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[Auditory localisation in hearing impaired schoolchildren with and without hearing aids].

Laryngorhinootologie 2020 Jun 5. Epub 2020 Jun 5.

Institut für Biologie, Universität Leipzig Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften, Leipzig, Germany.

Objective:  Auditory localisation is part of central auditory processing. The study examined the impact of hearing aids on the auditory localisation ability of non-linguistic stimuli in hearing impaired schoolchildren.

Patients And Methods:  Above threshold acoustic signals were presented to 20 children (7-17 years) in a free field condition with 45 loudspeakers placed on a semicircular array. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/a-1177-1371DOI Listing

The limitation of risk factors as a means of prognostication in auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder of perinatal onset.

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2020 May 14;135:110112. Epub 2020 May 14.

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Archie's Cochlear Implant Laboratory, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada; Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

Objective: The management of hearing loss due to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) in neonates and infants is challenging because speech and language development prognosis cannot be directly inferred from early audiometric hearing thresholds. Consequently, appropriate intervention with hearing aids or cochlear implantation (CI) can be delayed. Our objective was to determine whether any features of patient history could be used to identify CI candidates with ANSD at an earlier age. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110112DOI Listing

Device-related pressure ulcers in community settings.

Authors:
Alison Schofield

Br J Community Nurs 2020 Jun;25(Sup6):S14-S18

Tissue Viability Team Clinical Nurse Specialist North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Understanding the differential diagnosis between device-related pressure ulcers (DRPUs) and pressure ulcers ensures that appropriate prevention, management and intervention plans are identified. National reporting systems now include DRPUs alongside other categories of pressure ulcers listed by international pressure ulcer advisory panels. Medical devices are not the only cause of DRPUs, and, in the community setting, other objects can also cause pressure ulcers, such as spectacles and hearing aids. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.Sup6.S14DOI Listing

The first direct acoustic middle-ear implantation in Hungary

Orv Hetil 2020 06;161(24):1015-1019

Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Klinikai Központ, Fül-Orr-Gégészeti és Fej-Nyaksebészeti Klinika,Pécsi Tudományegyetem Pécs.

Due to the remarkable development in the field of hearing implantation, almost all kinds of hearing loss can be successfully rehabilitated. The first Hungarian Codacs™ (Cochlear's direct acoustic cochlear stimulator; Cochlear, Sydney, Australia) implantation was performed at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Surgery, Clinical Centre, University of Pécs. This electromechanical middle-ear implant can be offered for patients with bilateral, severe to profound, mixed-type hearing loss. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/650.2020.31735DOI Listing

HIV-related risk behaviors and HIV testing among people with sensory disabilities in the United States.

Int J STD AIDS 2020 May 29:956462419896705. Epub 2020 May 29.

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

People with disabilities are an important target population for HIV prevention and treatment programs. In this study, we examined the prevalence of HIV-related risk behaviors and HIV testing among people with visual and/or hearing impairments in the United States, and compared with people without any impairments. The study was a secondary data analysis of the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956462419896705DOI Listing

Pre-treatment Ongoing Cortical Oscillatory Activity Predicts Improvement of Tinnitus After Partial Peripheral Reafferentation With Hearing Aids.

Front Neurosci 2020 7;14:410. Epub 2020 May 7.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul, South Korea.

Although hearing aids (HAs) are sometimes efficacious in abating tinnitus, the precise mechanism underlying their effect is unclear and predictors of symptom improvement have not been determined. Here, we examined the correlation between the amount of tinnitus improvement and pre-HA quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) findings to investigate cortical predictors of improvement after wearing HAs. QEEG data of thirty-three patients with debilitating tinnitus were retrospectively correlated with the percentage improvements in tinnitus handicap inventory and the numerical rating scale scores of tinnitus. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2020.00410DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7221249PMC

Adults' cochlear implant journeys through care: a qualitative study.

BMC Health Serv Res 2020 May 24;20(1):457. Epub 2020 May 24.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia.

Background: Cochlear implants (CIs) can provide a sound sensation for those with severe sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), benefitting speech understanding and quality of life. Nevertheless, rates of implantation remain low, and limited research investigates journeys from traditional hearing aids to implantable devices.

