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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214147/simultaneous-idiopathic-bilateral-sudden-hearing-loss-characteristics-and-response-to-treatment
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Ferit Akil, Umur Yollu, Mehmet Yilmaz, H Murat Yener, Marlen Mamanov, Ender Inci
INTRODUCTION: The aetiology of sudden hearing loss is poorly defined; however, infectious, vascular and neoplastic aetiologies are presumed to be responsible. In addition, the aetiology of bilateral sudden hearing loss is also unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is identify the characteristics and treatment response of simultaneous bilateral sudden hearing loss. METHODS: This is a case-control study that practised in tertiary care academic centre...
January 24, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214024/long-term-outcomes-of-endolymphatic-sac-shunting-with-local-steroids-for-meniere-s-disease
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Cameron C Wick, Nauman F Manzoor, Caileigh McKenna, Maroun T Semaan, Cliff A Megerian
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of endolymphatic sac shunt techniques with and without local steroid administration. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series and patient survey. SETTING: Tertiary university hospital. PATIENTS: Meniere's disease (MD) patients that failed medical therapy and subsequently underwent an endolymphatic sac shunt procedure. All patients had definitive or probable MD and at least 18-months of follow-up...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213135/genetic-variants-in-the-peripheral-auditory-system-significantly-affect-adult-cochlear-implant-performance
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A Eliot Shearer, Robert W Eppsteiner, Kathy Frees, Viral Tejani, Christina M Sloan-Heggen, Carolyn Brown, Paul Abbas, Camille Dunn, Marlan R Hansen, Bruce J Gantz, Richard J H Smith
BACKGROUND: Cochlear implantation is an effective habilitation modality for adults with significant hearing loss. However, post-implant performance is variable. A portion of this variance in outcome can be attributed to clinical factors. Recent physiological studies suggest that the health of the spiral ganglion also impacts post-operative cochlear implant outcomes. The goal of this study was to determine whether genetic factors affecting spiral ganglion neurons may be associated with cochlear implant performance...
February 14, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211470/transient-auditory-nerve-demyelination-as-a-new-mechanism-for-hidden-hearing-loss
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Guoqiang Wan, Gabriel Corfas
Hidden hearing loss (HHL) is a recently described auditory neuropathy believed to contribute to speech discrimination and intelligibility deficits in people with normal audiological tests. Animals and humans with HHL have normal auditory thresholds but defective cochlear neurotransmission, that is, reduced suprathreshold amplitude of the sound-evoked auditory nerve compound action potential. Currently, the only cellular mechanism known for HHL is loss of inner hair cell synapses (synaptopathy). Here we report that transient loss of cochlear Schwann cells results in permanent auditory deficits characteristic of HHL...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211317/primary-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-infection-in-pregnancy
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Horst Buxmann, Klaus Hamprecht, Matthias Meyer-Wittkopf, Klaus Friese
BACKGROUND: In 0.5-4% of pregnancies, the prospective mother sustains a primary infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). An HCMV infection of the fetus in the first or second trimester can cause complex post-encephalitic impairment of the infant brain, leading to motor and mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, retinal defects, and progressive hearing loss. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications from January 2000 to October 2016 that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed employing the terms "cytomegalovirus and pregnancy" and "congenital cytomegalovirus...
January 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209807/blast-injury-of-the-ear-by-massive-explosion-a-review-of-41-cases
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Stanislas Ballivet de Régloix, A Crambert, O Maurin, Q Lisan, S Marty, Y Pons
BACKGROUND: Blast injuries in modern warfare are common, and the ear is often affected as it is an effective pressure transducer. This study aimed to evaluate military blast injuries of the ear. METHODS: From May 2002 to October 2014, all patients referred to two military hospitals near Paris, France following exposure to massive explosions were analysed. RESULTS: Among the 41 patients (82 ears), 36 of them reported tinnitus, 25 hearing loss, 14 earache and 8 vertigo...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207786/hearing-flashes-and-seeing-beeps-timing-audiovisual-events
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Manuel Vidal
Many events from daily life are audiovisual (AV). Handclaps produce both visual and acoustic signals that are transmitted in air and processed by our sensory systems at different speeds, reaching the brain multisensory integration areas at different moments. Signals must somehow be associated in time to correctly perceive synchrony. This project aims at quantifying the mutual temporal attraction between senses and characterizing the different interaction modes depending on the offset. In every trial participants saw four beep-flash pairs regularly spaced in time, followed after a variable delay by a fifth event in the test modality (auditory or visual)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207625/a-three-dimensional-geometric-morphometric-study-to-quantify-temporal-bone-growth-and-its-consequences-for-the-success-of-implanting-bone-anchored-hearing-devices
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Sebastian Schilde, Stefan K Plontke, Torsten Rahne
OBJECTIVE: A computed tomography (CT)-based morphological-investigation to describe temporal bone growth and to devise a predictive test of the likely success of Bonebridge implantation into the growing mastoid region of the temporal bone in young patients. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: University Hospital Halle (Saale), Germany. PATIENTS: Two cohorts participated. This first, of patients aged less than 21 years, comprised 42 men, and 33 women patients...
