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Trieu Vanessa, Panayiotis E Pelargos, Marko Spasic, Lawrance K Chung, Brittany Voth, Nolan Ung, Quinton Gopen, Isaac Yang
BACKGROUND: Superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) presents with varying degrees of auditory and vestibular dysfunction. The condition is confirmed on high-resolution computed tomography (CT) imaging, and symptoms are often improved by surgical repair. Although a classic middle fossa craniotomy has been used with good results, recent advances in technique have allowed for modification of the traditional approach into a smaller skin incision and a minimally invasive middle fossa keyhole craniectomy roughly 1...
June 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Meredith Pedde, Adam A Szpiro, Sara D Adar
Existing epidemiological research on traffic largely neglects localized fluctuations. We leveraged finely-resolved congestion data to investigate short-term associations with mortality in near-road communities. We identified all non-accidental, cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory deaths (2009-2013) within 1 km of a Puget Sound highway. Using a case-crossover design, we examined the association between congestion 0-150, 151-300, and 301-1000 m upwind of a decedent's home and mortality, adjusting for meteorology, holidays, and flu...
May 18, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
R Christopher Rustin, Deonte Martin, Varadan Sevilimedu, Sarbesh Pandeya, Haresh Rochani, Rosmarie Kelly
Zika virus (ZIKV) was declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization on February 1, 2016. Due to the known and estimated range of the ZIKV mosquito vectors, southern and central US states faced increased risk of ZIKV transmission. With the state of Georgia hosting the world's busiest international airport, a climate that supports the ZIKV vectors, and limited surveillance (13 counties) and response capacity, the Department of Public Health (DPH) was challenged to respond and prevent ZIKV transmission...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
Lena Westbom, Amanda Rimstedt, Eva Nordmark
AIM: To explore pain screening in CPUP, a follow-up surveillance programme for people with cerebral palsy (CP), specifically to describe reported pain prevalence, localizations, patterns of distribution; to compare with studies using psychometrically sound assessment instruments; and to assess agreement between pain documented in CPUP and medical records. METHOD: Registry study of a population with CP, born 1993 to 2008, living in Skåne, Sweden in 2013. Descriptive data, cross-tabulations, and chi-square tests to characterize and compare the study groups...
May 16, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Ching-Hsuan Tung, Myung Shin Han, Young Kim, Jianjun Qi, Brian E O'Neill
The cell membrane is a semi-fluid container that defines the boundary of cells, and provides an enclosed environment for vital biological processes. A sound excitable drug (SED) that is non-cytotoxic to cells is developed to disrupt the plasma membrane under gentle ultrasound insonation, 1MHz, 1W/cm(2). The frequency and power density of insonation are within the physical therapy and medical imaging windows; thus the applied ultrasound is safe and not harmful to tissues. The insertion of SEDs into the plasma membrane is not toxic to cells; however, the intruding SEDs weaken the membrane's integrity...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Xubo Chen, Xueyan Zhao, Hua Cai, Haiying Sun, Yujuan Hu, Xiang Huang, Wen Kong, Weijia Kong
Age-related dysfunction of the central auditory system, known as central presbycusis, is characterized by defects in speech perception and sound localization. It is important to determine the pathogenesis of central presbycusis in order to explore a feasible and effective intervention method. Recent work has provided fascinating insight into the beneficial function of H2S on oxidative stress and stress-related disease. In this study, we investigated the pathogenesis of central presbycusis and tried to explore the mechanism of H2S action on different aspects of aging by utilizing a mimetic aging rat and senescent cellular model...
April 25, 2017: Redox Biology
Lanyue Zhang, Dandan Ding, Desen Yang, Jia Wang, Jie Shi
Spherical microphone arrays have been paid increasing attention for their ability to locate a sound source with arbitrary incident angle in three-dimensional space. Low-frequency sound sources are usually located by using spherical near-field acoustic holography. The reconstruction surface and holography surface are conformal surfaces in the conventional sound field transformation based on generalized Fourier transform. When the sound source is on the cylindrical surface, it is difficult to locate by using spherical surface conformal transform...
May 10, 2017: Sensors
Enrique J Grau-Talens, Carlos D Ibáñez, Jacob Motos-Micó, Francisco García-Olives, Martina Arribas-Jurado, Carlos Jordán-Chaves, José M Aparicio-Gallego, José F Salgado
OBJECTIVE: We report a prospective study of repairs using the Rives technique of the more difficult primary inguinal hernias, focusing on the immediate post-operative period, clinical recurrence, testicular atrophy, and chronic pain. A mesh placed in the preperitoneal space can reduce recurrences and chronic pain. METHODS: For the larger primary inguinal hernias (Types 3, 4, 6, and some 7), we favour preperitoneal placement of a mesh, covering the myopectineal orifice by means of a transinguinal (Rives technique) approach...
May 8, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
Tiziana Vercillo, Alessia Tonelli, Monica Gori
Visual information is extremely important to generate internal spatial representations. In the auditory modality, the absence of visual cues during early infancy does not preclude the development of some spatial strategies. However, specific spatial abilities might result impaired. In the current study, we investigated the effect of early visual deprivation on the ability to localize static and moving auditory stimuli by comparing sighted and early blind individuals' performance in different spatial tasks. We also examined perceptual stability in the two groups of participants by matching localization accuracy in a static and a dynamic head condition that involved rotational head movements...