Method: Fifty-five adults (≥ 50 years), hearing aid users and/or CI users, General Practitioners, and Australian and United Kingdom audiologists took part in a multi-methods study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05334-yDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7247254PMC

Hearing and hearing rehabilitation after obliteration of troublesome mastoid cavities.

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2020 May 22. Epub 2020 May 22.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Location AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is the evaluation of post-operative hearing threshold after revision surgery and obliteration of troublesome canal wall down mastoidectomy cavities (CWDMCs). The ability to use and tolerate conventional hearing aids (CHAs) was also evaluated.

Methods: A retrospective chart analysis of 249 patients with chronically draining CWDMCs who underwent revision surgery including obliteration of the mastoid cavity between 2007 and 2017 at the AMC location of the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (Amsterdam UMC) was performed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00405-020-06041-4DOI Listing

Impact of Hearing Loss on Patient Falls in the Inpatient Setting.

Am J Prev Med 2020 Jun;58(6):839-844

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York. Electronic address:

Introduction: The objectives of this study were to investigate an association between the risk of patient falls and self-reported hearing loss and to examine whether self-reported hearing loss with versus without hearing aids predicts patient falls in an inpatient setting.

Methods: This retrospective cohort analysis was conducted in 2018 in a large, urban, academic medical center. Participants included unique inpatients (N=52,805) of adults aged >18 years between February 1, 2017, and February 1, 2018. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.01.019DOI Listing

Auditory and Visual Response Inhibition in Children with Bilateral Hearing Aids and Children with ADHD.

Brain Sci 2020 May 18;10(5). Epub 2020 May 18.

Child Neuropsychology Section, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, D-52074 Aachen, Germany.

Children fitted with hearing aids (HAs) and children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have marked difficulties concentrating in noisy environments. However, little is known about the underlying neural mechanism of auditory and visual attention deficits in a direct comparison of both groups. The current functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study was the first to investigate the behavioral performance and neural activation during an auditory and a visual go/nogo paradigm in children fitted with bilateral HAs, children with ADHD and typically developing children (TDC). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10050307DOI Listing

Swallowed by the bone - Is skin reaction the "tip of the iceberg"?

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2020 May 11;135:110094. Epub 2020 May 11.

Institucion: Centro Hospitalar Universitário Do Porto, Porto, Portugal. Electronic address:

The most frequent complications of osseointegrated implantation include implant-site infections, soft tissue overgrowth and failure of osseointegration. Bone overgrowth is also a complication at the abutment site and infrequently reported. We describe a rare case of difficult control and exuberant bone overgrowth, with total implant involvement, in a short period of time never before described in the literature. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110094DOI Listing

Effects of nonlinear frequency compression on Mandarin speech and sound-quality perception in hearing-aid users.

Int J Audiol 2020 May 22:1-10. Epub 2020 May 22.

Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA.

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of NLFC fitting in hearing aids and auditory acclimatisation on speech perception and sound-quality rating in hearing-impaired, native Mandarin-speaking adult listeners. Mandarin consonant, vowel and tone recognition were tested in quiet and sentence recognition in noise (speech-shaped noise at a +5 dB signal-to-noise ratio) with NLFC-on and NLFC-off. Sound-quality ratings were collected on a 0-10 scale at each test session. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2020.1761035DOI Listing

Provision of the frequency modulation system for the hearing impaired.

Braz J Otorhinolaryngol 2020 Apr 27. Epub 2020 Apr 27.

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Departamento de Odontologia, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Natal, RN, Brazil.

Introduction: The personal frequency modulation system is an assisted technology resource used in the accessibility of individuals with hearing impairment, being very important in the school environment. Ordinance number 1274/2013 included this device into the Brazilian unified health system.

Objective: To analyze the distribution the personal frequency modulation system concession in the national territory by the Brazilian unified health system from 2013 to 2017. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjorl.2020.03.004DOI Listing

Audiological and subjective outcomes of 100 implanted transcutaneous bone conduction devices and preoperative bone conduction hearing aids in patients with bilateral microtia-atresia.

Acta Otolaryngol 2020 May 20:1-7. Epub 2020 May 20.

Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.

