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Auditory steady state response

Stefan Rampp, Leonhard Rensch, Sebastian Simmermacher, Torsten Rahne, Christian Strauss, Julian Prell
OBJECTIVE Brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEPs) have been used for intraoperative monitoring of the auditory nerve for many years. However, BAEPs yield limited information about the expected postoperative hearing quality and speech perception. The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) enables objective audiograms to be obtained in patients under anesthesia. These ASSRs could be used for intraoperative estimation of hearing classes to improve the postoperative outcome and quality of life. Studies investigating the clinical use of ASSRs during total intravenous anesthesia are currently lacking...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Hanna Thuné, Marc Recasens, Peter J Uhlhaas
Importance: The neurobiological mechanisms underlying circuit dysfunctions in schizophrenia remain poorly understood. The 40-Hz auditory steady-state response (ASSR) has been suggested as a potential biomarker for schizophrenia. Objectives: To provide a meta-analytical insight into the presence of 40-Hz ASSR impairments in patients with schizophrenia and to examine the effects of the participant group, stimulus parameters, and analysis and recording techniques. Data Sources: Searches were conducted in PubMed and reference lists of appropriate publications to identify relevant studies published from November 1999 to March 2016...
October 12, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
Franck Michel, Kristoffer Foldager Jørgensen
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to compare air-conduction thresholds obtained with ASSR evoked by narrow band (NB) CE-chirps and ABR evoked by tone pips (tpABR) in infants with various degrees of hearing loss. DESIGN: Thresholds were measured at 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz. Data on each participant were collected at the same day. STUDY SAMPLE: Sixty-seven infants aged 4 d to 22 months (median age = 96 days), resulting in 57, 52, 87 and 56 ears for 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz, respectively...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
Maaike Van Eeckhoutte, Jan Wouters, Tom Francart
The aim of this study was to find an objective estimate of individual, complete loudness growth functions based on auditory steady-state responses. Both normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners were involved in two behavioral loudness growth tasks and one EEG recording session. Behavioral loudness growth was measured with Absolute Magnitude Estimation and a Graphic Rating Scale with loudness categories. Stimuli were sinusoidally amplitude-modulated sinusoids with carrier frequencies of either 500 Hz or 2000 Hz, a modulation frequency of 40 Hz, a duration of 1 s, and presented at intensities encompassing the participants' dynamic ranges...
September 29, 2016: Hearing Research
Hironori Kuga, Toshiaki Onitsuka, Yoji Hirano, Itta Nakamura, Naoya Oribe, Hiroaki Mizuhara, Ryota Kanai, Shigenobu Kanba, Takefumi Ueno
Recent MRI studies have shown that schizophrenia is characterized by reductions in brain gray matter, which progress in the acute state of the disease. Cortical circuitry abnormalities in gamma oscillations, such as deficits in the auditory steady state response (ASSR) to gamma frequency (>30-Hz) stimulation, have also been reported in schizophrenia patients. In the current study, we investigated neural responses during click stimulation by BOLD signals. We acquired BOLD responses elicited by click trains of 20, 30, 40 and 80-Hz frequencies from 15 patients with acute episode schizophrenia (AESZ), 14 symptom-severity-matched patients with non-acute episode schizophrenia (NASZ), and 24 healthy controls (HC), assessed via a standard general linear-model-based analysis...
September 13, 2016: EBioMedicine
Lisa McCarthy, Kirk N Olsen
Continuous increases of acoustic intensity (up-ramps) can indicate a looming (approaching) sound source in the environment, whereas continuous decreases of intensity (down-ramps) can indicate a receding sound source. From psychoacoustic experiments, an "adaptive perceptual bias" for up-ramp looming tonal stimuli has been proposed (Neuhoff, 1998). This theory postulates that (1) up-ramps are perceptually salient because of their association with looming and potentially threatening stimuli in the environment; (2) tonal stimuli are perceptually salient because of an association with single and potentially threatening biological sound sources in the environment, relative to white noise, which is more likely to arise from dispersed signals and nonthreatening/nonbiological sources (wind/ocean)...
