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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782445/comparing-two-hearing-aid-fitting-algorithms-for-bimodal-cochlear-implant-users
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Jantien L Vroegop, Nienke C Homans, Marc P van der Schroeff, André Goedegebure
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the possible advantage of the use of a dedicated bimodal hearing aid fitting formula, the Adaptive Phonak Digital Bimodal (APDB), compared with a frequently used standard hearing aid fitting formula, the NAL-NL2. We evaluated the effects of bimodal hearing aid fitting on provided hearing aid gain and on bimodal auditory functioning in a group of experienced bimodal cochlear implant (CI) users. A second aim of our study was to determine the effect of broadband loudness balancing on the prescribed gain of those two fitting formulas...
May 16, 2018: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782444/prevalence-of-hearing-impairment-in-mahabubnagar-district-telangana-state-india
#2
Tess Bright, Islay Mactaggart, Hannah Kuper, G V Murthy, Sarah Polack
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the prevalence of hearing impairment in Mahabubnagar district, Telangana state, India. METHODS: A population-based prevalence survey of hearing impairment was undertaken in 2014. Fifty-one clusters of 80 people aged 6 months and older were selected using probability-proportionate-to-size sampling. A two-stage hearing screening was conducted using otoacoustic emissions on all participants followed by pure-tone audiometry on those aged 4 years and older who failed otoacoustic emissions...
May 16, 2018: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782427/clinical-profile-of-levamisole-adulterated-cocaine-induced-vasculitis-vasculopathy-a-30-case-series
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Carlos Horacio Muñoz-Vahos, Sebastián Herrera-Uribe, Álvaro Arbeláez-Cortés, Daniel Jaramillo-Arroyave, Luis Alonso González-Naranjo, Gloria Vásquez-Duque, Mauricio Restrepo-Escobar, Luis Alfonso Correa-Londoño, Luis Fernando Arias-Restrepo, Adriana Lucía Vanegas-García
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to describe clinical and laboratory manifestations of patients with levamisole-adulterated cocaine-induced vasculitis/vasculopathy and to propose a skin classification according to the distribution and severity of lesions. METHODS: We report the characteristics of 30 patients admitted with levamisole-adulterated cocaine-induced vasculitis/vasculopathy in 4 high-complexity institutions in Colombia, from December 2010 to May 2017...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782417/prevalence-and-analysis-of-medical-device-related-pressure-injuries-results-from-the-international-pressure-ulcer-prevalence-survey
#4
Susan A Kayser, Catherine A VanGilder, Elizabeth A Ayello, Charlie Lachenbruch
OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence and characteristics of medical device-related pressure injuries (MDR PIs) in a large, generalizable database. METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis of the 2016 International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence data. Data were limited to US and Canadian facilities. Facilities included acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation, long-term acute care hospitals, and hospice. Analysis included 102,865 adult patients; 99,876 had complete data and were the focus of the analysis and are reported in the results below...
June 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781961/-from-ear-to-trunk-mri-reveals-referral-of-pain
#5
Julia Forstenpointner, Stephan Wolff, Patrick W Stroman, Olav Jansen, Stefanie Rehm, Ralf Baron, Janne Gierthmühlen
Referred and projecting pain can be observed in acute and chronic pain states. We present the case of a 69-year-old female patient with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in dermatome Th2/3 who reported that touching the ipsilateral earlap (dermatome C2) would enhance pain and dynamic mechanical allodynia (DMA) in the affected Th2/3-dermatome. The aim was to investigate possible underlying mechanisms of this phenomenon using the capsaicin experimental pain sensitization model, quantitative sensory testing (QST) and functional spinal and supraspinal MRI (fMRI)...
May 16, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781875/feasibility-of-microrna-profiling-in-human-inner-ear-perilymph
#6
Matthew Shew, Athanasia Warnecke, Thomas Lenarz, Heike Schmitt, Sumedha Gunewardena, Hinrich Staecker
Hearing loss is common and caused by a wide range of molecular and cellular pathologies. Current diagnosis of hearing loss depends on a combination of physiologic testing, patient history, and in some cases genetic testing. Currently, no biopsy or equivalent procedure exists to diagnose inner ear disorders. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are short ribonucleic acids that regulate a variety of cellular processes. They have been found to be reliable markers for a variety of disease processes. In particular, a variety of miRNAs that are markers for neurodegenerative disease have been identified in cerebrospinal fluid...
May 17, 2018: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781704/evaluating-a-smartphone-digits-in-noise-test-as-part-of-the-audiometric-test-battery
#7
Jenni-Mari Potgieter, De Wet Swanepoel, Cas Smits
 Speech-in-noise tests have become a valuable part of the audiometric test battery providing an indication of a listener's ability to function in background noise. A simple digits-in-noise (DIN) test could be valuable to support diagnostic hearing assessments, hearing aid fittings and counselling for both paediatric and adult populations. Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the South African English smartphone DIN test's performance as part of the audiometric test battery. Design: This descriptive study evaluated 109 adult subjects (43 male and 66 female subjects) with and without sensorineural hearing loss by comparing pure-tone air conduction thresholds, speech recognition monaural performance scores (SRS dB) and the DIN speech reception threshold (SRT)...
