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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635497/desynchronisation-of-auditory-steady-state-responses-related-to-changes-in-interaural-phase-differences-an-objective-measure-of-binaural-hearing
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Charlotte Vercammen, Astrid van Wieringen, Jan Wouters, Tom Francart
OBJECTIVE: Binaural processing can be measured objectively as a desynchronisation of phase-locked neural activity to changes in interaural phase differences (IPDs). This was reported in a magnetoencephalography study for 40 Hz amplitude modulated tones. The goal of this study was to measure this desynchronisation using electroencephalography and explore the outcomes for different modulation frequencies. DESIGN: Auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs) were recorded to pure tones, amplitude modulated at 20, 40 or 80 Hz...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623107/speech-in-noise-perception-in-unilateral-hearing-loss-relation-to-pure-tone-thresholds-and-brainstem-plasticity
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Nicolas Vannson, Chris J James, Bernard Fraysse, Boris Lescure, Kuzma Strelnikov, Olivier Deguine, Pascal Barone, Mathieu Marx
We investigated speech recognition in noise in subjects with mild to profound levels of unilateral hearing loss. Thirty-five adults were evaluated using an adaptive signal-to-noise ratio (SNR50) sentence recognition threshold test in three spatial configurations. The results revealed a significant correlation between pure-tone average audiometric thresholds in the poorer ear and SNR thresholds in the two conditions where speech and noise were spatially separated: dichotic - with speech presented to the poorer ear and reverse dichotic - with speech presented to the better ear...
June 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618825/spectral-equalization-in-binaural-signals-represented-by-order-truncated-spherical-harmonics
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Zamir Ben-Hur, Fabian Brinkmann, Jonathan Sheaffer, Stefan Weinzierl, Boaz Rafaely
The synthesis of binaural signals from spherical microphone array recordings has been recently proposed. The limited spatial resolution of the reproduced signal due to order-limited reproduction has been previously investigated perceptually, showing spatial perception ramifications, such as poor source localization and limited externalization. Furthermore, this spatial order limitation also has a detrimental effect on the frequency content of the signal and its perceived timbre, due to the rapid roll-off at high frequencies...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618809/binaural-sensitivity-in-children-who-use-bilateral-cochlear-implants
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Erica Ehlers, Matthew J Goupell, Yi Zheng, Shelly P Godar, Ruth Y Litovsky
Children who are deaf and receive bilateral cochlear implants (BiCIs) perform better on spatial hearing tasks using bilateral rather than unilateral inputs; however, they underperform relative to normal-hearing (NH) peers. This gap in performance is multi-factorial, including the inability of speech processors to reliably deliver binaural cues. Although much is known regarding binaural sensitivity of adults with BiCIs, less is known about how the development of binaural sensitivity in children with BiCIs compared to NH children...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611657/vestibular-adaptations-induced-by-gentle-physical-activity-are-reduced-among-older-women
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Julien Maitre, Thierry Paillard
The aim of this study was to compare the ability of older individuals to maintain an efficient upright stance in contexts of vestibular sensory manipulation, according to their physical activity status. Two groups of healthy older women (aged over 65) free from any disorders (i.e., neurological, motor and metabolic disorders) and vestibular disturbances, participated in this study. One group comprised participants who regularly practiced gentle physical activities, i.e., soft gym, aquarobic, active walking, ballroom dancing (active group, age: 73...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599571/binaural-timing-information-in-electric-hearing-at-low-rates-effects-of-inaccurate-encoding-and-loudness
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Katharina Egger, Piotr Majdak, Bernhard Laback
Stimulation strategies for cochlear implants potentially impose timing limitations that may hinder the correct encoding and representation of interaural time differences (ITDs) in realistic bilateral signals. This study aimed to specify the tolerable room for inaccurate encoding of ITDs at low rates by investigating the perceptual degradation due to the removal of individual pulses at various levels of loudness. Unmodulated, 100-pulses-per-second pulse trains were presented at a single, interaurally pitch-matched electrode pair...
May 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599547/audible-sonar-images-generated-with-proprioception-for-target-analysis
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Roman B Kuc
Some blind humans have demonstrated the ability to detect and classify objects with echolocation using palatal clicks. An audible-sonar robot mimics human click emissions, binaural hearing, and head movements to extract interaural time and level differences from target echoes. Targets of various complexity are examined by transverse displacements of the sonar and by target pose rotations that model movements performed by the blind. Controlled sonar movements executed by the robot provide data that model proprioception information available to blind humans for examining targets from various aspects...
