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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453491/does-hearing-aid-use-affect-audiovisual-integration-in-mild-hearing-impairment
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Anja Gieseler, Maike A S Tahden, Christiane M Thiel, Hans Colonius
There is converging evidence for altered audiovisual integration abilities in hearing-impaired individuals and those with profound hearing loss who are provided with cochlear implants, compared to normal-hearing adults. Still, little is known on the effects of hearing aid use on audiovisual integration in mild hearing loss, although this constitutes one of the most prevalent conditions in the elderly and, yet, often remains untreated in its early stages. This study investigated differences in the strength of audiovisual integration between elderly hearing aid users and those with the same degree of mild hearing loss who were not using hearing aids, the non-users, by measuring their susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451399/assistive-technology-for-communication-of-older-adults-a-systematic-review
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Thaiany Pedrozo Campos Antunes, Acary Souza Bulle de Oliveira, Robert Hudec, Tania Brusque Crocetta, Jennifer Yohanna Ferreira de Lima Antão, Renata Thais de Almeida Barbosa, Regiani Guarnieri, Thais Massetti, David M Garner, Luiz Carlos de Abreu
OBJECTIVE: Describe the use of assistive technology to enhance communication opportunities for older adults. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted in two databases, PubMed and Web of Science, by using two different searches in each. The search was limited to original articles, in English language, including people aged 60 years and older that used any type of assistive technology for communication. The articles found in the initial search were filtered by title, abstracts and the remaining articles were fully read...
February 16, 2018: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451359/assessment-of-narrative-writing-by-persian-speaking-students-with-hearing-impairments
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Peyman Zamani, Zahra Soleymani, Seyedeh Maryam Mousavi, Negar Akbari
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have highlighted that narrative skill is critical to the development of the literacy skills by children. Children with cochlear implants (CI) and hearing-aids (HA) may have problems in narrative development compared to peers with healthy hearing (HH). There is no exact data about the narrative writing ability of Persian-speaking students who are hearing-impaired. The current study was undertaken to compare the microstructure and macrostructure scores for narrative writing of Persian-speaking students who are hearing-impaired and peers with HH...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450596/-strategies-for-a-regenerative-therapy-of-hearing-loss-german-version
#4
REVIEW
M Diensthuber, T Stöver
Despite impressive technical progress in the field of conventional hearing aids and implantable hearing systems, the hopes for the treatment of inner ear diseases such as hearing loss and tinnitus have become increasingly directed toward regenerative therapeutic approaches. This review discusses the currently most promising strategies for hair cell regeneration in the inner ear to treat hearing loss, including stem cell-based, gene transfer-based, and pharmacological interventions. Furthermore, previous milestones and ground-breaking work in this scientific field are identified...
February 15, 2018: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450534/reading-behind-the-lines-the-factors-affecting-the-text-reception-threshold-in-hearing-aid-users
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Adriana A Zekveld, Marieke Pronk, Henrik Danielsson, Jerker Rönnberg
Purpose: The visual Text Reception Threshold (TRT) test (Zekveld et al., 2007) has been designed to assess modality-general factors relevant for speech perception in noise. In the last decade, the test has been adopted in audiology labs worldwide. The 1st aim of this study was to examine which factors best predict interindividual differences in the TRT. Second, we aimed to assess the relationships between the TRT and the speech reception thresholds (SRTs) estimated in various conditions...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449298/clinical-validation-of-a-public-health-policy-making-platform-for-hearing-loss-evotion-protocol-for-a-big-data-study
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Giorgos Dritsakis, Dimitris Kikidis, Nina Koloutsou, Louisa Murdin, Athanasios Bibas, Katherine Ploumidou, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque, Niels Henrik Pontoppidan, Doris-Eva Bamiou
INTRODUCTION: The holistic management of hearing loss (HL) requires an understanding of factors that predict hearing aid (HA) use and benefit beyond the acoustics of listening environments. Although several predictors have been identified, no study has explored the role of audiological, cognitive, behavioural and physiological data nor has any study collected real-time HA data. This study will collect 'big data', including retrospective HA logging data, prospective clinical data and real-time data via smart HAs, a mobile application and biosensors...
