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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098509/-compassionate-use-protocol-for-auditory-brainstem-implantation-in-neurofibromatosis-type-2-early-house-ear-institute-experience
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Daniel S Roberts, William H Slattery, Brian S Chen, Steve R Otto, Marc S Schwartz, Gregory P Lekovic
OBJECTIVE: To report the preliminary outcomes of auditory brainstem implantation (ABI) under a compassionate use protocol for two ABI devices that are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) patients who underwent microsurgery for vestibular schwannoma (VS) and placement of either the Cochlear ABI541 or Med-El Synchrony ABIs. Peri-operative and device- related complications were reviewed...
January 18, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098502/united-kingdom-national-paediatric-bilateral-project-results-of-professional-rating-scales-and-parent-questionnaires
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H E Cullington, D Bele, J C Brinton, S Cooper, M Daft, J Harding, N Hatton, J Humphries, M E Lutman, J Maddocks, J Maggs, K Millward, G O'Donoghue, S Patel, K Rajput, V Salmon, T Sear, A Speers, A Wheeler, K Wilson
OBJECTIVES: This fourteen-centre project used professional rating scales and parent questionnaires to assess longitudinal outcomes in a large non-selected population of children receiving simultaneous and sequential bilateral cochlear implants. METHODS: This was an observational non-randomized service evaluation. Data were collected at four time points: before bilateral cochlear implants or before the sequential implant, one year, two years, and three years after...
January 18, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098153/mecp2-regulates-cortical-plasticity-underlying-a-learned-behaviour-in-adult-female-mice
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Keerthi Krishnan, Billy Y B Lau, Gabrielle Ewall, Z Josh Huang, Stephen D Shea
Neurodevelopmental disorders are marked by inappropriate synaptic connectivity early in life, but how disruption of experience-dependent plasticity contributes to cognitive and behavioural decline in adulthood is unclear. Here we show that pup gathering behaviour and associated auditory cortical plasticity are impaired in female Mecp2(het) mice, a model of Rett syndrome. In response to learned maternal experience, Mecp2(het) females exhibited transient changes to cortical inhibitory networks typically associated with limited plasticity...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097504/estimating-the-relative-weights-of-visual-and-auditory-tau-versus-heuristic-based-cues-for-time-to-contact-judgments-in-realistic-familiar-scenes-by-older-and-younger-adults
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Behrang Keshavarz, Jennifer L Campos, Patricia R DeLucia, Daniel Oberfeld
Estimating time to contact (TTC) involves multiple sensory systems, including vision and audition. Previous findings suggested that the ratio of an object's instantaneous optical size/sound intensity to its instantaneous rate of change in optical size/sound intensity (τ) drives TTC judgments. Other evidence has shown that heuristic-based cues are used, including final optical size or final sound pressure level. Most previous studies have used decontextualized and unfamiliar stimuli (e.g., geometric shapes on a blank background)...
January 17, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097439/modeling-responses-in-the-superior-paraolivary-nucleus-implications-for-forward-masking-in-the-inferior-colliculus
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Nima Salimi, Muhammad S A Zilany, Laurel H Carney
A phenomenological model of the responses of neurons in the superior paraolivary nucleus (SPON) of the rodent is presented in this study. Pure tones at the characteristic frequency (CF) and broadband noise stimuli evoke offset-type responses in these neurons. SPON neurons also phase-lock to the envelope of sinusoidally amplitude-modulated (SAM) stimuli for a range of modulation frequencies. Model SPON neuron received inhibitory input that was relayed by the ipsilateral medial nucleus of the trapezoid body from the contralateral model ventral cochlear nucleus neuron...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096427/influence-of-fatiguing-noise-on-auditory-evoked-responses-to-stimuli-of-various-levels-in-a-beluga-whale-delphinapterus-leucas
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Vladimir V Popov, Evgeniya V Sysueva, Dmitry I Nechaev, Viatcheslav V Rozhnov, Alexander Ya Supin
The negative impact of man-made noise on the hearing of odontocetes attracts considerable recent attention. Mostly permanent or temporary reductions in sensitivity are known as permanent or temporary threshold shift (PTS or TTS, respectively) were investigated. In the present study, the effects of a fatiguing sound on the hearing of a beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas within a wide range of levels of test signals was investigated. The fatiguing noise was half-octave band-limited noise centered at 32 kHz. Post-exposure effects of this noise on the evoked responses to test stimuli (rhythmic pip trains with a 45-kHz center frequency) at various levels (from threshold to 60 dB above threshold) was measured...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096408/rhythm-judgments-reveal-a-frequency-asymmetry-in-the-perception-and-neural-coding-of-sound-synchrony
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Magdalena Wojtczak, Anahita H Mehta, Andrew J Oxenham
