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  1. Audiometry

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    ... The following conditions may affect test results: Acoustic neuroma Acoustic trauma Age-related hearing loss Alport syndrome ... Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 190. Read More Acoustic neuroma Acoustic trauma Age-related hearing loss Alport syndrome ...

  2. BRAIN STEM EVOKED RESPONSE AUDIOMETRY A REVIEW

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    Balasubramanian Thiagarajan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Brain stem evoked response audiometry (BERA is a useful objective assessment of hearing. Major advantage of this procedure is its ability to test even infants in whom conventional audiometry may not be useful. This investigation can be used as a screening test for deafness in high risk infants. Early diagnosis and rehabilitation will reduce disability in these children. This article attempts to review the published literature on this subject.

  3. Objective Audiometry using Ear-EEG

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    Christensen, Christian Bech; Kidmose, Preben

    . Recently, a novel EEG-method called ear-EEG that enable recording of auditory evoked potentials from a personalized earpiece was introduced. Since ear-EEG provides a discrete and non-invasive way of measuring neural signals and can be integrated into hearing aids, it has great potential for use in everyday...... life. Ear-EEG may therefore be an enabling technology for objective audiometry out of the clinic, allowing regularly fitting of the hearing aids to be made by the users in their everyday life environment. In this study we investigate the application of ear-EEG in objective audiometry....

  4. Test person operated 2-Alternative Forced Choice Audiometry compared to traditional audiometry

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    Schmidt, Jesper Hvass; Brandt, Christian; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob;

      Background: With a newly developed technique, hearing thresholds can be estimated with a system operated by the test persons themselves. This technique is based on the 2 Alternative Forced Choice paradigm known from the psychoacoustic research theory. Test persons can operate the system very...... easily themselves. Furthermore the system uses the theories behind the methods of maximum-likelihood fitting of the most probable psychometric function and a modification of the well known up-down methods in the estimation of the hearing thresholds. The combination of the 2AFC paradigm and the maximum...... comparison with traditional audiometry. A series of 30 persons (60 ears) have conducted traditional audiometry as well as self-operated 2AFC-audiometry. Test subjects are normal as well as moderately hearing impaired people. The different thresholds are compared.   Results: 2 AFC Audiometry is reliable and...

  5. Objective Audiometry using Ear-EEG

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    Christensen, Christian Bech; Kidmose, Preben

    Recently, a novel electroencephalographic (EEG) method called ear-EEG [1], that enable recording of auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) from a personalized earpiece was introduced. Initial investigations show that well established AEPs, such as ASSR and P1-N1-P2 complex can be observed from ear-EEG...... recordings [2, 3], implying a possible application for ear-EEG in audiometric characterization of hearing loss. Since the Ear-EEG method provides a discrete and non-invasive way of measuring neural signals and can be integrated into hearing aids, it has great potential for use in everyday life. Ear-EEG may...... therefore be an enabling technology for objective audiometry out of the clinic, allowing regularly fitting of the hearing aids to be made by the users in their everyday life environment. The objective of this study is to investigate the application of ear-EEG in objective audiometry....

  6. Auditory assessment of children with severe hearing loss using behavioural observation audiometry and brainstem evoked response audiometry

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    Rakhi Kumari; Priyanko Chakraborty; Jain, R K; Dhananjay Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Background: Early detection of hearing loss has been a long-standing priority in the field of audiology. Currently available auditory testing methods include both behavioural and non-behavioural or objective tests of hearing. This study was planned with an objective to assess hearing loss in children using behavioural observation audiometry and brain stem evoked response audiometry. Methods: A total of 105 cases suffering from severe to profound hearing loss were registered. After proper h...

  7. The Role of Immittance Audiometry in Detecting Middle Ear Disease

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    Jacobson, John T.

    1981-01-01

    Immittance audiometry is an objective technique which evaluates middle ear function by three procedures: static immittance, tympanometry, and the measurement of acoustic reflex threshold sensitivity. This article discusses the technique's ability to identify middle ear effusion, the single leading ear disease in children.

  8. Audiometry and ossicular condition in chronic otitis media

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    mohsen Rajati Haghi; Mohamad Mahdi Ghasemi; Mehdi Bakhshaee; Atefeh Taghati; Atefeh Shahabipour

    2009-01-01

      Introduction: Ossicular chain injury is one of the most common causes of hearing loss in chronic otitis media (COM). Although definite diagnosis of ossicular discontinuity is made intraoperatively, preoperative determination of ossicular chain injury will help the surgeon decide about reconstruction options and hearing prognosis of the patient. In this study we compared preoperative pure tone audiometry (PTA) findings of COM patients with the ossicular condition determined during surgery. M...

  9. Prediction of hearing thresholds: Comparison of cortical evoked response audiometry and auditory steady state response audiometry techniques

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    Wong, LLN; Yeung, KNK

    2007-01-01

    The present study evaluated how well auditory steady state response (ASSR) and tone burst cortical evoked response audiometry (CERA) thresholds predict behavioral thresholds in the same participants. A total of 63 ears were evaluated. For ASSR testing, 100% amplitude modulated and 10% frequency modulated tone stimuli at a modulation frequency of 40Hz were used. Behavioral thresholds were closer to CERA thresholds than ASSR thresholds. ASSR and CERA thresholds were closer to behavioral thresho...

  10. Extended High Frequency Audiometry in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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    Cuneyt Kucur

    2013-01-01

    and BMI of PCOS and control groups were comparable. Each subject was tested with low (250–2000 Hz, high (4000–8000 Hz, and extended high frequency audiometry (8000–20000. Hormonal and biochemical values including LH, LH/FSH, testosterone, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, HOMA-I, and CRP were calculated. Results. PCOS patients showed high levels of LH, LH/FSH, testosterone, fasting insulin, glucose, HOMA-I, and CRP levels. The hearing thresholds of the groups were similar at frequencies of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz; statistically significant difference was observed in 8000–14000 Hz in PCOS group compared to control group. Conclusion. PCOS patients have hearing impairment especially in extended high frequencies. Further studies are needed to help elucidate the mechanism behind hearing impairment in association with PCOS.

  11. A user-operated audiometry method based on the maximum likelihood principle and the two-alternative forced-choice paradigm

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    Schmidt, Jesper Hvass; Brandt, Christian; Pedersen, Ellen Raben;

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To create a user-operated pure-tone audiometry method based on the method of maximum likelihood (MML) and the two-alternative forced-choice (2AFC) paradigm with high test-retest reliability without the need of an external operator and with minimal influence of subjects' fluctuating...... response criteria. User-operated audiometry was developed as an alternative to traditional audiometry for research purposes among musicians. Design: Test-retest reliability of the user-operated audiometry system was evaluated and the user-operated audiometry system was compared with traditional audiometry....... Study sample: Test-retest reliability of user-operated 2AFC audiometry was tested with 38 naïve listeners. User-operated 2AFC audiometry was compared to traditional audiometry in 41 subjects. Results: The repeatability of user-operated 2AFC audiometry was comparable to traditional audiometry with...

  12. Audiometry and ossicular condition in chronic otitis media

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    mohsen Rajati Haghi

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available   Introduction: Ossicular chain injury is one of the most common causes of hearing loss in chronic otitis media (COM. Although definite diagnosis of ossicular discontinuity is made intraoperatively, preoperative determination of ossicular chain injury will help the surgeon decide about reconstruction options and hearing prognosis of the patient. In this study we compared preoperative pure tone audiometry (PTA findings of COM patients with the ossicular condition determined during surgery. Materials and Methods: 97 Patients with COM who underwent ear surgery for the first time were included in the study. A checklist of preoperative clinical findings, audiometric parameters and intraoperative findings was filled out for all patients. Results: Mean amount of Air-Bone Gap (ABG, Bone Conduction threshold (BC and Air Conduction threshold (AC of 97 Patients were 35.17, 13.13 and 48.30 respectively. In ears with or without cholesteatoma, granulation tissue, or otorrhea, mean of AC, BC, and ABG were not significantly different. In ossicular erosion and discontinuity (OD, mean of AC and BC thresholds increased significantly but ABG didn’t change significantly. Conclusion: According to the results of this study, in preoperative assessment of COM patients to predict ossicular condition we recommend considering AC, BC and ABG levels together instead of using ABG alone as is routine in our daily practice.

  13. Accuracy of Cortical Evoked Response Audiometry in estimating normal hearing thresholds

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    Mahdavi M E; Peyvandi A A

    2007-01-01

    Background: Cortical Evoked Response Audiometry (CERA) refers to prediction of behavioral pure-tone thresholds (500-4000 Hz) obtained by recording the N1-P2 complex of auditory long latency responses. CERA is the preferred method for frequency–specific estimation of audiogram in conscious adults and older children. CERA has an increased accuracy of determination of the hearing thresholds of alert patients with elevated hearing thresholds with sensory hearing loss; however few publications rep...

  14. STANDARDIZNG OF BRAINSTEM EVOKED RESPONSE AUDIOMETRY VALUES PRELIMINARY TO STARTING BERA LAB IN A HOSPITAL

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    Sivaprasad

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The subjective assessment of hearing is primarily done by pure tone audiometry. It is commonly undertaken test which can tell us the hearing acuity of a person when carried under ideal conditions. However, not infrequently the otologists encounter a difficulty to do subjective audiometry or in those circumstances where the test results are not correlating with the disease in question. Hence they have to depend upon the objective tests to get a workable knowledge about the patients hearing threshold. Of the various objective tests available the most popular are Brain stem evoked response audiometry –non-invasive and more standardized parameter, Electro-cochleography, auditory steady state response. Otoacoustic Emission test (OAE Otoacoustic emission doesn’t measure the hearing acuity, it gives us an idea whether there is any deafness or not. But BERA is useful in detecting and quantification of deafness in the difficult-to-test patients like infants, mentally retarded people, malingers, deeply sedated and anaesthetized patients. It determines objectively the nature of deafness (i.e., whether sensory or neural in difficult-to-test patients. It helps to locate the site of lesion in retro-cochlear pathologies (in an area from spiral ganglion of the cochlear nerve to midbrain (inferior colliculus. Study of central auditory disorders is possible. Study of maturity of central nervous system in newborns, objective identification of brain death, assessing prognosis in comatose patients are other uses. Before starting a BERA lab in a hospital it is mandatory to standardize the normal values in a randomly selected group of persons with certain criteria like; normal ears with intact T.M and without any complaints of loss of hearing. Persons aged between 05 to 60 years are taken for this study. The study group included both males and females. The aim of this study is to assess the hearing pathway in normal hearing individuals and compare

  15. Accuracy of Cortical Evoked Response Audiometry in estimating normal hearing thresholds

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    Mahdavi M E

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cortical Evoked Response Audiometry (CERA refers to prediction of behavioral pure-tone thresholds (500-4000 Hz obtained by recording the N1-P2 complex of auditory long latency responses. CERA is the preferred method for frequency–specific estimation of audiogram in conscious adults and older children. CERA has an increased accuracy of determination of the hearing thresholds of alert patients with elevated hearing thresholds with sensory hearing loss; however few publications report studies regarding the use of CERA for estimating normal hearing thresholds. The purpose of this research was to further study the accuracy of CERA in predicting hearing thresholds when there is no hearing loss. Methods: Behavioral hearing thresholds of 40 alert normal hearing young adult male (40 ears screened at 20 dB HL in 500-8000Hz, predicted by recording N1-P2 complex of auditory evoked long latency responses to 10-30-10 ms tone bursts. After CERA, pure tone audiometry performed by other audiologist. All judgments about presence of responses performed visually. Stimulus rate variation and temporary interruption of stimulus presentation was used for preventing amplitude reduction of the responses. 200-250 responses were averaged near threshold. Results: In 95% of the hearing threshold predictions, N1-P2 thresholds were within 0-15 dB SL of true hearing thresholds. In the other 5%, the difference between the CERA threshold and true hearing threshold was 20-25 dB. The mean threshold obtained for tone bursts of 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 kHz were 12.6 ± 4.5, 10.9 ± 5.8, 10.8 ± 6.5 and 11.2 ± 4.1 dB, respectively, above the mean behavioral hearing thresholds for air-conducted pure tone stimuli. Conclusion: On average, CERA has a relatively high accuracy for the prediction of normal hearing sensitivity, comparable to that of previous studies performed on CERA in hearing-impaired populations.