February 15, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449017/why-do-hearing-aids-fail-to-restore-normal-auditory-perception
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REVIEW
Nicholas A Lesica
Hearing loss is a widespread condition that is linked to declines in quality of life and mental health. Hearing aids remain the treatment of choice, but, unfortunately, even state-of-the-art devices provide only limited benefit for the perception of speech in noisy environments. While traditionally viewed primarily as a loss of sensitivity, hearing loss is also known to cause complex distortions of sound-evoked neural activity that cannot be corrected by amplification alone. This Opinion article describes the effects of hearing loss on neural activity to illustrate the reasons why current hearing aids are insufficient and to motivate the use of new technologies to explore directions for improving the next generation of devices...
February 12, 2018: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447898/challenges-and-outcomes-of-cholesteatoma-management-in-children-with-down-syndrome
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Saied Ghadersohi, Bharat Bhushan, Kathleen R Billings
INTRODUCTION: The high incidence of chronic otitis media with effusion and Eustachian tube dysfunction in children with Down syndrome (DS) may predispose them to cholesteatoma formation. Establishing the diagnosis, choosing the appropriate operative intervention, and post-operative care can be challenging. OBJECTIVE: To describe management strategies for cholesteatoma diagnosis, surgical treatment, and post-operative management in children with Down syndrome. METHODS: Retrospective case series of 14 patients (17 total ears) with Down syndrome diagnosed with cholesteatoma over a 9-year period...
March 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447820/how-does-a-bilingual-environment-affect-the-results-in-children-with-cochlear-implants-compared-to-monolingual-matched-children-an-italian-follow-up-study
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Francesca Forli, Giada Giuntini, Annalisa Ciabotti, Luca Bruschini, Ulrika Löfkvist, Stefano Berrettini
OBJECTIVES: To compare the results after cochlear implantation achieved by monolingual and bilingual deaf children implanted at our Institution, with the aim of understanding if there are any differences between the two groups and if there is a correlation between the outcomes and some patients' variables. METHODS: The study group was composed by 14 bilingual deaf children and the control group by the same number of monolingual children implanted at our Institution...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447813/long-term-outcomes-of-universiti-kebangsaan-malaysia-cochlear-implant-program-among-pediatric-implantees
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Bee-See Goh, Noraziana Fadzilah, Asma Abdullah, Basyariatul Fathi Othman, Cila Umat
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear implant (CI) greatly enhances auditory performance as compared to hearing aids and has dramatically affected the educational and communication outcomes for profoundly deaf children. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) pioneered CI program in 1995 in the South East Asia. We would like to report the long-term outcomes of UKM paediatric cochlear implantation in terms of: the proportion of children who were implanted and still using the device, the children's modes of communication, their educational placements, and their functional auditory/oral performance...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447810/no-evidence-of-cholesteatoma-in-untreated-otitis-media-with-effusion-in-children-with-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia
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Reshma Ghedia, Jahangir Ahmed, Annakan Navaratnam, Jonny Harcourt
INTRODUCTION: Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) describes a group of inherited disorders that result in abnormal ciliary motion leading to mucous stasis. Clinical features include almost universally otitis media with effusion (OME), particularly in infants. PCD patients provide us with a cohort of patients with OME that is not treated with ventilatory tube (VT) insertion as these have been shown to result in frequent complications including chronic otorrhoea, early extrusion and persistent perforation without significant improvement to hearing in the long term...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447794/plasticity-after-pediatric-cochlear-implantation-implication-from-changes-in-peripheral-plasma-level-of-bdnf-and-auditory-nerve-responses
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Razieh Alemi, Masoud Motassadi Zarandy, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, Ali Eftekharian, Mohammad Reza Zarrindast, Nasim Vousooghi
INTRODUCTION: Sensory neural hearing loss could lead to some structural and physiological changes in the auditory pathways, such as alteration in the expression of neurotrophins. These factors, especially Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), play an important role in synaptic functions and experience-related plasticity. Restoring cochlear function after hearing loss is possible through cochlear implantation (CI). Evaluation of the blood concentration changes of neurotrophins as prerequisites of plasticity could help scientists to determine the prognosis of CI as in the candidacy procedure or enhancing prosthesis function by adding the exact needed amount of BDNF to the electrode array...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445111/fluvastatin-protects-cochleae-from-damage-by-high-level-noise
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Claus-Peter Richter, Hunter Young, Sonja V Richter, Virginia Smith-Bronstein, Stuart R Stock, Xianghui Xiao, Carmen Soriano, Donna S Whitlon
Exposure to noise and ototoxic drugs are responsible for much of the debilitating hearing loss experienced by about 350 million people worldwide. Beyond hearing aids and cochlear implants, there have been no other FDA approved drug interventions established in the clinic that would either protect or reverse the effects of hearing loss. Using Auditory Brainstem Responses (ABR) in a guinea pig model, we demonstrate that fluvastatin, an inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme of the mevalonate pathway, protects against loss of cochlear function initiated by high intensity noise...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433516/a-technical-review-and-evaluation-of-implantable-sensors-for-hearing-devices
#14
REVIEW
Diego Calero, Stephan Paul, André Gesing, Fabio Alves, Júlio A Cordioli
Most commercially available cochlear implants and hearing aids use microphones as sensors for capturing the external sound field. These microphones are in general located in an external element, which is also responsible for processing the sound signal. However, the presence of the external element is the cause of several problems such as discomfort, impossibility of being used during physical activities and sleeping, and social stigma. These limitations have driven studies with the goal of developing totally implantable hearing devices, and the design of an implantable sensor has been one of the main challenges to be overcome...
