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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918463/apoptotic-mechanisms-after-repeated-noise-trauma-in-the-mouse-medial-geniculate-body-and-primary-auditory-cortex
#1
Felix Fröhlich, Arne Ernst, Ira Strübing, Dietmar Basta, Moritz Gröschel
A correlation between noise-induced apoptosis and cell loss has previously been shown after a single noise exposure in the cochlear nucleus, inferior colliculus, medial geniculate body (MGB) and primary auditory cortex (AI). However, repeated noise exposure is the most common situation in humans and a major risk factor for the induction of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The present investigation measured cell death pathways using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) in the dorsal, medial and ventral MGB (dMGB, mMGB and vMGB) and six layers of the AI (AI-1 to AI-6) in mice (NMRI strain) after a second noise exposure (double-exposure group)...
September 16, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918053/ush2a-gene-editing-using-the-crispr-system
#2
Carla Fuster-García, Gema García-García, Elisa González-Romero, Teresa Jaijo, María D Sequedo, Carmen Ayuso, Rafael P Vázquez-Manrique, José M Millán, Elena Aller
Usher syndrome (USH) is a rare autosomal recessive disease and the most common inherited form of combined visual and hearing impairment. Up to 13 genes are associated with this disorder, with USH2A being the most prevalent, due partially to the recurrence rate of the c.2299delG mutation. Excluding hearing aids or cochlear implants for hearing impairment, there are no medical solutions available to treat USH patients. The repair of specific mutations by gene editing is, therefore, an interesting strategy that can be explored using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917982/connexin-hemichannels-and-cochlear-function
#3
REVIEW
Vytas K Verselis
Connexins play vital roles in hearing, including promoting cochlear development and sustaining auditory function in the mature cochlea. Mutations in connexins expressed in the cochlear epithelium, Cx26 and Cx30, cause sensorineural deafness and in the case of Cx26, is one of the most common causes of non-syndromic, hereditary deafness. Connexins function as gap junction channels and as hemichannels, which mediate intercellular and transmembrane signaling, respectively. Both channel configurations can play important, but very different roles in the cochlea...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917133/waiting-for-lexical-access-cochlear-implants-or-severely-degraded-input-lead-listeners-to-process-speech-less-incrementally
#4
Bob McMurray, Ashley Farris-Trimble, Hannah Rigler
Spoken language unfolds over time. Consequently, there are brief periods of ambiguity, when incomplete input can match many possible words. Typical listeners solve this problem by immediately activating multiple candidates which compete for recognition. In two experiments using the visual world paradigm, we examined real-time lexical competition in prelingually deaf cochlear implant (CI) users, and normal hearing (NH) adults listening to severely degraded speech. In Experiment 1, adolescent CI users and NH controls matched spoken words to arrays of pictures including pictures of the target word and phonological competitors...
September 13, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916193/ferulic-acid-promotes-survival-and-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells-to-prevent-gentamicin-induced-neuronal-hearing-loss
#5
Lintao Gu, Xinhua Cui, Wei Wei, Jia Yang, Xuezhong Li
Neural stem cells (NSCs) have exhibited promising potential in therapies against neuronal hearing loss. Ferulic acid (FA) has been widely reported to enhance neurogenic differentiation of different stem cells. We investigated the role of FA in promoting NSC transplant therapy to prevent gentamicin-induced neuronal hearing loss. NSCs were isolated from mouse cochlear tissues to establish in vitro culture, which were then treated with FA. The survival and differentiation of NSCs were evaluated. Subsequently, neurite outgrowth and excitability of the in vitro neuronal network were assessed...
September 12, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910900/-the-function-of-k%C3%A3-lliker-s-organ-in-mammalian-cochlear
#6
S L Hou, J Yang
Kölliker's organ, which is a transient structure of cochlea during development, in late embryonic and early postnatal period, is one of the signs of cochlear immaturity.Kölliker's organ degradates after the sensory structures become sensitive to external sound. The putative role of Kölliker's organ is important for generating the intrinsic spontaneous activity whichpromotes the development and maturation of a fully functional auditory system.
September 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906240/listening-effort-measured-in-adults-with-normal-hearing-and-cochlear-implants
#7
Ann E Perreau, Yu-Hsiang Wu, Bailey Tatge, Diana Irwin, Daniel Corts
BACKGROUND: Studies have examined listening effort in individuals with hearing loss to determine the extent of the impairment. Regarding cochlear implants (CIs), results suggest that listening effort is improved using bilateral CIs compared to unilateral CIs. Few studies have investigated listening effort and outcomes related to the hybrid CI. PURPOSE: Here, we compared listening effort across three CI groups, and to a normal-hearing control group. The impact of listener traits, that is, age, age at onset of hearing loss, duration of CI use, and working memory capacity, were examined relative to listening effort...
