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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643531/difficult-conversations-talking-about-cost-in-audiology-consultations-with-older-adults
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Katie Ekberg, Caitlin Barr, Louise Hickson
OBJECTIVE: Financial cost is a barrier for many older adults in their decision to obtain hearing aids (HAs). This study aimed to examine conversations about the cost of HAs in detail within initial audiology appointments. DESIGN: Sixty-two initial audiology appointments were video-recorded. The data were analysed using conversation analysis. STUDY SAMPLE: Participants included 26 audiologists, 62 older adults and 17 companions. RESULTS: Audiologists and clients displayed interactional difficulty during conversations about cost...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642064/the-genetic-basis-of-deafness-in-populations-of-african-descent
#2
REVIEW
Jason R Rudman, Rosemary I Kabahuma, Sara E Bressler, Yong Feng, Susan H Blanton, Denise Yan, Xue-Zhong Liu
Hearing loss is the most common sensorineural disorder worldwide and is associated with more than 1000 mutations in more than 90 genes. While mutations in genes such as GJB2 (gap-junction protein β 2) and GJB6 (gap-junction protein β 6) are highly prevalent in Caucasian, Asian, and Middle Eastern populations, they are rare in both native African populations and those of African descent. The objective of this paper is to review the current knowledge regarding the epidemiology and genetics of hearing loss in African populations with a focus on native sub-Saharan African populations...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640038/impact-of-noise-and-noise-reduction-on-processing-effort-a-pupillometry-study
#3
Dorothea Wendt, Renskje K Hietkamp, Thomas Lunner
OBJECTIVES: Speech perception in adverse listening situations can be exhausting. Hearing loss particularly affects processing demands, as it requires increased effort for successful speech perception in background noise. Signal processing in hearing aids and noise reduction (NR) schemes aim to counteract the effect of noise and reduce the effort required for speech recognition in adverse listening situations. The present study examined the benefit of NR schemes, applying a combination of a digital NR and directional microphones, for reducing the processing effort during speech recognition...
June 20, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639872/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-hearing-aid-use-among-older-adults-in-chile
#4
Eduardo Fuentes-López, Adrian Fuente, Felipe Cardemil, Gonzalo Valdivia, Cecilia Albala
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of use of hearing aids by older adults in Chile and the influence of some variables such as education level, income level and geographic area of residence on the prevalence of hearing aids. DESIGN: A national cross-sectional survey which was carried out in 2009. STUDY SAMPLE: A representative sample of 4766 Chilean older adults aged 60 years and above. RESULTS: The percentage of older adults in Chile who self-reported hearing problems and used hearing aids was 8...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638329/the-contribution-of-cognitive-factors-to-individual-differences-in-understanding-noise-vocoded-speech-in-young-and-older-adults
#5
Stephanie Rosemann, Carsten Gießing, Jale Özyurt, Rebecca Carroll, Sebastian Puschmann, Christiane M Thiel
Noise-vocoded speech is commonly used to simulate the sensation after cochlear implantation as it consists of spectrally degraded speech. High individual variability exists in learning to understand both noise-vocoded speech and speech perceived through a cochlear implant (CI). This variability is partly ascribed to differing cognitive abilities like working memory, verbal skills or attention. Although clinically highly relevant, up to now, no consensus has been achieved about which cognitive factors exactly predict the intelligibility of speech in noise-vocoded situations in healthy subjects or in patients after cochlear implantation...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636124/the-ips-scale-a-new-soft-tissue-assessment-scale-for-percutaneous-and-transcutaneous-implants-for-bone-conduction-devices
#6
Ivo J Kruyt, Rik C Nelissen, Martin L Johansson, Emmanuel A M Mylanus, Myrthe K S Hol
Percutaneous titanium implants for bone conduction devices (BCDs) have offered, since 1977, a solution for patients with hearing loss not treatable by conventional hearing aids, such as patients with chronic ear infections or microtia and/or ear canal atresia. Percutaneous implants imply a continuous breach in the mechanical defensive barrier of the skin. To compensate for this breach, immunological mechanisms in the subcutaneous tissue surrounding the implant become more active. This article is protected by copyright...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635506/an-individualised-acoustically-transparent-earpiece-for-hearing-devices