Bonebridge (BB) and bone conduction hearing aid (BCHA) are effective in patients with bilateral congenital microtia-atresia (CMA). To investigate and compare the outcomes of these devices in a large sample size. This single center prospective study involved 100 patients with bilateral CMA who were implanted with BBs and used BCHAs before implantation. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00016489.2020.1762929DOI Listing

Impact of Hearing Aids on Poverty, Quality of Life and Mental Health in Guatemala: Results of a before and after Study.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020 May 15;17(10). Epub 2020 May 15.

International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK.

There are 466 million people globally with disabling hearing loss, many of whom can benefit from hearing aids. The aim of the study was to assess the impact of providing hearing aids on poverty, mental health, quality of life, and activities, among adults in Guatemala. A nonrandomised before and after study was conducted, with a comparison group to assess for secular trends. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103470DOI Listing

Patient and Parent Decision-Making in the Setting of Chemotherapy-Induced Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

Ear Hear 2020 May 15. Epub 2020 May 15.

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Objectives: Children with malignancies may be exposed to ototoxic therapies resulting in sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). There is no consensus as to when intervention with amplification is necessary due to a variety of factors such as disease status, speech and language development, perceived difficulty with communication, and limitations of technology to fit these challenging losses. The decision to proceed with amplification after cancer can be difficult for patients and families. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000000886DOI Listing

Comparing Parent and Teacher Ratings of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in 5-year old Children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.

Deafness Educ Int 2020 24;22(1):3-26. Epub 2018 May 24.

National Acoustic Laboratories.

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) are at higher risk of developing mental health problems. This study reports on the parent and teacher ratings of emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) in 5-year old DHH children. It explores the similarities and differences between informants, and the risk and protective factors associated with parent and teacher-ratings of EBD. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14643154.2018.1475956DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7224400PMC

First United Kingdom experience of the novel Osia active transcutaneous piezoelectric bone conduction implant.

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2020 May 13. Epub 2020 May 13.

Otolaryngology Department, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield, UK.

Purpose: Bone conduction hearing devices are widely used and indicated in cases of conductive, mixed or single-sided deafness where the conventional hearing aids are not indicated or tolerated. This prospective study aims to investigate the surgical and hearing outcomes of a novel active piezoelectric transcutaneous bone conduction device (t-BCD).

Methods: Prospective data were collected from the first 10 patients who underwent implantation with the t-BCD Osia (Cochlear, Australia) (between Dec 2018 and March 2019) in a tertiary referral centre. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00405-020-06022-7DOI Listing

A comparison study of audiological outcome and compliance of bone conduction implantable hearing implants.

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2020 May 13. Epub 2020 May 13.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, 166 Gumi-Ro, Bundang-Gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-Do, Republic of Korea.

Purpose: The present study aimed to evaluate and compare the outcome of different bone conduction hearing implants (BCHIs) in subjects with mixed hearing loss (MHL) and single-sided deafness (SSD) in terms of audiometric results and compliance.

Methods: Twenty-one subjects with MHL and 18 subjects with SSD undergoing implantation of Baha connect, Baha attract, or Bonebridge were enrolled. Functional gain, effective gain, and usage rate of BCHIs were retrospectively reviewed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00405-020-06025-4DOI Listing

Comparing Light-Driven Contact Hearing Aids with Acoustic Hearing Aids: Data and Clinical Tips.

Audiol Neurootol 2020 May 13:1-8. Epub 2020 May 13.

Shohet Ear Associates, Newport Beach, California, USA.

Introduction: Contact hearing aids (CHA) offer potential advantages over conventional acoustic hearing aids (AHA) in terms of sound quality, reduced occlusion, and increased high-frequency gain. This study evaluates objective and subjective outcome data for CHA compared to AHA.

Methods: Clinical outcome data were retrospectively reviewed for patients wearing CHA. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000507273DOI Listing

Hearing Aid Uptake in Children with Unilateral Microtia and Canal Atresia: A Comparison between a Tertiary Center and Peripheral Centers.

J Int Adv Otol 2020 Apr;16(1):73-76

Department of Otolaryngology, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Objectives: To review the trialing and uptake of hearing aids in children with unilateral microtia or canal atresia, known collectively as congenital unilateral conductive hearing loss (CUCHL), observed in a tertiary hospital and local peripheral services.

