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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432372/evaluation-of-the-auditory-pathway-in-traffic-policemen
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Vipul Indora, Farah Khaliq, Neelam Vaney
BACKGROUND: Traffic policemen working at heavy traffic junctions are continuously exposed to high level of noise and its health consequences. OBJECTIVE: To assess the hearing pathway in traffic policemen by means of brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA), mid-latency response (MLR), and slow vertex response (SVR). METHODS: In this observational comparative study, BERA, MLR, and SVR were tested in 35 male traffic policemen with field posting of more than 3 years...
April 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429126/assessing-the-role-of-place-and-timing-cues-in-coding-frequency-and-amplitude-modulation-as-a-function-of-age
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Kelly L Whiteford, Heather A Kreft, Andrew J Oxenham
Natural sounds can be characterized by their fluctuations in amplitude and frequency. Ageing may affect sensitivity to some forms of fluctuations more than others. The present study used individual differences across a wide age range (20-79 years) to test the hypothesis that slow-rate, low-carrier frequency modulation (FM) is coded by phase-locked auditory-nerve responses to temporal fine structure (TFS), whereas fast-rate FM is coded via rate-place (tonotopic) cues, based on amplitude modulation (AM) of the temporal envelope after cochlear filtering...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425912/how-spatial-release-from-masking-may-fail-to-function-in-a-highly-directional-auditory-system
#3
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/28420960/contralateral-inhibition-of-click-and-chirp-evoked-human-compound-action-potentials
#4
Spencer B Smith, Jeffery T Lichtenhan, Barbara K Cone
Cochlear outer hair cells (OHC) receive direct efferent feedback from the caudal auditory brainstem via the medial olivocochlear (MOC) bundle. This circuit provides the neural substrate for the MOC reflex, which inhibits cochlear amplifier gain and is believed to play a role in listening in noise and protection from acoustic overexposure. The human MOC reflex has been studied extensively using otoacoustic emissions (OAE) paradigms; however, these measurements are insensitive to subsequent "downstream" efferent effects on the neural ensembles that mediate hearing...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413822/distinct-neural-properties-in-the-low-frequency-region-of-the-chicken-cochlear-nucleus-magnocellularis
#5
Xiaoyu Wang, Hui Hong, David H Brown, Jason Tait Sanchez, Yuan Wang
Topography in the avian cochlear nucleus magnocellularis (NM) is represented as gradually increasing characteristic frequency (CF) along the caudolateral-to-rostromedial axis. In this study, we characterized the organization and cell biophysics of the caudolateral NM (NMc) in chickens (Gallus gallus). Examination of cellular and dendritic architecture first revealed that NMc contains small neurons and extensive dendritic processes, in contrast to adendritic, large neurons located more rostromedially. Individual dye-filling study further demonstrated that NMc is divided into two subregions, with NMc2 neurons having larger and more complex dendritic fields than NMc1...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405761/adaptive-responses-of-peripheral-lateral-line-nerve-fibres-to-sinusoidal-wave-stimuli
#6
Joachim Mogdans, Christina Müller, Maren Frings, Ferdinand Raap
Sensory adaptation is characterized by a reduction in the firing frequency of neurons to prolonged stimulation, also called spike frequency adaptation. This has been documented for sensory neurons of the visual, olfactory, electrosensory, and auditory system both in response to constant-amplitude and to sinusoidal stimuli, but has thus far not been described systematically for the lateral line system. We recorded neuronal activity from primary afferent nerve fibres in the lateral line in goldfish in response to sinusoidal wave stimuli...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397107/the-number-and-distribution-of-ampa-receptor-channels-containing-fast-kinetic-glua3-and-glua4-subunits-at-auditory-nerve-synapses-depend-on-the-target-cells
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María E Rubio, Ko Matsui, Yugo Fukazawa, Naomi Kamasawa, Harumi Harada, Makoto Itakura, Elek Molnár, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Ryuichi Shigemoto
The neurotransmitter receptor subtype, number, density, and distribution relative to the location of transmitter release sites are key determinants of signal transmission. AMPA-type ionotropic glutamate receptors (AMPARs) containing GluA3 and GluA4 subunits are prominently expressed in subsets of neurons capable of firing action potentials at high frequencies, such as auditory relay neurons. The auditory nerve (AN) forms glutamatergic synapses on two types of relay neurons, bushy cells (BCs) and fusiform cells (FCs) of the cochlear nucleus...