May 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599526/the-relation-between-psychoacoustical-factors-and-annoyance-under-different-noise-reduction-conditions-for-railway-noise
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Christian H Kasess, Thomas Maly, Piotr Majdak, Holger Waubke
The A-weighted sound pressure level (SPL) is commonly used to assess the effect of noise reduction measures on noise-induced annoyance. While for road traffic noise loudness seems to be a better descriptor of annoyance, for railway noise a systematic investigation seems to be lacking. Thus, in this study, the relation between annoyance and perceptually motivated descriptors was investigated for various conditions of binaural recordings of pass-bys of cargo and passenger trains. The conditions included free field and spectral mitigations caused by a 4 m high noise barrier, a 1 m high noise barrier close to the track, and rail dampers...
May 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570414/head-shadow-and-binaural-squelch-for-unilaterally-deaf-cochlear-implantees
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Joshua G W Bernstein, Gerald I Schuchman, Arnaldo L Rivera
BACKGROUND: Cochlear implants (CIs) can improve speech-in-noise performance for listeners with unilateral sensorineural deafness. But these benefits are modest and in most cases are limited to head-shadow advantages, with little evidence of binaural squelch. HYPOTHESIS: The goal of the investigation was to determine whether CI listeners with normal hearing or moderate hearing loss in the contralateral ear would receive a larger head-shadow benefit for target speech and noise originating from opposite sides of the head, and whether listeners would experience binaural squelch in the free field in a test involving interfering talkers...
May 31, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559383/spatial-processing-is-frequency-specific-in-auditory-cortex-but-not-in-the-midbrain
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Joseph Sollini, Robert Mill, Christian Sumner
The cochlea behaves like a bank of band-pass filters, segregating information into different frequency channels. Some aspects of perception reflect processing within individual channels, but others involve the integration of information across them. One instance of this is sound localization, which improves with increasing bandwidth. The processing of binaural cues for sound location has been extensively studied. However, while the advantage conferred by bandwidth is clear we currently know little about how this additional information is combined to form our percept of space...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555603/virtual-auditory-space-training-induced-changes-of-auditory-spatial-processing-in-listeners-with-normal-hearing
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Kavassery Venkateswaran Nisha, Ajith Uppunda Kumar
OBJECTIVE: Localization involves processing of subtle yet highly enriched monaural and binaural spatial cues. Remediation programs aimed at resolving spatial deficits are surprisingly scanty in literature. The present study is designed to explore the changes that occur in the spatial performance of normal-hearing listeners before and after subjecting them to virtual acoustic space (VAS) training paradigm using behavioral and electrophysiological measures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten normal-hearing listeners participated in the study, which was conducted in three phases, including a pre-training, training, and post-training phase...
April 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555602/efficacy-of-directional-microphones-in-hearing-aids-equipped-with-wireless-synchronization-technology
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Chinnaraj Geetha, Kishore Tanniru, R Raja Rajan
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the use of directionality in hearing aids with wireless synchronization on localization and speech intelligibility in noise. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 25 individuals with bilateral mild to moderate flat sensorineural hearing loss. For the localization experiment, eight loudspeakers (Genelec 8020B) arranged in a circle covering a 0-360° angle and the Cubase 6 software were used for presenting the stimulus...