February 15, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203263/perception-of-emotional-valence-in-horse-whinnies
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Elodie F Briefer, Roi Mandel, Anne-Laure Maigrot, Sabrina Briefer Freymond, Iris Bachmann, Edna Hillmann
BACKGROUND: Non-human animals often produce different types of vocalisations in negative and positive contexts (i.e. different valence), similar to humans, in which crying is associated with negative emotions and laughter is associated with positive ones. However, some types of vocalisations (e.g. contact calls, human speech) can be produced in both negative and positive contexts, and changes in valence are only accompanied by slight structural differences. Although such acoustically graded signals associated with opposite valence have been highlighted in some species, it is not known if conspecifics discriminate them, and if contagion of emotional valence occurs as a result...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202828/-diagnosis-of-cochleovestibular-neurovascular-compression-syndrome-a-scoring-system-based-on-five-clinical-characteristics
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Tomomi Okamura, Takafumi Nishizaki, Norio Ikeda, Shigeki Nakano, Takanori Sakakura, Natsumi Fujii, Takeshi Okuda
: The optimal method for diagnosing cochleovestibular neurovascular compression syndrome(CNVC)remains controversial, and the aim of this study is to develop a standard diagnostic instrument for the condition. The clinical features of 53 sides of 50 patients with a combination of vertigo, tinnitus, and/or hearing loss were retrospectively evaluated. The following five clinical features were evaluated and given a score of 1 or 0:1)a long history of recurrent vertigo, tinnitus, or hearing loss;2)neurological findings related to positional vertigo, nystagmus, tinnitus, or hearing loss;3)neuro-otological findings involving tinnitus, audiometry, or vestibular testing;4)auditory brainstem response(ABR)evaluation with the detection of a low 25-75% II wave amplitude on the contralateral side and delayed interpeak latency in the I-III or I-V waves(usually low II wave amplitude combined with double peaks and a wide-based form)during ABR evaluation using 80 and 90dB clicks;and 5)the detection of vascular contact with the eighth cranial nerve on magnetic resonance imaging-constructive interference in steady state or air computed tomography imaging...
February 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202466/time-varying-auditory-gain-control-in-response-to-double-pulse-stimuli-in-harbour-porpoises-is-not-mediated-by-a-stapedial-reflex
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Asger Emil Munch Schrøder, Kristian Beedholm, Peter Teglberg Madsen
Echolocating animals reduce their output level and hearing sensitivity, presumably to stabilize the perceived echo intensity during target approaches. In bats this variation in hearing sensitivity is formed by a call-induced stapedial reflex that tapers off over time after the call. Here we test the hypothesis that a similar mechanism exists in toothed whales by subjecting a trained harbour porpoise to a series of double sound pulses varying in delay and frequency, while measuring the magnitudes of the evoked ABRs...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202097/independent-prescriber-physiotherapist-led-balance-clinic-the-southport-and-ormskirk-pathway
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L Burrows, T H Lesser, A V Kasbekar, N Roland, M Billing
OBJECTIVE: To report the introduction and impact of non-medical prescribing, initiated to improve patient pathways for those presenting with dizziness and balance disorders. METHODS: The Southport and Ormskirk physiotherapy-led vestibular clinic sees and treats all patients with dizziness and balance disorders referred to the ENT department. Letters are triaged by an audiologist, who also performs an otological examination and hearing test; this is followed by an assessment with the independent prescriber physiotherapist...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193471/contralateral-occlusion-test-the-effect-of-external-ear-canal-occlusion-on-hearing-thresholds
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Luis Roque Reis, Paulo Fernandes, Pedro Escada
INTRODUCTION AND GOALS: Bedside testing with tuning forks may decrease turnaround time and improve decision making for a quick qualitative assessment of hearing loss. The purpose of this study was to quantify the effects of ear canal occlusion on hearing, in order to decide which tuning fork frequency is more appropriate to use for quantifying hearing loss with the Contralateral Occlusion Test. METHODS: Twenty normal-hearing adults (forty ears) underwent sound field pure tone audiometry with and without ear canal occlusion...
February 10, 2017: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193245/early-disease-progression-of-hurler-syndrome
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Bridget T Kiely, Jennifer L Kohler, Hannah Y Coletti, Michele D Poe, Maria L Escolar
BACKGROUND: Newborn screening for mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) shows promise to improve outcomes by facilitating early diagnosis and treatment. However, diagnostic tests for MPS I are of limited value in predicting whether a child will develop severe central nervous system disease associated with Hurler syndrome, or minimal or no central nervous system involvement associated with the attenuated phenotypes (Hurler-Scheie and Scheie syndromes). Given that the optimal treatment differs between Hurler syndrome and the attenuated MPS I phenotypes, the absence of a reliable prognostic biomarker complicates clinical decision making for infants diagnosed through newborn screening...