#7
Florian Denk, Marko Hiipakka, Birger Kollmeier, Stephan M A Ernst
OBJECTIVE: An important and often still unresolved problem of hearing devices such as assistive listening devices and hearing aids is limited user acceptance - a primary reason is poor conservation quality of the acoustic environment. Approaching a possible solution to this problem, an earpiece prototype is presented and evaluated. The prototype is individually and automatically calibrated in situ to provide acoustical transparency, i.e., achieving an audio perception alike to the open ear...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635502/hearing-aid-technology-model-based-concepts-and-assessment
#8
Earl E Johnson
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February 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635499/hearing-aid-fine-tuning-based-on-dutch-descriptions
#9
Thijs Thielemans, Donné Pans, Michelene Chenault, Lucien Anteunis
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to derive an independent fitting assistant based on expert consensus. Two questions were asked: (1) what (Dutch) terms do hearing impaired listeners use nowadays to describe their specific hearing aid fitting problems? (2) What is the expert consensus on how to resolve these complaints by adjusting hearing aid parameters? DESIGN: Hearing aid dispensers provided descriptors that impaired listeners use to describe their reactions to specific hearing aid fitting problems...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634259/effectiveness-of-an-online-support-programme-supr-for-older-hearing-aid-users-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
#10
Janine Fj Meijerink, Marieke Pronk, Bernadette Paulissen, Birgit I Witte, Bregje van der Wouden, Vera Jansen, Sophia E Kramer
BACKGROUND: An educational SUpport PRogramme called SUPR has been developed for hearing aid users (HAUs) and their communication partners (CPs) offering care beyond hearing aid fitting. SUPR teaches its users communication strategies, hearing aid handling skills and personal adjustment to hearing impairment. METHODS/DESIGN: Using a cluster randomised controlled trial design, 70 Dutch hearing aid dispenser practices were randomised into hearing aid fitting (care as usual, 34 practices) and hearing aid fitting including SUPR (36 practices)...
June 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625187/a-comparison-study-of-complications-and-initial-follow-up-costs-of-transcutaneous-and-percutaneous-bone-conduction-devices
#11
J Godbehere, S D Carr, J Moraleda, P Edwards, J Ray
BACKGROUND: The percutaneous osseointegrated bone conduction device can be associated with more soft tissue complications when compared to the magnetic transcutaneous osseointegrated bone conduction device. This study aimed to determine whether fewer soft tissue complications may result in the transcutaneous osseointegrated bone conduction device being a lower cost option in hearing rehabilitation. METHODS: This retrospective case note review included adult patients who underwent implantation with the transcutaneous Cochlear Attract (n = 22) or percutaneous Cochlear DermaLock (n = 25) bone-anchored hearing aids between September 2013 and December 2014...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621001/early-vocabulary-development-in-children-with-bilateral-cochlear-implants
#12
Taina Välimaa, Sari Kunnari, Päivi Laukkanen-Nevala, Eila Lonka
BACKGROUND: Children with unilateral cochlear implants (CIs) may have delayed vocabulary development for an extended period after implantation. Bilateral cochlear implantation is reported to be associated with improved sound localization and enhanced speech perception in noise. This study proposed that bilateral implantation might also promote early vocabulary development. Knowledge regarding vocabulary growth and composition in children with bilateral CIs and factors associated with it may lead to improvements in the content of early speech and language intervention and family counselling...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620635/pioneering-strategies-for-relieving-dental-anxiety-in-hearing-impaired-children-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-study
#13
Shalini Chandrasekhar, Ghanashyam Prasad Madu, Naga Radhakrishna Ambati, Pavani Reddy Suravarapu, Kalyani Uppu, Deepthi Bolla
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM: Hearing impaired children have a problem in understanding and comprehending with dental treatments. Visual language is the sensible answer of how to improve communication with them. PURPOSE: To evaluate the applicability of dental sign language in Hearing impaired children in relieving anxiety during stressful dental treatment by improving their means of communication. MATERIALS AND METHOD: This randomized clinical trial was carried out in the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry which included 40 Hearing Impaired children meeting inclusion criteria...
