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Sigrid Bosteels, Michel Vandenbroeck, Geert Van Hove
New-born screening programs for congenital disorders and chronic disease are expanding worldwide and children "at risk" are identified by nationwide tracking systems at the earliest possible stage. These practices are never neutral and raise important social and ethical questions. An emergent concern is that a reflexive professionalism should interrogate the ever earlier interference in children's lives. The Flemish community of Belgium was among the first to generalize the screening for hearing loss in young children and is an interesting case to study the public justification of early interventions for families with deaf children...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Juan Rodriguez-Paris, Jörg Waldhaus, Jeenal A Gordhandas, Lynn Pique, Iris Schrijver
We characterized a novel GJB2 missense variant, c.133G>A, p.Gly45Arg, and compared it with the only other variant at the same amino acid position of the connexin 26 protein (Cx26) reported to date: c.134G>A, p.Gly45Glu. Whereas both variants are associated with hearing loss and are dominantly inherited, p.Gly45Glu has been implicated in the rare fatal keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome, which results in cutaneous infections and septicemia with premature demise in the first year of life. In contrast, p...
2016: PeerJ
Bas P Hartel, Martijn J H Agterberg, Ad F Snik, Henricus P M Kunst, A John V Opstal, Arjan J Bosman, Ronald J E Pennings
OBJECTIVES: Usher syndrome is the leading cause of hereditary deaf-blindness. Most patients with Usher syndrome type IIa start using hearing aids from a young age. A serious complaint refers to interference between sound localization abilities and adaptive sound processing (compression), as present in today's hearing aids. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of advanced signal processing on binaural hearing, including sound localization. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: In this prospective study, patients were fitted with hearing aids with a nonlinear (compression) and linear amplification program...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Lianhua Sun, Xiaohua Li, Jun Shi, Xiuhong Pang, Yechen Hu, Xiaowen Wang, Hao Wu, Tao Yang
Waardenburg syndrome (WS) characterized by sensorineural hearing loss and pigmentary abnormalities is genetically heterogeneous and phenotypically variable. This study investigated the molecular etiology and genotype-phenotype correlation of WS in 36 Chinese Han deaf probands and 16 additional family members that were clinically diagnosed with WS type I (WS1, n = 8) and type II (WS2, n = 42). Mutation screening of six WS-associated genes detected PAX3 mutations in 6 (86%) of the 7 WS1 probands. Among the 29 WS2 probands, 13 (45%) and 10 (34%) were identified with SOX10 and MITF mutations, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
John Patton, Carmen Brewer, Wade Chien, Jennifer J Johnston, Andrew J Griffith, Leslie G Biesecker
Variants in the unconventional myosin gene, MYO1A, have been reported to cause non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss with a pattern of autosomal dominant inheritance. Others have challenged this association. We used a genotypic ascertainment study design to test the association of MYO1A variants with hearing loss. We evaluated MYO1A variants from a cohort of 951 individuals with exome sequencing who were not ascertained for hearing loss. Five individuals had one of two variants claimed to be associated with sensorineural hearing loss in a prior study and 33 individuals had one of 13 predicted deleterious variants...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Shilpa Ajit Joshi, Shalomith Uppapalli, Pranav More, Madan Deshpande
Brittle cornea syndrome is a rare generalised connective tissue disorder with ocular features like keratoglobus or keratoconus, severe corneal thinning and a high risk of perforation. Various authors in different case reports and case series have brought out the fact that brittle cornea is a disorder with characteristic systemic manifestations such as deafness, joint hypermobility, hyperelasticity of skin, kyphoscoliosis and dental abnormalities alongwith ophthalmic features. We report a case of globe perforation following trivial trauma, in an individual with brittle cornea without any extraocular manifestations, posing a challenge in the diagnosis and dilemma in surgical repair of cornea, restoration of globe integrity and visual rehabilitation...
October 7, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Thomas A Masters, John Kendrick-Jones, Folma Buss
Myosins are cytoskeletal motor proteins that use energy derived from ATP hydrolysis to generate force and movement along actin filaments. Humans express 38 myosin genes belonging to 12 classes that participate in a diverse range of crucial activities, including muscle contraction, intracellular trafficking, cell division, motility, actin cytoskeletal organisation and cell signalling. Myosin malfunction has been implicated a variety of disorders including deafness, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Usher syndrome, Griscelli syndrome and cancer...