In modern Western music, melody is commonly conveyed by pitch changes in the highest-register voice, whereas meter or rhythm is often carried by instruments with lower pitches. An intriguing and recently suggested possibility is that the custom of assigning rhythmic functions to lower-pitch instruments may have emerged because of fundamental properties of the auditory system that result in superior time encoding for low pitches. Here we compare rhythm and synchrony perception between low- and high-frequency tones, using both behavioral and EEG techniques...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096341/harmonic-template-neurons-in-primate-auditory-cortex-underlying-complex-sound-processing
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Lei Feng, Xiaoqin Wang
Harmonicity is a fundamental element of music, speech, and animal vocalizations. How the auditory system extracts harmonic structures embedded in complex sounds and uses them to form a coherent unitary entity is not fully understood. Despite the prevalence of sounds rich in harmonic structures in our everyday hearing environment, it has remained largely unknown what neural mechanisms are used by the primate auditory cortex to extract these biologically important acoustic structures. In this study, we discovered a unique class of harmonic template neurons in the core region of auditory cortex of a highly vocal New World primate, the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), across the entire hearing frequency range...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095201/multisensory-bayesian-inference-depends-on-synapse-maturation-during-training-theoretical-analysis-and-neural-modeling-implementation
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Mauro Ursino, Cristiano Cuppini, Elisa Magosso
Recent theoretical and experimental studies suggest that in multisensory conditions, the brain performs a near-optimal Bayesian estimate of external events, giving more weight to the more reliable stimuli. However, the neural mechanisms responsible for this behavior, and its progressive maturation in a multisensory environment, are still insufficiently understood. The aim of this letter is to analyze this problem with a neural network model of audiovisual integration, based on probabilistic population coding-the idea that a population of neurons can encode probability functions to perform Bayesian inference...
January 17, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094235/corrigendum-to-increased-bold-signals-elicited-by-high-gamma-auditory-stimulation-of-the-left-auditory-cortex-in-acute-state-schizophrenia-ebiomedicine-12-2016-143-149
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Hironori Kuga, Toshiaki Onitsuka, Yoji Hirano, Itta Nakamura, Naoya Oribe, Hiroaki Mizuhara, Ryota Kanai, Shigenobu Kanba, Takefumi Ueno
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 6, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093932/involvement-of-p53-and-bcl-2-in-sensory-cell-degeneration-in-aging-rat-cochleae
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Yang Xu, Wei Ping Yang, Bo Hua Hu, Shiming Yang, Donald Henderson
CONCLUSION: p53 and Bcl-2 (B-cell lymphoma 2) are involved in the process of sensory cell degeneration in aging cochleae. OBJECTIVE: To determine molecular players in age-related hair cell degeneration, this study examined the changes in p53 and Bcl-2 expression at different stages of apoptotic and necrotic death of hair cells in aging rat cochleae. METHODS: Young (3-4 months) and aging (23-24 months) Fisher 344/NHsd rats were used. The thresholds of the auditory brainstem response (ABR) were measured to determine the auditory function...
January 17, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093566/estrogen-dependent-association-of-hdac4-with-fear-in-female-mice-and-women-with-ptsd
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S A Maddox, V Kilaru, J Shin, T Jovanovic, L M Almli, B G Dias, S D Norrholm, N Fani, V Michopoulos, Z Ding, K N Conneely, E B Binder, K J Ressler, A K Smith
Women are at increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event. Recent studies suggest that this may be mediated, in part, by circulating estrogen levels. This study evaluated the hypothesis that individual variation in response to estrogen levels contributes to fear regulation and PTSD risk in women. We evaluated DNA methylation from blood of female participants in the Grady Trauma Project and found that serum estradiol levels associates with DNA methylation across the genome...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093315/using-acoustic-reflex-threshold-auditory-brainstem-response-and-loudness-judgments-to-investigate-changes-in-neural-gain-following-acute-unilateral-deprivation-in-normal-hearing-adults
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Hannah Brotherton, Christopher J Plack, Roland Schaette, Kevin J Munro
Unilateral auditory deprivation induces a reduction in the acoustic reflex threshold (ART) and an increase in loudness. These findings have been interpreted as a compensatory change in neural gain, governed by changes in excitatory and inhibitory neural inputs. There is also evidence to suggest that changes in neural gain can be measured using the auditory brainstem response (ABR). The present study extended Munro et al. (2014) [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 315-322] by investigating changes after 4 days of unilateral earplug use to: (i) ART, (ii) auditory brainstem response (ABR) and (iii) loudness...
