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Teerawat Wiwatpanit, Natalie N Remis, Aisha Ahmad, Yingjie Zhou, John C Clancy, Mary Ann Cheatham, Jaime García-Añoveros
Acquired hearing loss is the predominant neurodegenerative condition associated with aging in humans. Although mutations on several genes are known to cause congenital deafness in newborns, few genes have been implicated in age-related hearing loss (ARHL), perhaps because its cause is likely polygenic. Here, we generated mice lacking lysosomal calcium channel mucolipins 3 and 1 and discovered that both male and female mice suffered a polygenic form of hearing loss. While mucolipin 1 is ubiquitously expressed in all cells, mucolipin 3 is expressed in a small subset of cochlear cells -hair cells (HCs) and marginal cells of the stria vascularis- and very few other cell types...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Eline C van Knijff, Martine Coene, Paul J Govaerts
BACKGROUND: Previous research has suggested that speech perception in elderly adults is influenced not only by age-related hearing loss or presbycusis but also by declines in cognitive abilities, by background noise and by the syntactic complexity of the message. AIMS: To gain further insight into the influence of these cognitive as well as acoustic and linguistic factors on speech perception in elderly adults by investigating inhibitory control as a listener characteristic and background noise type and syntactic complexity as input characteristics...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
Weiming Hu, Junwu Wu, Wenjing Jiang, Jianguo Tang
Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) is the most universal sensory degenerative disease in elderly people caused by the degeneration of cochlear cells. Non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) play a fundamental role in gene regulation in almost every multicellular organism, and control the aging processes. It has been identified that various miRNAs are up- or down-regulated during mammalian aging processes in tissue-specific manners. Most miRNAs bind to specific sites on their target messenger-RNAs (mRNAs) and decrease their expression...
February 2018: Aging and Disease
Santoshi Kumari Manche, Madhavi Jangala, Dinesh Dudekula, Meganadh Koralla, Jyothy Akka
AIM: Presbycusis or age related hearing loss is caused by several extrinsic and intrinsic factors that damage the auditory system. Gene polymorphisms in folate metabolism were found to play an important role in the etiology of presbycusis. The present study aimed to investigate the role of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), methionine synthase (MTR) and thymidylate synthase (TYMS) gene polymorphisms in the onset of presbycusis in a South Indian population. MAIN METHODS: A total of 220 subjects confirmed with presbycusis along with 270 age and sex matched healthy controls visiting MAA ENT Hospitals, Hyderabad, India were enrolled for the study...
March 1, 2018: Life Sciences
Jie Yuan, Xueyan Zhao, Yujuan Hu, Haiying Sun, Guoqing Gong, Xiang Huang, Xubo Chen, Mingyu Xia, Chen Sun, Qilin Huang, Yu Sun, Wen Kong, Weijia Kong
Presbycusis is the most common sensory impairment associated with aging; however, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Autophagy has been demonstrated to serve a key role in diverse diseases; however, no studies have examined its function in central presbycusis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the changes of autophagy in the physiological processes of the auditory cortex and its role in the degeneration of the auditory cortex, as well as the related mechanisms using naturally aging rats and a D‑galactose (D‑gal)‑induced mimetic rat model of aging...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Judith van Vliet, Alide A Tieleman, Baziel G M van Engelen, Guillaume Bassez, Laurent Servais, Anthony Béhin, Tanya Stojkovic, Jan Meulstee, Joost A M Engel, George Lamas, Bruno Eymard, Wim I M Verhagen, Elisabeth Mamelle
OBJECTIVE: To systematically assess auditory characteristics of a large cohort of patients with genetically confirmed myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2). METHODS: Patients with DM2 were included prospectively in an international cross-sectional study. A structured interview about hearing symptoms was held. Thereafter, standardized otologic examination, pure tone audiometry (PTA; 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, and 8 kHz), speech audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic middle ear muscle reflexes, and brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP) were performed...