April 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555100/the-impact-of-monaural-beat-stimulation-on-anxiety-and-cognition
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Leila Chaieb, Elke C Wilpert, Christian Hoppe, Nikolai Axmacher, Juergen Fell
Application of auditory beat stimulation has been speculated to provide a promising new tool with which to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and to enhance cognition. In spite of reportedly similar EEG effects of binaural and monaural beats, data on behavioral effects of monaural beats are still lacking. Therefore, we examined the impact of monaural beat stimulation on anxiety, mood and memory performance. We aimed to target states related to anxiety levels and general well-being, in addition to long-term and working memory processes, using monaural beats within the range of main cortical rhythms...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549773/cochlear-implantation-in-patients-with-otosclerosis-of-the-otic-capsule
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Jay Burmeister, Susan Rathgeb, Jacques Herzog
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate outcomes of cochlear implantation of patients with otosclerosis of the otic capsule. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case series of 6 patients (7 ears). PATIENTS: 6 patients (7 ears), 5 patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss; 1 patient with mild to profound sensorineural hearing loss, with radiologic evidence of otosclerosis. All patients were adult males, with or without history of stapes surgery...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544507/the-effect-of-binaural-beat-technology-on-the-cardiovascular-stress-response-in-military-service-members-with-postdeployment-stress
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MeLisa A Gantt, Stephanie Dadds, Debra S Burns, Dale Glaser, Angelo D Moore
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of embedded theta brainwave frequency in music using binaural beat technology (BBT) compared to music alone on the cardiovascular stress response in military service members with postdeployment stress. DESIGN: A double-blinded, randomized, pre- and postintervention trial. METHODS: Seventy-four military services members with complaint of postdeployment stress were randomized to either music with BBT or music alone...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538467/dichotic-listening-deficit-associated-with-solvent-exposure
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Simon P Landry, Adrian Fuente
HYPOTHESIS: A significant left ear deficit can be observed in solvent-exposed individuals using the dichotic digit test. BACKGROUND: Solvents are ubiquitous in global industrial processes. Due to their lipophilic nature, solvents can adversely affect large white matter tracks such as the corpus callosum. Previous investigations reveal that long-term workplace exposure to solvents is also deleterious to various auditory processes. Investigations in exposed populations suggest a decreased performance for dichotic listening...
July 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531210/judging-time-to-passage-of-looming-sounds-evidence-for-the-use-of-distance-based-information
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Rosa Mariana Silva, João Lamas, Carlos César Silva, Yann Coello, Sandra Mouta, Jorge Almeida Santos
Perceptual judgments are an essential mechanism for our everyday interaction with other moving agents or events. For instance, estimation of the time remaining before an object contacts or passes us is essential to act upon or to avoid that object. Previous studies have demonstrated that participants use different cues to estimate the time to contact or the time to passage of approaching visual stimuli. Despite the considerable number of studies on the judgment of approaching auditory stimuli, not much is known about the cues that guide listeners' performance in an auditory Time-to-Passage (TTP) task...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515283/anisomorphic-cortical-reorganization-in-asymmetric-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Steven W Cheung, Craig Anthony Atencio, Eliott R J Levy, Robert C Froemke, Christoph E Schreiner
Acoustic trauma or inner ear disease may predominantly injure one ear, causing asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). While characteristic frequency (CF) map plasticity of primary auditory cortex (AI) contralateral to the injured ear has been detailed, there is no study that also evaluates ipsilateral AI to compare cortical reorganization across both hemispheres. We assess whether normal isomorphic mirror image relationship between the two hemispheres is maintained or disrupted in mild-to-moderate asymmetric SNHL of adult squirrel monkeys...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511103/the-detection-of-virtual-objects-using-echoes-by-humans-spectral-cues
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Daniel Rowan, Timos Papadopoulos, Lauren Archer, Amanda Goodhew, Hayley Cozens, Ricardo Guzman Lopez, David Edwards, Hannah Holmes, Robert Allen
Some blind people use echoes to detect discrete, silent objects to support their spatial orientation/navigation, independence, safety and wellbeing. The acoustical features that people use for this are not well understood. Listening to changes in spectral shape due to the presence of an object could be important for object detection and avoidance, especially at short range, although it is currently not known whether it is possible with echolocation-related sounds. Bands of noise were convolved with recordings of binaural impulse responses of objects in an anechoic chamber to create 'virtual objects', which were analysed and played to sighted and blind listeners inexperienced in echolocation...
April 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508991/digital-stethoscopes-compared-to-standard-auscultation-for-detecting-abnormal-paediatric-breath-sounds
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Ajay C Kevat, Anaath Kalirajah, Robert Roseby
Our study aimed to objectively describe the audiological characteristics of wheeze and crackles in children by using digital stethoscope (DS) auscultation, as well as assess concordance between standard auscultation and two different DS devices in their ability to detect pathological breath sounds. Twenty children were auscultated by a paediatric consultant doctor and digitally recorded using the Littman™ 3200 Digital Electronic Stethoscope and a Clinicloud™ DS with smart device. Using spectrographic analysis, we found those with clinically described wheeze had prominent periodic waveform segments spanning expiration for a period of 0...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
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