on the definition and care pathways of children with suspected auditory processing disorders (susAPD). DESIGN: focus group interviews. STUDY SAMPLE: In total, 45 professionals from 6 disciplines, representing 22 different audiological centres and one ambulatory service, participated in five parallel focus group interviews. Participants had a variety of experience in diagnosing and advising children with suspected APD...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Julia Stelmach, David M Landsberger, Monica Padilla, Justin M Aronoff
OBJECTIVE: With bilateral cochlear implant (CI) users there is typically a place mismatch between the locations stimulated by the left and right electrode arrays. This mismatch can affect performance, potentially limiting binaural benefits. One way to address this is by perceptually realigning the arrays such that a given frequency in the input stimulates perceptually matched locations in the two ears. A clinically feasible technique is needed that can determine the appropriate perceptual alignment...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Geert De Ceulaer, David Pascoal, Filiep Vanpoucke, Paul J Govaerts
OBJECTIVES: The newest Nucleus CI processor, the CP900, has two new options to improve speech-in-noise perception: (1) use of an adaptive directional microphone (SCAN mode) and (2) wireless connection to MiniMic1 and MiniMic2 wireless remote microphones. DESIGN: An analysis was made of the absolute and relative benefits of these technologies in a real-world mimicking test situation. Speech perception was tested using an adaptive speech-in-noise test (sentences-in-babble noise)...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Earl E Johnson
OBJECTIVE: To determine safe output sound pressure levels (SPL) for sound amplification devices to preserve hearing sensitivity after usage. DESIGN: A mathematical model consisting of the Modified Power Law (MPL) (Humes & Jesteadt, 1991 ) combined with equations for predicting temporary threshold shift (TTS) and subsequent permanent threshold shift (PTS) (Macrae, 1994b ) was used to determine safe output SPL. STUDY SAMPLE: The study involves no new human subject measurements of loudness tolerance or threshold shifts...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Teresa Yc Ching, Vicky W Zhang, Christopher Flynn, Lauren Burns, Laura Button, Sanna Hou, Karen McGhie, Patricia Van Buynder
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the factors influencing speech perception in babble for 5-year-old children with hearing loss who were using hearing aids (HAs) or cochlear implants (CIs). DESIGN: Speech reception thresholds (SRTs) for 50% correct identification were measured in two conditions - speech collocated with babble, and speech with spatially separated babble. The difference in SRTs between the two conditions give a measure of binaural unmasking, commonly known as spatial release from masking (SRM)...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Sri Vamshi Merugumala, Vijay Pothula, Max Cooper
OBJECTIVE: In low income countries, deaf children are identified late due to the absence of a universal screening. Hearing impairment is a common yet neglected disability in India that leads to loss of speech and language. This qualitative study explored barriers to accessing appropriate hearing services in one city in southern India. DESIGN: To identify the barriers in timely management of deafness, 25 semi-structured interviews were conducted. Data were examined using Applied Thematic Analysis...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Lorienne M Jenstad
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July 7, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Marie Öberg
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effects of a modified Swedish version of an interactive group education programme, the Active Communication Education (ACE) programme, in five Swedish regions. This study also explored whether the pre- and post-programme outcomes differed with regard to region, age, gender, hearing loss (HL) or the attendance of significant others (SOs). DESIGN: An intervention study with between- and within-group measurements was applied. STUDY SAMPLE: Seventy-seven individuals with hearing impairments and a mean age of 73...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Aries P Suhnan, Philip M Finch, Peter D Drummond
OBJECTIVE: Sensory disturbances are common in chronic pain patients. Hyperacusis can be an especially debilitating experience. Here, we review published work on how the auditory and nociceptive systems might interact in chronic pain syndromes to produce pain-hyperacusis. DESIGN: Literature review. STUDY SAMPLE: The PubMed and Scopus databases were searched for relevant articles published between 2000 and 2017 using the primary search terms "hyperacusis"/"hyperacousis" and "pain"...
July 7, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Valerie Looi, Cleo Bluett, Isabelle Boisvert
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were: to investigate the referral rates of postlingually deafened adult cochlear implant (CI) candidates from a hearing aid (HA) clinic for a CI candidacy assessment and to gain insight about factors influencing the referral pathways to CI assessments. DESIGN: Two methodologies were used: a retrospective cohort study reviewing clinical files and a questionnaire to clinicians. STUDY SAMPLE: The files of 1249 adult clients from the HA clinic who had average puretone hearing thresholds greater or equal to 65 dB HL in the better hearing ear and unaided phoneme recognition scores of less than 50% in both ears were reviewed...
July 5, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Christopher G Brennan-Jones, Rebecca J Bennett, Fiona Barker
This "Cochrane Corner" will be a recurring feature in the journal that highlights systematic reviews relevant to audiology, with invited commentary to aid clinical decision making. This first instalment features the Cochrane review "Interventions to Improve Hearing Aid Use in Adult Auditory Rehabilitation," published in 2016. In their review, Barker et al identified 37 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and concluded that there is low-quality evidence using self-management support and complex interventions (support plus delivery system design) in adult auditory rehabilitation...
July 2, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
James A Henry, Emily Thielman, Tara Zaugg, Christine Kaelin, Christie Choma, Bill Chang, Shira Hahn, Bret Fuller
OBJECTIVE: This study's objective was to develop and test a smartphone app that supports learning and using coping skills for managing tinnitus. DESIGN: The app's content was based on coping skills that are taught as a part of progressive tinnitus management (PTM). The study involved three phases: (1) develop a prototype app and conduct usability testing; (2) conduct two focus groups to obtain initial feedback from individuals representing potential users; and (3) conduct a field study to evaluate the app, with three successive groups of participants...
July 2, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Katie Ekberg, Caitlin Barr, Louise Hickson
OBJECTIVE: Financial cost is a barrier for many older adults in their decision to obtain hearing aids (HAs). This study aimed to examine conversations about the cost of HAs in detail within initial audiology appointments. DESIGN: Sixty-two initial audiology appointments were video-recorded. The data were analysed using conversation analysis. STUDY SAMPLE: Participants included 26 audiologists, 62 older adults and 17 companions. RESULTS: Audiologists and clients displayed interactional difficulty during conversations about cost...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
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