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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
Meng Li, Shichao Feng, Ning Wu, Li Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess radiation dose reduction and image quality for enhanced chest CT examinations with a scout-based automated tube potential selection technique (kV Assist) compared with a standard 120-kV protocol. METHODS: Prospective study of enhanced chest CT examinations was performed in 100 consecutive patients with kV Assist and in 100 consecutive patients with conventional 120-kV protocol on a multislice CT (Discovery CT750 HD)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Irina N Vasilyeva, Valery N Zinkin, Vladimir G Bespalov
Exposure to either to low-frequency noise or ionizing radiation causes an increase in the number of chromosomal aberrations in the bone marrow cells and the level of low-molecular-weight DNA in the blood plasma of experimental animals. The dynamics of the content of low-molecular-weight DNA increasing after exposure to low-frequency noise and ionizing radiation differs significantly. Both exposures are able to provide a direct damaging effect on DNA.
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Matthew T Campbell, Gary L Glish
Differential ion mobility spectrometry (DIMS) is capable of separating components of complex mixtures prior to mass spectrometric analysis, thereby increasing signal-to-noise and signal-to-background ratios on millisecond timescales. However, adding a DIMS device to the front end of a mass spectrometer can reduce the signal intensity of subsequent mass spectrometric analysis. This is a result, in part, of ions lost due to inefficient transfer of ions from the DIMS device through the aperture leading into the mass spectrometer...
October 17, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Julien Pichette, Audrey Laurence, Leticia Angulo, Frederic Lesage, Alain Bouthillier, Dang Khoa Nguyen, Frederic Leblond
Using light, we are able to visualize the hemodynamic behavior of the brain to better understand neurovascular coupling and cerebral metabolism. In vivo optical imaging of tissue using endogenous chromophores necessitates spectroscopic detection to ensure molecular specificity as well as sufficiently high imaging speed and signal-to-noise ratio, to allow dynamic physiological changes to be captured, isolated, and used as surrogate of pathophysiological processes. An optical imaging system is introduced using a 16-bands on-chip hyperspectral camera...
October 2016: Neurophotonics
Lawrence Lechuga, Georg A Weidlich
A comparison of image quality and dose delivered between two differing computed tomography (CT) imaging modalities-fan beam and cone beam-was performed. A literature review of quantitative analyses for various image quality aspects such as uniformity, signal-to-noise ratio, artifact presence, spatial resolution, modulation transfer function (MTF), and low contrast resolution was generated. With these aspects quantified, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) shows a superior spatial resolution to that of fan beam, while fan beam shows a greater ability to produce clear and anatomically correct images with better soft tissue differentiation...
September 12, 2016: Curēus
K Rajkumar, P Mukhopadhyay, Ramen Sinha
PURPOSE: The study assessed the efficacy of orthopedic suture anchor as a modified suture anchor for disc repositioning in case of a closed lock of TMJ. PATIENT AND METHODS: Disc repositioning was undertaken via a mini preauricular approach. The disc was repositioned on the surface of the condyle and stabilized using an orthopedic suture anchor. Postoperatively functional outcomes were assessed in terms of reduction in pain, joint movement and absence of joint noise and clicking sounds...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Sibel Kucukoglu, Aynur Aytekin, Ayda Celebioglu, Arzu Celebi, Ibrahim Caner, Rukiye Maden
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of white noise as a distraction method in relieving procedural pain caused by vaccination for premature infants. This experimental study was performed at a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a university hospital in Turkey between July and September 2013. The study population was composed of 75 premature infants (35 in the study group and 40 in the control group) who met the inclusion criteria. Premature infants in the study group were exposed to white noise using MP3 players placed at the head of the infants' open crib for 1 minute before vaccination...
October 14, 2016: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Margaret T Dillon, Emily Buss, English R King, Ellen J Deres, Sarah N Obarowski, Meredith L Anderson, Marcia C Adunka
OBJECTIVE: Assess whether differences in speech perception are observed after exclusive listening experience with high-definition continuous interleaved sampling (HDCIS) versus fine structure processing (FSP) coding strategies. METHODS: Subjects were randomly assigned at initial activation of the external speech processor to receive the HDCIS or FSP coding strategy. Frequency filter assignments were consistent across subjects. The speech perception test battery included CNC words in quiet, HINT sentences in quiet and steady noise (+10 dB SNR), AzBio sentences in quiet and a 10-talker babble (+10 dB SNR), and BKB-SIN...
October 18, 2016: Cochlear Implants International
M Pang, W He, P St J Russell
We report a Tm-doped soliton fiber laser passively mode-locked by intense optoacoustic interactions in a short length of solid-core silica photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with a nanobore in core-center. A repetition rate of 1.446 GHz pulse is achieved, corresponding to the 52nd harmonic of the 27.8 MHz cavity round-trip frequency. Strong optoacoustic interactions in this PCF-based, Tm-doped fiber laser ensure stable and repeatable gigahertz-rate pulse train generation at 1.85 μm wavelength, with a high supermode noise suppression ratio and low pulse timing jitter...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Sitah F Alanazi, Khalid S Alzimami, Magdy M Ghannam, Ibrahim J Aljammaz, Faisal Alrumayan, Salem A Sassi
PURPOSE: Interest in PET imaging using zirconium-89 (Zr) (t1/2=78.41 h)-labeled tracers for the tracking and quantification of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) is growing, mainly because of its well-matched physical half-life with the biological half-life of intact mAbs. This study aims to evaluate the imaging characteristics of Zr-PET in comparison with those obtained using fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) PET (gold standard tracer in PET imaging) using a Time-Of-Flight (TOF) PET/computed tomography (CT) scanner...