Materials And Methods: A retrospective review of medical records for patients with CUCHL was conducted using data from a shared audiology database at a tertiary children's hospital.

Results: We identified 45 patients with CUCHL and excluded seven of them due to missing data. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.5152/iao.2020.5509DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7224416PMC

[Audiological target parameters in clinical studies with implantable hearing systems].

Authors:
Hannes Maier

HNO 2020 May 12. Epub 2020 May 12.

Exzellenzcluster Hearing4all, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Deutschland.

A multitude of new implantable hearing systems and applications creates new options for pathologies which have been difficult to treat in the past. For many of these hearing systems preclinical technical methods to characterize devices and applications are limited. Therefore, clearly structured clinical investigations and trials are necessary to render results of devices and applications comparable for meta-analysis. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00106-020-00873-6DOI Listing

Hearing aids are still beneficial to patients, even if they have a low speech discrimination.

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2020 May 10. Epub 2020 May 10.

Department of Otolaryngology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Republic of Korea.

Purpose: A speech discrimination score (SDS) is a predictor for the successful use of hearing aids (HAs). This study is to evaluate the efficacy of HAs in patients with a low or poor SDS.

Methods: We enrolled 186 ears using HAs, with an unaided SDS ≤ 64%. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00405-020-06018-3DOI Listing
May 2020
1.608 Impact Factor

[Recognition function for the Freiburg monosyllabic test in noise with a signal to noise ratio (SNR) of 5 dB].

HNO 2020 May 10. Epub 2020 May 10.

Klinik für HNO-Heilkunde, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Lübeck, Deutschland.

Objective: The Freiburg monosyllabic test (FBE) has been an important German speech audiometry test for years. It is nowadays also used to assess the benefit of hearing aids in noise (FBE-S). This study investigates hearing in noise using the FBE at different sound pressure levels and a signal to noise ratio of 5 dB to generate a recognition curve. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00106-020-00874-5DOI Listing

[Causality and responsibility in occupational health].

Gac Sanit 2020 May 5. Epub 2020 May 5.

Centro de Investigación en Salud Laboral (CiSAL), Universitat Pompeu Fabra - IMIM Parc Salut Mar, Barcelona, España; CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), España. Electronic address:

The objective of this work is to review the imperfect relationship between causality and responsibility, from the perspective of occupational health, where this tension occurs so frequently when addressing the prevention of illnesses and occupational injuries. From epidemiology, we are very demanding in our observations, both in terms of internal and external validity, when establishing causal relationships. An essential rigor in the analysis of causality, which does not prevent us from myopia when a purely biomedical vision is adopted, forgetting the causes at different levels and of an economic and political nature. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2020.03.005DOI Listing

Retrospective evaluation of secondary effects of hearing aids for tinnitus therapy in patients with hearing loss.

Auris Nasus Larynx 2020 May 4. Epub 2020 May 4.

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Nara Medical University Hospital, Japan. Electronic address:

Objective: Acoustic therapies including hearing aids and tinnitus control instruments are widely used in Japan but without high levels of evidence. The outpatient hearing aid clinic at our institution fits patients with hearing aids and instructs patients on how to use them to control tinnitus if present. In this study, we examined the effects of this approach on tinnitus. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anl.2020.03.005DOI Listing

A Clinical Program for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Neurodiverse/Autistic Adolescents Developed through Community-Based Participatory Design.

J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol 2020 May 6:1-16. Epub 2020 May 6.

Department of Psychiatry, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children's Hospital of Colorado, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Objective: A series of studies report elevated rates of autism and autistic characteristics among gender-diverse youth seeking gender services. Although youth with the co-occurrence present with complex care needs, existing studies have focused on co-occurrence rates. Further, clinical commentaries have emphasized provider-centered interpretations of clinical needs rather than key stakeholder-driven clinical approaches. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2020.1731817DOI Listing

Making the Case for Research on Disease-Modifying Treatments to Tackle Post-lingual Progressive Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

Front Neurol 2020 21;11:290. Epub 2020 Apr 21.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium.

