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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914414/spatial-attention-in-bilateral-cochlear-implant-users
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Matthew J Goupell, Alan Kan, Ruth Y Litovsky
Cochlear-implant (CI) users have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of interfering sounds. This study was designed to determine if binaural unmasking of speech is limited by peripheral or central encoding. Speech was presented to bilateral CI listeners using their clinical processors; unprocessed or vocoded speech was presented to normal-hearing (NH) listeners. Performance was worst for all listener groups in conditions where both the target and interferer were presented monaurally or diotically (i...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914394/relating-interaural-difference-sensitivities-for-several-parameters-measured-in-normal-hearing-and-hearing-impaired-listeners
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Nathaniel J Spencer, Monica L Hawley, H Steven Colburn
Just-noticeable differences (JNDs) in interaural time delay (ITD), interaural level difference (ILD), and interaural cross-correlation (ICC) were measured with low- and high-frequency noise bands over multiple sessions for 10 normal-hearing (NH) and 11 hearing-impaired (HI) listeners. Individual subject thresholds tended to improve with training then stabilize. Measured JNDs varied over these experienced listeners, for both subject groups and all tasks. Group JNDs were seldom predictable from hearing level...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908080/behavioral-manifestations-of-audiometrically-defined-slight-or-hidden-hearing-loss-revealed-by-measures-of-binaural-detection
#3
Leslie R Bernstein, Constantine Trahiotis
This study assessed whether audiometrically-defined "slight" or "hidden" hearing losses might be associated with degradations in binaural processing as measured in binaural detection experiments employing interaurally delayed signals and maskers. Thirty-one listeners participated, all having no greater than slight hearing losses (i.e., no thresholds greater than 25 dB HL). Across the 31 listeners and consistent with the findings of Bernstein and Trahiotis [(2015). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138, EL474-EL479] binaural detection thresholds at 500 Hz and 4 kHz increased with increasing magnitude of interaural delay, suggesting a loss of precision of coding with magnitude of interaural delay...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896486/neural-correlates-of-the-binaural-masking-level-difference-in-human-frequency-following-responses
#4
Christopher G Clinard, Sarah L Hodgson, Mary Ellen Scherer
The binaural masking level difference (BMLD) is an auditory phenomenon where binaural tone-in-noise detection is improved when the phase of either signal or noise is inverted in one of the ears (SπNo or SoNπ, respectively), relative to detection when signal and noise are in identical phase at each ear (SoNo). Processing related to BMLDs and interaural time differences has been confirmed in the auditory brainstem of non-human mammals; in the human auditory brainstem, phase-locked neural responses elicited by BMLD stimuli have not been systematically examined across signal-to-noise ratio...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893698/influence-of-acoustic-overstimulation-on-the-central-auditory-system-an-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-fmri-study
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Tomasz Wolak, Katarzyna Cieśla, Mateusz Rusiniak, Adam Piłka, Monika Lewandowska, Agnieszka Pluta, Henryk Skarżyński, Piotr H Skarżyński
BACKGROUND The goal of the fMRI experiment was to explore the involvement of central auditory structures in pathomechanisms of a behaviorally manifested auditory temporary threshold shift in humans. MATERIAL AND METHODS The material included 18 healthy volunteers with normal hearing. Subjects in the exposure group were presented with 15 min of binaural acoustic overstimulation of narrowband noise (3 kHz central frequency) at 95 dB(A). The control group was not exposed to noise but instead relaxed in silence...
November 28, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885978/factors-affecting-daily-cochlear-implant-use-in-children-datalogging-evidence
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Vijayalakshmi Easwar, Joseph Sanfilippo, Blake Papsin, Karen Gordon
BACKGROUND: Children with profound hearing loss can gain access to sound through cochlear implants (CIs), but these devices must be worn consistently to promote auditory development. Although subjective parent reports have identified several factors limiting long-term CI use in children, it is also important to understand the day-to-day issues which may preclude consistent device use. In the present study, objective measures gathered through datalogging software were used to quantify the following in children: (1) number of hours of CI use per day, (2) practical concerns including repeated disconnections between the external transmission coil and the internal device (termed "coil-offs"), and (3) listening environments experienced during daily use...
