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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213442/amplitude-normalization-of-dendritic-epsps-at-the-soma-of-binaural-coincidence-detector-neurons-of-the-medial-superior-olive
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Bradley D Winters, Shan-Xue Jin, Kenneth R Ledford, Nace L Golding
The principal neurons of the medial superior olive (MSO) encode cues for horizontal sound localization through comparisons of the relative timing of excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs). To understand how the timing and amplitude of EPSPs is maintained during propagation in the dendrites, we made dendritic and somatic whole-cell recordings from MSO principal neurons in brain slices from Mongolian gerbils. In somatic recordings, EPSP amplitudes were largely uniform following minimal stimulation of excitatory synapses at visualized locations along the dendrites...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188882/intelligibility-in-speech-maskers-with-a-binaural-cochlear-implant-sound-coding-strategy-inspired-by-the-contralateral-medial-olivocochlear-reflex
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Enrique A Lopez-Poveda, Almudena Eustaquio-Martín, Joshua S Stohl, Robert D Wolford, Reinhold Schatzer, José M Gorospe, Santiago Santa Cruz Ruiz, Fernando Benito, Blake S Wilson
We have recently proposed a binaural cochlear implant (CI) sound processing strategy inspired by the contralateral medial olivocochlear reflex (the MOC strategy) and shown that it improves intelligibility in steady-state noise (Lopez-Poveda et al., 2016, Ear Hear 37:e138-e148). The aim here was to evaluate possible speech-reception benefits of the MOC strategy for speech maskers, a more natural type of interferer. Speech reception thresholds (SRTs) were measured in six bilateral and two single-sided deaf CI users with the MOC strategy and with a standard (STD) strategy...
February 7, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188428/cochlear-implant-treatment-of-patients-with-single-sided-deafness-or-asymmetric-hearing-loss
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S Arndt, R Laszig, A Aschendorff, F Hassepass, R Beck, T Wesarg
BACKGROUND: The rehabilitation of patients with single-sided deafness (SSD) or asymmetric hearing loss can be achieved with conventional (Bi)CROS hearing aids ((Bi)CROS-HA, (Bi)CROS), bone conduction devices (BCI) or with cochlear implants (CI). Unfortunately, only small case series have been published on the treatment outcomes in SSD patients after CI surgery and there are only a few comparative studies evaluating rehabilitation outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide evidence of successful treatment of SSD and asymmetric hearing loss with a CI compared to the untreated, monaural hearing condition and the therapy options of BCI and (Bi)CROS in a large number of patients...
February 10, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147587/use-of-a-glimpsing-model-to-understand-the-performance-of-listeners-with-and-without-hearing-loss-in-spatialized-speech-mixtures
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Virginia Best, Christine R Mason, Jayaganesh Swaminathan, Elin Roverud, Gerald Kidd
In many situations, listeners with sensorineural hearing loss demonstrate reduced spatial release from masking compared to listeners with normal hearing. This deficit is particularly evident in the "symmetric masker" paradigm in which competing talkers are located to either side of a central target talker. However, there is some evidence that reduced target audibility (rather than a spatial deficit per se) under conditions of spatial separation may contribute to the observed deficit. In this study a simple "glimpsing" model (applied separately to each ear) was used to isolate the target information that is potentially available in binaural speech mixtures...
January 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145275/the-effect-of-binaural-beats-on-verbal-working-memory-and-cortical-connectivity
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Christine Beauchene, Nicole Abaid, Rosalyn Moran, Rachel Diana, Alexander Leonessa
OBJECTIVE: Synchronization in activated regions of cortical networks affect the brain's frequency response, which has been associated with a wide range of states and abilities, including memory. A non-invasive method for manipulating cortical synchronization is binaural beats. Binaural beats take advantage of the brain's response to two pure tones, delivered independently to each ear, when those tones have a small frequency mismatch. The mismatch between the tones is interpreted as a beat frequency, which may act to synchronize cortical oscillations...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132094/unilateral-hearing-loss-in-children-a-retrospective-study-and-a-review-of-the-current-literature
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Anna-Katharina Rohlfs, Johannes Friedhoff, Andrea Bohnert, Achim Breitfuss, Markus Hess, Frank Müller, Anke Strauch, Marianne Röhrs, Thomas Wiesner
: Despite the introduction of universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS), unilateral hearing loss (UHL) is sometimes recognized late. This diagnostic delay has adverse repercussions, given the importance of binaural hearing for the development of normal auditory processing. It is incorrect to maintain that unilateral hearing is the minimum requirement for adequate speech development and that hearing aid provision is consequently unnecessary. In our retrospective study, hearing aid provision resulted in improved directional and selective hearing (quiet and noisy environments) and, compared with their chronically ill counterparts, the children in our study displayed superior health-related quality of life (HRQoL) scores in all areas...