  16. Contrast sensitivity test and conventional and high frequency audiometry: information beyond that required to prescribe lenses and headsets

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    Comastri, S. A.; Martin, G.; Simon, J. M.; Angarano, C.; Dominguez, S.; Luzzi, F.; Lanusse, M.; Ranieri, M. V.; Boccio, C. M.

    2008-04-01

    In Optometry and in Audiology, the routine tests to prescribe correction lenses and headsets are respectively the visual acuity test (the first chart with letters was developed by Snellen in 1862) and conventional pure tone audiometry (the first audiometer with electrical current was devised by Hartmann in 1878). At present there are psychophysical non invasive tests that, besides evaluating visual and auditory performance globally and even in cases catalogued as normal according to routine tests, supply early information regarding diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, renal failure, cardiovascular problems, etc. Concerning Optometry, one of these tests is the achromatic luminance contrast sensitivity test (introduced by Schade in 1956). Concerning Audiology, one of these tests is high frequency pure tone audiometry (introduced a few decades ago) which yields information relative to pathologies affecting the basal cochlea and complements data resulting from conventional audiometry. These utilities of the contrast sensitivity test and of pure tone audiometry derive from the facts that Fourier components constitute the basis to synthesize stimuli present at the entrance of the visual and auditory systems; that these systems responses depend on frequencies and that the patient's psychophysical state affects frequency processing. The frequency of interest in the former test is the effective spatial frequency (inverse of the angle subtended at the eye by a cycle of a sinusoidal grating and measured in cycles/degree) and, in the latter, the temporal frequency (measured in cycles/sec). Both tests have similar duration and consist in determining the patient's threshold (corresponding to the inverse multiplicative of the contrast or to the inverse additive of the sound intensity level) for each harmonic stimulus present at the system entrance (sinusoidal grating or pure tone sound). In this article the frequencies, standard normality curves and abnormal threshold shifts

  17. A study of brainstem evoked response audiometry in high-risk infants and children under 10 years of age

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    Ramanathan Thirunavukarasu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To evaluate the hearing threshold and find the incidence of hearing loss in infants and children belonging to high-risk category and analyze the common risk factors. Subjects and Methods: Totally, 125 infants and children belonging to high-risk category were subjected to brainstem evoked response audiometry. Clicks were given at the rate of 11.1 clicks/s. Totally, 2000 responses were averaged. The intensity at which wave V just disappears was established as hearing the threshold. Degree of impairment and risk factors were analyzed. Results: Totally, 44 (35.2% were found to have sensorineural hearing loss. Totally, 30 children with hearing loss (68% belonged to age group 1-5 years. Consanguineous marriage was the most commonly associated risk factor. Majority (34 had profound hearing loss. Conclusion: Newborn screening is mandatory to identify hearing loss in the prelinguistic period to reduce the burden of handicap in the community. The need of the hour is health education and genetic counseling to decrease the hereditary hearing loss, as hearing impairment due to perinatal factors has reduced due to recent medical advancements.

  18. The Frequency of Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Prescription in the Clients of the Avesina Education and Health Center, Audiometry Clinic, 1377

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    Abbas Bastani

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Determining the frequency of hearing disorders and hearing aid using in the clients referring to the Avesina education and health center, audiometry clinic, 1377. Method and Material: This is an assesive-descriptive survey that conducted on more than 2053 (1234 males and 819 females who referred for audiometry after examination by a physician. Case history, otoscopy, PTA, speech and immittance audiometry were conducted for all the clients. The findings were expressed in tables and diagrams of frequency. The age and sex relationship. All types of hearing losses and the number of the hearing-impaired clients need a hearing aid were assessed. Findings: 56% of this population were hearing-impaired and 44% had normal hearing were hearing. 60% were males and 40% females. Of the hearing-impaired, 44% had SNHL, 35.6% CHL and 8.2% mixed hearing loss. The hearing aid was prescribed for 204 (83 females and121 males if they need that only 20 females and 32 males wear it. Conclusion: It this sample, SNHL is of higher frequency. According to this survey, the more the age, the more the hearing aid is accepted (85% of wearer are more than 49 the prevalence of the hearing impaired males are more than females (60% versus 40%. Only 25% of the hearing-impaired wear hearing aids.

  19. Audiometry in Young Children

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    Muller, George

    1987-01-01

    The author of this article reviews various techniques in the auditory assessment of infants and young children. The success of these tests depends on the overall functioning of the child, and not on chronological age alone. Any significant deviation from the normal auditory behaviour should raise suspicion of possible auditory impairment. Diagnostic audiology involves more than mere testing of the peripheral auditory mechanism in isolation. It necessitates investigation of possible neurologic...

  20. Avaliação dos limiares auditivos com e sem equipamento de proteção individual Pure tone audiometry with and without specific ear protectors

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    Carlos Antonio Rodrigues de Faria

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Os autores realizaram estudo caso-controle audiométrico em indivíduos com e sem protetor auricular auditivo. OBJETIVOS: O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar a real atenuação individual dado pelos protetores. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 30 indivíduos (ou 60 orelhas de diferentes atividades profissionais, de ambos os sexos, com idades entre 20 e 58 anos, apresentando audição normal e tendo realizado repouso auditivo de 10 horas, submetidos a exame audiométrico com e sem protetor auricular auditivo, no período de fevereiro a julho de 2003, utilizando protetor tipo plugue. Avaliou-se as audiometrias nas vias aérea e óssea em freqüências de 500 a 4000Hz. RESULTADOS: Os resultados foram analisados estatisticamente e comparados aos dados fornecidos pelo fabricante. Assim se observou em ouvido real os níveis de atenuação auditiva obtidos com o uso destes produtos. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados permitiram chegar à conclusão de que os índices fornecidos pelos fabricantes foram compatíveis com os que obtive nos testes.The authors evaluated pure tone audiometry with and without specific ear protectors. AIM: The purpose of this case control study was to measure the level of sound attenuation by earplugs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The evaluation included sixty ears of 30 subjects of both sexes, aged between 20 and 58 years, of various professional activities, with normal hearing thresholds, and following ten hours of auditory rest. The statistical results of pure tone audiometry at 500 to 4000 Hertz with and without specific ear protectors were analyzed. RESULTS: These results were compared with those provided by the ear protector manufacturer. CONCLUSION: The results show that the rate of sound reduction was similar to the manufacturer's specifications.

  1. [Audiometry in the cellulose industry].

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    Corrao, C R; Milano, L; Pedulla, P; Carlesi, G; Bacaloni, A; Monaco, E

    1993-01-01

    A noise level dosimetry and audiometric testing were conducted in a cellulose factory to determine the hazardous noise level and the prevalence of noise induced hearing loss among the exposed workers. The noise level was recorded up to 90 db (A) in several working areas. 18 workers, potentially exposed to noise injury, evidenced a significant hearing loss. While no evidence of noise injury was recorded in a control group of 100 subjects. This finding suggest a strict relationship between audiometric tests, the noise level recorded in the working place and the working seniority of exposed employers. PMID:7720969

  2. Application of auditory brainstem response and pure tone audiometry in early diagnosis of acoustic neuroma%听性脑干反应和纯音听阈在听神经瘤早期诊断中的应用

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    赵赋; 武丽; 王博; 杨智君; 王振民; 王兴朝; 李朋; 张晶; 刘丕楠

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨采用听性脑干反应和纯音听阈对早期诊断听神经瘤的临床应用价值.方法 回顾性分析了111例听神经瘤患者的临床资料、纯音听阈、听性脑干反应及增强磁共振结果,采用线性回归分析纯音听阈均值与肿瘤体积、病程是否存在相关性,采用卡方检验分析不同肿瘤体积在听性脑干反应异常发生率上是否存在差异.结果 听神经瘤引起感音神经性耳聋,纯音听阈均值与病程存在显著地相关性(P=0.000);听性脑干反应诊断听神经瘤的敏感度和特异度分别为98.2%和93.6%,肿瘤最大径>3 cm与≤3 cm两组,在患侧和对侧Ⅲ~Ⅳ波间期异常发生率上,差异均具有统计学意义(P值分别为0.038和0.045).结论 听性脑干反应联合纯音测听是早期诊断听神经瘤的有效方法.%Objective To investigate the clinical application value of using auditory brainstem response and pure tone audiometry for early diagnosis of acoustic neuroma.Methods The clinical data,the results of pure tone audiometry,auditory brainstem response,and enhanced MRI in 111 patients with acoustic neuroma were analyzed retrospectively.Linear regression analysis was used to analyze the correlation between the nean value of pure tone audiometry and the neuroma volune or course of disease.Chi-squared test was used to analyze the whether there were differences in the different neuroma volumes on the incidence of abnormal auditory brainstem response.Results Acoustic neuroma caused sensorineural deafness.There was a significant correlation between the mean value of pure tone audiometry and the course of disease (P =0.000).The sensitivity and specificity of auditory brainstem response for the diagnosis of acoustic neuroma were 98.2% and 93.6% respectively.The maximum diameters of neuromas were divided into 2 groups:> 3 cm or ≤3 cm.There were significant differences on the abnormal incidence of the Ⅲ to Ⅴ wave intervals of the

  3. Audiometria de altas frequências no diagnóstico complementar em audiologia: uma revisão da literatura nacional High-frequency audiometry in audiological complementary diagnosis: a revision of the national literature

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    Karlin Fabianne Klagenberg

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A audiometria de altas frequências (AAF é um exame audiológico importante na detecção precoce de perdas auditivas por lesões na base do ducto coclear. Nos últimos anos, a sua utilização foi facilitada pelo fato de os audiômetros comercializados passarem a incorporar frequências superiores a 8 kHz. Porém, existem diferenças relacionadas aos equipamentos utilizados, às metodologias empregadas e/ou aos resultados e interpretação. Assim, o objetivo deste artigo foi analisar a produção científica nacional sobre a aplicação clínica com AAF, para compreender sua utilização atual. Foram pesquisados textos publicados e indexados nas bases de dados LILACS, SciELO e Medline, num período de tempo de dez anos, utilizando como descritor "audiometria de altas frequências/high-frequency audiometry". Encontraram-se 24 artigos científicos nacionais utilizando AAF, cuja população avaliada, em sua maioria, apresentava de 18 a 50 anos de idade; 13 dos estudos determinaram os limiares utilizando como referência decibel nível de audição (dBNA; alguns estudos realizaram a comparação dos limiares auditivos tonais entre grupos para definir a normalidade; os autores relataram diferenças significativas nos limiares auditivos de altas frequências entre as idades. A AAF é utilizada na clínica audiológica para identificação precoce de alterações auditivas e no acompanhamento da audição de sujeitos expostos a drogas ototóxicas e/ou agentes otoagressores.High-frequency audiometry (HFA is an important audiological test for early detection of hearing losses caused by leasions in the base of the cochlear duct. In recent years, its use was facilitated because audiometers began to identify frequencies higher than 8 kHz. However, there are differences related to the equipment used, the methodologies followed, and/or to the results and their interpretation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the national scientific production

