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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446890/partial-visual-loss-affects-self-reports-of-hearing-abilities-measured-using-a-modified-version-of-the-speech-spatial-and-qualities-of-hearing-questionnaire
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Andrew J Kolarik, Rajiv Raman, Brian C J Moore, Silvia Cirstea, Sarika Gopalakrishnan, Shahina Pardhan
We assessed how visually impaired (VI) people perceived their own auditory abilities using an established hearing questionnaire, the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ), that was adapted to make it relevant and applicable to VI individuals by removing references to visual aspects while retaining the meaning of the original questions. The resulting questionnaire, the SSQvi, assessed perceived hearing ability in diverse situations including the ability to follow conversations with multiple speakers, assessing how far away a vehicle is, and the ability to perceptually segregate simultaneous sounds...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446582/auditory-fear-conditioning-modifies-steady-state-evoked-potentials-in-the-rat-inferior-colliculus
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André Luiz Vieira Lockmann, Flavio Afonso Gonçalves Mourão, Márcio Flávio Dutra Moraes
The rat inferior colliculus (IC) is a major midbrain relay for ascending inputs from the auditory brainstem and has been suggested to play a key role in the processing of aversive sounds. Previous studies have demonstrated that auditory fear conditioning (AFC) potentiates transient responses to brief tones in the IC, but it remains unexplored whether AFC modifies responses to sustained periodic acoustic stimulation - a type of response called steady-state evoked potential (SSEP). Here we used an amplitude-modulated tone - 10 kHz tone with a sinusoidal amplitude modulation of 53...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446047/effect-of-chronic-restraint-stress-on-inhibitory-gating-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-rats
#3
Lanlan Ma, Wai Li, Sibin Li, Xuejiao Wang, Ling Qin
A fundamental adaptive mechanism of auditory function is inhibitory gating (IG), which refers to the attenuation of neural responses to repeated sound stimuli. IG is drastically impaired in individuals with emotional and cognitive impairments (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder). The objective of this study was to test whether chronic stress impairs the IG of the auditory cortex (AC). We used the standard two-tone stimulus paradigm and examined the parametric qualities of IG in the AC of rats by recording the electrophysiological signals of a single-unit and local field potential (LFP) simultaneously...
April 26, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441738/simulation-study-of-the-localization-of-a-near-surface-crack-using-an-air-coupled-ultrasonic-sensor-array
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Steven Delrue, Vladislav Aleshin, Mikael Sørensen, Lieven De Lathauwer
The importance of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) to check the integrity of materials in different fields of industry has increased significantly in recent years. Actually, industry demands NDT methods that allow fast (preferably non-contact) detection and localization of early-stage defects with easy-to-interpret results, so that even a non-expert field worker can carry out the testing. The main challenge is to combine as many of these requirements into one single technique. The concept of acoustic cameras, developed for low frequency NDT, meets most of the above-mentioned requirements...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441230/cochlear-implantation-in-adults-with-asymmetric-hearing-loss-benefits-of-bimodal-stimulation
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Maarten Caspar van Loon, Cas Smits, Conrad F Smit, Erik F Hensen, Paul Merkus
OBJECTIVE: This study addresses the outcome of cochlear implantation in addition to hearing aid use in patients with asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective longitudinal study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Seven adults with asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss, i.e., less than 30% aided speech recognition in their worst hearing ear and 60 to 85% speech recognition in their best hearing ear...
April 24, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439616/-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-hifu-importance-in-the-treatment-of-prostate-cancer
#6
R Ganzer
BACKGROUND: High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been used since the beginning of the 1990s as an alternative treatment for prostate cancer. OBJECTIVE: Overview of the current status and critical review of the different indications for HIFU in the treatment of prostate cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Review of the current literature on the indications, side effects, oncologic results and current guideline recommendations. RESULTS: The principle of HIFU is based on high energy sound waves, which lead to coagulation necrosis at the focal point...
