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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
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
Colleen G Le Prell, Odile Clavier
Speech communication often takes place in noisy environments; this is an urgent issue for military personnel who must communicate in high-noise environments. The effects of noise on speech recognition vary significantly according to the sources of noise, the number and types of talkers, and the listener's hearing ability. In this review, speech communication is first described as it relates to current standards of hearing assessment for military and civilian populations. The next section categorizes types of noise (also called maskers) according to their temporal characteristics (steady or fluctuating) and perceptive effects (energetic or informational masking)...
October 12, 2016: Hearing Research
Panagiotis A Dimitriadis, Matthew R Farr, Ahmed Allam, Jaydip Ray
BACKGROUND: Bone conduction devices are widely used and indicated in cases of conductive, mixed or single sided deafness where conventional hearing aids are not indicated or tolerated. Percutaneous bone-conduction devices gave satisfactory hearing outcomes but were frequently complicated by soft tissue reactions. Transcutaneous bone conduction devices were developed in order to address some of the issues related to the skin-penetrating abutment. The aim of this article is to present a systematic review of the indications, surgical technique and audiological, clinical and functional outcomes of the BAHA Attract device reported so far...
2016: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Chelsea Blankenship, Fawen Zhang, Robert Keith
BACKGROUND: Although most cochlear implant (CI) users achieve improvements in speech perception, there is still a wide variability in speech perception outcomes. There is a growing body of literature that supports the relationship between individual differences in temporal processing and speech perception performance in CI users. Previous psychophysical studies have emphasized the importance of temporal acuity for overall speech perception performance. Measurement of gap detection thresholds (GDTs) is the most common measure currently used to assess temporal resolution...
October 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
C Batsoulis, A Lesinski-Schiedat
In the assessment process of hearing impairment the medical expert has to verify its causality and to quantify its severity as hearing loss in percentage. Based on the determined hearing loss in percentage, the degree of impairment/disability or, in the case of work-related noise-induced hearing loss, the reduction in earning capacity is estimated. In Germany the guideline for the expert assessment of work-related noise-induced hearing loss is the Königstein Guideline. Currently, the 5(th) edition from 2012 is used...
September 29, 2016: HNO
Stefan Zirn, Susan Arndt, Antje Aschendorff, Roland Laszig, Thomas Wesarg
The ability to detect a target signal masked by noise is improved in normal-hearing listeners when interaural phase differences (IPDs) between the ear signals exist either in the masker or in the signal. To improve binaural hearing in bilaterally implanted cochlear implant (BiCI) users, a coding strategy providing the best possible access to IPD is highly desirable. In this study, we compared two coding strategies in BiCI users provided with CI systems from MED-EL (Innsbruck, Austria). The CI systems were bilaterally programmed either with the fine structure processing strategy FS4 or with the constant rate strategy high definition continuous interleaved sampling (HDCIS)...
September 22, 2016: Trends in Hearing
Torsten Rahne, Stefan K Plontke
BACKGROUND: Patients with single-sided deafness (SSD) suffer from reduced binaural hearing (i.e., sound localization and speech in noise discrimination). Cochlear implantation has recently been introduced for patients with SSD, as an alternative to hearing devices that employ contralateral routing of the signal. Application to children has also been started. METHODS: We retrospectively analyze a case series of 4 children and 17 adults with SSD, treated with cochlear implantation...
October 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Vincent Aubanel, Chris Davis, Jeesun Kim
A growing body of evidence shows that brain oscillations track speech. This mechanism is thought to maximize processing efficiency by allocating resources to important speech information, effectively parsing speech into units of appropriate granularity for further decoding. However, some aspects of this mechanism remain unclear. First, while periodicity is an intrinsic property of this physiological mechanism, speech is only quasi-periodic, so it is not clear whether periodicity would present an advantage in processing...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Christian Füllgrabe, Stuart Rosen
With the advent of cognitive hearing science, increased attention has been given to individual differences in cognitive functioning and their explanatory power in accounting for inter-listener variability in the processing of speech in noise (SiN). The psychological construct that has received much interest in recent years is working memory. Empirical evidence indeed confirms the association between WM capacity (WMC) and SiN identification in older hearing-impaired listeners. However, some theoretical models propose that variations in WMC are an important predictor for variations in speech processing abilities in adverse perceptual conditions for all listeners, and this notion has become widely accepted within the field...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Evi Jacobs, Margreet C Langereis, Johan H M Frijns, Rolien H Free, Andre Goedegebure, Cas Smits, Robert J Stokroos, Saskia A M Ariens-Meijer, Emmanuel A M Mylanus, Anneke M Vermeulen
BACKGROUND: Impaired auditory speech perception abilities in deaf children with hearing aids compromised their verbal intelligence enormously. The availability of unilateral cochlear implantation (CI) auditory speech perception and spoken vocabulary enabled them to reach near ageappropriate levels. This holds especially for children in spoken language environments. However, speech perception in complex listening situations and the acquisition of complex verbal skills remains difficult...
