Natalie Seidl, Melissa Newell, Alexander L Francis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether providing realistic auditory or somatosensory cues to spatial location would affect measures of vestibulo-ocular reflex gain in a rotary chair testing (RCT) context. METHOD: This was a fully within-subject design. Thirty young adults age 18-30 years (16 men, 14 women by self-identification) completed sinusoidal harmonic acceleration testing in a rotary chair under five different conditions, each at three rotational frequencies (0...
June 19, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Mangelique du Plessis, Barbara Heinze, Tarryn M Reddy, Alexander Kiderman, Jorge E González
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to determine the normative vestibulo-ocular reflex gain output values of the computerized rotational head impulse test (crHIT) with stationary visual targets (earth bound) in healthy participants in each decade age band of life: 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ years. METHOD: Seventy-seven community-dwelling participants (10-85 years of age) with normal lateral semicircular canal (SCC) functioning and no symptoms or history of vestibular dysfunction were recruited through convenience sampling and assessed with the crHIT using stationary targets...
June 18, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Donghyeon Yun, Jennifer Lentz, Yi Shen
PURPOSE: Most modern hearing aids (HAs) employ wide dynamic range compression (WDRC) and noise reduction (NR) algorithms. It is known that the nonlinear effects of WDRC and NR cause changes to the output signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of an HA. However, the relative contributions of WDRC and NR to the nonlinear effects are not fully understood. The current study investigated (a) whether WDRC or NR dominates the nonlinear effects measured at the output of a digital HA and (b) whether the electroacoustic effectiveness of NR depends on WDRC parameters while input SNR and background noise are systematically varied...
June 14, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Sneha V Bharadwaj, Ellen A Rhoades, Haley Perry
PURPOSE: Equitable representation of children with hearing loss who are members of marginalized or minority groups in behavioral intervention studies enhances inclusivity in the scientific process and generalizability of results. The goal of this systematic review was to ascertain the percentage of studies conducted in the United States in the past 2 decades that reported relevant demographic variables. METHOD: Studies were searched across eight databases and clinical trial registries in October 2022...
June 11, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Gabrielle H Saunders, Adam Walker, Calvin Heal, Krishan Ramdoo
OBJECTIVE: Phone- and tablet-based hearing testing systems are now widely available. Here, we evaluated one such system from TympaHealth by comparing air conduction thresholds and resultant hearing aid targets and output, measured with the TympaHealth system with those measured using standard audiometry. DESIGN: The hearing thresholds of 35 adults were measured using standard audiometry and the TympaHealth system. Each set of thresholds was used to generate NAL-NL2 targets and program a hearing aid...
June 7, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Karan Ramesh, Kumaran Thirunavukkarasu
PURPOSE: The primary objective of this study was to assess how age influences masseter vestibular evoked myogenic potential (mVEMP) parameters by utilizing 500-Hz tone burst stimuli delivered through air conduction. METHOD: The study involved 110 participants ranging from 15 to 60 years of age, grouped into five categories, all of whom had no previous issues related to their vestibular system. The participants were exposed to 500-Hz tone burst stimuli at 125 dB SPL through ER-3A inserts...
June 6, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Jennifer Jones Lister, Raiza Carmenate-Nichols, Elizabeth M Hudak, Jennifer L O'Brien, Jerri D Edwards
PURPOSE: Impairments of hearing and auditory processing (AP) have been indicated as risk factors for dementia, but it remains unclear if persons with clinically diagnosed mild cognitive impairment (MCI) show such impairments. The objective of these analyses was to compare AP between those with and without a clinical diagnosis of MCI using a battery of AP measures. METHOD: Data from 274 older adults from the Keys to Staying Sharp randomized clinical trial (NCT03528486) were analyzed...