  4. A level stimulator programmed for audiometry

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    This stimulator has been designed for automated audiometric experiments on lemurians. The variations of the transmission level are programmed on punched tape whose reading is controlled by an audiofrequency attenuator. The positive answers of the animal are stored in a seven-counter memory and the results are read by display

  5. La audiometría de tonos puros por conducción aérea en la consulta de enfermería del trabajo The pure-tone audiometry via air conduction testing in the occupational health nursing visit

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    Antonio Javier Cortés Aguilera

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available La Audiometría de tonos puros por conducción aérea es una exploración complementaria que la enfermería del trabajo ejecuta de manera habitual en la consulta de salud laboral para la vigilancia de la salud de los trabajadores. Todo ello, en función de los riesgos profesionales a los que esté expuesto el trabajador objeto de estudio y con una periodicidad relacionada con dicha circunstancia y las condiciones individuales del mismo. Sus resultados tienen como consecuencia la toma de decisiones y, por ello, el enfermero especialista debe manejar los conocimientos necesarios para que el resultado obtenido sea válido y reproducible. En el presente artículo se definen los criterios de aplicación, las características de la cabina y el audiómetro, los conocimientos mínimos que debe manejar el enfermero, los requisitos de la consulta y los previos a la exploración, la técnica de ensayo y la descripción de los métodos ascendente y por encuadre, el registro audiométrico y símbolos usados universalmente, y además se detallan los contenidos del mantenimiento y la calibración a los que se debe someter el equipo de exploración.The Pure-Tone Audiometry via air conduction is a complementary examination which the Occupational Health Nursing carries out frequently in the visit of Occupational Health in order to watch the workers´ health. All that is according to professional risks to which the worker, object of study, is exposed. Such examination is done as often as that circumstance occurs and depending on the worker´s individual conditions. The results have as consequence the decision-making and therefore the specialist nurse must have the necessary knowledge in order to obtain valid and reproducible results. It is proposed in the present article to present the application criteria, the characteristics of the audiometry cabin and the audiometer and the minimum knowledge the health nurse must have. Furthermore, the requirements to visit the

  6. Noise induced hearing loss: Screening with pure-tone audiometry and speech-in-noise testing

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    Leensen, M. C. J.

    2013-01-01

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a highly prevalent public health problem, caused by exposure to loud noises both during leisure time, e.g. by listening to loud music, and during work. In the past years NIHL was the most commonly reported occupational disease in the Netherlands. Hearing damage caused by noise is irreversible, but largely preventable. The early detection of hearing loss is of great importance, and is applied by preventative testing of hearing ability. This thesis investiga...

  7. High Frequency and Regular Audiometry among Selected Groups of High School Students

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    Corliss, Leland M.; And Others

    1970-01-01

    Among study findings are: (1) girls seem to have less tendency to acoustic trauma than boys though the sampling groups was smaller; (2) the significant difference exists between those students who subject their ears to loud noises regularly and those who do not. (Author)

  8. Audiometria de resposta evocada de acordo com sexo e idade: achados e aplicabilidade Evoked response audiometry according to gender and age: findings and usefulness

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    Edmir Américo Lourenço

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A audiometria de respostas evocadas (ABR é um registro não-invasivo de potenciais elétricos auditivos nos primeiros 12 milissegundos, da orelha média ao córtex auditivo. ABR é importante na avaliação otoneurológica. OBJETIVO: Esclarecer as utilidades do exame, faixas etárias e sexo com maior incidência e topodiagnóstico segundo as latências absolutas e os intervalos interpicos. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: Neste estudo retrospectivo foram analisados 403 prontuários de ABR realizados em clínica particular na cidade de Jundiaí/SP, Brasil, suspeitos de alteração auditiva e/ou doença do SNC, com os pacientes divididos por sexo e faixa etária. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: ABR é um importante exame para determinar a integridade da via auditiva, limiares eletrofisiológicos e topodiagnóstico, embora o teste não indique a etiologia das alterações. Foi demonstrado que ocorreu maior incidência de achados retrococleares na faixa etária de 12-20 anos e sexo masculino, contudo crianças menores de um ano com fatores de risco não apresentaram um aumento na incidência de alterações condutivas, cocleares e retrococleares em relação à população geral estudada. As latências absolutas das ondas I, III e V foram maiores no sexo masculino e as alterações dos intervalos interpicos foram similares em ambos os sexos, sendo que o intervalo I-III foi o mais freqüentemente alterado.Auditory evoked brainstem responses (ABR is a non-invasive electrical potential registration which evaluates the auditory tract from the middle ear to the auditory cortex in the first 12 milliseconds (ms. The ABR is an important otoneurological evaluation. AIM: confirm the test's usefulness, major incidence and topography according to are range gender considering the absolute latencies of the waves and interpeak intervals. MATERIALS AND METHOD: we retrospectively analyzed 403 tests from a private clinic in the city of Jundiaí-São Paulo State-Brazil, from patients suspected of auditory damage or central nervous disorder, and the patients were broken down according to gender and age. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: ABR is an important test to determinate the soundness of the auditory tract, the electrophysiological thresholds and topodiagnosis. We found no differences between type of loss and gender; there was a major incidence of retrocochlear findings among male patients between 12-20 years old; children under one year with risk factors did not present higher incidences of auditory findings when compared with all the population analyzed. The absolute latencies of waves I, III and V were higher in males, but the interpeak intervals were similar in both genders, showing that interval I-III was more frequently altered.

  9. A Comparison of Thresholds in Auditory Steady - State Response with Pure Tone Audiometry in Subjects with Normal Hearing and Those with Mild and Moderate Sensorineural Hearing los

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    Sadegh Jafarzadeh

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Among all auditory assessment tools, auditory steady state response (ASSR is a modern test. Modulation frequency for this test is usually 80 Hz. The purpose of this study, was to examined adult subjects with 40 Hz and 80 Hz ASSR and compare the results.Materials and Methods: Thirty adult (60 ears were evaluated by ASSR and PTA test, Results were divided into three groups: normal hearing, mild and moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Results: In all groups, forty hertz ASSR thresholds were relatively closer to behavioral threshold than those of 80 Hz ASSR(p<0.05. Besides, the more severe hearing loss, the lower the difference between those two thresholds. Correlation coefficients were also higher in 40 Hz ASSR(p<0.05. Conclusion: Frequency modulation thresholds with 40 Hz are more likely to be closer to the behavioral thresholds. Moreover, it has better results than the thresholds with 80 Hz.

  10. Development of Guideline for Rating the Physical Impairment of Otolaryngologic Field

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    Park, Chul Won; Do, Nam Yong; Rha, Ki Sang; Chung, Sung Min; Kwon, Young Jun

    2009-01-01

    We develop a guideline for rating the physical impairment of otolaryngologic fields. Assessment of hearing disturbance and tinnitus required physical examination, pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, impedance audiometry, brainstem evoked response audiometry, Bekesy audiometry, otoacoustic emission test, and imaging examination. History taking, physical examination, and radiological examination for the vestibular organ and brain, righting reflex test, electronystagmography, and caloric te...

  11. A test method comparison on the brainstem auditory evoked potentials and the audiometry methods testing aircraft noise - induced hearing losses%飞机噪声性听力损伤的脑干听觉诱发电位及电测听方法比较

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    任力; 刘英; 叶舜华

    2002-01-01

    目的对飞机噪声暴露人群同时进行脑干听觉诱发电位(Brainstem anditory evoked potentials,BAEP)及电测听检查,比较两种方法检测听力损伤的价值.方法①对60名飞机维修保养人员及120名对照人群同时用脑干听觉诱发电位及电测听方法进行听力损伤检测.②用相关性分析及主成分分析等统计方法对该两种方法检测听力损伤的价值进行比较.结果①职业接触人群的BAEP潜伏期值与电测听1、2、4、6、8 KHz等频率及PTA、HPTA上的听觉阈值呈正相关,且与高频听觉阈值的相关性好.②用电测听4 kHz频率上的听觉阈值与BAEP的Ⅰ~Ⅴ波的峰间潜伏期做主成分分析:4 kHz频率上的听觉阈值的贡献率为78.9%,BAEP的Ⅰ~Ⅴ波的峰间潜伏期的贡献率为21.1%.结论电测听方法能反映主要的听力损伤状况,BAEP数据可预测飞机噪声对听力的早期影响,作为敏感性指标,对飞机噪声危害引起的听力损伤的早期发现具有较大价值.

  12. DPOAE measurements in comparison to audiometric measurements in hemodialyzed patients

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    Evis Bendo; Margarita Resuli; Spiros Metaxas

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the early detection of the damage of cochlear activity by using distortion product otoacustic emissions (DPOAE) (DP-gram) comparing to the results of the impedance audiometry. Methods: We examined 53 patients including 43 hemodialyzed patients, and 10 controls. First it was applied a tympanometry, and then in normal results we applied impedance audiometry and DPOAE (DP-gram). Results: We found sensorineural hearing loss in 67% of audiometric results of the hemodialyzed patients and there was a decrease of the DPOAE amplitude in 77% of hemodialyzed patients. In the control group there was one patient (10%) with neurosensorial in high frequencies hearing loss in both measurements with audiometry and DPOAE. Conclusions: There is a sensorineural hearing loss observed in most of the patients with chronic renal failure. DPOAE audiogram shows lower amplitudes than impedance audiometry and it can be used for the early detection of cochlear damage.

  13. DPOAE measurements in comparison to audiometric measurements in hemodialyzed patients

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    Evis Bendo

    2015-08-01

    Conclusions: There is a sensorineural hearing loss observed in most of the patients with chronic renal failure. DPOAE audiogram shows lower amplitudes than impedance audiometry and it can be used for the early detection of cochlear damage.

  14. Value of Screening for Deafness in the First Year of Life.

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    Boothman, R.; Orr, N.

    1978-01-01

    British Medical Journal, 1172 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02134. The effectiveness of current audiometric screening programs was evaluated in Scotland with 535 infants, using both conventional hearing tests and pure-tone audiometry. (Author/DLS)

  15. High frequency hearing thresholds and product distortion otoacoustic emissions in cystic fibrosis patients,

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    Lucia Bencke Geyer

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: The treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis involves the use of ototoxic drugs, mainly aminoglycoside antibiotics. Due to the use of these drugs, fibrocystic patients are at risk of developing hearing loss. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hearing of patients with cystic fibrosis by High Frequency Audiometry and Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. The study group consisted of 39 patients (7-20 years of age with cystic fibrosis and a control group of 36 individuals in the same age group without otologic complaints, with normal audiometric thresholds and type A tympanometric curves. High Frequency Audiometry and Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions tests were conducted. RESULTS: The study group had significantly higher thresholds at 250, 1000, 8000, 9000, 10,000, 12,500, and 16,000 Hz (p = 0.004 as well as higher prevalence of otoacoustic emission alterations at 1000 and 6000 Hz (p = 0.001, with significantly lower amplitudes at 1000, 1400, and 6000 Hz. There was a significant association between alterations in hearing thresholds in High Frequency Audiometry with the number of courses of aminoglycosides administered (p = 0.005. Eighty-three percent of patients who completed more than ten courses of aminoglycosides had hearing loss in High Frequency Audiometry. CONCLUSION: A significant number of patients with cystic fibrosis who received repeated courses of aminoglycosides showed alterations in High Frequency Audiometry and Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions. The implementation of ten or more aminoglycoside cycles was associated with alterations in High Frequency Audiometry.