February 14, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191326/consanguinity-among-parents-of-iranian-deaf-children
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Mohammad Ajallouyan, Shokofeh Radfar, Sima Nouhi, Seid Abbas Tavallaie, Susan Amirsalari, Jaleh Yousefi, Mahdieh Hasanali Fard
BACKGROUND: It seems that there is a relationship between consanguinity and profound hearing loss but there is little data about the association of consanguinity and hearing loss in Iran. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to demonstrate the causes of profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss among Iranian samples who are candidates for cochlear implantation. METHODS: This study was retrospective, analytical, and designed to collect information about profound hearing impaired cases referred to the Baqiyatallah Cochlear implantation center using enumeration...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188428/cochlear-implant-treatment-of-patients-with-single-sided-deafness-or-asymmetric-hearing-loss
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S Arndt, R Laszig, A Aschendorff, F Hassepass, R Beck, T Wesarg
BACKGROUND: The rehabilitation of patients with single-sided deafness (SSD) or asymmetric hearing loss can be achieved with conventional (Bi)CROS hearing aids ((Bi)CROS-HA, (Bi)CROS), bone conduction devices (BCI) or with cochlear implants (CI). Unfortunately, only small case series have been published on the treatment outcomes in SSD patients after CI surgery and there are only a few comparative studies evaluating rehabilitation outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide evidence of successful treatment of SSD and asymmetric hearing loss with a CI compared to the untreated, monaural hearing condition and the therapy options of BCI and (Bi)CROS in a large number of patients...
February 10, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185661/age-related-deficits-in-auditory-temporal-processing-unique-contributions-of-neural-dyssynchrony-and-slowed-neuronal-processing
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Kelly C Harris, Judy R Dubno
This study was guided by the hypothesis that the aging central nervous system progressively loses its ability to process rapid acoustic changes that are important for speech recognition. Specifically, we hypothesized that age-related deficits in neural synchrony and neuronal oscillatory activity occur independently in older adults and disrupt auditory temporal processing. Neural synchrony is largely dependent on phase locking within the central auditory pathway, beginning at the auditory nerve. In contrast, the resonance characteristics of oscillatory activity are dependent on the integrity and structure of long range cortical connections...
January 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182600/vital-signs-noise-induced-hearing-loss-among-adults-united-states-2011-2012
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Yulia I Carroll, John Eichwald, Franco Scinicariello, Howard J Hoffman, Scott Deitchman, Marilyn S Radke, Christa L Themann, Patrick Breysse
INTRODUCTION: The 2016 National Academies of Sciences report "Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability" included a call to action for government agencies to strengthen efforts to collect, analyze, and disseminate population-based data on hearing loss in adults. METHODS: CDC analyzed the most recent available data collected both by questionnaire and audiometric tests of adult participants aged 20-69 years in the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to determine the presence of audiometric notches indicative of noise-induced hearing loss...
February 10, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181545/gfi1-cre-mice-have-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss-and-induce-recombination-in-numerous-inner-ear-non-hair-cells
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Maggie Matern, Sarath Vijayakumar, Zachary Margulies, Beatrice Milon, Yang Song, Ran Elkon, Xiaoyu Zhang, Sherri M Jones, Ronna Hertzano
Studies of developmental and functional biology largely rely on conditional expression of genes in a cell type-specific manner. Therefore, the importance of specificity and lack of inherent phenotypes for Cre-driver animals cannot be overemphasized. The Gfi1(Cre) mouse is commonly used for conditional hair cell-specific gene deletion/reporter gene activation in the inner ear. Here, using immunofluorescence and flow cytometry, we show that the Gfi1(Cre) mice produce a pattern of recombination that is not strictly limited to hair cells within the inner ear...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180042/brainstem-auditory-evoked-potentials-diagnostic-accuracy-for-hearing-loss-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Parthasarathy D Thirumala, Gregory Carnovale, Yoon Loke, Miguel E Habeych, Donald J Crammond, Jeffrey R Balzer, Raymond F Sekula
Background Microvascular decompression (MVD) utilizes brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) intraoperative monitoring to reduce the risk of iatrogenic hearing loss. Studies report varying efficacy and hearing loss rates during MVD with intraoperative monitoring. Objectives This study aims to perform a comprehensive review and study of diagnostic accuracy of BAEPs during MVD to predict hearing loss in studies published from January 1984 to December 2013. Methods The PubMed/MEDLINE and World Science databases were searched...
February 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
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