April 10, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396871/innervation-of-the-human-cavum-conchae-and-auditory-canal-anatomical-basis-for-transcutaneous-auricular-nerve-stimulation
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P Bermejo, M López, I Larraya, J Chamorro, J L Cobo, S Ordóñez, J A Vega
The innocuous transcutaneous stimulation of nerves supplying the outer ear has been demonstrated to be as effective as the invasive direct stimulation of the vagus nerve for the treatment of some neurological and nonneurological disturbances. Thus, the precise knowledge of external ear innervation is of maximal interest for the design of transcutaneous auricular nerve stimulation devices. We analyzed eleven outer ears, and the innervation was assessed by Masson's trichrome staining, immunohistochemistry, or immunofluorescence (neurofilaments, S100 protein, and myelin-basic protein)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395319/speech-rate-normalization-and-phonemic-boundary-perception-in-cochlear-implant-users
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Brittany N Jaekel, Rochelle S Newman, Matthew J Goupell
Purpose: Normal-hearing (NH) listeners rate normalize, temporarily remapping phonemic category boundaries to account for a talker's speech rate. It is unknown if adults who use auditory prostheses called cochlear implants (CI) can rate normalize, as CIs transmit degraded speech signals to the auditory nerve. Ineffective adjustment to rate information could explain some of the variability in this population's speech perception outcomes. Method: Phonemes with manipulated voice-onset-time (VOT) durations were embedded in sentences with different speech rates...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389810/perineural-spread-susceptible-structures-a-non-pathological-evaluation-of-the-skull-base
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Francisco J Barrera-Flores, Natalia Villarreal-Del Bosque, Alejandro Díaz González-Colmenero, Carolina Garza-González, Rodolfo Morales-Ávalos, Ricardo Pinales-Razo, Guillermo Elizondo-Riojas, Santos Guzmán-López, Rodrigo E Elizondo-Omaña
Perineural spread adenoid cystic carcinoma can alter the dimension of foramina and canals of the skull base. The objective of this study was to determine the range of normal variation of the foramina and canals of both hemicranium. We analyzed 200 individuals with no alterations of the skull base in a retrospective manner using high-resolution computed tomography. We measured the short and long axis diameters of the foramen rotundum (FR), foramen ovale (FO), stylomastoid foramen (SMF), pterygoid canal (PTC), internal auditory canal (IAC), and the facial nerve canal in its labyrinthine portion (LPFC) to calculate the area in each hemicranium, compare them and obtain the normal range of asymmetry...
April 7, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388854/auditory-adaptation-testing-as-a-tool-for-investigating-tinnitus-origin-two-patients-with-vestibular-schwannoma
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Carol A Silverman, Shlomo Silman, Michele B Emmer
OBJECTIVE: To enhance the understanding of tinnitus origin by disseminating two case studies of vestibular schwannoma (VS) involving behavioural auditory adaptation testing (AAT). DESIGN: Retrospective case study. STUDY SAMPLE: Two adults who presented with unilateral, non-pulsatile subjective tinnitus and bilateral normal-hearing sensitivity. At the initial evaluation, the otolaryngologic and audiologic findings were unremarkable, bilaterally...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386212/characterizing-electrocochleography-in-cochlear-implant-recipients-with-residual-low-frequency-hearing
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Christofer W Bester, Luke Campbell, Adrian Dragovic, Aaron Collins, Stephen J O'Leary
Objective: Lay the groundwork for using electrocochleography (ECochG) as a measure of cochlear health, by characterizing typical patterns of the ECochG response observed across the electrode array in cochlear implant recipients with residual hearing. Methods: ECochG was measured immediately after electrode insertion in 45 cochlear implant recipients with residual hearing. The Cochlear Response Telemetry system was used to record ECochG across the electrode array, in response to 100- or 110-dB SPL pure tones at 0...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386211/on-the-auditory-proprioception-substitution-hypothesis-movement-sonification-in-two-deafferented-subjects-learning-to-write-new-characters
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Jérémy Danna, Jean-Luc Velay
The aim of this study was to evaluate the compensatory effects of real-time auditory feedback on two proprioceptively deafferented subjects. The real-time auditory feedback was based on a movement sonification approach, consisting of translating some movement variables into synthetic sounds to make them audible. The two deafferented subjects and 16 age-matched control participants were asked to learn four new characters. The characters were learned under two different conditions, one without sonification and one with sonification, respecting a within-subject protocol...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385885/the-role-of-mri-in-diagnosing-neurovascular-compression-of-the-cochlear-nerve-resulting-in-typewriter-tinnitus
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Y J Bae, Y J Jeon, B S Choi, J-W Koo, J-J Song
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Typewriter tinnitus, a symptom characterized by paroxysmal attacks of staccato sounds, has been thought to be caused by neurovascular compression of the cochlear nerve, but the correlation between radiologic evidence of neurovascular compression of the cochlear nerve and symptom presentation has not been thoroughly investigated. The purpose of this study was to examine whether radiologic evidence of neurovascular compression of the cochlear nerve is pathognomonic in typewriter tinnitus...