May 21, 2018: South African Journal of Communication Disorders. die Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Kommunikasieafwykings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781570/effect-of-motor-based-speech-intervention-on-articulatory-placement-in-the-treatment-of-a-posterior-nasal-fricative-a-preliminary-mri-study-on-a-single-subject
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Kazlin N Mason, Eshan Pua, Jamie L Perry
BACKGROUND: Posterior nasal fricatives are a learned compensatory articulation error and commonly substituted for oral fricatives. Treatment of such articulation errors requires the modification or teaching of skilled movements. A motor-based approach is designed to teach the complex motor skill movement sequences required in the production of sounds. Although motor learning research is well established, little has been done to determine how the approach changes the underlying physiology of articulatory movements...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781248/the-role-of-3d-printing-in-treating-craniomaxillofacial-congenital-anomalies
#9
REVIEW
Christopher D Lopez, Lukasz Witek, Andrea Torroni, Roberto L Flores, David B Demissie, Simon Young, Bruce N Cronstein, Paulo G Coelho
Craniomaxillofacial congenital anomalies comprise approximately one third of all congenital birth defects and include deformities such as alveolar clefts, craniosynostosis, and microtia. Current surgical treatments commonly require the use of autogenous graft material which are difficult to shape, limited in supply, associated with donor site morbidity and cannot grow with a maturing skeleton. Our group has demonstrated that 3D printed bio-ceramic scaffolds can generate vascularized bone within large, critical-sized defects (defects too large to heal spontaneously) of the craniomaxillofacial skeleton...
May 20, 2018: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780970/three-challenges-for-future-research-on-cochlear-implants
#10
REVIEW
David B Pisoni, William G Kronenberger, Michael S Harris, Aaron C Moberly
Cochlear implants (CIs) often work very well for many children and adults with profound sensorineural (SNHL) hearing loss. Unfortunately, while many CI patients display substantial benefits in recognizing speech and understanding spoken language following cochlear implantation, a large number of patients achieve poor outcomes. Understanding and explaining the reasons for poor outcomes following implantation is a very challenging research problem that has received little attention despite the pressing clinical significance...
December 2017: World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780828/effect-of-formaldehyde-on-human-middle-ear-epithelial-cells
#11
Shin Hye Kim, Ji-Woong Choi, Myung-Whan Suh, Jun Ho Lee, Seung-Ha Oh, Jae-Jun Song, Moo Kyun Park
Formaldehyde (FA) is a familiar indoor air pollutant found in everything from cosmetics to clothing, but its impact on the middle ear is unknown. This study investigated whether FA causes cytotoxicity, inflammation, or induction of apoptosis in human middle ear epithelial cells (HMEECs). Cell viability was investigated using the trypan blue assay and a cell counting kit (CCK-8) in HMEECs treated with FA for 4 or 24 h. The expression of genes encoding the inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF- α ) and mucin (MUC5AC) was analyzed using RT-PCR...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780750/the-luxs-ai-2-quorum-sensing-system-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-is-required-to-cause-disease-and-to-regulate-virulence-and-metabolism-related-genes-in-a-rat-model-of-middle-ear-infection
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Mukesh K Yadav, Jorge E Vidal, Yoon Y Go, Shin H Kim, Sung-Won Chae, Jae-Jun Song
Objective: Streptococcus pneumoniae colonizes the nasopharynx of children, and from nasopharynx it could migrate to the middle ear and causes acute otitis media (AOM). During colonization and AOM, the pneumococcus forms biofilms. In vitro biofilm formation requires a functional LuxS/AI-2 quorum-sensing system. We investigated the role of LuxS/AI-2 signaling in pneumococcal middle ear infection, and identified the genes that are regulated by LuxS/AI-2 during pneumococcal biofilm formation. Methods: Streptococcus pneumoniae D39 wild-type and an isogenic D39Δ luxS strain were utilized to evaluate in vitro biofilm formation, and in vivo colonization and epithelial damage using a microtiter plate assay and a rat model of pneumococcal middle ear infection, respectively...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780422/cochlear-implantation-in-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
C Lane Anzalone, Sarah Nuhanovic, Amy P Olund, Matthew L Carlson
Introduction: Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a peripheral hereditary neuropathy associated with motor and sensory impairment and can result in profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Currently, the role of cochlear implantation in the setting of CMT and other progressive peripheral neurodegenerative disorders is not well established. Methods: Case report and review of the English literature. Results: A 70-year-old male with CMT was referred for evaluation of progressive asymmetric SNHL and reported a 15-year duration of deafness involving the left ear...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780265/does-focused-and-dedicated-teaching-improve-the-confidence-of-gp-trainees-to-diagnose-and-manage-common-acute-ent-pathologies-in-primary-care
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Vikas Acharya, Matthew Haywood, Naomi Kokkinos, Anisha Raithatha, Sinthuja Francis, Rishi Sharma
Background: General practitioners (GPs) are key members of the health care profession who are required to have a considerable breadth of knowledge to manage and treat patients effectively in the community. Their skills and experience varies depending on the medical school they attended and their foundation training and specialist GP training schemes. Exposure to ear, nose, and throat (ENT)-specific pathology is often insufficient due to the lack of formal otolaryngology rotations, minimal relevant teaching opportunities, and inconsistencies in curricula, despite ENT-related pathology presentations being one of the commonest consultations in primary care...