  16. Diagnóstico da otite média em cães: comparação entre radiografia convencional, canalografia e audiometria de impedância

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Radiography (conventional and contrasted - canalography and audioelectrophysiologic (impedance audiometry tests were correlated with otitis media in 12 middle ear affected and 12 healthy dogs. When comparing both diagnostic methods, it was found that the reliability in the detection of otitis media in dogs was 100% for the first and 58.3-60.0% for the latter. Thus, it was possible to attest that the impedance audiometry was the most accurate method in the identification of otitis media in dogs when compared with radiographic assessments.

  17. Auditory function after continuous infusion of gentamicin to high-risk newborns

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    Colding, H; Andersen, E A; Prytz, S;

    1989-01-01

    Audiometry was performed at four years of age in 69 of 105 surviving children who had received continuous intravenous infusion of gentamicin during neonatal intensive care. A hearing loss of 20 dB was found in 2 of them (3%), corresponding to that shown in other studies of survivors following...... neonatal intensive care. Free field audiometry performed in another 7 children and questionnaires returned from 13 of the remaining 29 gave no suspicion of hearing loss. Thus there is no indication that continuous 24 hours intravenous infusion of gentamicin causes more hearing impairment than intermittent...

  18. A Multinomial Model for Identifying Significant Pure-Tone Threshold Shifts

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    Schlauch, Robert S.; Carney, Edward

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: Significant threshold differences on retest for pure-tone audiometry are often evaluated by application of ad hoc rules, such as a shift in a pure-tone average or in 2 adjacent frequencies that exceeds a predefined amount. Rules that are so derived do not consider the probability of observing a particular audiogram. Methods: A general…

  19. Otoacoustic emissions recorded in people with chronic migraine

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    Lori Cameron; Wei Sun

    2014-01-01

    Migraine, a moderate to severe chronic headache occurring on one or both sides, is a common disease affects young people. Although hearing loss in subjects with migraine is not rare, the correlation of migraine with hearing loss is not clear. In this study, we examined hearing loss in young migraine subjects to determine if migraine may be a factor in causing cochlear dysfunction. Seven college students with migraine and three age matched subjects without history of migraine were assessed using extended high frequency audiometry and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs). There was no significant difference in regular audiometry threshold between the migraine group and the control group. However, high frequency audiometry (9e16 kHz) showed thresholds at 25 dB nHL or higher in six out of twenty ears in the migraine group. The amplitude of DPOAEs were reduced for more than 10 dB in the migraine group in comparison with the control group. These data suggest that migraine may affect cochlear dysfunction evidenced by the reduced amplitude of DPOAE and high frequency pure-tone audiometry.

  20. Reiter's syndrome and hearing loss: a possible association?

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    Monsanto, Rafael C; Neto, Arlindo C L; Lorenzetti, Fábio T M

    2014-01-01

    Key Clinical Message Patient complained of hearing loss and tinnitus after the onset of Reiter's syndrome. Audiometry confirmed the hearing loss on the left ear; blood work showed increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C3 fraction of the complement. Genotyping for HLA-B27 was positive. Treatment with prednisolone did not improve the hearing levels.

  1. Effect of experimental hypothyroidism on hearing in adult guinea pigs.

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    Stearns, M; Goodwin, P

    1983-01-01

    A group of guinea pigs was rendered hypothyroid using propylthiouracil solution in their drinking water. The animals were hypothyroid for at least 120 days. During this time no change was noted in their hearing thresholds for high-frequency clicks. The audiometric evaluation was performed using brainstem evoked response audiometry.

  2. GJB2 (Connexin-26) mutations are not frequent among hearing impaired patients in East Greenland

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    Homoe, P.; Koch, A.; Rendtorff, Nanna Dahl;

    2012-01-01

    for GJB2 sequencing from DNA, were selected from 166 East Greenlanders by specialist audiology examination, including pure-tone air and bone conduction audiometry from 125 Hz to 8000 Hz. Controls were 108 East- and 109 West-Greenlanders. Results: Forty-five patients with HI were included, 24 males and...

  3. Reference hearing thresholds in an extended frequency range as a function of age

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    Jilek, Milan; Šuta, Daniel; Syka, Josef

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 136, č. 4 (2014), s. 1821-1830. ISSN 0001-4966 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP304/12/1342; GA ČR GAP304/10/1872 Institutional support: RVO:68378041 Keywords : hearing * audiometry * earphones Subject RIV: FH - Neurology Impact factor: 1.503, year: 2014

  4. Lack of ciprofloxacin ototoxicity after repeated ototopical application.

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    J. Claes; Govaerts, P J; Van de Heyning, P H; Peeters, S.

    1991-01-01

    The possible side effects of ototopically applied ciprofloxacin on inner ear function were investigated. The hearing function of pigmented guinea pigs was evaluated by daily frequency-specific evoked response audiometry after repeated application of the drug to both ears. Ciprofloxacin appeared to have no statistically significant effect on the hearing thresholds of the experimental animals.

  5. Resolution of sudden sensorineural hearing loss following a roller coaster ride.

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    Kumar, Aman; Sinha, Amrita; Al-Waa, Ahmad M

    2011-07-01

    We report a case of sudden unilateral sensorineural hearing loss of sudden onset during an aeroplane flight, which completely resolved during a roller coaster ride at Alton Towers theme park. A review of the literature concerning sudden idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss and spontaneous resolution are discussed. Initially, pure-tone audiometry showed a profound sensorineural hearing loss in the right ear and mild sensorineural hearing loss in the left ear (of note, the hearing was normal prior to the episode). Following resolution of the patient's symptoms during a roller coaster ride, pure-tone audiometry showed normal hearing thresholds in both ears. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a symptom of cochlear injury and the mechanism of the patient's symptoms was attributed to a patent cochlear aqueduct. PMID:22754856

  6. Reversible audiometric threshold changes in children with uncomplicated malaria

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    Adjei, George O; Goka, Bamenla Q; Kitcher, Emmanuel;

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    is inconclusive. Methods. Audiometry was conducted in children with uncomplicated malaria treated with artesunate-amodiaquine (n = 37), artemether-lumefantrine (n = 35), or amodiaquine (n = 8) in Accra, Ghana. Audiometry was repeated 3, 7, and 28 days later and after 9 months. Audiometric thresholds......Background. Plasmodium falciparum malaria, as well as certain antimalarial drugs, is associated with hearing impairment in adults. There is little information, however, on the extent, if any, of this effect in children, and the evidence linking artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) with hearing...... were compared with those of a control group of children (n = 57) from the same area. Findings. During the acute stage, hearing threshold levels of treated children were significantly elevated compared with controls (P <0.001). The threshold elevations persisted up to 28 days, but no differences in...

  7. HEARING ASSESSMENT IN CHRONIC RENAL FAILURE PATIENTS UNDERGOING HEMODIALYSIS

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    Arjun Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The auditory sensitivity of 63 patient of chronic renal failure on hemodialysis was assessed in order to know the effect of dialysis on hearing threshold. All selected patient were non diabetic with normal tympanic membrane and with no history of ototoxic drug and any hereditary hearing problems. Pure tone audiometry was done before and after dialys is and all cases were followed for 3 month. A high incidence of high frequency sensorineural hearing loss was obtained which could not be attributed to age , noise exposure and ottotoxicity. An association between high frequency sensorineural hearing loss a nd hemodialysis is thus suggested KEYWORDS: Hemodialysis ; Pure tone audiometry ; High frequency sensorineural hearing loss ; Duration of disease ; Chronic renal failure

  8. Audiovestibular effects of radiation in head and neck tumours

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    Hearing apparatus to some extent lies within radiation field when radiotherapy is given in head and neck tumours, which results varying grades of hearing loss. Totally 78 ears were examined by audiometry and caloric test. We found 30.5% ears suffered audiometry damage and 12.8% vestibular damage, among this audiovestibular damage 19.27% had conductive deafness, 7.7% had sensory neural deafness and 11.4% had mixed deafness which are similar to Bersanyi observation. Thus it is concluded that radiation produces more deafness in higher age group which is not dose-related but severity related to dose, conductive loss can occur in any dose while sensory loss is more with higher dose group and higher the dose in shorter duration more is the damage. (author). 5 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs

  9. Hearing Function in Heterozygous Carriers of a Pathogenic GJB2 Gene Mutation

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    Groh, Daniel; Seeman, P.; Jilek, Milan; Popelář, Jiří; Kabelka, Z.; Syka, Josef

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 62, č. 3 (2013), s. 323-330. ISSN 0862-8408 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP304/12/1342; GA ČR GAP304/10/1872 Grant ostatní: GA MZd(CZ) 00064203 Institutional support: RVO:68378041 Keywords : c.35delG mutation * audiogram normalization * high-frequency audiometry Subject RIV: FH - Neurology Impact factor: 1.487, year: 2013

  10. Assessment of auditory processing in children with dyslalia

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    Wlodarczyk £.; Szkielkowska A.; Ratynska J.; Skarzynski P. H.; Skarzynski H.; Ganc M.; Pilka A.; Obrycka A.

    2011-01-01

    The objective of the work was to assess occurrence of central auditory processing disorders in children with dyslalia. Material and method. The material included 30 children at the age 798 years old being under long-term speech therapy care due to articulation disorders. All the children were subjected to the phoniatric and speech examination, including tonal and impedance audiometry, speech therapist's consultation and psychologist's consultation. Electrophysi-ological (N2, P2, N2,...

  11. Hearing Loss due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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    Amir Houshang Mehrparvar; Mohammad Hossein Davari; Abolfazl Mollasadeghi; Mohammad Reza Vahidi; Mehrdad Mostaghaci; Maryam Bahaloo; Pedram Shokouh

    2013-01-01

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the rare causes of hearing loss which may cause reversible or irreversible, unilateral or bilateral hearing loss after acute or chronic exposure. In this report, we present a case of bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in a secondary smelting workshop worker after an acute exposure to carbon monoxide. This complication was diagnosed by pure-tone audiometry and confirmed by transient evoked otoacoustic emissions. Hearing loss has not improved after 3 months...

  12. Pendred's syndrome

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    This report describes Pendred's syndrome in three siblings of a consanguineous marriage, belonging to Rahimyar Khan. The children presented with deafmutism and goiters. The investigations included scintigram, perchlorate discharge test and audiometery. The perchlorate discharge was positive in index case. Bilateral sensorineural hearing defect was detected on Pure Tone Average (PTA) audiometry. Meticulous clinical and laboratory evaluation is mandatory for the detection of rare disorders like Pendred's syndrome. (author)

  13. Otosclerosis update (1). Pathophysiology and diagnosis

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    Otosclerosis is an otological disease that typicaly causes conductive hearing loss. This disease is an important clinical entity since hearing impairment in these case can be dramatically improved by surgery. In this review paper, we review recent research into the pathophysiology of otosclerosis and summarize clinical features, audiometry and diagnostic imaging examinations in 160 ears with otosclerosis that we treated surgically in our department. (author)

  14. Working and health conditions of drivers of a public transportation company in bogotá, d.c.

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    Chaparro Narváez, Pablo E.; Guerrero, Juan

    2011-01-01

    A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out. Aimed at identifying the working conditions of the drivers of a public transportation company in Bogotá. A technical inspection was done in some of the routes covered by the company. 194 drivers were included; all of them were interviewed, and submitted to medical and physiotherapeutic exams, audiometry, examination of visual acuity and visual field, spirometry and biochemical tests (glycemia, lipid profile, glycosylated hemoglobin and carb...