May 24, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Nabeelah Desai, Eldré W Beukes, Vinaya Manchaiah, Faheema Mahomed-Asmail, De Wet Swanepoel
PURPOSE: Hearing aids play a pivotal role in mitigating the impact of hearing loss, yet their adoption and consistent usage remains suboptimal. Understanding the hearing aid needs of individuals with hearing loss is important to support uptake, use, and outcomes. The current study describes users' perspectives on how hearing aids can be improved. METHOD: A cross-sectional, qualitative, content analysis design was used for an open-ended question from an online survey, exploring user perspectives on hearing aid improvements...
May 20, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Sandrien Thieren, Paula van Dommelen, Michel R Benard
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the short- and long-term effects of a new cognitive sound exposure therapy (CSET) in patients with hyperacusis. METHOD: A new therapy was developed to reduce hyperacusis using sound exposure combined with breathing and relaxation strategies from both acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Patients who were referred to the Speech and Hearing Centers located in Hengelo and Zwolle in the Netherlands and aged ≥ 18 years with hyperacusis as main complaint and no or mild hearing loss were included in this study...
May 20, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Charles Pudrith, Xuwei Chen, Milijana Buac, Danica Billingsly, Elizabeth Hill
PURPOSE: Audiological services are underused, possibly because patients need to drive long distances to see a provider. In this study, we measured the association of drive times to the nearest audiologist with population density, income, ethnicity, race, and distance to the nearest audiology graduate program. METHOD: Drive times for each census block group to the nearest audiologist were measured using census data, the National Provider Identifier Registry, and a geographic analyzing tool called ArcGIS for all block groups within the United States...
May 17, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Halide Cetin Kara, Talha Cogen, Fatma Telci
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate family resilience-defined as the capacity of a family to harness its collective strengths and resources to recover from and adapt to significant adversities or crises effectively-in primary caregivers of children who are deaf and hard of hearing (cDHH) and its association with quality of life, life satisfaction, perceived social support, and loneliness. METHOD: The study involved 108 primary caregivers of cDHH and 139 primary caregivers of children with normal hearing...
May 15, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Rana El-Naji, Susan Scollie, Marlene Bagatto
PURPOSE: Bone conduction hearing devices (BCDs) that deliver sound across the skin (i.e., transcutaneous) are suitable for some individuals who have conductive or mixed hearing losses. Prescriptive targets for percutaneous devices are available, for example, from the Desired Sensation Level-Bone Conduction Hearing Device (DSL-BCD) algorithm. These targets, however, may require modification for use with transcutaneous BCDs. The current study investigated three key variables that may inform target modification: (a) comparison of thresholds measured using an audiometric bone conduction (BC) transducer versus transcutaneous BCDs that offer in situ threshold measurement, (b) transcutaneous BCD default force level outputs versus recommended DSL percutaneous BC targets, and (c) the preferred listening levels (PLLs) of adults wearing transcutaneous BCDs in a laboratory setting...
May 15, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Leslie C Lopez, Megan Guidry
INTRODUCTION: In the current health care landscape, a paradigm shift toward team-based care is underway. Integrating interprofessional education experiences into graduate communication sciences and disorders (CSD) programs is essential to cultivate collaborative skills and prepare future professionals for the interprofessional demands of the field. Within this context, peer teaching has emerged as a noteworthy strategy to promote learning. This study aims to contribute to this evolving field by reporting the impact of an interprofessional (speech-language pathology and audiology) peer teaching educational intervention on physician assistant (PA) students' knowledge of speech-language-hearing developmental milestones and developmental screening...
May 15, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Kening Jiang, Marilyn S Albert, Josef Coresh, David J Couper, Rebecca F Gottesman, Kathleen M Hayden, Clifford R Jack, David S Knopman, Thomas H Mosley, James S Pankow, James R Pike, Nicholas S Reed, Victoria A Sanchez, A Richey Sharrett, Frank R Lin, Jennifer A Deal
PURPOSE: Population-based evidence in the interrelationships among hearing, brain structure, and cognition is limited. This study aims to investigate the cross-sectional associations of peripheral hearing, brain imaging measures, and cognitive function with speech-in-noise performance among older adults. METHOD: We studied 602 participants in the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ancillary study, including 427 ACHIEVE baseline (2018-2020) participants with hearing loss and 175 Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study Visit 6/7 (2016-2017/2018-2019) participants with normal hearing...
