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International Journal of Audiology

Brian O'Hara, Kiri Mealings
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a screening questionnaire for auditory processing disorder (APD). DESIGN: Fifty-two questions were created to enable parent/teacher proxies to rate students listening skills in terms of auditory processing, attention and language factors. STUDY SAMPLE: Parents rated their child's frequency of competent performance (regularly, often, sometimes or rarely) on 52 questions. Scores were calculated for three scales: auditory processing, attention and language...
July 31, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Raphael M Herr, Jos A Bosch, Töres Theorell, Adrian Loerbroks
Hearing problems are a significant public health concern. It has been suggested that psychological distress may represent both a cause and a consequence of hearing problems. Prospective data that allow testing such potential bi-directionality have thus far been lacking. The present study aimed to address this knowledge gap. Random (RE) and fixed effects (FE) panel regression models estimated the association of psychological distress (GHQ-12) and participant-reported hearing problems. Data from 18 annual waves of the British Household Panel Survey were used (n = 10,008)...
July 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Melinda Anderson, Varsha Rallapalli, Tim Schoof, Pamela Souza, Kathryn Arehart
Clinicians have long used self-report methods to assess hearing aid benefit. However, there are fewer data as to whether self-report instruments can be used to compare differences between signal processing settings. This study examined how self-perceived performance varied as a function of modifications in signal processing using two self-report measures. Data were collected as part of a double-blind randomised crossover clinical trial. Participants were fit with two fittings: mild processing (slow time constants, disabled frequency lowering) and strong processing (fast time constants, frequency lowering enabled)...
July 27, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Yuri Yanov, Vladislav Kuzovkov, Serafima Sugarova, Sergey Levin, Andrei Lilenko, Dmitrii Kliachko
OBJECTIVE: To determine the time needed to remotely perform a set of intraoperative measurements during cochlear implantation surgery and to compare it to the time needed to perform the same measurements in theatre. DESIGN: Prospective two-arm study comparing a local with a remote measurement setting. Three intraoperative measurements (Impedance Field Telemetry (IFT), evoked compound action potential (ECAP) and evoked stapedius reflex test (eSRT)) were performed with the audiologist present in the operating theatre (i...
July 11, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Deborah Moncrieff
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July 10, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Eithne Heffernan, Neil S Coulson, Melanie A Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: This research aimed to evaluate the content of the Social Participation Restrictions Questionnaire (SPaRQ) in terms of its relevance, clarity, comprehensiveness, acceptability to adults with hearing loss, and responsiveness. DESIGN: Cognitive interviews and a subject matter expert survey were conducted. The interview data were analysed using thematic analysis and a taxonomy of questionnaire clarity problems. Descriptive statistics were calculated for the survey data...
July 2, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
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July 2, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Eu Chin Ho, Warren Ming Wu Ong, KeXin Li, HanYu Zhang, Yen Tze Eileen Bei, Satya Vijay Reddy Medapati, Aruni Seneviratna
OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors associated with late presentation at first hearing aid (HA) fitting, HA choice and usage among users in Singapore. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. STUDY SAMPLE: 1068 subjects issued with HAs at a tertiary hospital from 2001 to 2013. RESULTS: Half of the subjects presented with more severe (>55 dB) hearing loss (HL) in their better ear. In multivariable analysis, older age, Malay ethnicity, conductive and mixed HL, and combination type of HL were associated with more severe HL at first presentation...
June 29, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
William G Kronenberger, Shirley C Henning, Allison M Ditmars, Adrienne S Roman, David B Pisoni
OBJECTIVE: Deaf children with cochlear implants (CIs) show poorer verbal working memory compared to normal-hearing (NH) peers, but little is known about their verbal learning and memory (VLM) processes involving multi-trial free recall. DESIGN: Children with CIs were compared to NH peers using the California Verbal Learning Test for Children (CVLT-C). STUDY SAMPLE: Participants were 21 deaf (before age 6 months) children (6-16 years old) implanted prior to age 3 years, and 21 age-IQ matched NH peers...