  15. Auditory acuity in type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Panchu, Pallavi

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The relationship between diabetes and hearing loss has been debated for many years. Hyperglycemia appears to have an effect on hearing loss and the proposed mechanisms are microangiopathy, neuropathy or a combination of both. The objective of this study was to evaluate a cross section of hyperglycemic subjects with age- and sex-matched normoglycemic controls with pure tone audiometry and compare the differences. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-one type 2 diabetes melli...

  16. VALIDATION OF THE ASSR TEST THROUGH COMPLEMENTARY AUDIOLOGYICAL METHODS

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    C. Mârtu; Oana Manolache; Rusu, D; Raluca Olariu; S. Cozma

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) is an objective method for determining the auditive threshold, applicable and necessary especially in children. The test is extremely important for recommending cochlear implant in children. The aim of the study was to compare pure tone audiometry responses and auditory steady-state thresholds. Materials and method: The study was performed on a group including both patients with normal hearing and with hearing loss...

  17. Tinnitus guidelines and treatment

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    Larsen, Dalia Gustaityté; Ovesen, Therese

    2014-01-01

    In this study literature search was performed on tinnitus guidelines and treatment. Tinnitus can be described as the perception of sound in the absence of external acoustic stimulation, and validated questionnaires, oto-neurological examination, audiometry tests, MRI and angiography are necessary...... as diagnostic tools. Antidepressants, melatonin and cognitive behavioural therapy have no effect on tinnitus, whereas sound generators, hearing aids and tinnitus retraining therapy show some but limited improvement. National recommendations are required to ensure a homogenous and optimum offer for...

  18. Self-reported hearing performance in workers exposed to solvents

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    Adrian Fuente; Bradley McPhersonY; Ximena Hormazabal

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    OBJECTIVE: To compare hearing performance relating to the peripheral and central auditory system between solvent-exposed and non-exposed workers. METHODS: Forty-eight workers exposed to a mixture of solvents and 48 non-exposed control subjects of matched age, gender and educational level were selected to participate in the study. The evaluation procedures included: pure-tone audiometry (500 - 8,000 Hz), to investigate the peripheral auditory system; the Random Gap Detection test, to assess th...

  19. Samsvar mellom audiologisk målt høreterskel og selvrapportert nedsatt hørsel i en populasjonsbasert studie: Resultater fra HUNT2

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    Bang-Larssen, Vibeke

    2014-01-01

    Background: Self-reported hearing loss has been validated against measured hearing loss across specific subgroups. However detailed validation studies on a large sample are limited. Purpose: The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of a single question on the identification of presence or absence of a hearing loss, compared against the gold standard of pure tone audiometry. The effect of level of education and self-reported health on the adjusted self-reported ...

  20. Hearing loss in Pompe disease revisited: results from a study of 24 children

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    van Capelle, Carine I.; Goedegebure, Andre; Homans, Nienke C.; Hoeve, Hans L. J.; Reuser, Arnold J.; van der Ploeg, Ans T.

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    textabstractLittle information is available regarding the auditory function in Pompe patients. Hearing loss has been reported in classic infantile patients, but it is still unknown whether central nervous system involvement interferes with auditory function and whether enzyme replacement therapy can improve hearing. Auditory function has not been studied in children with milder forms of the disease. We analyzed repetitive auditory brainstem response measurements and pure tone audiometry in 24...

  1. Hearing Loss due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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    Mehrparvar, Amir Houshang; Davari, Mohammad Hossein; Mollasadeghi, Abolfazl;

    2013-01-01

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the rare causes of hearing loss which may cause reversible or irreversible, unilateral or bilateral hearing loss after acute or chronic exposure. In this report, we present a case of bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in a secondary smelting workshop worker...... after an acute exposure to carbon monoxide. This complication was diagnosed by pure-tone audiometry and confirmed by transient evoked otoacoustic emissions. Hearing loss has not improved after 3 months of followup....

  2. Conductive and Mixed Hearing Losses: A Comparison between Summer and Autumn

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    Nickbakht, Mansoureh; Borzoo, Samira

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives Conductive hearing loss is common among children and adults. This study aims at comparing the results of conductive hearing loss in summer and autumn. Subjects and Methods Puretone audiometry and tympanometry tests were done for all patients who referred to the Iranian-based audiology center of Imam Khomeini Hospital in Ahvaz. Data on the patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss were analyzed. The impacts of season, age, and etiology of the disease were analyze...

  3. VALIDATION OF THE ASSR TEST THROUGH COMPLEMENTARY AUDIOLOGYICAL METHODS

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    C. Mârtu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR is an objective method for determining the auditive threshold, applicable and necessary especially in children. The test is extremely important for recommending cochlear implant in children. The aim of the study was to compare pure tone audiometry responses and auditory steady-state thresholds. Materials and method: The study was performed on a group including both patients with normal hearing and with hearing loss. The main inclusion criteria accepted only patients with normal otomicroscopic aspect, normal tympanogram, capable to respond to pure tone audiometry, and with ear conduction thresholds between 0 and 80 dB NHL. The patients with suppurative otic processes or ear malformations were excluded. The research protocol was followed, the tests being performed in soundproofed rooms, starting with pure tone audiometry followed, after a pause, by ASSR determinations at frequencies of 0.5, 1.2 and 4 KHz. The audiological instruments were provided by a single manufacturer. ASSR was recorded at least two times for both borderline intensities, namely the one defining the auditory threshold and the first no-response intensity. The recorded responses were stored in a database and further processed in Excel. Discussion: The differences observed between pure tone audiometry and ASSR thresholds are important at 500 Hz and insignificant at the other frequencies. When approaching the PTA-ASSR relation, whatever the main characteristic between the PTA and ASSR thresholds in one ear, the profile of the lines gap maintains the same shape on the opposite ear. Conclusions: ASSR is a confident objective test, maintaining attention to low frequencies, where some differences might occur.

  4. UNILATERAL SENSORINEURAL DEAFNESS IN SCHOOL CHILDREN; A CLINICAL AND AUDIOLOGICAL EVALUATION AT A TERTIARY HOSPITAL OF TELANGANA

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Interpersonal communication, day to day activities, learning language and acquiring grades in the school are important parts in the life of school going children. Unilateral or bilateral Loss of hearing affects education and the child feels handicapped socially, emotionally, and scholastically. Such children lose grades and retained in the same class affecting them emotionally. The present study was conducted in order to find out the various causes of unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss (USNHL in children and to study role of various audiological findings in diagnosing the cause of impaired hearing in children. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To find out the possible etiological causes and study the role of various audiological tests in finding the causes of unilateral impaired hearing in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS A prospective study was conducted in the Department of ENT of a tertiary Hospital attached to a Medical College in Warangal, Telangana. A total of 346 children aged between 4 and 15 years attended presenting with complaints of impaired hearing. Among them 73 children with unilateral sensorineural deafness were included in the study. After a thorough ENT examination subjective tests like pure tone audiometry and behavioral observation audiometry and objective tests like impedance audiometry, Oto-acoustic emissions (OAE, and brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA were performed. RESULTS While identifying the possible etiological cause of USNHL, OAE revealed 56.16% REFER and 43.83% PASS results. Impedance audiometric results showed 71.22% as Type A Tympanogram. Pure tone audiometric results were mostly showed severe and profound hearing losses together accounting to 87.66%. BERA findings were mostly on severe and profound hearing loss (90.40%. No children with syndromic or cranio-facial abnormalities were found. CONCLUSIONS A prospective Hospital based study of school children with USNHL showed acquired nature of the

  5. Caracterization from hearing thresholds from dentists in a poulation from Curitiba city / PR, Brazil

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    Gonçalves, Geyza Aparecida; Costa, Gisele Lacerda; Lobato, Diolen Conceição Barros; Marques, Jair Mendes; Ribas, Angela; Lacerda, Adriana Bender Moreira de; Gonçalves, Cláudia Giglio de Oliveira

    2012-01-01

    Introduction: The dentists are exposed to noise in their work place, being likely to develop of hearing loss neurosensory with induced characteristics by noise. Objective: Analyze the hearing thresholds from dentists characterizing them according to gender, age and time of service. Method: The form of the study is cross-section (or sectional), prospective, that analyzed the hearing thresholds from 115 dentists, through tone audiometry of 500 Hz to 8000 Hz by airway or bone conduction. Were an...

  6. Inbreeding as a cause for deafness: Dadhkai study

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    Sushil Razdan; Sunil Kumar Raina; Pandita, Kamal K.; Shiveta Razdan; Renu Nanda; Rajni Kaul; Sandeep Dogra

    2012-01-01

    Background: We report on the higher prevalence of deaf-mutes from a village in Jammu and Kashmir State of India. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study among 79 deaf mutes using pedigree analysis, audiometry, imaging and molecular analysis. Results: A high rate of hereditary deafness with 79 individuals diagnosed to be suffering from non-syndrome deafness in a total population of 2452 individuals residing in the village. Interpretation: Flourishing of intermarriages led t...

  7. AUDIOGRAM PADA PASIEN OMSK DI POLIKLINIK THT RSUP SANGLAH PADA TAHUN 2011-2012

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    Monica Yusilina Mutiara

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    Full Text Available AUDIOGRAM IN ADULT PATIENTS OF CHRONIC SUPPURATIVE OTITIS MEDIA IN DEPARTMENT OF ENT SANGLAH GENERAL HOSPITAL DENPASAR ON THE PERIODE 2011-2012 ABSTRACT Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media (CSOM is a chronic infection in the middle ear that can disturb the function of hearing. Impaired the function of hearing which can be caused by CSOM is deafness, ears ringing (tinnitus, pain in the ears (otalgia and discharge from ears (ottorhea. The examination that workable to test the function of hearing is audiometry examination. Audiometry examination is examination which aims to know degress of deafness and kind of deafness. Examination conducted using instrument audiometer. The purpose of this research is to know classification from deafness and the degree of deafness in people with CSOM in Department of ENT in RSUP Sanglah. The Method of this research is descriptive method using cross sectional design and retrospective data taken from Department of ENT in RSUP Sanglah denpasar. The result showed that the type of deaf conductive was the highest type hearing impairments (73,7%. From 28 people who suffering CSOM with deafness conductive, 20 people having moderate deafness degree (71,4%. Keywords : CSOM , audiogram, audiometry

  8. Hearing disorders in Turner's syndrome: a survey from Iran.

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    Bakhshaee, Mehdi; Vakili, Rahim; Nourizadeh, Navid; Rajati, Mohsen; Ahrari, Asma; Movahed, Rahman

    2015-12-01

    Turner syndrome (TS) is one of the most frequently encountered sex-linked chromosomal abnormalities, occurring in one per 2,000 female births. These patients present with short stature and failure to begin puberty. In this syndrome, there are multiple organ abnormalities, including auditory disorders. TS patients were referred to the ENT clinic by a pediatric endocrinologist. A questionnaire was filled out and the patients went through a complete otologic examination. They were then referred to the audiology clinic to undergo audiologic test battery plus high-frequency pure tone audiometry. From a total of 48 ears examined, 11 (22.9 %) had a normal audiometry. Mid-frequency sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), high-frequency SNHL, combined and mixed hearing loss were diagnosed in 6 (12/5 %), 20 (41/7 %), 6 (12/5 %) and 1 (2/1 %) ear, respectively. Tympanogram results showed normal compliance (A, As, Ad) in the majority of cases. B and C patterns were found in a few cases. Speech discrimination score was normal in all patients whereas speech reception threshold was normal in 92 % of the ears. Audiometry abnormality especially SNHL is common in TS patients, with the high-frequency pattern being the most frequent. PMID:25534285