Hearing loss not only has a significant impact on the quality of life of patients and society, but its correlation with cognitive decline in an aging population will also increase the risk of incident dementia. While current management of hearing loss is focused on hearing rehabilitation (and essentially symptomatic), patients are suffering from the burden of progressive hearing loss before hearing aids or cochlear implants are fitted. Although these devices have a significant effect on speech understanding, they do not always lead to normal speech understanding, especially in noisy environments. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2020.00290DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7186466PMC

Surgical and audiological outcomes of a fully implantable middle ear implant: early results from a retrospective multicentre study.

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2020 May 5. Epub 2020 May 5.

Department of Otolaryngology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield, UK.

Purpose: This paper reports the surgical and audiological outcomes of a large series of patients who received a fully implantable middle ear implant (MEI): carina (Cochlear, Australia).

Methods: This is a multicentre retrospective study involving three tertiary referral centres. Patient data were collected for the first 42 consecutive patients who were fitted with the MEI between 2014 and 2019 (Sheffield from February 2017 to January 2019; São Paulo from April 2015 to September 2017; Porto from December 2014 to May 2017). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00405-020-05986-wDOI Listing

An audiological profile of a cohort of school-aged children with HIV and AIDS attending an antiretroviral clinic in South Africa.

S Afr J Commun Disord 2020 Apr 20;67(1):e1-e9. Epub 2020 Apr 20.

Discipline of Audiology, School of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

Background: Recent estimates reveal that there are approximately 280 000 children between the ages of birth and 14 years who are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in South Africa. These children are living with a compromised immune system, are vulnerable to opportunistic infections and subsequent hearing loss. However, there is limited research on the nature and extent of this sensory impairment amongst school-aged children. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v67i1.651DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7203215PMC

Cochlear implantation outcomes in adults: A scoping review.

PLoS One 2020 5;15(5):e0232421. Epub 2020 May 5.

The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Objectives: This study aimed to provide a descriptive analysis of recent evidence available in the literature in relation to the efficacy of unilateral cochlear implantation in adults, the general findings of these studies, and the populations to which these findings apply. It also aimed to appraise the individual success rate and the magnitude of benefit following implantation.

Design: A scoping review was conducted to identify English-language, peer-reviewed journal articles published between 2000 and 2018 assessing the outcomes of cochlear implantation in adults who received their first cochlear implant from 2000 onwards. Read More

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http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0232421PLOS
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7199932PMC

Spectral contrast effects and auditory enhancement under normal and impaired hearing.

Authors:
Andrew J Oxenham

Acoust Sci Technol 2020 ;41(1):108-112

Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Elliott Hall N218, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.

We are generally able to identify sounds and understand speech with ease, despite the large variations in the acoustics of each sound, which occur due to factors such as different talkers, background noise, and room acoustics. This form of perceptual constancy is likely to be mediated in part by the auditory system's ability to adapt to the ongoing environment or context in which sounds are presented. Auditory context effects have been studied under different names, such as spectral contrast effects in speech and auditory enhancement effects in psychoacoustics, but they share some important properties and may be mediated by similar underlying neural mechanisms. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1250/ast.41.108DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7194197PMC
January 2020

Is the provision of rehabilitation in adult hearing services warranted? A cost benefit analysis.

Disabil Rehabil 2020 May 1:1-6. Epub 2020 May 1.

Instinct and Reason, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia.

: To examine the extent to which there is a basic economic case for the provision of rehabilitation services within a publicly funded, device-centred approach to adult hearing services.: Five representative cross-sectional surveys of people aged 50 years and over were conducted in Australia between 2013 and 2019 ( = 4663). Respondents were surveyed on self-rated hearing abilities, hearing aid usage and perceived benefits of device usage. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1751886DOI Listing

Treatment outcomes of multi drug resistant and rifampicin resistant Tuberculosis in Zimbabwe: A cohort analysis of patients initiated on treatment during 2010 to 2015.

PLoS One 2020 30;15(4):e0230848. Epub 2020 Apr 30.

Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Background: Zimbabwe is one of the thirty countries globally with a high burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) or rifampicin-resistant TB (MDR/RR-TB). Since 2010, patients diagnosed with MDR/RR-TB are being treated with 20-24 months of standardized second-line drugs (SLDs). The profile, management and factors associated with unfavourable treatment outcomes of MDR/RR TB have not been systematically evaluated in Zimbabwe. Read More

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http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0230848PLOS
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7192497PMC

Assessment of Cortical Auditory Function Using Electrophysiological and Neuropsychological Measurements in Children with Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids.