January 28, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123078/cortical-representation-of-interaural-time-difference-is-impaired-by-deafness-in-development-evidence-from-children-with-early-long-term-access-to-sound-through-bilateral-cochlear-implants-provided-simultaneously
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Vijayalakshmi Easwar, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Michael Deighton, Blake Papsin, Karen Gordon
: Accurate use of interaural time differences (ITDs) for spatial hearing may require access to bilateral auditory input during sensitive periods in human development. Providing bilateral cochlear implants (CIs) simultaneously promotes symmetrical development of bilateral auditory pathways but does not support normal ITD sensitivity. Thus, although binaural interactions are established by bilateral CIs in the auditory brainstem, potential deficits in cortical processing of ITDs remain...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122101/simultaneous-binaural-bithermal-caloric-testing-clinical-value
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Robert T Sataloff, Meghan L Pavlick, James Drew McCaffrey, John M Davis, Shannon M Stewart
The aim of this retrospective review was to determine the clinical value of simultaneous binaural bithermal caloric testing (SBT) versus alternate binaural bithermal caloric testing (ABB) in the setting of a tertiary care neurotology clinic. Charts of 131 adults who had presented with otologic complaints and had undergone both SBT and ABB examinations were included in the study. The main outcome measure was the identification of peripheral hypofunction. One hundred two patients had a normal ABB caloric examination; 86 of those 102 patients (84...
January 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109477/clinical-outcomes-following-cochlear-implantation-in-children-with-inner-ear-anomalies
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Amal Isaiah, Daniel Lee, Felicity Lenes-Voit, Melissa Sweeney, Walter Kutz, Brandon Isaacson, Peter Roland, Kenneth H Lee
OBJECTIVE: A significant proportion of children with congenital hearing loss who are candidates for cochlear implants (CIs) may have inner ear malformations (IEMs). Surgical and speech outcomes following CI in these children have not been widely reported. METHODS: The charts of children who were evaluated for a CI between 1/1/1986 and 12/31/2014 at a university-based tertiary level pediatric cochlear implant center were reviewed. Principal inclusion criteria included (i) age 1-18 years, (ii) history of bilateral severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, and (iii) limited benefit from binaural amplification...
February 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103192/audio-visual-speaker-diarization-based-on-spatiotemporal-bayesian-fusion
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Israel Gebru, Sileye Ba, Xiaofei Li, Radu Horaud
Speaker diarization consists of assigning speech signals to people engaged in a dialogue. An audio-visual spatiotemporal diarization model is proposed. The model is well suited for challenging scenarios that consist of several participants engaged in multi-party interaction while they move around and turn their heads towards the other participants rather than facing the cameras and the microphones. Multiple-person visual tracking is combined with multiple speech-source localization in order to tackle the speech-to-person association problem...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102912/different-spatio-temporal-eeg-features-drive-the-successful-decoding-of-binaural-and-monaural-cues-for-sound-localization
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Adam Bednar, Francis M Boland, Edmund C Lalor
The human ability to localize sound is essential for monitoring the environment and helps us to analyze complex auditory scenes. Although the acoustic cues mediating sound localization have been established, it remains unknown how these cues are represented in human cortex. In particular, it is still a point of contention whether binaural and monaural cues are processed by the same or distinct cortical networks. In this study, participants listened to a sequence of auditory stimuli from different spatial locations while we recorded their neural activity using electroencephalography (EEG)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079678/sound-localization-in-patients-with-congenital-unilateral-conductive-hearing-loss-with-a-transcutaneous-bone-conduction-implant
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Erich Vyskocil, Rudolfs Liepins, Alexandra Kaider, Michaela Blineder, Sasan Hamzavi
OBJECTIVE: There is no consensus regarding the benefit of implantable hearing aids in congenital unilateral conductive hearing loss (UCHL). This study aimed to measure sound source localization performance in patients with congenital UCHL and contralateral normal hearing who received a new bone conduction implant. STUDY DESIGN: Evaluation of within-subject performance differences for sound source localization in a horizontal plane. SETTING: Tertiary referral center...
March 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054908/binaural-interference-and-the-effects-of-age-and-hearing-loss
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Bruna S S Mussoi, Ruth A Bentler
BACKGROUND: The existence of binaural interference, defined here as poorer speech recognition with both ears than with the better ear alone, is well documented. Studies have suggested that its prevalence may be higher in the elderly population. However, no study to date has explored binaural interference in groups of younger and older adults in conditions that favor binaural processing (i.e., in spatially separated noise). Also, the effects of hearing loss have not been studied. PURPOSE: To examine binaural interference through speech perception tests, in groups of younger adults with normal hearing, older adults with normal hearing for their age, and older adults with hearing loss...