February 13, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424766/social-connectedness-and-perceived-listening-effort-in-adult-cochlear-implant-users-a-grounded-theory-to-establish-content-validity-for-a-new-patient-reported-outcome-measure
#15
Sarah E Hughes, Hayley A Hutchings, Frances L Rapport, Catherine M McMahon, Isabelle Boisvert
OBJECTIVES: Individuals with hearing loss often report a need for increased effort when listening, particularly in challenging acoustic environments. Despite audiologists' recognition of the impact of listening effort on individuals' quality of life, there are currently no standardized clinical measures of listening effort, including patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). To generate items and content for a new PROM, this qualitative study explored the perceptions, understanding, and experiences of listening effort in adults with severe-profound sensorineural hearing loss before and after cochlear implantation...
February 8, 2018: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422710/developing-foundational-counseling-skills-for-addressing-adherence-issues-in-auditory-rehabilitation
#16
REVIEW
Carole E Johnson, Anna Marie Jilla, Jeffrey L Danhauer
Successfully getting patients with confirmed hearing loss to use hearing aids is a major challenge for hearing health care professionals. Treatment adherence has been defined as the active involvement of patients in collaborating with health care providers to plan and manage treatment regimens. Counseling patients with hearing loss on adherence to recommendations of hearing aid uptake and utilization is dependent upon building a patient-centered therapeutic relationship during the initial diagnostic evaluation...
February 2018: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417191/-new-clinical-applications-for-laser-doppler-vibrometry-in-otology
#17
REVIEW
T Strenger, M Brandstetter, T Stark, F Böhnke
BACKGROUND: An instrument to measure vibration in the middle ear needs to be sensitive enough to detect displacement on a nanometer scale, yet not affect the vibration itself. Numerous techniques have been described in the literature, but laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) has nowadays become established as the standard method in hearing research. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to present possible clinical applications of an LDV system in otology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A commercially available single-point vibrometer was used...
February 7, 2018: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415585/semantic-context-improves-speech-intelligibility-and-reduces-listening-effort-for-listeners-with-hearing-impairment
#18
Emma Holmes, Paula Folkeard, Ingrid S Johnsrude, Susan Scollie
OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether speech intelligibility and listening effort for hearing-aid users is affected by semantic context and hearing-aid setting. DESIGN: Participants heard target sentences spoken in a reverberant background of cafeteria noise and competing speech. Participants reported each sentence verbally. Eight participants also rated listening effort after each sentence. Sentence topic was either the same as, or different from, the previous target sentence...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415569/the-adhesins-of-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae
#19
Karen L Osman, Johanna M Jefferies, Christopher H Woelk, David W Cleary, Stuart C Clarke
Non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) is an opportunistic pathogen of the respiratory tract and the greatest contributor to invasive Haemophilus disease. Additionally, in children, NTHi is responsible for the majority of otitis media (OM) which can lead to chronic infection and hearing loss. In adults, NTHi infection in the lungs is responsible for the onset of acute exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccine available to protect against NTHi infections...
February 8, 2018: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29401059/survey-of-current-practice-in-the-fitting-and-fine-tuning-of-common-signal-processing-features-in-hearing-aids-for-adults
#20
Melinda C Anderson, Kathryn H Arehart, Pamela E Souza
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines for adult hearing aid fittings recommend the use of a prescriptive fitting rationale with real-ear verification that considers the audiogram for the determination of frequency-specific gain and ratios for wide dynamic range compression. However, the guidelines lack recommendations for how other common signal-processing features (e.g., noise reduction, frequency lowering, directional microphones) should be considered during the provision of hearing aid fittings and fine-tunings for adult patients...
February 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
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