April 24, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430256/all-fiber-optic-acoustic-sensor-array-for-real-time-sound-source-localization
#7
Jian Wang, Hongyan Wu, Bo Jia
Real-time sound source localization has been widely realized by the conventional microphone array for the present. In addition, fiber-optic microphones have many advantages over conventional microphones. In the present work, an all-fiber-optic acoustic array system with a wavelength-division multiplexing scheme is proposed, which has a high sensitivity and significant superiority in high-frequency signal detection and can be applied in harsh environments. The system also has the advantages of simple construction and low cost...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430044/syntactic-complexity-and-frequency-in-the-neurocognitive-language-system
#8
Yun-Hsuan Yang, William D Marslen-Wilson, Mirjana Bozic
Prominent neurobiological models of language follow the widely accepted assumption that language comprehension requires two principal mechanisms: a lexicon storing the sound-to-meaning mapping of words, primarily involving bilateral temporal regions, and a combinatorial processor for syntactically structured items, such as phrases and sentences, localized in a left-lateralized network linking left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) and posterior temporal areas. However, recent research showing that the processing of simple phrasal sequences may engage only bilateral temporal areas, together with the claims of distributional approaches to grammar, raises the question of whether frequent phrases are stored alongside individual words in temporal areas...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429851/impacts-of-taxonomic-inertia-for-the-conservation-of-african-ungulate-diversity-an-overview
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Spartaco Gippoliti, Fenton P D Cotterill, Dietmar Zinner, Colin P Groves
We review the state of African ungulate taxonomy over the last 120 years, with an emphasis on the introduction of the polytypic species concept and the discipline's general neglect since the middle of the 20th century. We single out negative consequences of 'orthodox' taxonomy, highlighting numerous cases of neglect of threatened lineages, unsound translocations that led to lineage introgression, and cases of maladaptation to local conditions including parasitic infections. Additionally, several captive breeding programmes have been hampered by chromosome rearrangements caused by involuntary lineage mixing...
April 21, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425912/how-spatial-release-from-masking-may-fail-to-function-in-a-highly-directional-auditory-system
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Norman Lee, Andrew C Mason
Spatial release from masking (SRM) occurs when spatial separation between a signal and masker decreases masked thresholds. The mechanically-coupled ears of Ormia ochracea are specialized for hyperacute directional hearing, but the possible role of SRM, or whether such specializations exhibit limitations for sound source segregation, is unknown. We recorded phonotaxis to a cricket song masked by band-limited noise. With a masker, response thresholds increased and localization was diverted away from the signal and masker...
April 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423410/analysis-of-dislocation-configurations-in-a-0-0-1-fcc-single-crystal-by-electron-channeling-contrast-imaging-in-the-sem
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Ivan Gutierrez-Urrutia
We have investigated the dislocation configurations in a [0 0 1] single crystal of a face-centered alloy (316L stainless steel) by the electron channeling contrast imaging (ECCI) technique in the scanning electron microscope under controlled diffraction conditions. Specific dislocations such as piled-up dislocations and Lomer-Cottrell dislocations were characterized by the analysis of dislocation contrast and dislocation line trace analysis. The ECCI technique also allows the sound estimation of the local resolved stress acting on gliding dislocations by the analysis of the radius of curvature following a transmission electron microscopy-based geometrical approach...
April 1, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419056/response-characteristics-of-the-rat-anterior-cingulate-cortex-to-ultrasonic-communicative-vocalizations
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Yumi Saito, Kazuo Okanoya
Emotional communication involves transmitting information on affective states. Rat 50- and 22-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) are emotional communication signals that reflect positive or negative states, respectively. In general, emotional communication signals that elicit changes in event-related potentials (ERPs), suggesting a specific mechanism for processing these signals. As this is observed in several communication systems including humans, we hypothesized that rat USVs can also trigger such changes...
April 17, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416084/a-conceptual-framework-for-negotiating-public-involvement-in-municipal-waste-management-decision-making-in-the-uk
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Kenisha Garnett, Tim Cooper, Philip Longhurst, Simon Jude, Sean Tyrrel
The technical expertise that politicians relied on in the past to produce cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions no longer provides sufficient justification to approve waste facilities. Local authorities need to find more effective ways to involve stakeholders and communities in decision-making since public acceptance of municipal waste facilities is integral to delivering effective waste strategies. This paper presents findings from a research project that explored attitudes towards greater levels of public involvement in UK waste management decision-making...