  9. ROLE OF ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY IN EARLY DETECTION OF HEA RING IMPAIRMENT

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    Sree Devi

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: In the present study about 72 children with complai nts of hearing impairment attending the Outpatient department of Government Ear, Nose a nd Throat Hospital were taken up. These children were chosen randomly and were followed up from consultation stage till the final diagnosis after completion of all the tests. The age range of children was from 1 year to 7 years. 43 Children were males and 29 children were females. All the ch ildren attended the Government E.N.T. Hospital for evaluation and further evaluations were done at the Hearing Aid Centre. Most of the children were from poor socio-economic status (White Ration Card Holders. Average time taken for each child ranged from 60 minutes to 120 minutes since t he physiological tests have to be done for the children under sedation as they are not co-operativ e. The Aims and Objectives of this study are 1. Early detection of hearing impairment in children h as been the main aim of this study. Children of age groups, ranging from 1 – 7 years with a complaint o f hearing impairment are taken up for this study. Main emphasis being on sensori-neural hearing loss with or without speech impairment, cases of external and middle ear conditions are excluded.2. Assessment of the type and degree of hearing loss and knowing probable site of pathology by conductin g a battery of tests- PTA (pure tone audiometry, FFA(Free field Audiometry, Impedance Audiometry, OAE(otoacoustic emissions, and BERA(Brain stem Evoked Response Audiometry.3. Know ing efficacy and accuracy of Electrophysiological tests in children who are othe rwise uncooperative or cannot understand and follow the subjective tests. 4. Comparing the resul ts of Electrophysiological tests and subjective tes ts. 5. Analyzing the data in terms of gender, etiology, type of hearing loss etc. With the advent of the advanced electrophysiological tests of hearing like BERA, OAE, Electrocochleography and Auditory Steady State Response audiometry

  10. Relationship between Eustachian tube function and location of the perforation in chronic otitis media

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    Avick Kumar Das

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Eustachian tube function (ETF has been the center of focus as a prognostic factor because of its presumed primary role in the pathogenesis of otitis media and clearance of the middle ear cavity. There is a general agreement that adequate ETF is necessary for middle ear surgery. In this study, the incidence of ET dysfunction and its patency has been evaluated in inactive mucosal variety of chronic otitis media, in relation to the types of central perforation. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was done with 54 patients presenting with inactive mucosal type of chronic otitis media. All the recruited patients were first examined clinically and under microscope and then their audiological (impedance audiometry and radiological assessment of mastoid was done. Alongside otoendoscopy, nasal endoscopy, dye test were done. In all these cases, other routine investigations were also performed. Results: Impedance audiometry offers an easy means of assessing ETF. The automatic Toynbee test can be a practical, objective and suitable method to assess ventilatory function of ET. The saccharin test is a simple, cost-effective and is valuable diagnostic tool to assess the mucociliary function of the ET. Mucociliary and ventilatory function may vary in the same patient. Saccharin test and methylene blue tests are comparable. Patients having poor saccharin test, methylene blue test, and ventilatory test are more prone to develop central perforation posterior to the handle of the malleus. The most frequent abnormal finding at nasal endoscopy was edema about the tubal orifice. Conclusion: A clinically useful test for ETF is still lacking. Impedance audiometry offers an easy means of assessing ETF. Ventilatory function of ET which is the single most important contributory factor in the pathogenesis of chronic otitis media should be evaluated with the objective method before tympanoplasty.

  11. Outcome of Management of Otosclerosis by Stapedotomy Compared to Stapedectomy in a Jordanian Population

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    Hassan Al-Husban

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    Full Text Available Objective: To study the success results rates and complications of stapedotomy compared to stapedectomy in the operative management of otosclerosis.Methods: This is a retrospective study of 50 patients who were treated surgically for otosclerosis. The medical records of these patients were reviewed for the type of operation performed, complications and the serial pure tune audiometries pre- and postoperatively for at least one year. Patients with conductive hearing loss not due to otosclerosis were excluded from this study. The medical records of equal number of patients (25 patients with stapedotomy and 25 patients with stapedectomy were analyzed for hearing improvement or loss, postoperative nausea, vomiting, vertigo, nystagmus, perilymph fistula, reparative granuloma, labyrinthitis, tinnitus and perforation of the tympanic membrane. All operations were performed by the senior consultant-otologists of our department. Stapes superstructures were removed by crural scissors and stapes footplate was perforated by microdrill.Results: Out of 25 patients with stapedotomy, 22 (88% developed complete closure (≤10 dB of the air-bone gap on pure tune audiometry; in two patients (8%, the air-bone gap improved to less 20 dB, and recurrent conductive hearing loss (due piston slipping in one patient (4%. On the other hand, in patients with stapedectomy, only 16 patients (64% developed complete closure of the air-bone gap (≤10 dB on pure tune audiometry, and in four patients (16% the air-bone gap improved to less 20 dB, while recurrent conductive hearing loss occured in three patients (12%, one patient developed complete sensorineural hearing loss (4%, there was one case of fluctuating hearing loss due to reparative granuloma (4%, perilymph fistula was reported in one case (4% and no cases of facial palsy or perforation of the tympanic membrane were recorded.Conclusion: The results of this study clearly show that stapedotomy gives better hearing results

  12. Automatic teleaudiometry: a low cost method to auditory screening

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    Campelo, Victor Eulálio Sousa

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The auditory screening' benefits has been demonstrated, however these programs has been restricted to the big centers. Objectives: (a Developing a auditory screening method to distance; (b Testing its accuracy and comparing to the screening audiometry test (AV. Method: The teleaudiometry (TA, consists in a developed software, installed in a computer with phone TDH39. It was realized a study in series in 73 individuals between 17 and 50 years, being 57,%% of the female sex, they were randomly selected between patients and companions of the Hospital das Clínicas. Before were subjected to a symptom questionnaire and otoscopy, the individuals realized the tests of TA AV, with scanning in 20dB in the frequencies of 1,2 and 4kHz following the ASHA (1997 protocol and to the gold standard test of audiometry of pure tones in soundproof booth in aleatory order. Results: the TA has lasted average 125+11s and the AV 65+18s. 69 individuals (94,5% declaring to be found difficult or very easy to performing the TA and 61 (83,6% have considered easy or very easy the AV. The accuracy results of TA and AV were respectively: sensibility (86,7% / 86,7%, specificity (75,9%/ 72,4% and negative predictive value (95,7% / 95,5%, positive predictive value (48,1% / 55,2%. Conclusion: The teleaudiometry has showed a good option as an auditory screening method, presenting accuracy next to screening audiometry. In comparison with this method, the teleaudiometry has presented a similar sensibility, major specificity, negative predictive value and endurance time and, under positive predictive value.

  13. Neurotology findings in patients with diagnosis of vascular loop of cranial nerves VIII in magnetic resonance imaging

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    Grocoske, Francisco Luiz Busato

    Full Text Available Introduction: The vascular compression by redundant vessels under the VIII cranial nerves has been studied since the 80's, and many authors proposed correlations between the compression and the otoneurological findings (vertigo, tinnitus, hypoacusis, audiometry and electrophysiological findings. Objective: Analyze and correlate the different signs and otoneurological symptoms, the audiological findings and its incidence over individuals with Vascular Loop (VL diagnosis of VIII cranial nerves by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Method: Retrospective study through the analysis of medical records of 47 patients attended in the otoneurology clinic of Clinical Hospital of UFPR. All the patients have MRI exams with compatible pictures of VL of the VIII cranial nerves. Results: The tinnitus was the most frequent symptom, in 83% of the patients, followed by hypoacusis (60% and vertigo (36%. The audiometry presented alterations in 89%, the brainstem evoked auditory potential in 33% and the vecto-electronystagmography in 17% of the patients. Was not found statistically significant relation between the buzz or hypoacusis, and the presence of VL in MRI. Only 36% of patients had complaints of vertigo, the main symptom described in theory of vascular compression of the VIII pair of nerve. As in the audiometry and in brainstem evoked auditory potential was not found a statistically significant relation between the exam and the presence of the VL in the RMI. Conclusion: The results show independence between the findings of the RMI, clinical picture and audiological results (p>0,05 suggesting that there are no exclusive and direct relation between the diagnosis of vascular loop in the MRI and the clinical picture matching.

  14. A study of the high-frequency hearing thresholds of dentistry professionals

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    Lopes, Andréa Cintra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In the dentistry practice, dentists are exposed to harmful effects caused by several factors, such as the noise produced by their work instruments. In 1959, the American Dental Association recommended periodical hearing assessments and the use of ear protectors. Aquiring more information regarding dentists', dental nurses', and prosthodontists' hearing abilities is necessary to propose prevention measures and early treatment strategies. Objective: To investigate the auditory thresholds of dentists, dental nurses, and prosthodontists. Method: In this clinical and experimental study, 44 dentists (Group I; GI, 36 dental nurses (Group II; GII, and 28 prosthodontists (Group III; GIII were included, , with a total of 108 professionals. The procedures that were performed included a specific interview, ear canal inspection, conventional and high-frequency threshold audiometry, a speech reception threshold test, and an acoustic impedance test. Results: In the 3 groups that were tested, the comparison between the mean hearing thresholds provided evidence of worsened hearing ability relative to the increase in frequency. For the tritonal mean at 500 to 2,000 Hz and 3,000 to 6,000 Hz, GIII presented the worst thresholds. For the mean of the high frequencies (9,000 and 16,000 Hz, GII presented the worst thresholds. Conclusion: The conventional hearing threshold evaluation did not demonstrate alterations in the 3 groups that were tested; however, the complementary tests such as high-frequency audiometry provided greater efficacy in the early detection of hearing problems, since this population's hearing loss impaired hearing ability at frequencies that are not tested by the conventional tests. Therefore, we emphasize the need of utilizing high-frequency threshold audiometry in the hearing assessment routine in combination with other audiological tests.

  15. Characterization of hearing thresholds from 500 to 16,000 hz in dentists: a comparative study.

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    Gonçalves, Claudia Giglio de Oliveira; Santos, Luciana; Lobato, Diolen; Ribas, Angela; Lacerda, Adriana Bender Moreira; Marques, Jair

    2015-04-01

    Introduction High-level noise exposure in dentists' workplaces may cause damages to the auditory systems. High-frequency audiometry is an important tool in the investigation in the early diagnosis of hearing loss. Objectives To analyze the auditory thresholds at frequencies from 500 to 16,000 Hz of dentists in the city of Curitiba. Methods This historic cohort study retrospectively tested hearing thresholds from 500 to 16,000 Hz with a group of dentists from Curitiba, in the state of Paraná, Brazil. Eighty subjects participated in the study, separated into a dentist group and a control group, with the same age range and gender across groups but with no history of occupational exposure to high levels of sound pressure in the control group. Subjects were tested with conventional audiometry and high-frequency audiometry and answered a questionnaire about exposure to noise. Results Results showed that 81% of dentists did not receive any information regarding noise at university; 6 (15%) dentists had sensorineural hearing impairment; significant differences were observed between the groups only at frequencies of 500 Hz and 1,000, 6,000 and 8,000 Hz in the right ear. There was no significant difference between the groups after analysis of mean hearing thresholds of high frequencies with the average hearing thresholds in conventional frequencies; subjects who had been working as dentists for longer than 10 years had worse tonal hearing thresholds at high frequencies. Conclusions In this study, we observed that dentists are at risk for the development of sensorineural hearing loss especially after 10 years of service. PMID:25992172

  16. Sensorineural hearing loss in high school teenagers in Mexico City and its relationship with recreational noise Las alteraciones auditivas de escolares adolescentes en la Ciudad de México pueden estar relacionadas al ruido recreativo

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    María del Consuelo Martínez-Wbaldo; Claudia Soto-Vázquez; Ivonne Ferre-Calacich; Elizabeth Zambrano-Sánchez; Lucía Noguez-Trejo; Adrián Poblano

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    The aim of this study was to measure the frequency of hearing loss in a sample of typical public high-school students exposed to recreational noise, and determine associated risk factors. The sample was made up of 214 teenagers from a high-school in Mexico City; subjects were selected randomly per strata. We applied a questionnaire to identify risk factors for hearing loss and performed a battery of audiologic tests consisting of otoscopy, tympanometry, and pure-tone audiometry. The mean age ...

