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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049601/age-related-changes-in-objective-and-subjective-speech-perception-in-complex-listening-environments
#1
Karen S Helfer, Gabrielle R Merchant, Peter A Wasiuk
Purpose: A frequent complaint by older adults is difficulty communicating in challenging acoustic environments. The purpose of this work was to review and summarize information about how speech perception in complex listening situations changes across the adult age range. Method: This article provides a review of age-related changes in speech understanding in complex listening environments and summarizes results from several studies conducted in our laboratory. Results: Both degree of high frequency hearing loss and cognitive test performance limit individuals' ability to understand speech in difficult listening situations as they age...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043904/effects-of-anesthesia-with-nitrous-oxide-on-tympanoplasty-outcomes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ali Kouhi, Fatemeh Hajimohammadi, Sasan Dabiri, Amin Amali, Neda Enayati, Sahar Manavi, Niloufar Saeedi, Ziba Bidar
OBJECTIVES: To investigate effects of nitrous oxide (N2O), as inhalational anesthetic agent, on tympanoplasty outcomes. METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial, patients were randomized into two groups: 39 patients who received N2O as an inhalant anesthesia and 47 patients who did not receive. All were operated on with standard type of ear surgery. The protocol for the two groups was identical. Before surgery baseline audiometry was performed. Postoperative audiological controls were carried out at 3 months...
October 18, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041791/public-awareness-of-audiology-hearing-and-hearing-health-in-the-limpopo-province-south-africa
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Karin Joubert, Ben Sebothoma, Khomotjo S Kgare
BACKGROUND: The burden of hearing loss is on the increase, especially in low-income countries such as South Africa. The need for urgent action to prevent ear and hearing problems is a priority, especially as in many cases permanent hearing loss is preventable. In South Africa, as in other developing countries, there is a limited number of hearing health professionals and audiological resources. The lack of hearing health services may impact the general public's awareness of hearing and hearing health...
September 28, 2017: South African Journal of Communication Disorders. die Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Kommunikasieafwykings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038860/the-role-of-subtotal-petrosectomy-in-cochlear-implant-recipients
#4
Xabier Altuna, Leire García, Zuriñe Martínez, Mercedes Fernández de Pinedo
Describe the indications and outcome of subtotal petrosectomy for cochlear implant recipients. Tertiary care referral center. This is a retrospective study of all subtotal petrosectomies and cochlear implants performed between January 2012 and December 2014. We review the charts of these patients collecting the following data: age, gender, otologic history, audiologic tests, indication of subtotal petrosectomy, data of surgery, surgical and immediate complications, late complications and follow-up of for at least 2...
October 16, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035892/patent-foramen-ovale-as-possible-cause-of-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss-a-case-report
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Andrea Ciorba, Virginia Corazzi, Luca Cerritelli, Chiara Bianchini, Giovanni Scanelli, Claudia Aimoni
OBJECTIVE: To present a case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) and the related diagnostic work-up. CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND INTERVENTION: A 54-year-old man presented with unilateral SSNHL episode and vertigo. A severe patent foramen ovale (PFO) that included a complete ear nose and throat, audiological and neurological examination was discovered during the diagnostic work-up. Audiometry, blood and serological tests were performed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), supra-aortic trunks and lower limbs color Doppler echography were done...
October 16, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032420/cochlear-implantation-with-the-nucleus-slim-modiolar-electrode-ci532-a-preliminary-experience
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Domenico Cuda, Alessandra Murri
To combine the benefits of perimodiolar stimulation with minimal insertion trauma, a thin, pre-curved electrode (CI532) was recently developed by Cochlear Ltd. (Sidney). This array is held straight prior to insertion by an external polymer reloadable sheath that is removed after full electrode insertion. Sixty-seven patients suffering from severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss (mean age 42.2 years; mean duration of the hearing loss 19.6 years; mean PTA thresholds at 250-2000 Hz 92.4 dB HL) were implanted with the CI532...
October 14, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030131/effects-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-systemic-arterial-hypertension-on-elderly-patients-hearing
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030130/behavioural-and-objective-vestibular-assessment-in-persons-with-osteoporosis-and-osteopenia-a-preliminary-investigation
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Aditi Gargeshwari, Raghav Hira Jha, Niraj Kumar Singh, Prawin Kumar
INTRODUCTION: Calcium is vital for the functioning of the inner ear hair cells as well as for the neurotransmitter release that triggers the generation of a nerve impulse. A reduction in calcium level could therefore impair the peripheric vestibular functioning. However, the outcome of balance assessment has rarely been explored in cases with osteopenia and osteoporosis, the medical conditions associated with reduction in calcium levels. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to investigate the impact of osteopenia and osteoporosis on the outcomes of behavioural and objective vestibular assessment tests...