September 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906160/tone-production-and-perception-and-intelligibility-of-produced-speech-in-mandarin-speaking-cochlear-implanted-children
#8
Yi-Lu Li, Yi-Hui Lin, Hui-Mei Yang, Yeou-Jiunn Chen, Jiunn-Liang Wu
OBJECTIVE: This study explored tone production, tone perception and intelligibility of produced speech in Mandarin-speaking prelingually deaf children with at least 5 years of cochlear implant (CI) experience. Another focus was on the predictive value of tone perception and tone production as they relate to speech intelligibility. DESIGN: Cross-sectional research. STUDY SAMPLE: Thirty-three prelingually deafened children aged over eight years with over five years of experience with CI underwent tests for tone perception, tone production, and the Speech Intelligibility Rating (SIR)...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902805/the-effect-of-hearing-aids-and-cochlear-implants-on-balance-during-gait
#9
Tyler S Weaver, Corey S Shayman, Timothy E Hullar
HYPOTHESIS: Auditory input in people with hearing impairment will improve balance while walking. BACKGROUND: Auditory input is increasingly recognized as an additional input for balance. Several studies have found auditory cues to improve static balance measured on a sway platform. The effect of audition on gait, a dynamic task also linked to fall risk, has not been fully examined. If a positive effect were shown between audition and balance, it would further indicate that improving hearing could also improve balance...
October 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902803/cochlear-implantation-in-otosclerosis-surgical-and-auditory-outcomes-with-a-brief-on-facial-nerve-stimulation
#10
Ashish Vashishth, Andrea Fulcheri, Gianluca Rossi, Sampath Chandra Prasad, Antonio Caruso, Mario Sanna
OBJECTIVES: 1) To review the surgical and auditory outcomes in patients of cochlear implantation in otosclerosis. 2) To review complications and postimplantation facial nerve stimulation (FNS). 3) To compare the auditory outcomes between patients displaying cochlear ossification to the nonossified ones. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Quaternary Otology and Skull base surgery center. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Charts of 36 patients (38 ears) with otosclerosis undergoing cochlear implantation were reviewed from the cochlear implant database...
October 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902802/audiological-outcomes-and-map-characteristics-in-children-with-perimodiolar-and-slim-straight-array-cochlear-implants-in-opposite-ears
#11
Lisa R Park, Holly F B Teagle, Kevin D Brown, Erika B Gagnon, Jennifer S Woodard, Craig A Buchman
OBJECTIVE: To identify differences in outcomes and map characteristics in pediatric bilateral cochlear implants with modiolar conforming and lateral wall arrays in opposite ears. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. SETTING: Tertiary care pediatric referral center. PATIENTS: Fourteen children who received a perimodiolar array in one ear and a slim straight array in the opposite ear in sequential surgeries. INTERVENTIONS: None...
October 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901574/using-a-multi-feature-paradigm-to-measure-mismatch-responses-to-minimal-sound-contrasts-in-children-with-cochlear-implants-and-hearing-aids
#12
Inger Uhlén, Elisabet Engström, Petter Kallioinen, Cecilia Nakeva von Mentzer, Björn Lyxell, Birgitta Sahlén, Magnus Lindgren, Marianne Ors
Our aim was to explore whether a multi-feature paradigm (Optimum-1) for eliciting mismatch negativity (MMN) would objectively capture difficulties in perceiving small sound contrasts in children with hearing impairment (HI) listening through their hearing aids (HAs) and/or cochlear implants (CIs). Children aged 5-7 years with HAs, CIs and children with normal hearing (NH) were tested in a free-field setting using a multi-feature paradigm with deviations in pitch, intensity, gap, duration, and location. There were significant mismatch responses across all subjects that were positive (p-MMR) for the gap and pitch deviants (F(1,43) = 5...
October 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900873/numerical-analysis-of-intracochlear-mechanical-auditory-stimulation-using-piezoelectric-bending-actuators
#13
Daniel Schurzig, Sebastian Schwarzendahl, Jörg Wallaschek, Wouter J van Drunen, Thomas S Rau, Thomas Lenarz, Omid Majdani
Cochlear implantation can restore a certain degree of auditory impression of patients suffering from profound hearing loss or deafness. Furthermore, studies have shown that in case of residual hearing, patients benefit from the use of a hearing aid in addition to the cochlear implant. The presented studies aim at the improvement of this electromechanical stimulation (EMS) approach by substituting the external hearing aid by an internal stimulus provided by miniaturized piezoelectric actuators. Finite element analyses are performed in order to derive fundamental guidelines for the actuator layout aiming at maximal mechanical stimuli...
September 13, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900799/peroxynitrite-induces-apoptosis-of-mouse-cochlear-hair-cells-via-a-caspase-independent-pathway-in-vitro
#14
Zhixin Cao, Qianqian Yang, Haiyan Yin, Qi Qi, Hongrui Li, Gaoying Sun, Hongliang Wang, Wenwen Liu, Jianfeng Li
Peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) is a potent and versatile oxidant implicated in a number of pathophysiological processes. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of ONOO(-) on the cultured cochlear hair cells (HCs) of C57BL/6 mice in vitro as well as the possible mechanism underlying the action of such an oxidative stress. The in vitro primary cultured cochlear HCs were subjected to different concentrations of ONOO(-), then, the cell survival and morphological changes were examined by immunofluorescence and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the apoptosis was determined by Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUNT nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, the mRNA expressions of Caspase-3, Caspase-8, Caspase-9, Apaf1, Bcl-2, and Bax were analyzed by RT-PCR, and the protein expressions of Caspase-3 and AIF were assessed by immunofluorescence...