November 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Peter T Johannesen, Patricia Pérez-González, Sridhar Kalluri, José L Blanco, Enrique A Lopez-Poveda
The aim of this study was to assess the relative importance of cochlear mechanical dysfunction, temporal processing deficits, and age on the ability of hearing-impaired listeners to understand speech in noisy backgrounds. Sixty-eight listeners took part in the study. They were provided with linear, frequency-specific amplification to compensate for their audiometric losses, and intelligibility was assessed for speech-shaped noise (SSN) and a time-reversed two-talker masker (R2TM). Behavioral estimates of cochlear gain loss and residual compression were available from a previous study and were used as indicators of cochlear mechanical dysfunction...
2016: Trends in Hearing
Natalya Kaganovich, Jennifer Schumaker, Courtney Rowland
BACKGROUND: Visual speech cues influence different aspects of language acquisition. However, whether developmental language disorders may be associated with atypical processing of visual speech is unknown. In this study, we used behavioral and ERP measures to determine whether children with a history of SLI (H-SLI) differ from their age-matched typically developing (TD) peers in the ability to match auditory words with corresponding silent visual articulations. METHODS: Nineteen 7-13-year-old H-SLI children and 19 age-matched TD children participated in the study...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Nathan Barlow, Suzanne C Purdy, Mridula Sharma, Ellen Giles, Vijaya Kumar Narne
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1570335.].
February 2016: Seminars in Hearing
Jerker Rönnberg, Thomas Lunner, Elaine Hoi Ning Ng, Björn Lidestam, Adriana Agatha Zekveld, Patrik Sörqvist, Björn Lyxell, Ulf Träff, Wycliffe Yumba, Elisabet Classon, Mathias Hällgren, Birgitta Larsby, Carine Signoret, M Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, Mary Rudner, Henrik Danielsson, Stefan Stenfelt
OBJECTIVE: The aims of the current n200 study were to assess the structural relations between three classes of test variables (i.e. HEARING, COGNITION and aided speech-in-noise OUTCOMES) and to describe the theoretical implications of these relations for the Ease of Language Understanding (ELU) model. STUDY SAMPLE: Participants were 200 hard-of-hearing hearing-aid users, with a mean age of 60.8 years. Forty-three percent were females and the mean hearing threshold in the better ear was 37...
November 2016: International Journal of Audiology
Nathan Barlow, Suzanne C Purdy, Mridula Sharma, Ellen Giles, Vijay Narne
This study investigated whether a short intensive psychophysical auditory training program is associated with speech perception benefits and changes in cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEPs) in adult cochlear implant (CI) users. Ten adult implant recipients trained approximately 7 hours on psychophysical tasks (Gap-in-Noise Detection, Frequency Discrimination, Spectral Rippled Noise [SRN], Iterated Rippled Noise, Temporal Modulation). Speech performance was assessed before and after training using Lexical Neighborhood Test (LNT) words in quiet and in eight-speaker babble...
February 2016: Seminars in Hearing
Baljeet Rana, Jörg M Buchholz
Better-ear glimpsing is an auditory process that takes advantage of short-term interaural level differences (ILDs) to improve the understanding of speech in spatial fluctuating noise. Since ILDs are mainly present at high frequencies, where most hearing-impaired (HI) listeners have the strongest hearing loss, HI individuals cannot fully utilize ILDs for better-ear glimpsing, which may lead to poorer understanding of speech in noise. This problem may be alleviated by hearing aids that artificially generate ILDs at low frequencies where hearing is typically less impaired...
August 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Olga A Stakhovskaya, Matthew J Goupell
OBJECTIVE: There is currently no accepted method of mapping bilateral cochlear-implant (BiCI) users to maximize binaural performance, but the current approach of mapping one ear at a time could produce spatial perceptions that are not consistent with a sound's physical location in space. The goal of this study was to investigate the perceived intracranial lateralization of bilaterally synchronized electrical stimulation with a range of interaural level differences (ILDs) and to determine a method to produce relatively more centered auditory images when provided multielectrode stimulation...
August 30, 2016: Ear and Hearing
Tobias Neher, Kirsten C Wagener, Rosa-Linde Fischer
BACKGROUND: A better understanding of individual differences in hearing aid (HA) outcome is a prerequisite for more personalized HA fittings. Currently, knowledge of how different user factors relate to response to directional processing (DIR) and noise reduction (NR) is sparse. PURPOSE: To extend a recent study linking preference for DIR and NR to pure-tone average hearing thresholds (PTA) and cognitive factors by investigating if (1) equivalent links exist for different types of DIR and NR, (2) self-reported noise sensitivity and personality can account for additional variability in preferred DIR and NR settings, and (3) spatial target speech configuration interacts with individual DIR preference...
September 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
William A Dunlop, Peter G Enticott, Ramesh Rajan
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), characterized by impaired communication skills and repetitive behaviors, can also result in differences in sensory perception. Individuals with ASD often perform normally in simple auditory tasks but poorly compared to typically developed (TD) individuals on complex auditory tasks like discriminating speech from complex background noise. A common trait of individuals with ASD is hypersensitivity to auditory stimulation. No studies to our knowledge consider whether hypersensitivity to sounds is related to differences in speech-in-noise discrimination...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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