September 21, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023243/pediatric-auditory-brainstem-implantation-surgical-electrophysiologic-and-behavioral-outcomes
#9
Holly F B Teagle, Lillian Henderson, Shuman He, Matthew G Ewend, Craig A Buchman
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to demonstrate the safety of auditory brainstem implant (ABI) surgery and document the subsequent development of auditory and spoken language skills in children without neurofibromatosis type II (NFII). DESIGN: A prospective, single-subject observational study of ABI in children without NFII was undertaken at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Five children were enrolled under an investigational device exemption sponsored by the investigators...
October 11, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018493/variation-in-the-hearing-threshold-in-women-during-the-menstrual-cycle
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Dayse da Silva Souza, Brunna Luckwu, Wagner Teobaldo Lopes de Andrade, Luciane Spinelli de Figueiredo Pessoa, João Agnaldo do Nascimento, Marine Raquel Diniz da Rosa
Introduction  The hormonal changes that occur during the menstrual cycle and their relationship with hearing problems have been studied. However, they have not been well explained. Objective  The objective of our study is to investigate the variation in hearing thresholds in women during the menstrual cycle. Method  We conducted a cohort and longitudinal study. It was composed of 30 volunteers, aged 18-39 years old, of which 20 were women during the phases of the menstrual cycle and 10 were men (control group) who underwent audiometry and impedance exams, to correlate the possible audiological changes in each phase of the menstrual cycle...
October 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990797/competing-agendas-and-other-tensions-in-developing-patient-centred-communication-in-audiology-education-a-qualitative-study-of-educator-perspectives
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Samantha Tai, Caitlin Barr, Robyn Woodward-Kron
OBJECTIVE: Patient-centred communication (PCC) is an essential skill for effective healthcare provision and is accepted as a core competency in medicine and allied health. In audiology, recent studies have shown that audiologists rarely display PCC in adult hearing interactions. This highlights a need to investigate how PCC is taught and learnt in audiology. There is a paucity of studies on PCC in audiology education. The aim of this study is to examine educator perceptions of teaching PCC, including barriers and facilitators, in Australian graduate audiology programmes...
October 9, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988261/the-sickness-of-stigmas
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EDITORIAL
Bronwen J Ackermann
In modern medicine, approaches to healthcare no longer only encompass injury management, but increasingly focus on understanding the performance demands and health risk exposures faced by performing artists. Quantitative and qualitative scientific and health analyses by performing artists, clinicians, educators, and researchers are increasingly helping us to develop effective, targeted, and relevant health promotion and performance optimisation strategies worldwide. While such research increasingly identifies improved methods of preventing and managing potential psychological, audiological, or physical challenges faced by performing artists, we still need to work hard to address very important barriers to implementing appropriate health approaches...
September 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986605/-speech-audiometry-and-data-logging-in-ci%C3%A2-patients-implications-for-adequate-test-levels-german-version
#13
M Hey, T Hocke, P Ambrosch
BACKGROUND: As part of postoperative cochlear implant (CI) diagnostics, speech comprehension tests are performed to monitor audiological outcome. In recent years, a trend toward improved suprathreshold speech intelligibility in quiet and an extension of intelligibility to softer sounds has been observed. Parallel to audiometric data, analysis of the patients' acoustic environment can take place by means of data logging in modern CI systems. OBJECTIVES: Which test levels reflect the individual listening environment in a relevant manner and how can these be reflected in a clinical audiometric setting? PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a retrospective analysis, data logs of 263 adult CI patients were evaluated for sound level and the listening situation (quiet, speech in quiet, noise, speech in noise, music, and wind)...
October 6, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979071/risk-versus-benefit-who-assesses-this-in-the-management-of-patients-on-ototoxic-drugs
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REVIEW
Katijah Khoza-Shangase
The current paper is an attempt at highlighting important strategic indicators, as well as important variables, that the audiology community needs to consider in order to play a more central role in pharmaco-vigilance as part of pharmaco-audiology. Pharmaco-vigilance is an important aspect of pharmacological treatment of disease. In developing countries, where burden of disease is high with resource constraints dictating healthcare priorities; it is important to deliberate on risk/benefit of medications prescribed to treat disease...
