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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910089/bilateral-endolymphatic-hydrops-in-a-patient-with-migraine-variant-without-vertigo-a-case-report
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Isabelle Y Liu, Akira Ishiyama, Ali R Sepahdari, Kevin Johnson, Gail Ishiyama
OBJECTIVE: To use modern high-resolution inner ear imaging modalities to evaluate for endolymphatic hydrops (EH) in a patient with migraine-associated fluctuating hearing loss without vertigo spells or dizziness. BACKGROUND: EH has been well described in patients with Meniere's disease on both human temporal bone studies and modern high-resolution imaging; however, there is no study to date, to our knowledge, that examines the presence of EH in a patient with migraine and bilateral hearing loss...
December 2, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909888/off-the-ear-with-no-loss-in-speech-understanding-comparing-the-rondo-and-the-opus-2-cochlear-implant-audio-processors
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Stefan Dazert, Jan Peter Thomas, Andreas Büchner, Joachim Müller, John Martin Hempel, Hubert Löwenheim, Robert Mlynski
The RONDO is a single-unit cochlear implant audio processor, which omits the need for a behind-the-ear (BTE) audio processor. The primary aim was to compare speech perception results in quiet and in noise with the RONDO and the OPUS 2, a BTE audio processor. Secondary aims were to determine subjects' self-assessed levels of sound quality and gather subjective feedback on RONDO use. All speech perception tests were performed with the RONDO and the OPUS 2 behind-the-ear audio processor at 3 test intervals. Subjects were required to use the RONDO between test intervals...
December 1, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908073/audiogram-of-the-kea-parrot-nestor-notabilis
#3
Raoul Schwing, Ximena J Nelson, Stuart Parsons
Vocal communication requires the sender to produce a sound, which transmits through the environment and is perceived by the receiver. Perception is dependent on the quality of the received signal and the receiver's frequency and amplitude sensitivity; hearing sensitivity of animals can be tested using behavioural detection tasks, showing the physical limitations of sound perception. Kea parrots (Nestor notabilis) were tested for their ability to hear sounds that varied in terms of both frequency and amplitude by means of a simple auditory detection task...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908066/discrimination-of-amplitude-modulation-depth-by-subjects-with-normal-and-impaired-hearing
#4
Josef Schlittenlacher, Brian C J Moore
The loudness recruitment associated with cochlear hearing loss increases the perceived amount of amplitude modulation (AM), called "fluctuation strength." For normal-hearing (NH) subjects, fluctuation strength "saturates" when the AM depth is high. If such saturation occurs for hearing-impaired (HI) subjects, they may show poorer AM depth discrimination than NH subjects when the reference AM depth is high. To test this hypothesis, AM depth discrimination of a 4-kHz sinusoidal carrier, modulated at a rate of 4 or 16 Hz, was measured in a two-alternative forced-choice task for reference modulation depths, mref, of 0...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908057/a-corpus-of-noise-induced-word-misperceptions-for-english
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Ricard Marxer, Jon Barker, Martin Cooke, Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberri
Words spoken against a noise background often form an ambiguous percept. However, in certain conditions, a listener will mishear a noisy word but report hearing the same incorrect word as reported by other listeners. These consistent hearing errors are valuable as tests of detailed models of speech perception. This paper describes the collection of a corpus of consistent speech misperceptions for English. The mishearings were elicited using a large scale listening study involving 212 participants and over 300 000 token presentations...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908047/assessing-the-perceptual-contributions-of-level-dependent-segments-to-sentence-intelligibility
#6
Tian Guan, Guang-Xing Chu, Yu Tsao, Fei Chen
The present work assessed the contributions of high root-mean-square (RMS) level (H-level, containing primarily vowels) and middle-RMS-level (M-level, with mostly consonants and vowel-consonant transitions) segments to the intelligibility of noise-masked and noise-suppressed sentences. In experiment 1, noise-masked (by speech-spectrum shaped noise and 6-talker babble) Mandarin sentences were edited to preserve only H- or M-level segments, while replacing the non-target segments with silence. In experiment 2, Mandarin sentences were subjected to four commonly-used single-channel noise-suppression algorithms before generating H-level-only and M-level-only noise-suppressed sentences...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908034/the-effect-of-the-helicotrema-on-low-frequency-loudness-perception
#7
Carlos Jurado, Torsten Marquardt
Below approximately 40 Hz, the cochlear travelling wave reaches the apex, and differential pressure is shunted through the helicotrema, reducing hearing sensitivity. Just above this corner frequency, a resonance feature is often observed in objectively measured middle-ear-transfer functions (METFs). This study inquires whether overall and fine structure characteristics of the METF are also perceptually evident. Equal-loudness-level contours (ELCs) were measured between 20 and 160 Hz for 14 subjects in a purpose-built test chamber...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905540/the-effects-of-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-an-animal-model-of-tinnitus