October 19, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Maja Svrakic, J Thomas Roland, Sean O McMenomey, Mario A Svirsky
OBJECTIVE: To describe our initial operative experience and hearing preservation results with the Advanced Bionics (AB) Mid Scala Electrode (MSE). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Sixty-three MSE implants in pediatric and adult patients were compared with age- and sex-matched 1j electrode implants from the same manufacturer. All patients were severe to profoundly deaf. INTERVENTION: Cochlear implantation with either the AB 1j electrode or the AB MSE...
October 12, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Aida Costa, Lynn M Powell, Sally Lowell, Andrew P Jarman
The proneural gene, Atoh1, is necessary and in some contexts sufficient for early inner ear hair cell development. Its function is the subject of intensive research, not least because of the possibility that it could be used in therapeutic strategies to reverse hair cell loss in deafness. However, it is clear that Atoh1's function is highly context dependent. During inner ear development, Atoh1 is only able to promote hair cell differentiation at specific developmental stages. Outside the ear, Atoh1 is required for differentiation of a variety of other cell types, for example in the intestine and cerebellum...
October 14, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Lotte Skøt, Tina Jeppesen, Angelina Isabella Mellentin, Ask Elklit
PURPOSE: This descriptive study sought to explore barriers faced by Deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) individuals in Denmark when accessing medical and psychosocial services following large-scale disasters and individual traumatic experiences. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine D/HH individuals who had experienced at least one disaster or other traumatic event. RESULTS: Difficulties were encountered during interactions with first response and healthcare services, which centered on: (1) lack of Deaf awareness among professionals, (2) problems accessing interpreter services, (3) professionals relying on hearing relatives to disseminate information, and (4) professionals who were unwilling to adjust their speech or try different forms of communication...
October 17, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Stephanie Kletke, Vaishnavi Batmanabane, Tianyang Dai, Ajoy Vincent, Shuning Li, Karen A Gordon, Blake C Papsin, Sharon L Cushing, Elise Héon
The co-occurrence of hearing impairment and visual dysfunction is devastating. Most deaf-blind etiologies are genetically determined, the commonest being Usher syndrome (USH). While studies of the congenitally deaf population reveal a variable degree of visual problems, there are no effective ophthalmic screening guidelines. We hypothesized that children with congenital sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and vestibular impairment were at an increased risk of having Usher syndrome. A retrospective chart review of 33 cochlear implants recipients for severe to profound SNHL and measured vestibular dysfunction was done to determine the ocular phenotype...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Maryam Beheshtian, Mojgan Babanejad, Hela Azaiez, Niloofar Bazazzadegan, Diana Kolbe, Christina Sloan-Heggen, Sanaz Arzhangi, Kevin Booth, Marzieh Mohseni, Kathy Frees, Mohammad Hossein Azizi, Ahmad Daneshi, Mohammad Farhadi, Kimia Kahrizi, Richard Jh Smith, Hossein Najmabadi
A significant contribution to the causes of hereditary hearing impairment comes from genetic factors. More than 120 genes and 160 loci have been identified to be involved in hearing impairment. Given that consanguine populations are more vulnerable to most inherited diseases, such as hereditary hearing loss (HHL), the genetic picture of HHL among the Iranian population, which consists of at least eight ethnic subgroups with a high rate of intermarriage, is expected to be highly heterogeneous. Using an electronic literature review through various databases such as PubMed, MEDLINE, and Scopus, we review the current picture of HHL in Iran...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Iranian Medicine
Claudia Frick, Marcus Müller, Ute Wank, Anke Tropitzsch, Benedikt Kramer, Pascal Senn, Helge Rask-Anderson, Karl-Heinz Wiesmüller, Hubert Löwenheim
Cochlear implants (CI) allow for hearing rehabilitation in patients with sensorineural hearing loss or deafness. Restricted CI performance results from the spatial gap between spiral ganglion neurons and the CI, causing current spread that limits spatially restricted stimulation and impairs frequency resolution. This may be substantially improved by guiding peripheral processes of spiral ganglion neurons towards and onto the CI electrode contacts. An injectable, peptide-based hydrogel was developed which may provide a permissive scaffold to facilitate neurite growth towards the CI...