September 12, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899200/spoken-language-and-everyday-functioning-in-5-year-old-children-using-hearing-aids-or-cochlear-implants
#15
Linda Cupples, Teresa Yc Ching, Laura Button, Mark Seeto, Vicky Zhang, Jessica Whitfield, Miriam Gunnourie, Louise Martin, Vivienne Marnane
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the factors influencing 5-year language, speech and everyday functioning of children with congenital hearing loss. DESIGN: Standardised tests including PLS-4, PPVT-4 and DEAP were directly administered to children. Parent reports on language (CDI) and everyday functioning (PEACH) were collected. Regression analyses were conducted to examine the influence of a range of demographic variables on outcomes. STUDY SAMPLE: Participants were 339 children enrolled in the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) study...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895463/impact-of-primary-language-and-insurance-on-pediatric-hearing-health-care-in-a-multidisciplinary-clinic
#16
Brooke M Su, Jason S Park, Dylan K Chan
Objective This study aims to describe the effects of primary language and insurance status on care utilization among deaf or hard-of-hearing children under active otolaryngologic and audiologic care. Study Design Cross-sectional analysis. Setting Multidisciplinary hearing loss clinic at a tertiary center. Subjects and Methods Demographics, hearing loss data, and validated survey responses were collected from 206 patients aged 0 to 19 years. Two-sided t tests and χ(2) tests were used to obtain descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing...
September 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894831/assessment-and-improvement-of-sound-quality-in-cochlear-implant-users
#17
REVIEW
Meredith T Caldwell, Nicole T Jiam, Charles J Limb
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear implants (CIs) have successfully provided speech perception to individuals with sensorineural hearing loss. Recent research has focused on more challenging acoustic stimuli such as music and voice emotion. The purpose of this review is to evaluate and describe sound quality in CI users with the purposes of summarizing novel findings and crucial information about how CI users experience complex sounds. DATA SOURCES: Here we review the existing literature on PubMed and Scopus to present what is known about perceptual sound quality in CI users, discuss existing measures of sound quality, explore how sound quality may be effectively studied, and examine potential strategies of improving sound quality in the CI population...
June 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894813/the-importance-of-electrode-location-in-cochlear-implantation
#18
REVIEW
Brendan P O'Connell, Jacob B Hunter, George B Wanna
OBJECTIVES: As indications for cochlear implantation have expanded to include patients with more residual hearing, increasing emphasis has been placed on minimally traumatic electrode insertion. Histopathologic evaluation remains the gold standard for evaluation of cochlear trauma, but advances in imaging techniques have allowed clinicians to determine scalar electrode location in vivo. This review will examine the relationship between scalar location of electrode arrays and audiologic outcomes...
December 2016: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893864/the-beach-protein-lrba-is-required-for-hair-bundle-maintenance-in-cochlear-hair-cells-and-for-hearing
#19
Christian Vogl, Tanvi Butola, Natja Haag, Torben J Hausrat, Michael G Leitner, Michel Moutschen, Philippe P Lefèbvre, Carsten Speckmann, Lillian Garrett, Lore Becker, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Sandor Nietzsche, Michael M Kessels, Dominik Oliver, Matthias Kneussel, Manfred W Kilimann, Nicola Strenzke
Lipopolysaccharide-responsive beige-like anchor protein (LRBA) belongs to the enigmatic class of BEACH domain-containing proteins, which have been attributed various cellular functions, typically involving intracellular protein and membrane transport processes. Here, we show that LRBA deficiency in mice leads to progressive sensorineural hearing loss. In LRBA knockout mice, inner and outer hair cell stereociliary bundles initially develop normally, but then partially degenerate during the second postnatal week...
September 11, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892717/predictors-of-hearing-outcomes-following-low-dose-stereotactic-radiosurgery-in-patients-with-vestibular-schwannomas-a-retrospective-cohort-review
#20
Ryh-Hsin Lin, Tang-Chuan Wang, Chia-Der Lin, Hung-Lin Lin, Hsiung-Kwang Chung, Ching-Yuang Wang, Yung-An Tsou, Ming-Hsui Tsai
OBJECTIVES: Hearing deterioration is a major concern for hearing-preserved patients with vestibular schwannomas who are treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Thus, determining which patients are more likely to have worse hearing outcomes following SRS may facilitate clinicians in deciding whether conservative policy should be applied in the interest of hearing preservation. This study aimed to define the predictors of hearing outcomes following SRS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 100 patients who underwent low-dose SRS (12- to 13-Gy marginal dose) for vestibular schwannomas between January 2004 and January 2014...
September 5, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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