June 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617906/comprehensive-hearing-aid-intervention-at-a-free-subspecialty-clinic
#14
Aileen P Wertz, Gregory Mannarelli, Andrew G Shuman, Erin L McKean
Importance: Providing a model of a comprehensive free audiologic program may assist other health care professionals in developing their own similar program. Objective: To describe the structure, feasibility, and outcomes of a free subspecialty clinic providing hearing aids to develop a paradigm for other programs interested in implementing similar projects. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective case series was conducted from September 1, 2013, through March 31, 2016...
June 15, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616232/treatment-of-sudden-hearing-loss-using-electro-acupuncture
#15
Ya-Ching Chang, Kwok-Ying Chan
OBJECTIVES: Sudden neurosensory deafness is the second debilitating disease in China. In fact, the current treatment is limited to hearing aids, assistive devices and cochlear implants. However, some patients might not be suitable for surgery or even hearing aids. METHODS: Hereby, we report a pediatric case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss accompanied by otalgia and blocked ear sensation. RESULTS: He firstly failed with conventional treatment but later his hearing symptoms were improved with our electro-acupuncture therapy according to pure tone audiometry findings and clinical responses...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614844/the-effectiveness-of-the-progression-of-widex-zen-tinnitus-therapy-a-pilot-study
#16
Richard S Tyler, Aniruddha K Deshpande, Chi C Lau, Francis Kuk
Purpose: The aim of this study was to measure the progression of benefits to individuals with tinnitus from providing informational counseling, hearing aids, a brief tinnitus activities treatment and Zen therapy. Method: Several magnitude estimation scales and tinnitus handicap scales were administered for the duration of the study to 20 participants. Results: Results indicated that all participants benefited from this sequential approach of providing different components of this tinnitus treatment...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612343/mild-moderate-congenital-hearing-loss-secular-trends-in-outcomes-across-four-systems-of-detection
#17
P Carew, F K Mensah, G Rance, T Flynn, Z Poulakis, M Wake
BACKGROUND: Universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) targets moderate or greater hearing loss. However, UNHS also frequently detects children with mild loss that results in many receiving early treatment. The benefits of this approach are not yet established. We aimed to (i) compare language and psychosocial outcomes between four hearing loss detection systems for children aged 5-8 years with congenital mild-moderate hearing loss; (ii) determine whether age of detection predicts outcomes; and (iii) compare outcomes between children identified via well-established UNHS and the general population...
June 14, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607211/consensus-statement-of-the-indian-academy-of-pediatrics-on-newborn-hearing-screening
#18
Abraham Paul, Chhaya Prasad, S S Kamath, Samir Dalwai, M K C Nair, Waheeda Pagarkar
JUSTIFICATION: Hearing impairment is one of the most critical sensory impairments with significant social and psychological consequences. Reported incidence of congenital hearing loss is 30 per 10,000 children. Evidence-based, standardized national guidelines are needed for professionals to screen for hearing impairment during the neonatal period. PROCESS: The meeting on formulation of national consensus guidelines on developmental disorders was organized by Indian Academy of Pediatrics in Mumbai, on 18th and 19th December, 2015...
June 4, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604578/long-term-outcomes-of-cochlear-implantation-in-children-with-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection
#19
Haruo Yoshida, Haruo Takahashi, Yukihiko Kanda, Kyoko Kitaoka, Minoru Hara
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of the developmental delay often observed in children with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection on the improvement of language understanding after cochlear implantation (CI). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. PATIENTS: Sixteen children with severe and/or profound hearing loss due to congenital CMV infection (CMV group) and 107 congenitally deaf children (168 ears) without CMV infection as the cause of deafness (non-CMV group)...
June 9, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602150/translabyrinthine-vestibular-schwannoma-resection-with-simultaneous-cochlear-implantation
#20
Austin N DeHart, William C Broaddus, Daniel H Coelho
OBJECTIVES: (1) Report a rare case of translabyrinthine resection of a sporadic vestibular schwannoma (VS) and concurrent cochlear implantation (CI). (2) Discuss pre-, intra-, and post-operative considerations in this unique patient population. (3) Describe surgical and audiologic outcomes reported in this population. METHODS: Case report and review of the literature. PubMed search 'Cochlear Implantation'[Mesh] AND ('Neuroma, Acoustic'[Mesh] OR 'VESTIBULAR SCHWANNOMA'[All Fields] OR 'SCHWANNOMA'[All Fields]) limited to humans and English language...
June 12, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
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