February 13, 2018: Neurology
Luis Roque Reis, Pedro Escada
INTRODUCTION: Evidence regarding the effect of speechreading is lacking in age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). Thus, in individuals with presbycusis, this study determined whether speechreading would improve word intelligibility. Moreover, the study investigated the effect of speechreading on word intelligibility depending on hearing impairment severity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This analytical, cross-sectional study involved two groups of individuals aged > 65 years that were enrolled by convenience sampling: 29 individuals with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss compatible with presbycusis (n=58 ears; mean age, 74...
December 30, 2017: Otolaryngologia Polska
Amal Bouzid, Ibtihel Smeti, Leila Dhouib, Magali Roche, Imen Achour, Aida Khalfallah, Abdullah Ahmed Gibriel, Ilhem Charfeddine, Hammadi Ayadi, Joel Lachuer, Abdelmonem Ghorbel, Christine Petit, Saber Masmoudi
CONTEXT: Presbycusis, an age-related hearing impairment (ARHI), represents the most common sensory disability in adults. Today, the molecular mechanisms underlying presbycusis remain unclear. This is in particular due to the fact that ARHI is a multifactorial complex disorder resulting from several genomic factors interacting with lifelong cumulative effects of: disease, diet, and environment. OBJECTIVE: Identification of novel biomarkers for presbycusis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We selectively ascertained eighteen elderly unrelated women lacking environmental and metabolic risk factors...
January 11, 2018: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Kourosh Parham, Karen M Kost
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December 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Ludimila Labanca, Fernando Sales Guimarães, Letícia Pimenta Costa-Guarisco, Erica de Araújo Brandão Couto, Denise Utsch Gonçalves
Given the high prevalence of presbycusis and its detrimental effect on quality of life, screening tests can be useful tools for detecting hearing loss in primary care settings. This study therefore aimed to determine the accuracy and reproducibility of the whispered voice test as a screening method for detecting hearing impairment in older people. This cross-sectional study was carried out with 210 older adults aged between 60 and 97 years who underwent the whispered voice test employing ten different phrases and using audiometry as a reference test...
November 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Letícia Pimenta Costa-Guarisco, Daniela Dalpubel, Ludimila Labanca, Marcos Hortes Nisihara Chagas
Presbycusis is a disorder present among the elderly. However, it is under-diagnosed, making it important to develop and enhance simple screening tools. OBJECTIVE: The subjective faces scale has been proposed as a method to assess auditory self-perception among the elderly, and its correlation with audiological tests. METHODS: We looked at elderly patients referred to the audiology service of a reference center for the care of the elderly in a public university hospital between February and November 2013...
November 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Christopher Thompson, Rohit Gohil, Alex Bennett
An 80-year-old Caucasian man presented with an incidental and asymptomatic lesion in his right ear thought to be secondary to his use of hearing aids for presbycusis. He used Lyric hearing aids, designed for 24 hours-a-day use for 4 months at a time and had no other previous otological problems. He underwent a bony meatoplasty and vascular flap reconstruction via a retroauricular approach to remove the lesion for histological analysis and regrafting of the area. The lesion was confirmed on histopathology as an ear canal cholesteatoma...
November 29, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
Haúla F Haider, Marisa Flook, Mariana Aparicio, Diogo Ribeiro, Marilia Antunes, Agnieszka J Szczepek, Derek J Hoare, Graça Fialho, João C Paço, Helena Caria
Introduction: Presbycusis or age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is a ubiquitous health problem. It is estimated that it will affect up to 1.5 billion people by 2025. In addition, tinnitus occurs in a large majority of cases with presbycusis. Glutamate metabotropic receptor 7 ( GRM7 ) and N -acetyltransferase 2 ( NAT2 ) are some of the genetic markers for presbycusis. Objectives: To explore patterns of hearing loss and the role of GRM7 and NAT2 as possible markers of presbycusis and tinnitus in a Portuguese population sample...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Laurie Penha Rolim, Alessandra Giannella Samelli, Renata Rodrigues Moreira, Carla Gentile Matas, Itamar de Souza Santos, Isabela Martins Bensenor, Paulo Andrade Lotufo
INTRODUCTION: Chronic diseases can act as an accelerating factor in the auditory system degeneration. Studies on the association between presbycusis and diabetes mellitus and systemic arterial hypertension have shown controversial conclusions. OBJECTIVE: To compare the initial audiometry (A1) with a subsequent audiometry (A2) performed after a 3 to 4-year interval in a population of elderly patients with diabetes mellitus and/or systemic arterial hypertension, to verify whether hearing loss in these groups is more accelerated when compared to controls without these clinical conditions...