November 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878557/simple-reaction-time-for-broadband-sounds-compared-to-pure-tones
#7
Josef Schlittenlacher, Wolfgang Ellermeier, Gül Avci
Although many studies have explored the relation between reaction time (RT) and loudness, including effects of intensity, frequency, and binaural summation, comparable work on spectral summation is rare. However, most real-world sounds are not pure tones and typically have bandwidths covering several critical bands. Since comparing to a 1-kHz pure tone, the reference tone, is important for loudness measurement and standardization, the present work focuses on comparing RTs for broadband noise to those for 1-kHz pure tones in three experiments using different spectral and binaural configurations...
November 22, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869513/adverse-effects-of-pesticides-on-central-auditory-functions-in-tobacco-growers
#8
França Denise Maria Vaz Romano, Adriana Bender Moreira Lacerda, Diolen Lobato, Angela Ribas, Karin Ziliotto Dias, Tony Leroux, Adrian Fuente
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of exposure to pesticides on the central auditory functions (CAF) of Brazilian tobacco growers. DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional study carried out between 2010 and 2012. Participants were evaluated with two behavioural procedures to investigate CAF, the random gap detection test (RGDT) and the dichotic digit test in Portuguese (DDT). STUDY SAMPLE: A total of 22 growers exposed to pesticides (study group) and 21 subjects who were not exposed to pesticides (control group) were selected...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834100/sound-lateralization-ability-of-patients-with-bilateral-microtia-and-atresia-after-bilateral-reconstruction-of-auricles-and-external-auditory-canals-and-fitting-of-new-canal-type-hearing-aids-to-replace-a-bone-conduction-hearing-aid
#9
Kimitaka Kaga, Hirotaka Asato
CONCLUSION: Each of eight patients with bilateral microtia and atresia underwent bilateral reconstruction of the auricles and external auditory canals and were fitted bilateral canal-type hearing aids in the operated ears to replace a bone conduction hearing aid. The ability to discriminate inter-aural intensity difference (IID) and even inter-aural time difference (ITD) was retained in all these patients. OBJECTIVE: This study studied the post-operative sound lateralization ability of patients with bilateral microtia and atresia after total reconstruction of both auricles and external auditory canals, followed by fitting of bilateral canal-type hearing aids...
November 11, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816972/vestibular-schwannoma-resection-with-ipsilateral-simultaneous-cochlear-implantation-in-patients-with-normal-contralateral-hearing
#10
Mario Sanna, María Del Mar Medina, Aldin Macak, Gianluca Rossi, Valerio Sozzi, Sampath Chandra Prasad
OBJECTIVE: To report the hearing results of cochlear implantation simultaneous to vestibular schwannoma (VS) resection by means of a translabyrinthine approach in patients with normal contralateral hearing. METHODS: This was a prospective study including adults with sporadic VS. Tumors were resected by means of a modified translabyrinthine approach with preservation of the cochlear nerve. RESULTS: A total of 13 patients underwent cochlear implantation...
November 5, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810286/spatial-and-non-spatial-multisensory-cueing-in-unilateral-cochlear-implant-users
#11
Francesco Pavani, Marta Venturini, Francesca Baruffaldi, Luca Artesini, Francesca Bonfioli, Giuseppe Nicolò Frau, Wieske van Zoest
In the present study we examined the integrity of spatial and non-spatial multisensory cueing (MSC) mechanisms in unilateral CI users. We tested 17 unilateral CI users and 17 age-matched normal hearing (NH) controls in an elevation-discrimination task for visual targets delivered at peripheral locations. Visual targets were presented alone (visual-only condition) or together with abrupt sounds that matched or did not match the location of the visual targets (audio-visual conditions). All participants were also tested in simple pointing to free-field sounds task, to obtain a basic measure of their spatial hearing ability in the naturalistic environment in which the experiment was conducted...
October 31, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794358/the-effects-of-click-and-masker-spectrum-on-the-auditory-brainstem-response-of-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus
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Jason Mulsow, James J Finneran, Dorian S Houser, Robert F Burkard
Two experiments were performed that investigated the effects of (1) click level and (2) continuous broadband noise on the binaural auditory brainstem response (ABR) of normal-hearing and hearing-impaired bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). In addition to spectrally uncompensated clicks and noise, stimuli were digitally compensated to achieve "white" spectra (flat spectral density level) or "pink" spectra (spectral density level rolling off at -3 dB/octave). For experiment 1, in all spectral conditions, ABR peak latencies increased and peak amplitudes decreased with decreasing click level, but interwave intervals changed little...