  17. Estudo audiológico de uma população idosa brasileira Audiological study of an elderly brazilian population

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    Luís Cláudio do Carmo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A população idosa brasileira cresce e representa 8,6% do total populacional. Fatores ambientais, hábitos de vida, sexo e fatores genéticos interferem na evolução da presbiacusia que reduz a qualidade de vida. OBJETIVO: Investigar queixas audiológicas e vestibulares em idosos, executar audiometria tonal, verificar se há diferenças entre os sexos. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo de corte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: 320 pacientes idosos (160 homens e 160 mulheres foram submetidos a anamnese audiológica e audiometria tonal. Análise estatística dos resultados pelos testes ANOVA, Mann-Whitney e Qui-Quadrado. RESULTADO: As queixas audiológicas e vestibulares (perda auditiva, tinnitus, plenitude auricular, tontura foram similares entre os sexos (exceção, a tontura: pThe Brazilian elderly population is growing, and already represents 8,6% of our total population. Environmental factors, lifestyle, gender and genetics impact the development of presbycusis, which reduces quality of life. AIM: investigate audiologic and vestibular complaints in the elderly; perform tonal audiometry and check to see if there are differences between genders. STUDY: Cross-sectional clinical prospective study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 320 elderly patients (160 men and 160 women were submitted to audiologic interview and tonal audiometry. The results were statistically analyzed by the following methods: ANOVA, Mann-Whitney and Chi-Squared. RESULTS: audiologic and vestibular complaints (hearing loss, tinnitus, ear fullness, dizziness were similar between the genders (except for dizziness: p<0,05; tonal audiometry showed a significant difference, with hearing loss in the high frequencies among men; and among women the curves were descending and flat. These results were statistically significant (P<0,001. CONCLUSION: our results lead us to conclude that, when the genders are compared, hearing loss in the elderly has similar symptoms; however, there are

  18. Is Hearing Impairment Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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    Emamifar, Amir; Bjoerndal, Kristine; Jensen Hansen, Inger Marie

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    BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, inflammatory disease that affects 1% of the population. The auditory system may be involved during the course of disease; however the association of RA and hearing impairment has not been clearly defined. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review......, hearing test, audiometry, auditory dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis. CONCLUSION: Based on our review it can be postulated that patients with RA are at higher risk of hearing impairment compared to healthy subjects in their course of the disease. The hearing impairment in RA seems to be a...

  19. Sudden Hearing Loss Treated With Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO – Case Study

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    Fal Michał

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    Full Text Available The article presents a case study of a 32-year-old patient admitted to the Mazowia Hyperbaric Therapy Centre due to a sudden loss of hearing. In an interview the patient reported an abrupt hearing deterioration in his right ear and the feeling of congestion in the left ear with bilateral tinnitus present for over 2 months. The patient was qualified to undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO. After 15 treatment sessions in a pressure chamber a noticeable improvement of hearing in his right-ear was noted (proved by pure tone audiometry and subjective hearing upswing in his left ear.

  20. Distortion product otoacoustic emission fine structure of symphony orchestra musicians

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    Reuter, Karen; Hammershøi, Dorte

    Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) are sounds produced by the healthy inner ear. They can be measured as low-level signals in the ear canal and are used to monitor the functioning of outer hair cells.Several studies indicate that OAE might be a more sensitive measure to detect early noise-induced hearing...... losses than puretone audiometry. The distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) fine structure is obtained when the ear is stimulated by dual tone stimuli using a high frequency resolution. It is characterized by quasi-periodic variations across frequency, as it can be observed in the hearing...

  1. Distortion product otoacoustic emission fine structure of symphony orchestra musicians

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    Reuter, Karen; Hammershøi, Dorte

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    Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) are sounds produced by the healthy inner ear. They can be measured as low-level signals in the ear canal and are used to monitor the functioning of outer hair cells. Many studies indicate that OAE might be a more sensitive measure to detect early noise-induced haring...... losses than pure-tone audiometry. The distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) fine structure is obtained when the ear is stiumulated by dual tone stimuli using a high frequency resolution. It is characterized by quasi-periodic variations across frequency, as it can be observed in the hearing...

  2. Over-exposure effects on the distortion product otoacoustic emission

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    with hearing-loss. Reported measurements of OAEs before and after noise exposure suggest that OAE is a more sensitive measure for the hearing function than pure-tone audiometry and therefore might be a measure for the early identification of hearing loss. No individual diagnosis of OAEs is possible...... highly individual and stable over time. No unequivocal relation between the characteristics of the DPOAE fine structure and the state of hearing could be found. It is suggested to eliminate the DPOAE fine structure in the DPOAE measurement and to establish a reference zero from a large amount of DPOAE...... data, to which individual DPOAE levels can be compared....

  3. Clinical and audiological evaluation of hearing impaired children

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    Zafarullah Beigh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Daily activities, interpersonal relationship, employment, and general well being; among such skills, communication skills are essential to a successful life for all individuals. Such skills affect education, adequate hearing acuity is of paramount importance and acts as a prerequisite in the overall personality development of an individual. Hearing impairment at any age has serious effects on the day to day life of an individual and he/she feels handicapped socially, emotionally, and scholastically. A child stuck with this malady is a back bencher in the class, excommunicative, and absent-minded. This study was conducted in order to find out various causes of hearing impairment in children and to study role of various audiological and radiological tests in finding the cause of impaired hearing in children. Aims and Objectives: To assess the possible etiological causes of hearing impairment in children. Study role of various audiological tests in finding the cause of impaired hearing in children. Study Design: Prospective study. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in the Department of ENT and HNS of government medical college Srinagar. A total of 150 children of age range 0-14 years visited our ENT Department with complaints of impaired hearing, but only 70 children who met the inclusion criteria of impaired hearing and defective/delayed speech were selected for this study. Results of initial evaluation by means of comprehensive clinical history and followed by proper thorough systemic physical examination from head to toe was performed. These hearing impaired children were subjected to various subjective and objective tests; pure tone audiometry and behavioral observation audiometry were performed for subjective tests and impedance audiometry, Oto-acoustic emissions (OAE, and brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA were performed for objective tests. Results: Possible etiological cause on the basis of history were birth anoxia (2

  4. Auditory Neuropathy/Dyssynchrony in Biotinidase Deficiency

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    Yaghini, Omid

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    Biotinidase deficiency is a disorder inherited autosomal recessively showing evidence of hearing loss and optic atrophy in addition to seizures, hypotonia, and ataxia. In the present study, a 2-year-old boy with Biotinidase deficiency is presented in which clinical symptoms have been reported with auditory neuropathy/auditory dyssynchrony (AN/AD). In this case, transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions showed bilaterally normal responses representing normal function of outer hair cells. In contrast, acoustic reflex test showed absent reflexes bilaterally, and visual reinforcement audiometry and auditory brainstem responses indicated severe to profound hearing loss in both ears. These results suggest AN/AD in patients with Biotinidase deficiency. PMID:27144235

  5. Otosyfilis

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    Wanscher, Jens; Faber, Christian

    2010-01-01

    We present a case in which a patient infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) developed a sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus due to inner-ear syphilis affection. The patient had normal otomicroscopy, tympanometry, ear, nose & throat examination, caloric test and intracranial magnetic...... resonance imagining. Relevant serological blood samples and lumbal puncture indicated syphilis in its secondary stage or the early latent phase. Audiometry demonstrated a considerable improvement and tinnitus decreased after ten days of treatment with antibiotics and prednisone. Udgivelsesdato: 2010-Jul-12...

  6. かごしま丸機関室騒音と聴力障害

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    松野, 保久; 田中, 久雄; 関岡, 幹尚; 山中, 有一; 藤枝, 繁; 矢崎, 宗徳; マツノ, ヤスヒサ; タナカ, ヒサオ; セキオカ, ミキヒサ; ヤマナカ, ユウイチ; フジエダ, シゲル; ヤザキ, ムネノリ; MATSUNO, Yasuhisa; TANAKA, Hisao; SEKIOKA, Mikihisa

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    It was found that the environmental noise level in the engine room of the fishing training ship Kagoshima-maru was 95~100 dB. Therefore, the frequency analyses of the noise in the engine room and the engine control room, and audiometry for crew were carried out. The maxima sound levels were appeared at 50~75 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 800 Hz, 900 Hz respectively. The soundproof effect of the engine control room had a maximum at 1.3 kHz, with 47 dB attenuation of the sound level. Results of 1...

  7. Characterization of Hearing Thresholds from 500 to 16,000 Hz in Dentists: A Comparative Study

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    Gonçalves, Claudia Giglio de Oliveira; Santos, Luciana; Lobato, Diolen; Ribas, Angela; Lacerda, Adriana Bender Moreira de; Marques, Jair

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    Introduction High-level noise exposure in dentists' workplaces may cause damages to the auditory systems. High-frequency audiometry is an important tool in the investigation in the early diagnosis of hearing loss. Objectives To analyze the auditory thresholds at frequencies from 500 to 16,000 Hz of dentists in the city of Curitiba. Methods This historic cohort study retrospectively tested hearing thresholds from 500 to 16,000 Hz with a group of dentists from Curitiba, in the state of Paraná, ...

  8. Clinical significance of auditive involvement in rheumatoid arthritis: a case-control study.

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    Alonso, Laura; Gutierrez-Farfan, Ileana; Peña-Ayala, Angelica; Perez-Bastidas, Maria-Esther; Espinosa, Rolando

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    Introduction. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can involve the incudomalleolar or incudostapedial articulations. Objective. To know the punctual prevalence of audiological alterations in patients with RA. Patients and Methods. RA patients and their controls (Cs), were evaluated by Tonal Audiometry (AU); if there were alterations in the air conduction (AC), bone conduction (BC), Logoaudiometry (LG), and Tympanometry (T) were performed. Results. 45 RA patients and 45 Cs were evaluated. RA patients had 40% of bilateral and 17.8% unilateral alteration versus Cs with 22.2% bilateral and 4.4% unilateral alteration versus Cs with 22.2% bilateral and 4.4% unilateral in AC audiometry. In conventional T (CT) As-type curves in patients with RA, there were 22 LE (48.8%) and 26 RE (57.7%) versus Cs, there were16 RE (35.5%) and 20 LE (44.4%). In High-frequency T (HFT): the 3B1G pattern in RA more frequent versus Controls (Cs) in RE (P = .002 and LE (P = .01). There were no differences according to RA activity or RA disease evolution. Conclusions. There is a greater tendency of auditive loss of As curves in CT (rigidity in ossicular chain) and of the 3B1G pattern in HFT in RA. PMID:22482066

  9. Detection of Early Noise-Induced Hearing Impairment in Pilots

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    WANG En-tong; GONG Wei-xi; CHEN Wei; MA Xiao-li; XIA Hui; CHEN Jun

    2008-01-01

    Objective To detect early signs of noise-induced hearing loss(NIHL) in military pilots without hearing complaints. Methods Pure tone audiometry and acoustic reflex thresholds were tested in 36 military pilots (72 ears) with noise exposure history but no complaints of hearing loss. Conventional test frequencies (0.25-8 kHz) and extended high frequencies (EHF, 10 and 12.5 kHz) were included in audiometry. White noise and pure tones at 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz were used for acoustic reflex tests. Twenty normal hearing subjects(40 ears) with no exposure to occupational noise were used as controls. Results Pure tone thresholds at all conventional frequencies and at EHFs were elevated in the pilots, with the maximum shift at 4 kHz, compared with controls (p < 0.01 ). The pilots also showed elevated ART to white noise and decreased differentials between white noise and pure tone ARTs (p< 0.01 ). Conclusion Early signs of NIHL are present in some symptom-free military pilots. High frequency hearing threshold shift, elevated white noise ART and decreased differential between white noise and pure tone ARTs may be objective indicators of early NIHL.

