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International Journal of Audiology

Yuan Chen, Lena L N Wong
OBJECTIVE: This paper reviewed the literature on the trajectories and the factors significantly affecting post-implantation speech perception development in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants (CIs). DESIGN: A systematic literature search of textbooks and peer-reviewed published journal articles in online bibliographic databases was conducted. STUDY SAMPLE: PubMed, Scopus and Wiley online library were searched for eligible studies based on predefined inclusion and exclusion criteria...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Filip M Rønne, Søren Laugesen, Niels Søgaard Jensen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the magnitude of the change in speech-reception threshold (SRT) provided by altering four different test-setup parameters. Furthermore, to determine whether these changes in SRT are of a sufficient magnitude, such that they can be used to design a test-setup in future experiments that target a predefined signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) region. This could be particularly important if the test contrast investigated is confounded with test SNR. DESIGN: The investigated test-setup parameters were: Spatial separation between target (0°) and maskers (±15°, ±30°, ±45°, or ±75°), number of maskers (two, four or six), scoring method (scoring percent-correct words or sentences) and masker gender (same or opposite to target)...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
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March 11, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Ricky Kaplan-Neeman, Chava Muchnik, Noam Amir
OBJECTIVES: To monitor listening habits to personal listening devices (PLDs) using a smartphone application and to compare actual listening habits to self-report data. DESIGN: Two stages: self-report listening habits questionnaire, and real-time monitoring of listening habits through a smartphone application. STUDY SAMPLE: Overall 117 participants aged 18-34 years (mean 25.5 years) completed the questionnaire, and of them, 40 participants (mean age: 25...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Hashir Aazh, Brian C J Moore
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to determine the relevance and applicability of psychological questionnaires to patients seeking help for tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. DESIGN: This was a questionnaire-based survey. The following questionnaires were administered: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7), Short Health Anxiety Inventory (SHAI), Mini-Social Phobia Inventory (Mini-SPIN), Obsessive Compulsive Inventory-Revised (OCI-R), Panic Disorder Severity Scale-Self Report (PDSS-SR), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and Penn State Worry Questionnaire-Abbreviated version (PSWQ-A)...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Karen Muñoz, Clarissa W Ong, Stephanie A Borrie, Lauri H Nelson, Michael P Twohig
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this exploratory study was to describe audiologist communication behaviours during appointments for hearing device monitoring and management before and after participation in counselling skills training. DESIGN: The study used a longitudinal design with three assessment points over 6 months. STUDY SAMPLE: The sample included 10 audiologists and audiology graduate students interacting in a professional setting with their clients...
February 26, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Evi Verbecque, Tessa Marijnissen, Niels De Belder, Vincent Van Rompaey, An Boudewyns, Paul Van de Heyning, Luc Vereeck, Ann Hallemans
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to provide an overview of the prevalence of vestibular dysfunction in children with SNHL classified according to the applied test and its corresponding sensitivity and specificity. DESIGN: Data were gathered using a systematic search query including reference screening. STUDY SAMPLE: Pubmed, Web of Science and Embase were searched. Strategy and reporting of this review was based on the Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) guidelines...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Rainer Huber, Thomas Bisitz, Timo Gerkmann, Jürgen Kiessling, Hartmut Meister, Birger Kollmeier
OBJECTIVE: The perceived qualities of nine different single-microphone noise reduction (SMNR) algorithms were to be evaluated and compared in subjective listening tests with normal hearing and hearing impaired (HI) listeners. DESIGN: Speech samples added with traffic noise or with party noise were processed by the SMNR algorithms. Subjects rated the amount of speech distortions, intrusiveness of background noise, listening effort and overall quality, using a simplified MUSHRA (ITU-R, 2003 ) assessment method...