J Med Life 2020 Jan-Mar;13(1):102-106

Department of Neurosciences, "Iuliu Hatieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Children suffering from conductive or mixed hearing loss may benefit from a bone-anchored hearing aid system (BAHA Attract implantable prosthesis). After audiological rehabilitation, different aspects of development are improving. The objective of this case report is to propose a comprehensive framework for monitoring cortical auditory function after implantation of a bone-anchored hearing aid system by using electrophysiological and neuropsychological measurements. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.25122/jml-2019-0097DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7175444PMC

Speech Perception and Sound-Quality Rating with an Adaptive Nonlinear Frequency Compression Algorithm in Mandarin-Speaking Hearing-Aid Users.

J Am Acad Audiol 2020 Apr 27. Epub 2020 Apr 27.

Innovation Centre Toronto, Sonova Canada, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Background:  Mandarin Chinese has a rich repertoire of high-frequency speech sounds. This may pose a remarkable challenge to hearing-impaired listeners who speak Mandarin Chinese because of their high-frequency sloping hearing loss. An adaptive nonlinear frequency compression (adaptive NLFC) algorithm has been implemented in contemporary hearing aids to alleviate the problem. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1709450DOI Listing
April 2020
1.590 Impact Factor

Neural Coding of Syllable-Final Fricatives with and without Hearing Aid Amplification.

J Am Acad Audiol 2020 Apr 27. Epub 2020 Apr 27.

Department of Speech-Language Hearing Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Background:  Cortical auditory event-related potentials are a potentially useful clinical tool to objectively assess speech outcomes with rehabilitative devices. Whether hearing aids reliably encode the spectrotemporal characteristics of fricative stimuli in different phonological contexts and whether these differences result in distinct neural responses with and without hearing aid amplification remain unclear.

Purpose:  To determine whether the neural coding of the voiceless fricatives /s/ and /ʃ/ in the syllable-final context reliably differed without hearing aid amplification and whether hearing aid amplification altered neural coding of the fricative contrast. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1709448DOI Listing

Perceptual Evaluation of Binaural MVDR-Based Algorithms to Preserve the Interaural Coherence of Diffuse Noise Fields.

Trends Hear 2020 Jan-Dec;24:2331216520919573

Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics and Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all, University of Oldenburg.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2331216520919573DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7225838PMC

The development of an mHealth educational intervention for first-time hearing aid users: combining theoretical and ecologically valid approaches.

Int J Audiol 2020 Apr 27:1-9. Epub 2020 Apr 27.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Nottingham, UK.

This paper describes the development of a novel mobile health (mHealth) educational intervention, called m2Hear, designed for first-time hearing aid users based on previously developed educational multimedia videos, or reusable learning objects (RLOs), branded C2Hear. The development of m2Hear used theoretical and ecologically valid approaches. The COM-B model and associated Theoretical Domains Framework were employed to identify specific components (or "active ingredients") of the original RLOs that facilitate hearing aid use. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2020.1755063DOI Listing

Current Device-based Clinical Treatments for Tinnitus.

Otolaryngol Clin North Am 2020 Apr 22. Epub 2020 Apr 22.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 16 South Eutaw Street Suite 500, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.

Device-based clinical treatments for tinnitus are predominantly sound based and include ear-level sound generators, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and tinnitus treatment devices. They are intended for patients with bothersome tinnitus. Bothersome tinnitus is characterized by problems with sleep, concentration, and mood. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.otc.2020.03.010DOI Listing

National representative analysis of unilateral hearing loss and hearing aid usage in South Korea.

PLoS One 2020 23;15(4):e0232112. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea.

A definitive study on the prevalence of adult unilateral hearing loss and hearing aid rehabilitation is lacking in Korea. The purpose of our study was to investigate the prevalence of adult unilateral hearing loss and the factors associated with hearing aid use in patients with unilateral hearing loss in South Korea. We obtained data from 2009 to 2012 from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (KNHANES), a cross-sectional, nationwide and population-based survey in the Republic of Korea. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7179862PMC

Localization Performance in a Binaural Real-Time Auralization System Extended to Research Hearing Aids.