April 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413698/simultaneous-bilateral-cochlear-implants-developmental-advances-do-not-yet-achieve-normal-cortical-processing
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Vijayalakshmi Easwar, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Michael Deighton, Blake Papsin, Karen Gordon
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous bilateral cochlear implantation promotes symmetric development of bilateral auditory pathways but binaural hearing remains abnormal. To evaluate whether bilateral cortical processing remains impaired in such children, cortical activity to unilateral and bilateral stimuli was assessed in a unique cohort of 16 children who received bilateral cochlear implants (CIs) simultaneously at 1.97 ± 0.86 years of age and had ~4 years of CI experience, providing the first opportunity to assess electrically driven cortical development in the absence of reorganized asymmetries from sequential implantation...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411322/i-can-hear-my-shunt-audible-noises-associated-with-csf-shunts-in-hydrocephalic-patients
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Stefanie Kaestner, Amina Fraij, Wolfgang Deinsberger, Christian Roth
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunts are life-long implants, and patients have reported anecdotally on noises associated with their shunts. There is, however, a marked lack of information regarding acoustic phenomena related to CSF shunts. METHODS: We identified all patients who had been treated or followed in our neurosurgical department within a 15-year period from January 2000 up to the end of 2014. After approval of the local ethics committee all patients who were cognitively intact were explored by a questionnaire and by personal interview about acoustic phenomena related to their shunts...
April 14, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403175/altered-cortical-and-subcortical-connectivity-due-to-infrasound-administered-near-the-hearing-threshold-evidence-from-fmri
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Markus Weichenberger, Martin Bauer, Robert Kühler, Johannes Hensel, Caroline Garcia Forlim, Albrecht Ihlenfeld, Bernd Ittermann, Jürgen Gallinat, Christian Koch, Simone Kühn
In the present study, the brain's response towards near- and supra-threshold infrasound (IS) stimulation (sound frequency < 20 Hz) was investigated under resting-state fMRI conditions. The study involved two consecutive sessions. In the first session, 14 healthy participants underwent a hearing threshold-as well as a categorical loudness scaling measurement in which the individual loudness perception for IS was assessed across different sound pressure levels (SPL). In the second session, these participants underwent three resting-state acquisitions, one without auditory stimulation (no-tone), one with a monaurally presented 12-Hz IS tone (near-threshold) and one with a similar tone above the individual hearing threshold corresponding to a 'medium loud' hearing sensation (supra-threshold)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402550/the-impact-of-temperature-and-body-size-on-fundamental-flight-tone-variation-in-the-mosquito-vector-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-implications-for-acoustic-lures
#17
Susan M Villarreal, Olivia Winokur, Laura Harrington
Aedes aegypti (L.) males use female flight tone as a means of mate localization. By playing the sound of a flying female, males can be attracted to a trap to monitor mosquito populations and the progress of transgenic male releases. However, the female flight tone used to attract males needs to be optimized to maximize trap effectiveness. The fundamental frequency of female flight tone could be influenced by both body size and ambient temperature. However, no analysis yet has considered both the effect of body size and temperature on female flight tone of Ae...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401657/validation-of-a-modified-early-warning-score-linked-situation-background-assessment-recommendation-sbar-communication-tool-a-mixed-methods-study
#18
Debora Burger, Sue Jordan, Una Kyriacos
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to develop and validate a modified Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation communication tool incorporating components of the Cape Town Modified Early Warning Score vital signs chart for reporting early signs of clinical deterioration. BACKGROUND: Reporting early signs of physiological and clinical deterioration could prevent 'failure to rescue' or unexpected intensive care admission, cardiac arrest or death...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399652/facial-presentations-of-primary-headache-disorders
#19
Yair Sharav, Zaza Katsarava, Andrew Charles
Background Many patients with mid-face or lower face craniofacial pain are diagnosed, based on accompanying signs and symptoms and features other than location, as either atypical migraines or atypical TACs. Distinguishing features of headache disorders as a cause of facial pain include the temporal pattern of pain, associated symptoms including light and sound sensitivity and nausea, cranial autonomic symptoms, and the lack of local triggering among others. Results An intraoral neurovascular pain has been observed, and was termed neurovascular orofacial pain (NVOP)...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398302/a-distribution-and-taxonomic-reference-dataset-of-geranium-in-the-new-world
#20
Carlos Aedo, Francisco Pando
Geranium L. is a genus of over 350 species distributed throughout most of the world, except in lowland tropical areas. It is the largest genus of the Geraniaceae and is represented in the New World by 137 species. This dataset includes 8,937 records that covers the genus Geranium the New World, providing an updated, taxonomically consistent and a sound geographical distribution of the 137 species of Geranium in America. Specimens from 128 herbaria were reviewed. These were supplemented by others collected during nine field trips, which allowed better knowledge of the variability of characters within populations, and refining species distribution ranges...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Data
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