October 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794295/evaluation-of-a-method-for-enhancing-interaural-level-differences-at-low-frequencies
#13
Brian C J Moore, Andrew Kolarik, Michael A Stone, Young-Woo Lee
A method (called binaural enhancement) for enhancing interaural level differences at low frequencies, based on estimates of interaural time differences, was developed and evaluated. Five conditions were compared, all using simulated hearing-aid processing: (1) Linear amplification with frequency-response shaping; (2) binaural enhancement combined with linear amplification and frequency-response shaping; (3) slow-acting four-channel amplitude compression with independent compression at the two ears (AGC4CH); (4) binaural enhancement combined with four-channel compression (BE-AGC4CH); and (5) four-channel compression but with the compression gains synchronized across ears...
October 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787393/the-relationship-between-intensity-coding-and-binaural-sensitivity-in-adults-with-cochlear-implants
#14
Ann E Todd, Matthew J Goupell, Ruth Y Litovsky
OBJECTIVES: Many bilateral cochlear implant users show sensitivity to binaural information when stimulation is provided using a pair of synchronized electrodes. However, there is large variability in binaural sensitivity between and within participants across stimulation sites in the cochlea. It was hypothesized that within-participant variability in binaural sensitivity is in part affected by limitations and characteristics of the auditory periphery which may be reflected by monaural hearing performance...
October 26, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787392/spatial-release-from-masking-in-children-effects-of-simulated-unilateral-hearing-loss
#15
Nicole E Corbin, Emily Buss, Lori J Leibold
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to determine the effect of an acute simulated unilateral hearing loss on children's spatial release from masking in two-talker speech and speech-shaped noise, and (2) to develop a procedure to be used in future studies that will assess spatial release from masking in children who have permanent unilateral hearing loss. There were three main predictions. First, spatial release from masking was expected to be larger in two-talker speech than in speech-shaped noise...
October 26, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759911/hearing-aid-fitting-for-visual-and-hearing-impaired-patients-with-usher-syndrome-type-iia
#16
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755139/performance-intensity-function-and-aided-improvement-in-individuals-with-late-onset-auditory-neuropathy-spectrum-disorder
#17
Jijo Pottackal Mathai, Asha Yathiraj
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to explore the effect of intensity on speech perception in individuals with late-onset auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) by obtaining their performance-intensity (PI) function. Additionally, the study investigated the effect of PI function on aided speech perception. It was hypothesized that speech perception abilities of individuals with ANSD vary with intensity and may provide information regarding their aided performance. DESIGN: A factorial research design was used to obtain the PI function and aided performance...
October 13, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742880/aging-and-spectro-temporal-integration-of-speech
#18
John H Grose, Heather L Porter, Emily Buss
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of age on the spectro-temporal integration of speech. The hypothesis was that the integration of speech fragments distributed over frequency, time, and ear of presentation is reduced in older listeners-even for those with good audiometric hearing. Younger, middle-aged, and older listeners (10 per group) with good audiometric hearing participated. They were each tested under seven conditions that encompassed combinations of spectral, temporal, and binaural integration...
October 14, 2016: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698261/a-binaural-grouping-model-for-predicting-speech-intelligibility-in-multitalker-environments
#19
Jing Mi, H Steven Colburn
Spatially separating speech maskers from target speech often leads to a large intelligibility improvement. Modeling this phenomenon has long been of interest to binaural-hearing researchers for uncovering brain mechanisms and for improving signal-processing algorithms in hearing-assistive devices. Much of the previous binaural modeling work focused on the unmasking enabled by binaural cues at the periphery, and little quantitative modeling has been directed toward the grouping or source-separation benefits of binaural processing...
October 3, 2016: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698258/time-varying-distortions-of-binaural-information-by-bilateral-hearing-aids-effects-of-nonlinear-frequency-compression
#20
Andrew D Brown, Francisco A Rodriguez, Cory D F Portnuff, Matthew J Goupell, Daniel J Tollin
In patients with bilateral hearing loss, the use of two hearing aids (HAs) offers the potential to restore the benefits of binaural hearing, including sound source localization and segregation. However, existing evidence suggests that bilateral HA users' access to binaural information, namely interaural time and level differences (ITDs and ILDs), can be compromised by device processing. Our objective was to characterize the nature and magnitude of binaural distortions caused by modern digital behind-the-ear HAs using a variety of stimuli and HA program settings...
October 3, 2016: Trends in Hearing
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