Trends Hear 2020 Jan-Dec;24:2331216520908704

Teaching and Research Area of Medical Acoustics, Institute of Technical Acoustics, RWTH Aachen University.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7198834PMC

Mesenchymal stem cells for sensorineural hearing loss: a systematic review of preclinical studies.

Mol Biol Rep 2020 Apr 22. Epub 2020 Apr 22.

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Texas Health-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 78229-3900, USA.

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is the most common form of hearing loss that is routinely treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants. Advances in regenerative medicine have now led to animal studies examining the possibility of restoring injured hair cells with mesenchymal stem/stromal cell (MSC) administration. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to collate the existing preclinical literature evaluating MSCs as a treatment for SNHL and quantify the effect of MSCs on functional hearing. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11033-020-05460-0DOI Listing

Hearing Aids Do Not Alter Cortical Entrainment to Speech at Audible Levels in Mild-to-Moderately Hearing-Impaired Subjects.

Front Hum Neurosci 2020 3;14:109. Epub 2020 Apr 3.

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom.

Background: Cortical entrainment to speech correlates with speech intelligibility and attention to a speech stream in noisy environments. However, there is a lack of data on whether cortical entrainment can help in evaluating hearing aid fittings for subjects with mild to moderate hearing loss. One particular problem that may arise is that hearing aids may alter the speech stimulus during (pre-)processing steps, which might alter cortical entrainment to the speech. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2020.00109DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7147120PMC

The skull vibration-induced nystagmus test: A useful vestibular screening test in children with hearing loss.

Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis 2020 Apr 17. Epub 2020 Apr 17.

EA 3450 DevAH, Development, Adaptation and Handicap, Faculty of Medicine and UFR STAPS, University of Lorraine, Villers-lès-Nancy, France; Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital, Grenoble, France. Electronic address:

Introduction: Skull-Vibration-Induced-Nystagmus Test (SVINT), a non-invasive first line examination test, stimulates both otolith and canal structures and shows instantaneously a vestibular asymmetry. This study aimed to analyze the SVINT results observed in children with hearing loss (HL) amplified with hearing aids (HA) or unilateral cochlear implant (uCI) and healthy children.

Material And Methods: This case-control study compared the results of SVINT, caloric test (CaT) and video head-impulse-test (VHIT) in 120 controls to 30 children with HA and 30 with uCI, aged 5-18 years old. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anorl.2020.03.013DOI Listing

A Supervised Speech Enhancement Method for Smartphone-Based Binaural Hearing Aids.

IEEE Trans Biomed Circuits Syst 2020 Apr 20. Epub 2020 Apr 20.

It is essential but quite challenging to alleviate speech information loss and distortion while developing the speech processing algorithms in hearing aids. Recently, many speech enhancement methods based on deep learning are proven effective. However, most of the algorithms fail to achieve real-time processing, which is significant for hearing aids, especially for a smartphone-centered binaural hearing aid system. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBCAS.2020.2988121DOI Listing

Speech recognition, loudness, and preference with extended bandwidth hearing aids for adult hearing aid users.

Int J Audiol 2020 Apr 20:1-12. Epub 2020 Apr 20.

National Centre for Audiology, Western University, London, Canada.

In contrast to the past, some current hearing aids can provide gain for frequencies above 4-5 kHz. This study assessed the effect of wider bandwidth on outcome measures using hearing aids fitted with the DSL v5.0 prescription. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2020.1750718DOI Listing

[The comparison of malleostapedotomy in primary and revision stapes surgery for otosclerosis].

Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke Za Zhi 2020 04;55(4):332-337

Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Kantonsspital Luzern, Spitalstrasse, CH 6000 Luzerne, Switzerland.

To compare the effectiveness of primary malleostapedotomy with revision malleostapedotomy for otosclerosis. From April 2002 to December 2017, 70 consecutive patients with otosclerosis who underwent malleostapedotomy were reviewed. Depending on the primary malleostapedotomy (P-MS) or revision malleostapedotomy (R-MS), the patients were divided into P-MS group or R-MS group. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3760/cma.j.cn115330-20190311-00132DOI Listing