January 13, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093303/chlorogenic-acid-rescues-sensorineural-auditory-function-in-a-diabetic-animal-model
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Bin Na Hong, Youn Hee Nam, Sang Ho Woo, Tong Ho Kang
Recently, many studies have reported that sensorineural hearing impairment related to neurological disorders may be caused by diabetes mellitus. However, to date, only a small number of studies have investigated the treatment of sensorineural hearing impairment. In the present study, the effects of chlorogenic acid on diabetic auditory pathway impairment were evaluated by neuro-electrical physiological measurements and morphological investigations. We have shown that CA efficiently prevents the progression of auditory pathway dysfunction caused by DM using auditory brainstem responses and auditory middle latency responses in mice...
January 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093277/evaluating-the-relationship-between-sublexical-and-lexical-processing-in-speech-perception-evidence-from-aphasia
#15
Heather Dial, Randi Martin
Several studies have reported that aphasic patients may perform substantially better on lexical than sublexical perception tasks (e.g., Miceli, Gainotti, Caltagirone, & Masullo, 1980). These findings challenge claims made by models of speech perception which assume obligatory sublexical processing (e.g., McClelland & Elman, 1986; Norris, 1994). However, prior studies have not closely matched the phonological similarity of targets and distractors or task demands of the sublexical and lexical perception tasks...
January 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093218/-the-effect-of-different-genres-of-music-on-the-stress-levels-of-kennelled-dogs
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A Bowman, F J Dowell, N P Evans
Classical music has been shown to reduce stress in kennelled dogs; however, rapid habituation of dogs to this form of auditory enrichment has also been demonstrated. The current study investigated the physiological and behavioural response of kennelled dogs (n=38) to medium-term (5days) auditory enrichment with five different genres of music including Soft Rock, Motown, Pop, Reggae and Classical, to determine whether increasing the variety of auditory stimulation reduces the level of habituation to auditory enrichment...
January 13, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092861/a-deafening-flash-visual-interference-of-auditory-signal-detection
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Christopher Fassnidge, Claudia Cecconi Marcotti, Elliot Freeman
In some people, visual stimulation evokes auditory sensations. How prevalent and how perceptually real is this? 22% of our neurotypical adult participants responded 'Yes' when asked whether they heard faint sounds accompanying flash stimuli, and showed significantly better ability to discriminate visual 'Morse-code' sequences. This benefit might arise from an ability to recode visual signals as sounds, thus taking advantage of superior temporal acuity of audition. In support of this, those who showed better visual relative to auditory sequence discrimination also had poorer auditory detection in the presence of uninformative visual flashes, though this was independent of awareness of visually-evoked sounds...
January 13, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092224/visual-map-and-instruction-based-bicycle-navigation-a-comparison-of-effects-on-behaviour
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Dick de Waard, Frank Westerhuis, Danielle Joling, Stella Weiland, Ronja Stadtbäumer, Leonie Kaltofen
Cycling with a classic paper map was compared with navigating with a moving map displayed on a smartphone, and with auditory, and visual turn-by-turn route guidance. Spatial skills were found to be related to navigation performance, however only when navigating from a paper or electronic map, not with turn-by-turn (instruction based) navigation. While navigating, 25% of the time cyclists fixated at the devices that present visual information. Navigating from a paper map required most mental effort and both young and older cyclists preferred electronic over paper map navigation...
January 16, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091852/the-influence-of-orthography-on-the-production-of-alphabetic-second-language-allophones-by-speakers-of-a-non-alphabetic-language
#19
Jeong-Im Han, Joo-Yeon Kim
This study investigated the influence of orthographic information on the production of allophones in a second language (L2). Two proficiency levels of native Mandarin speakers learned novel Korean words with potential variants of /h/ based on auditory stimuli, and then they were provided various types of spellings for the variants, including the letters for [[Formula: see text]] and ø. Subsequently, picture-naming and spelling recall tasks were given to the Mandarin-speaking learners. The results showed that Mandarin-speaking learners, after exposure to the spellings, began to produce and lexically store the /h/ variants following the given forms of the spellings of words, which provides support for the impact of spellings in the production and lexical storage of L2 allophones...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089696/differential-sensory-cortical-involvement-in-auditory-and-visual-sensorimotor-temporal-recalibration-evidence-from-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs
#20
Ali Aytemür, Nathalia Almeida, Kwang-Hyuk Lee
Adaptation to delayed sensory feedback following an action produces a subjective time compression between the action and the feedback (temporal recalibration effect, TRE). TRE is important for sensory delay compensation to maintain a relationship between causally related events. It is unclear whether TRE is a sensory modality-specific phenomenon. In 3 experiments employing a sensorimotor synchronization task, we investigated this question using cathodal transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS). We found that cathodal tDCS over the visual cortex, and to a lesser extent over the auditory cortex, produced decreased visual TRE...
January 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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