2017: PloS One
Yanfei Geng, Guoxiong Hu, Sailesh Ranjitkar, Yuhua Wang, Dengpan Bu, Shengji Pei, Xiaokun Ou, Yang Lu, Xuelan Ma, Jianchu Xu
BACKGROUND: Livestock rearing is one of the oldest and most important types of smallholder farming worldwide. The sustainability of livestock production depends on the efficient utilization of locally available resources. Some traditional methods of raising livestock may offer valuable lessons in this regard. This study documented and evaluated local knowledge of wild forage plants in the Dulongjiang area in Southwest China in the context of rearing mithun (Bos frontalis) in order to provide a sound evidence base for tree fodder selection and the establishment of integrated tree-crop-livestock systems...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Xuan Zhong, William A Yost
If an auditory scene consists of many spatially separated sound sources, how many sound sources can be processed by the auditory system? Experiment I determined how many speech sources could be localized simultaneously on the azimuth plane. Different words were played from multiple loudspeakers, and listeners reported the total number of sound sources and their individual locations. In experiment II the accuracy of localizing one speech source in a mixture of multiple speech sources was determined. An extra sound source was added to an existing set of sound sources, and the task was to localize that extra source...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Norbert Kopčo, Gabriela Andrejková, Virginia Best, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
Localization of a 2-ms click target was previously shown to be influenced by a preceding identical distractor for inter-click-intervals up to 400 ms [Kopčo, Best, and Shinn-Cunningham (2007). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 121, 420-432]. Here, two experiments examined whether perceptual organization plays a role in this effect. In the experiments, the distractor was designed either to be grouped with the target (a single-click distractor) or to be processed in a separate stream (an 8-click train). The two distractors affected performance differently, both in terms of bias and variance, suggesting that grouping and streaming play a role in localization in multisource environments...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Douglas S Brungart, Julie I Cohen, Danielle Zion, Griffin Romigh
Although many studies have evaluated the performance of virtual audio displays with normal hearing listeners, very little information is available on the effect that hearing loss has on the localization of virtual sounds. In this study, normal hearing (NH) and hearing impaired (HI) listeners were asked to localize noise stimuli with short (250 ms), medium (1000 ms), and long (4000 ms) durations both in the free field and with a non-individualized head-tracked virtual audio display. The results show that the HI listeners localized sounds less accurately than the NH listeners, and that both groups consistently localized virtual sounds less accurately than free-field sounds...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Sebastià V Amengual Garí, Winfried Lachenmayr, Eckard Mommertz
A compact tetrahedral microphone array is used to measure several controlled sound fields and compare the analysis of spatial room impulse responses with two methods: spatial decomposition method (SDM) and IRIS, a commercial system based on sound intensity vector analysis. Results suggest that the spatial accuracy of both methods is similar and in most cases the error is comparable to the localization uncertainty of human listeners. Furthermore, a listening test is conducted comparing three 3D-sound fields and their SDM auralizations...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Regina M Baumgärtel, Hongmei Hu, Birger Kollmeier, Mathias Dietz
Normal-hearing (NH) listeners are able to localize sound sources with extraordinary accuracy through interaural cues, most importantly interaural time differences (ITDs) in the temporal fine structure. Bilateral cochlear implant (CI) users are also able to localize sound sources, yet generally at lower accuracy than NH listeners. The gap in performance can in part be attributed to current CI systems not faithfully transmitting interaural cues, especially ITDs. With the introduction of binaurally linked CI systems, the presentation of ITD cues for bilateral CI users is foreseeable...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Thomas Joubaud, Véronique Zimpfer, Alexandre Garcia, Christophe Langrenne
Tactical Communication and Protective Systems (TCAPS) are hearing protection devices that sufficiently protect the listener's ears from hazardous sounds and preserve speech intelligibility. However, previous studies demonstrated that TCAPS still deteriorate the listener's situational awareness, in particular, the ability to locate sound sources. On the horizontal plane, this is mainly explained by the degradation of the acoustical cues normally preventing the listener from making front-back confusions. As part of TCAPS development and assessment, a method predicting the TCAPS-induced degradation of the sound localization capability based on electroacoustic measurements would be more suitable than time-consuming behavioral experiments...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Julian Grosse, Steven van de Par, Constantine Trahiotis
The ability to localize sound sources in reverberant environments is dependent upon first-arriving information, an outcome commonly termed "the precedence effect." For example, in laboratory experiments, the combination of a leading (direct) sound followed by a lagging (reflected) sound is localized in the direction of the leading sound. This study was designed to measure the degree to which stimulus compactness/diffuseness (i.e., coherence as represented by interaural cross correlation) of leading and lagging sounds influences performance...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Jo Ee Sam, Rullyandrianto Pan Nuriman Rachmat, Cri Saiful Jordan Melano, Nasser Abdul Wahab
Giant cell tumor (GCT) of the craniofacial bones has been reported but they are not common. This tumor occurs more often in women than in men and predominantly affects patients around the third to fifth decade of life. GCTs are generally benign but can be locally aggressive as well. We report a case of GCT involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which was initially thought to be temporomandibular disorder (TMD). A 22-year-old female presented with swelling and pain over the right temporal region for 18 months associated with jaw locking and clicking sounds...
April 2017: Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Junsei Horikawa, Hisayuki Ojima
When complex sounds are reversed in time, the original and reversed versions are perceived differently in spectral and temporal dimensions despite their identical duration and long-term spectrum-power profiles. Spatiotemporal activation patterns evoked by temporally asymmetric sound pairs demonstrate how the temporal envelope determines the readout of the spectrum. We examined the patterns of activation evoked by a temporally asymmetric sound pair in the primary auditory field (AI) of anesthetized guinea pigs and determined how discrimination training modified these patterns...
March 2017: ENeuro
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
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