October 4, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Koenraad S Rhebergen, Thijs H Maalderink, Wouter A Dreschler
OBJECTIVES: The effects of nonlinear signal processing on speech intelligibility in noise are difficult to evaluate. Often, the effects are examined by comparing speech intelligibility scores with and without processing measured at fixed signal to noise ratios (SNRs) or by comparing the adaptive measured speech reception thresholds corresponding to 50% intelligibility (SRT50) with and without processing. These outcome measures might not be optimal. Measuring at fixed SNRs can be affected by ceiling or floor effects, because the range of relevant SNRs is not know in advance...
October 4, 2016: Ear and Hearing
Félix Beaudoin, Dany Lachance-Quirion, W A Coish, Michel Pioro-Ladrière
Microwave-frequency superconducting resonators are ideally suited to perform dispersive qubit readout, to mediate two-qubit gates, and to shuttle states between distant quantum systems. A prerequisite for these applications is a strong qubit-resonator coupling. Strong coupling between an electron-spin qubit and a microwave resonator can be achieved by correlating spin- and orbital degrees of freedom. This correlation can be achieved through the Zeeman coupling of a single electron in a double quantum dot to a spatially inhomogeneous magnetic field generated by a nearby nanomagnet...
October 17, 2016: Nanotechnology
Angel M Dzhambov
There is compelling evidence from animal experiments that noise exposure suppresses testosterone in males by affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis. Virtually nothing is known about its effect in humans. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the association between occupational noise exposure and serum testosterone in a representative sample of the general population. The sample has been taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data for the period between 1999 and 2004 and is limited to employed men aged 16-85+ years at the time...
September 1, 2016: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Rebecca Carroll, Verena Uslar, Thomas Brand, Esther Ruigendijk
OBJECTIVE: The authors aimed to determine whether hearing impairment affects sentence comprehension beyond phoneme or word recognition (i.e., on the sentence level), and to distinguish grammatically induced processing difficulties in structurally complex sentences from perceptual difficulties associated with listening to degraded speech. Effects of hearing impairment or speech in noise were expected to reflect hearer-specific speech recognition difficulties. Any additional processing time caused by the sustained perceptual challenges across the sentence may either be independent of or interact with top-down processing mechanisms associated with grammatical sentence structure...
September 28, 2016: Ear and Hearing
Y Y Chen, R Zhu, M V Barnhart, G L Huang
Increasing sensitivity and signal to noise ratios of conventional wave sensors is an interesting topic in structural health monitoring, medical imaging, aerospace and nuclear instrumentation. Here, we report the concept of a gradient piezoelectric self-sensing system by integrating shunting circuitry into conventional sensors. By tuning circuit elements properly, both the quality and quantity of the flexural wave measurement data can be significantly increased for new adaptive sensing applications. Through analytical, numerical and experimental studies, we demonstrate that a metamaterial-based sensing system (MBSS) with gradient bending stiffness can be designed by connecting gradient negative capacitance circuits to an array of piezoelectric patches (sensors)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Loah A Stevens, Pavlo Zolotavin, Ruoyu Chen, Douglas Natelson
We report measurements of the bias dependence of the Fano factor in ensembles of atomic-scale Au junctions at 77 K. Previous measurements of shot noise at room temperature and low biases have found good agreement of the Fano factor with the expectations of the Landauer-Büttiker formalism, while enhanced Fano factors have been observed at biases of hundreds of mV (Chen et al 2014 Sci. Rep. 4 4221). We find even stronger enhancement of shot noise at 77 K with an 'excess' Fano factor up to ten times the low bias value...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Rainer Engelken, Farzad Farkhooi, David Hansel, Carl van Vreeswijk, Fred Wolf
Neuronal activity in the central nervous system varies strongly in time and across neuronal populations. It is a longstanding proposal that such fluctuations generically arise from chaotic network dynamics. Various theoretical studies predict that the rich dynamics of rate models operating in the chaotic regime can subserve circuit computation and learning. Neurons in the brain, however, communicate via spikes and it is a theoretical challenge to obtain similar rate fluctuations in networks of spiking neuron models...
2016: F1000Research
Dennis Baldocchi, Youngryel Ryu, Trevor Keenan
A growing literature is reporting on how the terrestrial carbon cycle is experiencing year-to-year variability because of climate anomalies and trends caused by global change. As CO 2 concentration records in the atmosphere exceed 50 years and as satellite records reach over 30 years in length, we are becoming better able to address carbon cycle variability and trends. Here we review how variable the carbon cycle is, how large the trends in its gross and net fluxes are, and how well the signal can be separated from noise...
2016: F1000Research
Tengku Siti Hajar Haryuna, Wibi Riawan, Ardyansyah Nasution, Suprapto Ma'at, Juliandi Harahap, Indri Adriztina
Introduction The structural changes underlying permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) include loss of the sensory hair cells, damage to their stereocilia, and supporting tissues within the cochlear lateral wall. Objective The objective of this study is to demonstrate curcumin as a safe and effective therapeutic agent in the prevention and treatment for fibroblasts damage within the cochlear supporting tissues and lateral wall through cell death pathway. Methods We divided 24 Rattus norvegicus into 4 groups, Group 1: control; Group 2: noise (+); Group 3: noise (+), 50 mg/day curcumin (+); Group 4: noise (+), 100 mg/day curcumin (+)...
October 2016: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
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