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Wilhelmina H A M Mulders, Vanessa Vooys, Kalina Makowiecki, Alex D Tang, Jennifer Rodger
Tinnitus (phantom auditory perception associated with hearing loss) can seriously affect wellbeing. Its neural substrate is unknown however it has been linked with abnormal activity in auditory pathways. Though no cure currently exists, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been shown to reduce tinnitus in some patients, possibly via induction of cortical plasticity involving brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). We examined whether low intensity rTMS (LI-rTMS) alleviates signs of tinnitus in a guinea pig model and whether this involves changes in BDNF expression and hyperactivity in inferior colliculus...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905220/development-of-an-auditory-situation-awareness-test-battery-for-advanced-hearing-protectors-and-tcaps-detection-subtest-of-drilcom-detection-recognition-identification-localization-communication
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Kichol Lee, John G Casali
OBJECTIVE: To design a test battery and conduct a proof-of-concept experiment of a test method that can be used to measure the detection performance afforded by military advanced hearing protection devices (HPDs) and tactical communication and protective systems (TCAPS). DESIGN: The detection test was conducted with each of the four loudspeakers located at front, right, rear and left of the participant. Participants wore 2 in-ear-type TCAPS, 1 earmuff-type TCAPS, a passive Combat Arms Earplug in its "open" or pass-through setting and an EB-15LE™ electronic earplug...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905190/the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-non-imaging-screening-protocols-for-vestibular-schwannoma-in-patients-with-asymmetrical-hearing-loss-and-or-unilateral-audiovestibular-dysfunction-a-diagnostic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
M Hentschel, M Scholte, S Steens, H Kunst, M Rovers
BACKGROUND: Currently, all patients presenting with asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss and/or unilateral audiovestibular dysfunction (i.e. tinnitus, dizziness) undergo MRI, leading to a substantial amount of MRIs with negative findings as the incidence of vestibular schwannoma (VS) in this screening population varies between 1% and 4.7% (i.e. more than 95% of MRIs are negative for VS). OBJECTIVE OF REVIEW: The aim was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of different non-imaging screening protocols that can be used prior to MRI to select patients at high risk of VS...
November 5, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900890/dose-and-time-dependent-ototoxicity-of-aspartame-in-rats
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Orhan Ozturan, Remzi Dogan, Selahattin Tugrul, Ozge Gedik, Alev Pektas Sjostrand, Yavuz Selim Yildirim
CONCLUSION: Low-dose administration of Aspartame (Ap) did not produce a significant ototoxic effect at the end of the 6th month. However, duration of the ototoxic effect is shortened and severity of the effect is increased as dose and duration of Ap administration is increased. OBJECTIVES: While Ap toxicity has been studied in short- and long-term studies, its effects on hearing have not been investigated. This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of long-term consumption of Ap administered in various doses on hearing status of rats...
November 30, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898607/effects-of-intratympanic-dexamethasone-on-high-dose-radiation-ototoxicity-in-vivo
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Christine T Dinh, Si Chen, John Dinh, Stefania Goncalves, Esperanza Bas, Kyle Padgett, Perry Johnson, Nagy Elsayyad, Fred Telischi, Thomas Van De Water
BACKGROUND: Stereotactic radiosurgery for lateral skull base tumors can cause hearing loss when the cochleae are exposed to high doses of single-fraction radiation. Currently, there are no known nondosimetric preventative treatments for radiation-induced ototoxicity. HYPOTHESIS: Intratympanic (IT) dexamethasone (DXM), a synthetic steroid, protects against radiation-induced auditory hair cell (HC) and hearing losses in rats in vivo. METHODS: Seven rats received radiation (12 Gy) to both cochleae...
November 24, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897125/a-comparison-of-thresholds-of-auditory-steady-state-response-and-auditory-brainstem-response-in-healthy-term-babies
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Onur Çelik, Görkem Eskiizmir, Uzdan Uz
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to assess the effectiveness of auditory steady-state response (ASSR), determine the cut-off values for each frequency, and detect the best correlated frequencies when compared with the auditory brainstem response (ABR) thresholds in term babies under the age of 12 months. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 88 term babies with a mean age of 2.98 (1-11) months (174 ears) underwent ASSR and ABR tests. The ASSR thresholds for the frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz were compared with the hearing level of the ABR thresholds...