May 15, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Patrick M Zurek, Richard L Freyman, Fadi Najem
PURPOSE: This project addressed the uses of a loudspeaker array for audiometric measurements. It sought to evaluate a prototype compact array in terms of the reliability of test results across sound booths. METHOD: A seven-loudspeaker array was developed to deliver sounds from -60° to +60° on an arc with a radius of 0.5 m. The system was equipped with a head position sensing system to maintain the listener's head near the optimal test position. Three array systems were distributed to each of the two test sites for within-subject assessments of booth equivalence on tests of sound localization, speech reception in noise, and threshold detection...
April 26, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Dini Widiarni Widodo, Semiramis Zizlavsky
PURPOSE: The association between microtia severity and hearing function has been thoroughly investigated. This study examined the relationship between microtia grade, number of ear subunits (i.e., helix, antihelix, scapha, triangularis fossa, concha, lobule, tragus, and antitragus) with auditory brainstem response (ABR) findings in children with microtia. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective chart review was employed in this study. METHOD: We analyzed the ABR test results and photographs of 22 children with 30 microtia ears at Dr...
April 26, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Zhiwei Ding, Chi Zhang, Fangyuan Wang, Xiedong Wu, Tingting Chen, Li Wang, Yuke Jiang, Dongyi Han, Weidong Shen
PURPOSE: So far, there have been no in-depth analyses of the connection between tinnitus sensation-level loudness and sleep quality. Accordingly, the present study was formulated as a mediation analysis focused on exploring this relationship. METHOD: Overall, 1,255 adults with consecutive subjective tinnitus who had sought outpatient treatment were enrolled in the present study. RESULTS: Direct effects of tinnitus sensation-level loudness on sleep quality were not statistically significant (95% confidence intervals [CI] include zero), as measured by the point estimate, -0...
April 25, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Namitha Jain, Yihsin Tai, Caterina Wilson, Elsa C Granato, Carlos Esquivel, Anthony Tsao, Fatima T Husain
PURPOSE: Military-affiliated individuals (MIs) are at a higher risk of developing hearing loss and tinnitus. While these disorders are well-studied in MIs, their impact relative to non-military-affiliated individuals (non-MIs) remains understudied. Our study compared hearing, speech-in-noise (SIN) perception, and tinnitus characteristics between MIs and non-MIs. METHOD: MIs ( n = 84) and non-MIs ( n = 193) underwent hearing threshold assessment and Quick Speech-in-Noise Test...
April 23, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
Hashir Aazh, Anahita Najjari, Brian C J Moore
PURPOSE: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a key intervention for management of misophonia, hyperacusis, and tinnitus. The aim of this study was to perform a preliminary analysis comparing the scores for self-report questionnaires before and after audiologist-delivered CBT via video calls for adults with misophonia, hyperacusis, or tinnitus or a combination of these. METHOD: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study. The data for 37 consecutive patients who received CBT for misophonia, hyperacusis, or tinnitus from a private institute in the United Kingdom were analyzed...
April 23, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
India Kelsall-Foreman, Eloise Anne Z Bacusmo, Caitlin Barr, Jessica Vitkovic, Elissa Campbell, Tony Coles, Mark Paton, Kathryn Penno, Rebecca J Bennett
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the perspectives of Australia-based hearing health care consumers regarding the (a) provision and utilization of teleaudiology services, (b) experiences with teleaudiology, and (c) barriers and enablers to future teleaudiology use. METHOD: A national prospective self-report online survey was completed between April and October 2020, amid COVID-19. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (closed-answer items) and content analysis (open-text responses)...
April 22, 2024: American Journal of Audiology
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