January 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050211/auditory-processing-assessment-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-an-open-study-examining-methylphenidate-effects
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Bianca Pinheiro Lanzetta-Valdo, Giselle Alves de Oliveira, Jane Tagarro Correa Ferreira, Ester Miyuki Nakamura Palacios
Introduction Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can present Auditory Processing (AP) Disorder. Objective The study examined the AP in ADHD children compared with non-ADHD children, and before and after 3 and 6 months of methylphenidate (MPH) treatment in ADHD children. Methods Drug-naive children diagnosed with ADHD combined subtype aging between 7 and 11 years, coming from public and private outpatient service or public and private school, and age-gender-matched non-ADHD children, participated in an open, non-randomized study from February 2013 to December 2013...
January 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044024/an-auditory-illusion-reveals-the-role-of-streaming-in-the-temporal-misallocation-of-perceptual-objects
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Anahita H Mehta, Nori Jacoby, Ifat Yasin, Andrew J Oxenham, Shihab A Shamma
This study investigates the neural correlates and processes underlying the ambiguous percept produced by a stimulus similar to Deutsch's 'octave illusion', in which each ear is presented with a sequence of alternating pure tones of low and high frequencies. The same sequence is presented to each ear, but in opposite phase, such that the left and right ears receive a high-low-high … and a low-high-low … pattern, respectively. Listeners generally report hearing the illusion of an alternating pattern of low and high tones, with all the low tones lateralized to one side and all the high tones lateralized to the other side...
February 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040011/perceptive-and-objective-evaluation-of-calibrated-room-acoustic-simulation-auralizations
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Barteld N J Postma, Brian F G Katz
Recently, auralizations have become more prevalent in architectural acoustics and virtual reality. However, there have been few studies examining the perceptual quality achievable by room acoustic simulations and auralizations. Such studies have highlighted potential problems in creating perceptually equivalent simulations when compared to measured auralizations in terms of parameter estimation. In order to accomplish realistic auralizations, calibration of the geometrical acoustics model can be considered a necessary step...
December 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032116/synaptic-inhibition-in-avian-interaural-level-difference-sound-localizing-neurons
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Rebecca J Curry, Yong Lu
Synaptic inhibition plays a fundamental role in the neural computation of the interaural level difference (ILD), an important cue for the localization of high-frequency sound. Here, we studied the inhibitory synaptic currents in the chicken posterior portion of the dorsal nucleus of the lateral lemniscus (LLDp), the first binaural level difference encoder of the avian auditory pathway. Using whole-cell recordings in brain slices, we provide the first evidence confirming a monosynaptic inhibition driven by direct electrical and chemical stimulation of the contralateral LLDp, establishing the reciprocal inhibitory connection between the two LLDps, a long-standing assumption in the field...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024462/predicting-the-perceptual-consequences-of-hidden-hearing-loss
#18
Andrew J Oxenham
Recent physiological studies in several rodent species have revealed that permanent damage can occur to the auditory system after exposure to a noise that produces only a temporary shift in absolute thresholds. The damage has been found to occur in the synapses between the cochlea's inner hair cells and the auditory nerve, effectively severing part of the connection between the ear and the brain. This synaptopathy has been termed hidden hearing loss because its effects are not thought to be revealed in standard clinical, behavioral, or physiological measures of absolute threshold...
January 2016: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012324/image-guided-implantation-of-the-bonebridge%C3%A2-with-a-surgical-navigation-a-feasibility-study
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Tae Hoon Kong, Yoon Ah Park, Young Joon Seo
OBJECTIVE: To access a method of fitting a designated location on the patient's temporal bone by surgically navigating to the Bonebridge implantation. STUDY DESIGN: A patient with unilateral profound hearing loss received early intervention with the Bonebridge implant for binaural hearing. The optimal implant site was determined from computed tomography (CT) images using a three-dimensional (3D) simulation software program before the surgery. The pre-calculated coordinates from the 3D simulation software program were moved to the Scopis Hybrid Navigation System...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002083/the-effect-of-interaural-mismatches-on-contralateral-unmasking-with-single-sided-vocoders
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Jessica M Wess, Douglas S Brungart, Joshua G W Bernstein
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear-implant (CI) users with single-sided deafness (SSD)-that is, one normal-hearing (NH) ear and one CI ear-can obtain some unmasking benefits when a mixture of target and masking voices is presented to the NH ear and a copy of just the masking voices is presented to the CI ear. NH listeners show similar benefits in a simulation of SSD-CI listening, whereby a mixture of target and masking voices is presented to one ear and a vocoded copy of the masking voices is presented to the opposite ear...
December 19, 2016: Ear and Hearing
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