M Thomas, M Scheer, S Rampp, C Strauss, R Schönfeld, B Leplow
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the connection between psychological factors and postoperative tinnitus in vestibular schwannoma (VS) patients following retrosigmoid microsurgery. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. STUDY SAMPLE: Ninety-three VS patients participated, completing questionnaires on demographics, tinnitus severity (THI-12), personality traits (TIPI-G), dizziness impact (DHI), perceived health benefits (GBI), somatisation tendencies (SOMS-2), and psychological distress (HADS-D)...
April 13, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Ann-Charlotte Persson, Bo Håkansson, Karl-Johan Fredén Jansson, Sabine Reinfeldt, Måns Eeg-Olofsson
OBJECTIVE: To objectively measure audibility in patients wearing bone conduction devices (BCDs) with a new approach using a skin microphone at the patient's forehead. DESIGN: The skin microphone was attached by a softband and shielded by an earmuff. This set-up was confirmed not to be influenced by neither noise floor nor sound bypassing the BCD. Sound field warble tones were used for measuring aided hearing thresholds and maximum power output (MPO) whereas an international speech test signal (ISTS) was presented at different speech levels...
April 11, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Lipika Sarangi, Jani Johnson
OBJECTIVE: This study explored whether select patient attributes were significant predictors of readiness to pursue hearing aids (HAs) and estimated the impacts of hearing aid self-efficacy (HASE) and emotional states, on the relationship between perceived hearing handicap and readiness to pursue HAs. DESIGN & STUDY SAMPLE: Sixty-two adults with self-reported hearing difficulties and no previous experience with HAs self-reported their hearing handicap, HASE, personality, emotional states in varying contexts, and readiness to pursue HAs...
April 8, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Ylva Dahlin Redfors, Andreas Björsne, Caterina Finizia
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to adapt the Swedish version of the International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids (IOI-HA) to the International Outcome Inventory for Alternative Interventions (IOI-AI) in the context of ear surgery (IOI-AIop ) and to test the psychometric properties. DESIGN: The validated Swedish questionnaire IOI-HA was adapted to the IOI-AIop by omitting the question about hearing aid use and changing the term "hearing aid" to "surgery" in the remaining items...
April 8, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
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April 1, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Ghazaal Shokuhifar, Mohanna Javanbakht, Mohsen Vahedi, Saeideh Mehrkian, Alireza Aghadoost
OBJECTIVE: Speech-in-noise perception is dependent on the interaction between sensory and cognitive processes. One factor that can relate to both processes is bilingualism. This study aimed to determine the correlation between auditory-working-memory and speech-in-noise in Persian monolinguals and Kurdish-Persian bilinguals. DESIGN: Speech-in-noise tests (sentences-in-noise and syllables-in-noise) and auditory-working-memory tests (forward and backward digit span, and n-back) were performed...
April 1, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Patrick Bowers, Kelley Graydon, Dani Tomlin, Gary Rance
OBJECTIVE: To explore the feasibility of remote diagnostic hearing testing within schools, for school-entry aged children (4-7 years). DESIGN: A prospective cross-sectional comparative study design was used to establish the reliability of remote hearing assessment by comparing traditional face-to-face pure tone audiometry (PTA) with remote PTA, traditional otoscopy with remote video otoscopy and interpretation of tympanograms in-person with remote analysis...
March 29, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Christian Füllgrabe, Brian C J Moore
OBJECTIVE: To develop an improved version of the profile of aided loudness (PAL), intended for assessment of the appropriateness of the loudness of everyday sounds. DESIGN: Initially, 16 participants with a range of ages and degrees of hearing loss indicated whether they encountered each situation described in the PAL and how specific they considered the description to be. Based on the responses, most situations from the PAL were eliminated and new situations were introduced, giving the Cambridge Aided Loudness Profile (CALP)...
March 22, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Åsa Winzell Juhlin, Ulf Rosenhall, Birgitta Wallström Berg, Maria Hoff, Hanna Wetterberg, Lina Rydén, Ingmar Skoog, André Sadeghi
OBJECTIVE: Knowledge regarding hearing acuity in the nonagenarian age group is sparse. In this study we aimed to advance our understanding of hearing loss in the 10th decade of life. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study in which standardised hearing measurements were performed during home visits, which included care home facilities and nursing homes to maximise participation. STUDY SAMPLE: Two unselected groups of individuals aged 90 ( n  = 42) and 95 ( n  = 49), sampled from the population-based Gothenburg H70 Birth Cohort Studies...
March 22, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Linghui Meng, Dingqian Hao, Dan Li, Jing Yue, Yuzhu Wan, Li Shi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the Chinese version of Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale (C-SSQ12) in the Chinese Mandarin-speaking population and to determine its screening cut-off value by comparing measured pure-tone average (PTA), the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly-Screening Version (HHIE-S) scores and C-SSQ12 scores. DESIGN: All participants completed the C-SSQ12 questionnaire and underwent the pure-tone audiometry...
March 13, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Feike de Graaff, Elke Huysmans, Paul Merkus, S Theo Goverts, Sophia E Kramer, Cas Smits
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to investigate the use of manually and automatically switching programs in everyday day life by adult cochlear implant (CI) users. DESIGN: Participants were fitted with an automatically switching sound processor setting and 2 manual programs for 3-week study periods. They received an extensive counselling session. Datalog information was used to analyse the listening environments identified by the sound processor, the program used and the number of program switches...