July 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978238/ototoxicity-monitoring-through-the-eyes-of-the-treating-physician-perspectives-from-pulmonology-and-medical-oncology
#15
Angela C Garinis, Alexandra Cornell, Gopal Allada, Kevin P Fennelly, Ronald J Maggiore, Dawn Konrad-Martin
OBJECTIVES: Integrating audiological management into the care pathways of clinical specialties that prescribe ototoxic medications for essential, often life-preserving medical care that is critical for early hearing loss identification and remediation. Research shows that successful implementation of a new health service or intervention requires alignment of goals among provider groups, institutional leadership and patients. Thoughtful consideration of the physician's viewpoints about ototoxicity and its implications for treatment planning is, therefore, important for the implementation and enduring success of an ototoxicity monitoring programme (OMP)...
October 5, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977031/sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss-associated-with-inner-ear-lesions-detected-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#16
Jiwon Cho, Hanjae Cheon, Jung Hye Park, Hyo-Jeong Lee, Hyung-Jong Kim, Hyo Geun Choi, Ja-Won Koo, Sung Kwang Hong
Although recent advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques have contributed to the detection of tiny lesions in the internal auditory canal (IAC) that may be responsible for sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), there have been relatively few studies on the clinical characteristics of intra-labyrinthine hemorrhage (ILH) and labyrinthitis versus those regarding IAC tumors. Our purpose was to investigate the frequency of those IAC lesions on MRI and their clinical characteristics. Initial MRIs of 200 patients with SSNHL (93 men, 107 women; mean age = 48...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973090/characteristics-and-treatment-outcomes-of-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-in-a-cohort-of-veterans
#17
Faith W Akin, Kristal M Riska, Laura Williams, Stephanie B Rouse, Owen D Murnane
Background: The Mountain Home Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has been diagnosing and treating veterans with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) for almost 2 decades. The clinic protocol includes a 2-week follow-up visit to determine the treatment outcome of the canalith repositioning treatment (CRT). To date, the characteristics of BPPV and treatment efficacy have not been reported in a cohort of veterans with BPPV. Purpose: To determine the prevalence and characteristics of veterans diagnosed with BPPV in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center Audiology Clinic and to examine treatment outcomes...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964301/changes-in-tonal-audiometry-in-children-with-progressive-sensorineural-hearing-loss-and-history-of-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-discharge-a-20-year-long-term-follow-up
#18
Carlos F Martínez-Cruz, Adrián Poblano, Patricia García-Alonso Themann
OBJECTIVE: Newborns from Neonatal intensive care units (NICU) are at high-risk for sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) a follow-up is needed for early diagnosis and intervention. Our objective here was to describe the features and changes of SNHL at different periods during a follow-up of almost 20 years. METHODS: Risk factors for SNHL during development were analyzed. The audiological examination included: Brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP), and Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE)...
October 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964294/preliminary-audiologic-and-peri-operative-outcomes-of-the-sophono%C3%A2-transcutaneous-bone-conduction-device-a-systematic-review
#19
REVIEW
Aren Bezdjian, Hanneke Bruijnzeel, Sam J Daniel, Wilko Grolman, Hans G X M Thomeer
OBJECTIVE: To delineate the auditory functional improvement and peri-operative outcomes of the Sophono™ transcutaneous bone conduction device. METHODS: Eligible articles presenting patients implanted with the Sophono™ were identified through a comprehensive search of PubMed and Embase electronic databases. All relevant articles were reviewed to justify inclusion independently by 2 authors. Studies that successfully passed critical appraisal for directness of evidence and risk of bias were included...
October 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964100/spatial-acoustic-radiation-of-respiratory-sounds-for-sleep-evaluation
#20
Noam R Shabtai, Yaniv Zigel
Body posture has an effect on sleeping quality and breathing disorders and therefore it is important to be recognized for the completion of the sleep evaluation process. Since humans have a directional acoustic radiation pattern, it is hypothesized that microphone arrays can be used to recognize different body postures, which is highly practical for sleep evaluation applications that already measure respiratory sounds using distant microphones. Furthermore, body posture may have an effect on distant microphone measurement; hence, the measurement can be compensated if the body posture is correctly recognized...
September 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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