September 8, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
Jingjing Chen, Qin Gong, Fei Wu
The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) is an auditory evoked potential that occurs in response to periodically presented auditory stimuli. The ASSR has drawn attention as a biomarker of psychiatric disorders owing to its connection with neural oscillations as well as its easy and noninvasive recording. Abnormalities in the γ band ASSR have been found consistently in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, although major depressive disorder (MDD) is also part of the common psychiatric diseases, the relationship between the ASSR and MDD has not been characterized sufficiently...
October 19, 2016: Neuroreport
Andrew Dimitrijevic, Jamal Alsamri, M Sasha John, David Purcell, Sahara George, Fan-Gang Zeng
OBJECTIVE: To record envelope following responses (EFRs) to monaural amplitude-modulated broadband noise carriers in which amplitude modulation (AM) depth was slowly changed over time and to compare these objective electrophysiological measures to subjective behavioral thresholds in young normal hearing and older subjects. DESIGN: HASH(0x3d61440) PARTICIPANTS: three groups of subjects included a young normal-hearing group (YNH 18 to 28 years; pure-tone average = 5 dB HL), a first older group ("O1"; 41 to 62 years; pure-tone average = 19 dB HL), and a second older group ("O2"; 67 to 82 years; pure-tone average = 35 dB HL)...
September 2016: Ear and Hearing
Alexandre Villeneuve, Caroline Hommet, Charles Aussedat, Emmanuel Lescanne, Kevin Reffet, David Bakhos
The objective of this study is to assess the validity of ASSR as a complementary diagnostic test for peripheral hearing loss by proving a significant correlation between behavioral thresholds and ASSR. The design used in this study is monocentric prospective study from November 2014 to April 2015. The setting used in this study is the ENT-Head and Neck Surgery Department and Geriatrics Department in a French Regional and University Hospital. The participants are patients over 75 years with cognitive impairment (Alzheimer's disease or mild-cognitive impairment) with a Mini-Mental State Examination score under 27/30 and without hearing aids...
August 23, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
W Shehata-Dieler, W Großmann
The primary diagnostic aim prior to cochlear implantation is establishment of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary diagnosis, in order to subsequently begin therapy as early as possible. Audiological evaluation prior to implantation employs a test battery-approach, including subjective and objective procedures. Objective measures show high reliability and therefore play a major role in the diagnosis of difficult-to-test subjects such as infants and young children. During postoperative follow-up, objective measures offer a valid method for analyzing the effects of different stimuli on the auditory system...
August 10, 2016: HNO
M François, E Dehan, M Carlevan, H Dumont
OBJECTIVE: In patients who cannot or will not cooperate in behavioral hearing assessment, electrophysiological examinations are used, but are time-consuming because the subject has to remain immobile. The aim of this study was to assess whether auditory steady-state responses (ASSR) are sufficiently reliable, compared to auditory brainstem responses (ABR) and free-field audiometry, for assessment to begin with ASSR instead of ABR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed between January 2012 and April 2013, including children less than 6 years of age who could not be tested via headphones...
August 5, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Andreas Ruser, Michael Dähne, Abbo van Neer, Klaus Lucke, Janne Sundermeyer, Ursula Siebert, Dorian S Houser, James J Finneran, Eligius Everaarts, Jolanda Meerbeek, Rune Dietz, Signe Sveegaard, Jonas Teilmann
Testing the hearing abilities of marine mammals under water is a challenging task. Sample sizes are usually low, thus limiting the ability to generalize findings of susceptibility towards noise influences. A method to measure harbor porpoise hearing thresholds in situ in outdoor conditions using auditory steady state responses of the brainstem was developed and tested. The method was used on 15 live-stranded animals from the North Sea during rehabilitation, shortly before release into the wild, and on 12 wild animals incidentally caught in pound nets in Denmark (inner Danish waters)...