June 22, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Sumru Keceli, Stefan Stenfelt
OBJECTIVE: To compare recordings of bone conduction (BC) stimulated auditory brainstem response (ABR) obtained using the newer BC transducer Radioear B81 and the conventional BC transducer Radioear B71. Balanced electromagnetic separation transducer (BEST) design found in the B81 may influence the ABR magnitudes and latencies, as well as electrical artefacts. DESIGN: ABRs to tone burst stimuli of 500 Hz, 2000 Hz, 4000 Hz, click stimulation, and broad-band chirp stimulation at 20 and 50 dB nHL were recorded...
June 18, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
K Jonas Brännström, Elisabeth Karlsson, Sebastian Waechter, Tobias Kastberg
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between extended high-frequency pure tone hearing thresholds (frequencies 10 to 14 kHz) and working memory capacity (WMC), inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. DESIGN: Experimental study measuring correlations between different high-frequency hearing threshold measures and cognitive measures. STUDY: Pure tone audiometry was assessed in the extended high-frequency (frequencies 10, 12.5 and 14 kHz)...
June 13, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Ellen Raben Pedersen
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the Danish test battery for auditory processing disorder (APD). The battery consists of four behavioural tests, two speech and two non-speech stimuli tests. The evaluation includes determination of: (1) new cut-off values (pass-fail criteria), (2) the sensitivity and the specificity of the entire test battery and (3) the failure rate of different test combinations. DESIGN: For each test in the battery, cut-off values were determined using the weighted Youden index...
June 10, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Mukovhe Phanguphangu
OBJECTIVE: To determine the training, self-reported competence and practice patterns of South African audiologists (SAAs) regarding cerumen management (CM). DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional survey. An online questionnaire was completed by SAA between July and September 2016. The questionnaire addressed sections on educational training, experience and practice patterns of SAAs regarding CM. STUDY SAMPLE: Three hundred and fifty-six SAAs responded to an email invitation sent to 382 actively-practicing audiologists...
June 5, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Mithila Durai, Kei Kobayashi, Grant D Searchfield
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of predictable or unpredictable amplitude-modulated sounds for tinnitus therapy. DESIGN: The study consisted of two parts. (1) An adaptation experiment. Loudness level matches and rating scales (10-point) for loudness and distress were obtained at a silent baseline and at the end of three counterbalanced 30-min exposures (silence, predictable and unpredictable). (2) A qualitative 2-week sound therapy feasibility trial. Participants took home a personal music player (PMP)...
May 28, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Jarrah Watkinson, Grant Bristow, Jaime Auton, Catherine M McMahon, Mark W Wiggins
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to test whether cue utilisation might be employed as a tool to assess the diagnostic skills of audiologists. The utilisation of cues is a characteristic of expertise and critical for successful diagnoses in clinical settings. However, neither in training nor in practice, is there a means by which the diagnostic skills of audiologists can be assessed objectively and reliably. DESIGN: The study comprised a pre-post training evaluation, controlling for prior exposure to the diagnostic testing tool...
May 25, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Karen S Helfer, Richard L Freyman, Gabrielle R Merchant
OBJECTIVE: To examine benefit from immediate repetition of a masked speech message in younger, middle-aged and older adults. DESIGN: Participants listened to sentences in conditions where only the target message was repeated, and when both the target message and its accompanying masker (noise or speech) were repeated. In a follow-up experiment, the effect of repetition was evaluated using a square-wave modulated noise masker to compare benefit when listeners were exposed to the same glimpses of the target message during first and second presentation versus when the glimpses differed...
May 25, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
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May 23, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Harvey Dillon, Carolyn Mee, Jesus Cuauhtemoc Moreno, John Seymour
OBJECTIVE: To create a hearing test useable without the involvement of a clinician or calibrated equipment, suitable for children aged 5 or older. DESIGN: The tablet-based app (Sound Scouts) includes tests of speech in quiet, speech in noise and tones in noise, all embedded in game designed to maintain attention. Data were collected to intelligibility-equalize the stimuli, establish normative performance, and evaluate the sensitivity with which Sound Scouts detected known hearing problems and identified their type...
July 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Joseph Pillion
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July 2018: International Journal of Audiology
Berth Danermark
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July 2018: International Journal of Audiology
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