October 4, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Flavia Palombo, Nadia Al-Wardy, Guido Alberto Gnecchi Ruscone, Manuela Oppo, Mohammed Nasser Al Kindi, Andrea Angius, Khalsa Al Lamki, Giorgia Girotto, Tania Giangregorio, Matteo Benelli, Alberto Magi, Marco Seri, Paolo Gasparini, Francesco Cucca, Marco Sazzini, Mazin Al Khabori, Tommaso Pippucci, Giovanni Romeo
The increased risk for autosomal recessive disorders is one of the most well-known medical implications of consanguinity. In the Sultanate of Oman, a country characterized by one of the highest rates of consanguineous marriages worldwide, prevalence of genetic hearing loss (GHL) is estimated to be 6/10 000. Families of GHL patients have higher consanguinity rates than the general Omani population, indicating a major role for recessive forms. Mutations in GJB2, the most commonly mutated GHL gene, have been sporadically described...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Panagiotis A Dimitriadis, Matthew R Farr, Ahmed Allam, Jaydip Ray
BACKGROUND: Bone conduction devices are widely used and indicated in cases of conductive, mixed or single sided deafness where conventional hearing aids are not indicated or tolerated. Percutaneous bone-conduction devices gave satisfactory hearing outcomes but were frequently complicated by soft tissue reactions. Transcutaneous bone conduction devices were developed in order to address some of the issues related to the skin-penetrating abutment. The aim of this article is to present a systematic review of the indications, surgical technique and audiological, clinical and functional outcomes of the BAHA Attract device reported so far...
2016: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Maike Vollmer, Ralph Eugene Beitel, Christoph E Schreiner, Patricia A Leake
In profoundly deaf cats, behavioral training with intracochlear electric stimulation (ICES) can improve temporal processing in the primary auditory cortex (AI). To investigate whether similar effects are manifest in the auditory midbrain, ICES was initiated in neonatally deafened cats either during development after short durations of deafness (8 wk of age) or in adulthood after long durations of deafness (≥3.5 yr). All of these animals received behaviorally-meaningless, 'passive' ICES. Some animals also received behavioral training with ICES...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Nicola Strenzke, Rituparna Chakrabarti, Hanan Al-Moyed, Alexandra Müller, Gerhard Hoch, Tina Pangrsic, Gulnara Yamanbaeva, Christof Lenz, Kuan-Ting Pan, Elisabeth Auge, Ruth Geiss-Friedlander, Henning Urlaub, Nils Brose, Carolin Wichmann, Ellen Reisinger
The multi-C2 domain protein otoferlin is required for hearing and mutated in human deafness. Some OTOF mutations cause a mild elevation of auditory thresholds but strong impairment of speech perception. At elevated body temperature, hearing is lost. Mice homozygous for one of these mutations, Otof(I515T/I515T), exhibit a moderate hearing impairment involving enhanced adaptation to continuous or repetitive sound stimulation. In Otof(I515T/I515T) inner hair cells (IHCs), otoferlin levels are diminished by 65%, and synaptic vesicles are enlarged...
October 11, 2016: EMBO Journal
Lindsey Edwards, Lynne Aitkenhead, Dawn Langdon
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to establish the relationship between short-term memory capacity and reading skills in adolescents with cochlear implants. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A between-groups design compared a group of young people with cochlear implants with a group of hearing peers on measures of reading, and auditory and visual short-term memory capacity. The groups were matched for non-verbal IQ and age. The adolescents with cochlear implants were recruited from the Cochlear Implant Programme at a specialist children's hospital...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Mo Chen, Zhaoyan Wang, Zhiwen Zhang, Xun Li, Weijing Wu, Dinghua Xie, Zi-An Xiao
OBJECTIVE: The present study aims to test whether deaf children with unilateral cochlear implantation (CI) have higher intelligence quotients (IQ). We also try to find out the predictive factors of intelligence development in deaf children with CI. METHODS: Totally, 186 children were enrolled into this study. They were divided into 3 groups: CI group (N = 66), hearing loss group (N = 54) and normal hearing group (N = 66). All children took the Hiskey-Nebraska Test of Learning Aptitude to assess the IQ...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Mingming Wang, Fengguo Zhang, Lei Xu, Yun Xiao, Jianfeng Li, Zhaomin Fan, Qian Sun, Xiaohui Bai, Haibo Wang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the disease-related SLC26A4 mutants in a Chinese Han pedigree associated with Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA). METHODS: EVA diagnosis was based on the family history, clinical examinations, systematically audiometric evaluations, high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the temporal bone, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of inner ear. Sanger sequencing and mutation analysis of the SLC26A4 gene were performed in all members of this family to identify the disease-related SLC26A4 mutants...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
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