March 6, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Merlinda W Bernard, Nehzat Koohi, Doris-Eva Bamiou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate (1) the current level of awareness and knowledge on Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) among Audiologists and other hearing healthcare professionals; (2) current practices in screening, diagnosis, and management of APD in children and adults across the UK; (3) professional's acceptance of APD assessment and diagnosis. DESIGN: An online survey was disseminated through the British Academy of Audiology and ENT UK. STUDY SAMPLE: A total of 191 hearing healthcare professionals responded to the survey...
March 6, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Guido Cattani, Koenraad S Rhebergen, Adriana L Smit
OBJECTIVE: Modelling the head-shadow effect compensation and speech recognition outcomes, we aimed to study the benefits of a bone conduction device (BCD) during the headband trial for single-sided deafened (SSD) subjects. DESIGN: This study is based on a database of individual patient measurements, fitting parameters, and acoustic BCD properties retrospectively measured on a skull simulator or from existing literature. The sensation levels of the Bone-Conduction and Air-Conduction sound paths were compared, modelling three spatial conditions with speech in quiet...
March 3, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
David W Maidment, Kento Nakano, Rebecca J Bennett, Maria V Goodwin, Melanie A Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: To assess non-medical amplification devices in adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, and the impact of device features on outcomes. DESIGN: A prospectively registered systematic review. STUDY SAMPLE: Ten studies evaluating personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), and four evaluating smartphone amplification applications (or apps). Devices were classified as "premium" or "basic" based on the number of compression channels (≥16 or <16, respectively)...
February 29, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Komal Arora, Kerrie Plant, Pam Dawson, Robert Cowan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether a 500 pulses per second per channel (pps/ch) rate would provide non-inferior hearing performance compared to the 900 pps/ch rate in the Advanced Combination Encoder (ACE™) sound coding strategy. DESIGN: A repeated measures single-subject design was employed, wherein each subject served as their own control. All except one subject used 900 pps/ch at enrolment. After three weeks of using the alternative rate program, both programs were loaded into the sound processor for two more weeks of take-home use...
February 29, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Luciana Bramati, Lys Maria Allenstein Gondim, Lucas Schmidt, Débora Lüders, Karinna Veríssimo Meira Taveira, Noémi Néron, Cristiano Miranda de Araujo, Adriana Bender Moreira de Lacerda
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of hearing health education programs aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), of recreational and occupational origin, by means of a systematic review and meta-analysis. DESIGN: The search strategy was carried out in on five electronic databases, as well as referrals from experts. The risk of bias was judged, and the random effects meta-analysis was performed. The certainty of the evidence was assessed. STUDY SAMPLE: Effectiveness studies that used educational intervention in hearing health and prevention of NIHL were included...
February 27, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Caitlin Frisby, Ilze Oosthuizen, Vinaya Manchaiah, De Wet Swanepoel
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review aims to examine the current literature on help-seeking, hearing device uptake, and hearing health outcomes in individuals with subclinical hearing loss. DESIGN: Systematic review. STUDY SAMPLE: Searches of three databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE (PubMed), and Scopus) yielded nine studies meeting the inclusion criteria. The quality of the included studies was determined using the National Institute of Health quality assessment tool...
February 20, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Effi Katharina Lehmann, Cynthia Glaubitz, Katharina Heinze-Köhler, Tim Liebscher, Ulrich Hoppe
OBJECTIVE: Illness perceptions refer to thoughts and ideas an individual has about an illness. The aim was to understand how cochlear implant (CI) users' illness perceptions, in addition to their monosyllabic word recognition abilities, are associated with their self-perceived sound quality. DESIGN: Data were collected during routine CI check-up appointments. Participants completed the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (assessing their illness perceptions) and the Hearing Implant Sound Quality Index (assessing their subjective sound quality)...
February 18, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Yu-Chen Hung, Tang Zhi Lim, Pei-Hua Chen, Yi-Shin Tsai
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore how the consistency of hearing aid (HA) use impacts vocabulary performance in children with moderately severe to profound hearing loss and determine the amount of HA use time associated with better vocabulary outcomes. DESIGN: Personal wear time percentage (WTP) was an indicator of HA use consistency, and the information on HA wear time was collected from both parent reports and datalogs. Pearson's correlations were performed to investigate the associations between hearing loss severity, WTP and vocabulary performance...
February 15, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
Christopher Slugocki, Francis Kuk, Petri Korhonen
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether cortical sensory gating predicts how older adults with and without hearing loss perform the Tracking of Noise Tolerance (TNT) test. DESIGN: Single-blind mixed design. TNT performance was defined by average tolerated noise relative to speech levels (TNTAve ) and by an average range of noise levels over a two-minute trial (excursion). Sensory gating of P1-N1-P2 components was measured using pairs of 1 kHz tone pips. STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty-three normal-hearing (NH) and 16 hearing-impaired (HI) older adults with a moderate-to-severe degree of sensorineural hearing loss...
February 9, 2024: International Journal of Audiology
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