2018: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779709/a-mutation-in-transcription-factor-mafb-causes-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-with-duane-retraction-syndrome
#15
Yoshinori Sato, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Hiroyuki Morita, Koichiro Higasa, Mai Thi Nhu Tran, Michito Hamada, Toshiaki Usui, Naoki Morito, Shoichiro Horita, Takao Hayashi, Junko Takagi, Izumi Yamaguchi, Huan Thanh Nguyen, Masayo Harada, Kiyoko Inui, Yuichi Maruta, Yoshihiko Inoue, Fumihiko Koiwa, Hiroshi Sato, Fumihiko Matsuda, Shinya Ayabe, Seiya Mizuno, Fumihiro Sugiyama, Satoru Takahashi, Ashio Yoshimura
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a leading cause of end-stage renal disease in children and adults. Genetic factors significantly contribute to early-onset FSGS, but the etiologies of most adult cases remain unknown. Genetic studies of monogenic syndromic FSGS exhibiting extra-renal manifestations have uncovered an unexpected biological role for genes in the development of both podocytes and other cellular lineages. To help define these roles, we studied two unrelated families with FSGS associated with Duane Retraction Syndrome, characterized by impaired horizontal eye movement due to cranial nerve malformation...
May 17, 2018: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779419/an-evaluation-of-hearing-in-infants-administered-with-colistin-in-the-premature-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#16
Selman Sarıca, Sadık Yurttutan
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of colistin on hearing by evaluating the otoacoustic emission tests and clinical auditory brainstem responses in preterm infants treated with colistin in the neonatal intensive care unit. METHOD: The study included 30 neonates (male: n = 16, female: n = 14) born before 37 weeks who were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam Medical Faculty between January 2014 and January 2015 and who were treated with colistin during their time in intensive care because of infection...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779038/malleostapedotomy-with-the-self-fixing-and-articulated-titanium-piston
#17
J Burggraaf, E A M Mylanus, R J E Pennings, Cor Cremers
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the results of malleostapedotomy performed by applying the self-fixing and articulated titanium piston according to Häusler. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case review. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS: This study concerns a retrospective analysis of the results of malleostapedotomy with the use of a self-fixing articulated titanium piston in 16 ears of 16 consecutively treated patients between 2005 and 2009...
May 19, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778289/diseases-and-targets-for-local-drug-delivery-to-the-inner-ear
#18
Lawrence R Lustig
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 11, 2018: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777605/ethics-and-or-aesthetics-reflections-on-cosmetic-surgery-for-adolescents
#19
Gianluca Montanari Vergallo, Enrico Marinelli, Simona Napoletano, Natale Mario Di Luca, Simona Zaami
Cosmetic surgery entails various ethical issues, even more so in cases involving adolescent patients. Cosmetic surgeons need to take into account how modern societies consider physical appearance an essential component of everyday life, as well as the vulnerability of youths and adolescents. For that reason, it is imperative to thoroughly assess the psychological and emotional states, in addition to the motivations, of minor patients. That goal can be achieved through the use of the DAS-59, (the Derriford Appearance Scale)1 , an effective and dependable tool devised to evaluate the psychological difficulties and distress experienced by people living with problems of appearance...
May 2018: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777354/randomized-study-of-the-influence-of-two-dimensional-versus-three-dimensional-imaging-using-a-novel-3d-head-mounted-display-hms-3000mt-on-performance-of-laparoscopic-inguinal-hernia-repair
#20
M Patrzyk, M Klee, T Stefaniak, C D Heidecke, K Beyer
BACKGROUND: 3D laparoscopy has proven to be superior to the 2D approach in experimental settings. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of 3D laparoscopy using a novel head-mounted display on the performance of defined steps within a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. This effect was investigated both in laparoscopically advanced surgeons and in beginners. METHODS: Patients suffering from symptomatic inguinal hernia were randomly assigned to laparoscopic hernia repair using either a head-mounted 3D display or a conventional 2D laparoscopic approach...
May 17, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
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