April 6, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385127/retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-and-neuropsychiatric-manifestations-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
S Shulman, R Shorer, J Wollman, G Dotan, D Paran
Background Cognitive impairment is frequent in systemic lupus erythematosus. Atrophy of the corpus callosum and hippocampus have been reported in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, and diffusion tensor imaging studies have shown impaired white matter integrity, suggesting that white matter damage in systemic lupus erythematosus may underlie the cognitive impairment as well as other neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus manifestations. Retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, as assessed by optical coherence tomography, has been suggested as a biomarker for white matter damage in neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384950/familial-schwannomatosis-a-diagnostic-challenge
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Sameer Ajit Mansukhani, Rajendra Prasad R Butala, Sunil H Shetty, Ravindra G Khedekar
Schwannomatosis is a disease characterized by the development of multiple benign tumours originating from Schwann cells. Schwannomatosis is a member of the family of diseases known as Neurofibromatosis (NF). Patients with Schwannomatosis develop multiple Schwannomas on cranial, spinal and peripheral nerves. We report a rare case of a 60-year-old female who presented with a painful swelling on the ulnar aspect of her distal forearm. She underwent an excisional biopsy for it; which was suggestive of a Schwannoma...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382742/mechanical-tuning-and-amplification-within-the-apex-of-the-guinea-pig-cochlea
#17
Alberto Recio-Spinoso, John S Oghalai
The popular notion of mammalian cochlear function is that auditory nerves are tuned to respond best to different sound frequencies because basilar membrane vibration is mechanically tuned to different frequencies along its length. However, this concept has only been demonstrated in regions of the cochlea tuned to frequencies >7 kHz, not in regions sensitive to lower frequencies where human speech is encoded. Here, we overcame historical technical limitations and non-invasively measured sound-induced vibrations at four locations distributed over the apical two turns of the guinea pig cochlea...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373839/high-entrainment-constrains-synaptic-depression-levels-of-an-in-vivo-globular-bushy-cell-model
#18
Marek Rudnicki, Werner Hemmert
Globular bushy cells (GBCs) located in the ventral cochlear nucleus are an essential part of the sound localization pathway in the mammalian auditory system. They receive inputs directly from the auditory nerve and are particularly sensitive to temporal cues due to their synaptic and membrane specializations. GBCs act as coincidence detectors for incoming spikes through large synapses-endbulbs of Held-which connect to their soma. Since endbulbs of Held are an integral part of the auditory information conveying and processing pathway, they were extensively studied...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368665/assessment-of-the-cochlear-nerve-to-facial-nerve-size-ratio-using-mr-multiplanar-reconstruction-of-the-internal-auditory-canal-in-patients-presenting-with-acquired-longstanding-hearing-loss
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Nagy N N Naguib, Constanze Hey, Mohamed S Shaaban, Amr M Elabd, Heba Hassan, Tatjana Gruber-Rouh, Benjamin Kaltenbach, Marc Harth, Hanns Ackermann, Timo Stoever, Thomas J Vogl, Nour-Eldin A Nour-Eldin
OBJECTIVES: To test using the facial nerve as a reference for assessment of the cochlear nerve size in patients with acquired longstanding-sensorineural-hearing-loss (SNHL) using MRI multiplanar-reconstruction (MPR). METHODS: The study was retrospectively performed on 86 patients. Group 1 (study group, n=53) with bilateral longstanding-SNHL. Group 2 (control group, n=33) without hearing loss. Nerve size was measured by drawing region of interest around the cross-sectional circumference of the nerve in MPR images...
April 3, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357188/audiological-findings-from-an-adult-with-thin-cochlear-nerves
#20
Prashanth Prabhu, Jyothi Shivaswamy
Reported here are audiological findings from an adult with thin cochlear nerves. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed that he had a thinner cochlear nerve in the left ear than in the right ear. He had a higher degree of hearing loss in the left ear and poor speech recognition scores for both ears. He had normal middle ear and cochlear functioning. The auditory brainstem response and acoustic reflexes were absent, indicating a retrocochlear pathology. Long latency responses (LLR) revealed normal cortical functioning...
February 2017: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
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