July 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
James J Finneran, Roxanne Echon, Jason Mulsow, Dorian S Houser
Biosonar gain control mechanisms in a bottlenose dolphin were investigated by measuring the auditory steady-state response (ASSR) to an external tone while the animal echolocated. The dolphin performed an echo change-detection task that utilized electronically synthesized echoes with echo delays corresponding to 25- and 50-m target range. During the task, amplitude modulated tones with carrier frequencies from 25 to 125 kHz were continuously presented and the instantaneous electroencephalogram stored for later analysis...
July 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Annick Gilles, Winny Schlee, Sarah Rabau, Kristien Wouters, Erik Fransen, Paul Van de Heyning
OBJECTIVES: Young people are often exposed to high music levels which make them more at risk to develop noise-induced symptoms such as hearing loss, hyperacusis, and tinnitus of which the latter is the symptom perceived the most by young adults. Although, subclinical neural damage was demonstrated in animal experiments, the human correlate remains under debate. Controversy exists on the underlying condition of young adults with normal hearing thresholds and noise-induced tinnitus (NIT) due to leisure noise...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Carolina Sánchez-Rodríguez, Eduardo Martín-Sanz, Esperanza Cuadrado, Juan José Granizo, Ricardo Sanz-Fernández
UNLABELLED: Age-related hearing loss (AHL) -presbycusis- is the number one neurodegenerative disorder and top communication deficit of our aged population. Experimental evidence suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction associated with reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays a central role in the aging process of cochlear cells. Dietary antioxidants, in particular polyphenols, have been found to be beneficial in protecting against the generation of ROS in various diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and aging...
October 2016: Experimental Gerontology
Aleksandras Voicikas, Ieva Niciute, Osvaldas Ruksenas, Inga Griskova-Bulanova
Auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs) are used to test the ability of local cortical networks to generate gamma frequency activity in patients with psychiatric disorders. For the effective use of ASSRs in research and clinical applications, it is necessary to find a comfortable stimulation type and to know how ASSRs are modulated by the tasks given to the subjects during the recording session. We aimed to evaluate the suitability of flutter amplitude modulated tone (FAM) stimulation for generation of ASSRs: subjective pleasantness of FAMs and attentional effects on FAM-elicited 40Hz ASSRs were assessed...
August 26, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Tine Goossens, Charlotte Vercammen, Jan Wouters, Astrid van Wieringen
As people age, speech perception problems become highly prevalent, especially in noisy situations. In addition to peripheral hearing and cognition, temporal processing plays a key role in speech perception. Temporal processing of speech features is mediated by synchronized activity of neural oscillations in the central auditory system. Previous studies indicate that both the degree and hemispheric lateralization of synchronized neural activity relate to speech perception performance. Based on these results, we hypothesize that impaired speech perception in older persons may, in part, originate from deviances in neural synchronization...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
T S Santos, J J Silva, O G Lins, D B Melges, C J Tierra-Criollo
AIM: This study aimed to investigate the efficiency of Magnitude Squared Coherence (MSC) and Spectral F test (SFT) for the detection of auditory steady state responses (ASSR) obtained by amplitude-modulated noises. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty individuals (12 women) without any history of neurological or audiological diseases, aged from 18 to 59 years (mean ± standard deviation = 26.45 ± 3.9 years), who provided written informed consent, participated in the study...
September 2016: Hearing Research
Bernd Lütkenhöner
Evidence suggests that the steady-state response (SSR) elicited by a periodic train of auditory stimuli can largely be understood as a superposition of transient responses. This study is devoted to the problem of how to estimate that transient response from measured SSRs. The proposed method differs from previous approaches in that the solution can be constrained to be consistent with physiology-based prior knowledge or educated guesses. To achieve this goal, the transient response is not represented by a time series, but by a linear combination of auxiliary functions, called components...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Tim Schoof, Stuart Rosen
Older adults, even those without hearing impairment, often experience increased difficulties understanding speech in the presence of background noise. This study examined the role of age-related declines in subcortical auditory processing in the perception of speech in different types of background noise. Participants included normal-hearing young (19 - 29 years) and older (60 - 72 years) adults. Normal hearing was defined as pure-tone thresholds of 25 dB HL or better at octave frequencies from 0.25 to 4 kHz in both ears and at 6 kHz in at least one ear...
October 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
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