September 21, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Nathan Watson, Bo Ding, Xiaoxia Zhu, Robert D Frisina
Chronic, low-grade inflammation, or inflammaging, is a crucial contributor to various age-related pathologies and natural processes in aging tissue, including the nervous system. Over the past two decades, much effort has been done to understand the mechanisms of inflammaging in disease models such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and others. However, despite being the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder, the number one communication disorder, and one of the top three chronic medical conditions of our aged population; little research has been conducted on the potential role of inflammation in age-related hearing loss (ARHL)...
November 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
Wenjing Zhang, Jian Zheng, Juan Meng, Lingling Neng, Xiaohua Chen, Zhaobing Qin
Previous studies have suggested that macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) serves an important role in hearing function; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, perivascular‑resident macrophage‑like melanocytes (PVM/Ms) from the stria vascularis of the lateral cochlear wall in young and aged mice were isolated. The mRNA and protein expression levels of MIF were determined using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis, and western blotting, respectively...
December 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Bianca Krumm, Georg Klump, Christine Köppl, Ulrike Langemann
We measured the auditory sensitivity of the barn owl (Tyto alba), using a behavioural Go/NoGo paradigm in two different age groups, one younger than 2 years (n = 4) and another more than 13 years of age (n = 3). In addition, we obtained thresholds from one individual aged 23 years, three times during its lifetime. For computing audiograms, we presented test frequencies of between 0.5 and 12 kHz, covering the hearing range of the barn owl. Average thresholds in quiet were below 0 dB sound pressure level (SPL) for frequencies between 1 and 10 kHz...
September 27, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Rhett S Thomson, Priscilla Auduong, Alexander T Miller, Richard K Gurgel
OBJECTIVES: To review evidence of hearing loss as a risk factor for dementia. Data Sources: PubMed Review methods: A systematic review was conducted using the PubMed database using the search terms (hearing loss OR presbycusis) AND (dementia OR cognitive decline). Initially, 488 articles were obtained. Only those studies evaluating an association between hearing loss and incident dementia or cognitive decline were included in the analysis. This resulted in 17 articles which were thoroughly evaluated with consideration for study design, method for determining hearing loss and cognitive status, relevant covariates and confounding factors, and key findings...
April 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
Olga Dlouhá, Jan Vokřál, Libor Černý
Evaluation of speech recognition is possible by presenting testing material in sentence form with presence of competitive noise. We developed new test of sentence intelligibility in noise in the Czech language. This article demonstrates results of the influence of the babble noise on sentence intelligibility in hearing impaired listeners with presbycusis. The time characteristics of babble noise are similar to human voice. That is the reason why this noise masking is more enhanced at the central hearing level than any other noise masking...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
Nathalie Giroud, Ulrike Lemke, Philip Reich, Katarina L Matthes, Martin Meyer
The present study investigates behavioral and electrophysiological auditory and cognitive-related plasticity in three groups of healthy older adults (60-77 years). Group 1 was moderately hearing-impaired, experienced hearing aid users, and fitted with new hearing aids using non-linear frequency compression (NLFC on); Group 2, also moderately hearing-impaired, used the same type of hearing aids but NLFC was switched off during the entire period of study duration (NLFC off); Group 3 represented individuals with age-appropriate hearing (NHO) as controls, who were not different in IQ, gender, or age from Group 1 and 2...
June 29, 2017: Hearing Research
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