January 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Thais C Morata, Louise Hickson, Lena Wong
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January 13, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Ravi Reddy, David Welch, Shanthi Ameratunga, Peter Thorne
OBJECTIVE: To develop and assess use, acceptability and feasibility of an ecological hearing conservation programme for workplaces. DESIGN: A school-based public health hearing preservation education programme (Dangerous Decibels®) was adapted for workplaces using the Multi-level Approach to Community Health (MATCH) Model. The programme was delivered in small manufacturing companies and evaluated using a questionnaire before the training and at one week and two-months after training...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Stefan J Mauger, Marian Jones, Esti Nel, Janine Del Dot
OBJECTIVE: To investigate clinical outcomes and subjective ratings of the Kanso™ off-the-ear (OTE) cochlear implant sound processor. DESIGN: Prospective, within-subject design investigating outcomes with a range of single and dual-microphone programmes for Kanso compared to conventional behind-the-ear (BTE) sound processors. STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty post-lingually hearing-impaired cochlear implant recipients who were experienced Nucleus® 5 or Nucleus® 6 BTE users...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Shelly Chadha, Alarcos Cieza
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March 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Ting Cai, Bradley McPherson
OBJECTIVES: Otitis media with effusion (OME) is the presence of non-purulent inflammation in the middle ear. Hearing impairment is frequently associated with OME. Pure tone audiometry and speech audiometry are two of the most primarily utilised auditory assessments and provide valuable behavioural and functional estimation on hearing loss. This paper was designed to review and analyse the effects of the presence of OME on children's listening abilities. DESIGN: A systematic and descriptive review...
February 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Marina Salorio-Corbetto, Thomas Baer, Brian C J Moore
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to assess the degradation of speech sound quality produced by frequency compression for listeners with extensive high-frequency dead regions (DRs). DESIGN: Quality ratings were obtained using values of the starting frequency (Sf) of the frequency compression both below and above the estimated edge frequency, fe, of each DR. Thus, the value of Sf often fell below the lowest value currently used in clinical practice. Several compression ratios were used for each value of Sf...
February 2017: International Journal of Audiology
William J Murphy, Colleen G Le Prell
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2017: International Journal of Audiology
Deanna K Meinke, Jesse A Norris, Brendan P Flynn, Odile H Clavier
OBJECTIVE: To assess the test-retest variability of hearing thresholds obtained with an innovative, mobile wireless automated hearing-test system (WAHTS) with enhanced sound attenuation to test industrial workers at a worksite as compared to standardised automated hearing thresholds obtained in a mobile trailer sound booth. DESIGN: A within-subject repeated-measures design was used to compare air-conducted threshold tests (500-8000 Hz) measured with the WAHTS in six workplace locations, and a third test using computer-controlled audiometry obtained in a mobile trailer sound booth...
2017: International Journal of Audiology
Susan Scollie
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January 2017: International Journal of Audiology
Ann-Christin Johnson, Renata Bogo, Ahmed Farah, Kjell K Karlsson, Per Muhr, Mattias Sjöström, Eva B Svensson, Åsa Skjönsberg, Magnus Svartengren
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate the influence of environmental exposures on hearing loss in a twin cohort. STUDY SAMPLE: Male twins born 1914-1958, representing an unscreened population, were tested for hearing loss at two occasions, 18 years apart. DESIGN: Clinical audiometry and a questionnaire were performed at both time points in this longitudinal study. Noise and solvent exposure were assessed using occupational work codes and a job exposure matrix...
2017: International Journal of Audiology
Kichol Lee, John G Casali
OBJECTIVE: To design a test battery and conduct a proof-of-concept experiment of a test method that can be used to measure the detection performance afforded by military advanced hearing protection devices (HPDs) and tactical communication and protective systems (TCAPS). DESIGN: The detection test was conducted with each of the four loudspeakers located at front, right, rear and left of the participant. Participants wore 2 in-ear-type TCAPS, 1 earmuff-type TCAPS, a passive Combat Arms Earplug in its "open" or pass-through setting and an EB-15LE™ electronic earplug...
2017: International Journal of Audiology
Cameron J Fackler, Elliott H Berger, William J Murphy, Michael E Stergar
OBJECTIVE: To characterise the performance of hearing protection devices (HPDs) in impulsive-noise conditions and to compare various protection metrics between impulsive and steady-state noise sources with different characteristics. DESIGN: HPDs were measured per the impulsive test methods of ANSI/ASA S12.42- 2010 . Protectors were measured with impulses generated by both an acoustic shock tube and an AR-15 rifle. The measured data were analysed for impulse peak insertion loss (IPIL) and impulsive spectral insertion loss (ISIL)...
2017: International Journal of Audiology
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