November 28, 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896487/natural-compounds-as-occult-ototoxins-ginkgo-biloba-flavonoids-moderately-damage-lateral-line-hair-cells
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Sarah Neveux, Nicole K Smith, Anna Roche, Bruce E Blough, Wimal Pathmasiri, Allison B Coffin
Several drugs, including aminoglycosides and platinum-based chemotherapy agents, are well known for their ototoxic properties. However, FDA-approved drugs are not routinely tested for ototoxicity, so their potential to affect hearing often goes unrecognized. This issue is further compounded for natural products, where there is a lack of FDA oversight and the manufacturer is solely responsible for ensuring the safety of their products. Natural products such as herbal supplements are easily accessible and commonly used in the practice of traditional eastern and alternative medicine...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896486/neural-correlates-of-the-binaural-masking-level-difference-in-human-frequency-following-responses
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Christopher G Clinard, Sarah L Hodgson, Mary Ellen Scherer
The binaural masking level difference (BMLD) is an auditory phenomenon where binaural tone-in-noise detection is improved when the phase of either signal or noise is inverted in one of the ears (SπNo or SoNπ, respectively), relative to detection when signal and noise are in identical phase at each ear (SoNo). Processing related to BMLDs and interaural time differences has been confirmed in the auditory brainstem of non-human mammals; in the human auditory brainstem, phase-locked neural responses elicited by BMLD stimuli have not been systematically examined across signal-to-noise ratio...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896131/case-report-5%C3%A2-year-follow-up-of-adult-late-onset-mitochondrial-encephalomyopathy-with-lactic-acid-and-stroke-like-episodes-melas
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Kiri Sunde, Patrick R Blackburn, Anvir Cheema, Jennifer Gass, Jessica Jackson, Sarah Macklin, Paldeep S Atwal
Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acid and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) is a multisystem mitochondrial disorder that typically presents in childhood. We describe the follow-up of a patient who was diagnosed with late-onset MELAS at the age of 49. Her clinical course includes sensorineural hearing loss, seizures, and multiple episodes of stroke-like metabolic crises. Molecular genetic testing on whole blood revealed 31% heteroplasmy of a m.3243A > G variant in the mtDNA, the causative variant in approximately 80% of MELAS cases...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895549/the-repeatable-battery-for-the-assessment-of-neuropsychological-status-for-hearing-impaired-individuals-rbans-h-before-and-after-cochlear-implantation-a-protocol-for-a-prospective-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Annes J Claes, Griet Mertens, Annick Gilles, Anouk Hofkens-Van den Brandt, Erik Fransen, Vincent Van Rompaey, Paul Van de Heyning
Background: Currently, an independent relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults is suggested by large prospective studies. In general, cochlear implants improve hearing and the quality of life in severely to profoundly hearing impaired older persons. However, little is known about the effects of cochlear implantation on the cognitive evolution in this population. Aim of the study: The primary goal of this prospective, longitudinal cohort study is to explore the cognitive profile of severely to profoundly postlingually hearing impaired subjects before and after cochlear implantation...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894374/autologous-intratympanic-blood-patch-for-presumed-perilymphatic-fistulas
#18
P K Foster
OBJECTIVE: To assess an alternative to bed rest and surgery for suspected perilymphatic fistulas using intratympanic blood injections. METHOD: A review was conducted of patients' history, physical and audiometric data, before and after treatment by intratympanic blood injections performed from 2009 to 2015. RESULTS: Twelve ears were identified, with trauma associated with air travel, water sports or nose blowing. Ten of these cases had hearing loss, six had vestibular symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893791/toward-a-nonspeech-test-of-auditory-cognition-semantic-context-effects-in-environmental-sound-identification-in-adults-of-varying-age-and-hearing-abilities
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Valeriy Shafiro, Stanley Sheft, Molly Norris, George Spanos, Katherine Radasevich, Paige Formsma, Brian Gygi
OBJECTIVE: Sounds in everyday environments tend to follow one another as events unfold over time. The tacit knowledge of contextual relationships among environmental sounds can influence their perception. We examined the effect of semantic context on the identification of sequences of environmental sounds by adults of varying age and hearing abilities, with an aim to develop a nonspeech test of auditory cognition. METHOD: The familiar environmental sound test (FEST) consisted of 25 individual sounds arranged into ten five-sound sequences: five contextually coherent and five incoherent...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890543/hearing-care-intervention-for-persons-with-dementia-a-pilot-study
#20
Sara K Mamo, Olivia Nirmalasari, Carrie L Nieman, Matthew K McNabney, Allison Simpson, Esther S Oh, Frank R Lin
OBJECTIVE: Hearing loss is a commonly unmet need among adults with dementia that may exacerbate common dementia-related behavioral symptoms. Accessing traditional audiology services for hearing loss is a challenge because of high cost and time commitment. To improve accessibility and affordability of hearing treatment for persons with dementia, there is a need for unique service delivery models. The purpose of this study is to test a novel hearing intervention for persons with dementia and family caregivers delivered in outpatient settings...
September 22, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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