  10. Audiological findings in patients treated with radio- and concomitant chemotherapy for head and neck tumors

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    To evaluate the functionality of the auditory system in patients who underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment with cisplatin to treat head and neck tumors. Case series with planned data collection. From May 2007 to May 2008 by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and the Department of Oncology/Radiotherapy at Faculdade de Medicina de Marília. Audiological evaluation (Pure Tone Audiometry (air and bone conduction), Speech Audiometry, Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflex testing and Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions) was performed in 17 patients diagnosed with head and neck neoplasia and treated with chemotherapy, using cisplatin, and radiotherapy. 12 left ears (70.5%) and 11 right ears (64.7%) presented bilateral decreased hearing soon after the treatment for the frequency 1 kHz (mild auditory damage) and for the frequency 8 kHz (more significant auditory damage). Patients with head and neck cancer submitted to the conventional radiotherapy treatment, combined with the chemotherapy with cisplatin, presented a high incidence of decreased hearing by the end of treatment. Strong evidence was observed linking auditory alteration to the amount of radiotherapy treatment

  11. Prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss in drivers

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    Andréa Cintra Lopes1, , , ,

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Work-related hearing loss is one of the most common occupational illness progresses over the years of noise exposure associated with the work environment, may cause damage to undertake physical activity, the individual's physiological and mental besides causing hearing damage irreversible interfering with communication and quality of life. With high prevalence of male evaluates which is the second leading cause of hearing loss. Since there is no medical treatment for this type of hearing loss, it is evident the importance of preventive and conferences aimed at preserving hearing and health as a whole. Objective: To assess the prevalence of hearing loss in audiometry admission of drivers. Methods: Retrospective study. By 76 charts of professional drivers in leased transport companies. We analyzed data from specific interview and pure tone audiometry. Results: The prevalence of abnormal tests was 22.36% with the lowest thresholds for tritonal average of 3,000, 4,000 and 6,000 Hz. The higher the age, the higher thresholds. Conclusion: This study has highlighted the occurrence of hearing in the absence of complaints. Considering that PAIR is preventable, justifies the importance of coordinated and multidisciplinary involving not only health teams and safety, but also the institutions involved in preserving the health of workers, as the team SESMET, unions or prosecutors.

  12. Transiently Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in Children with Otitis Media with Effusion

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    Dimitris G. Balatsouras

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Otitis media with effusion is a common pediatric disease whose diagnosis is based on pneumatic otoscopy, pure-tone audiometry, and tympanometry. The aim of this study was to evaluate transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions in the diagnosis of otitis media with effusion as compared to tympanometry. Patients and Methods. 38 children with bilateral otitis media with effusion were studied. 40 normal children of similar age and sex were used as controls. All subjects underwent pneumatic otoscopy, standard pure-tone audiometry, tympanometry, and transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions. Results. In the group of children with bilateral otitis media, transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions were absent in 51 ears (67%. In the remaining 25 ears (33% the mean emission amplitude was reduced, as compared to the mean value of the control group. Conclusions. Transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions should be included in the diagnostic workup of otitis media with effusion because it is a fast, reliable, and objective test. Transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions should always be used in conjunction with tympanometry, because a more meaningful interpretation of transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions measures is possible.

  13. Auditory steady state response in hearing assessment in infants with cytomegalovirus

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    Daniela Polo C. Silva

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To report an infant with congenital cytomegalovirus and progressive sensorineural hearing loss, who was assessed by three methods of hearing evaluation. CASE DESCRIPTION: In the first audiometry, at four months of age, the infant showed abnormal response in Otoacoustic Emissions and normal Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR, with electrophysiological threshold in 30dBnHL, in both ears. With six months of age, he showed bilateral absence of the ABR at 100dBnHL. The behavioral observational audiometry was impaired due to the delay in neuropsychomotor development. At eight months of age, he was submitted to Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR and the thresholds were 50, 70, absent in 110 and in 100dB, respectively for 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000Hz in the right ear, and 70, 90, 90 and absent in 100dB, respectively for 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000Hz in the left ear. COMMENTS: In the first evaluation, the infant had abnormal Otoacoustic Emission and normal ABR, which became altered at six months of age. The hearing loss severity could be identified only by the ASSR, which allowed the best procedure for hearing aids adaptation. The case description highlights the importance of the hearing status follow-up for children with congenital cytomegalovirus.

  14. Reversible Audiometric Threshold Changes in Children with Uncomplicated Malaria

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    George O. Adjei

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Plasmodium falciparum malaria, as well as certain antimalarial drugs, is associated with hearing impairment in adults. There is little information, however, on the extent, if any, of this effect in children, and the evidence linking artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs with hearing is inconclusive. Methods. Audiometry was conducted in children with uncomplicated malaria treated with artesunate-amodiaquine (n=37, artemether-lumefantrine (n=35, or amodiaquine (n=8 in Accra, Ghana. Audiometry was repeated 3, 7, and 28 days later and after 9 months. Audiometric thresholds were compared with those of a control group of children (n=57 from the same area. Findings. During the acute stage, hearing threshold levels of treated children were significantly elevated compared with controls (P<0.001. The threshold elevations persisted up to 28 days, but no differences in hearing thresholds were evident between treated children and controls after 9 months. The hearing thresholds of children treated with the two ACT regimens were comparable but lower than those of amodiaquine-treated children during acute illness. Interpretation. Malaria is the likely cause of the elevated hearing threshold levels during the acute illness, a finding that has implications for learning and development in areas of intense transmission, as well as for evaluating potential ototoxicity of new antimalarial drugs.

  15. Effect of recreational noise exposure on hearing impairment among teenage students.

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    Tung, Chen-Yin; Chao, Keh-Ping

    2013-01-01

    Several studies have focused on the potential impact of children's hearing loss on learning and development. Recently, numerous teenage students have been found to be fond of listening to music on personal devices and participating in recreational music activities. The objective of this study was to investigate teenage students' hearing impairment, their experience with recreational noise exposure, and their self-reported hearing. The participants were 1878 first-year students at a university in Taiwan. The result of the pure tone audiometry test showed that 11.9% of the participants had one or two ears with a hearing threshold over 25 dB. Over the past year, approximately 80.9% of the participants had taken part in at least one loud-noise recreational activity, and 90.9% of the participants were in the habit of using earphones. Among the participants, 190 students with a high level of recreational noise exposure were assigned to the exposure group, and 191 students with a low level of recreational noise exposure constituted the control group. The exposure group had more hearing problems than the control group, but no significant difference existed between the two groups in the pure tone audiometry test (p=0.857). It is suggested that the schools should reinforce hearing health education and proactively provide intervention measures, such as hearing tests, evaluation of noise exposure, and hearing protection. PMID:22940166

  16. Hearing impairment in Parkinson's disease: expanding the nonmotor phenotype.

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    Vitale, Carmine; Marcelli, Vincenzo; Allocca, Roberto; Santangelo, Gabriella; Riccardi, Pasquale; Erro, Roberto; Amboni, Marianna; Pellecchia, Maria Teresa; Cozzolino, Autilia; Longo, Katia; Picillo, Marina; Moccia, Marcello; Agosti, Valeria; Sorrentino, G; Cavaliere, Michele; Marciano, Elio; Barone, Paolo

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate hearing impairment in patients affected by Parkinson's disease compared with hearing scores observed in normal age- and sex-matched controls. One hundred eighteen consecutive patients with a clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease were screened. Severity of motor symptoms and staging were measured with the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (section III) and the Hoehn and Yahr scale. Audiometric evaluation consisted of a comprehensive audiologic case history and questionnaire, visual otoscopic examination, acoustic immittance measures (tympanogram and acoustic reflexes), pure tone audiometry, and measurement of brain stem auditory-evoked potentials. Healthy age- and sex-matched subjects were selected as the control group. One hundred six of 118 patients were enrolled. Pure tone audiometry revealed age-dependent high-frequency hearing loss in patients with Parkinson's disease compared with both normative values and values for healthy age- and sex-matched controls (75/106 [71%], χ(2) = 5.959, P = .02; 92/106 [86.8%] vs 60/106 [56.6%], χ(2) = 23.804, P sensorial inputs occurring over the course of illness remains to be determined. Because α-synuclein is located predominately in the efferent neuronal system within the inner ear, it could affect susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss or presbycusis. It is feasible that the natural aging process combined with neurodegenerative changes intrinsic to Parkinson's disease might interfere with cochlear transduction mechanisms, thus anticipating presbycusis. PMID:23032708

  17. Audiometric changes with age in Hiroshima: a statistical study

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    Hollingsworth, J.W.; Ishii, Goro

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    Audiometry observations were analyzed for 290 irradiated survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb in Hiroshima and in 293 nonirradiated subjects. The study was undertaken in order to determine the age changes in audiology in irradiated and nonirradiated subjects as well as to investigate the pattern of hearing levels in a Japanese population for comparison with patterns in Caucasians. The following statistical observations were made. Correlation between hearing levels for right and left ear. Correlation between hearing levels at various cycles. Changes in hearing levels by age and sex. The relation between age and decibel loss was not linear and correlation ratios with age were 0.45 to 0.72. Audiometry seems to be of some value as one of a battery of tests of physiologic aging designed for detection of irradiation induced nonspecific aging acceleration. In this relatively small sample, no differences in hearing acuity were detected in the atomic bomb survivors as compared with the control sample. 6 references, 3 figures, 9 tables.

  18. Auditory Neuropathy: Findings of Behavioral, Physiological and Neurophysiological Tests

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    Mohammad Farhadi

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Auditory neuropathy (AN can be diagnosed by abnormal auditory brainstem response (ABR, in the presence of normal cochlear microphonic (CM and otoacoustic emissions (OAEs.The aim of this study was to investigate the ABR and other electrodiagnostic test results of 6 patients suspicious to AN with problems in speech recognition. Materials and Methods: this cross sectional study was conducted on 6 AN patients with different ages evaluated by pure tone audiometry, speech discrimination score (SDS , immittance audiometry. ElectroCochleoGraphy , ABR, middle latency response (MLR, Late latency response (LLR, and OAEs. Results: Behavioral pure tone audiometric tests showed moderate to profound hearing loss. SDS was so poor which is not in accordance with pure tone thresholds. All patients had normal tympanogram but absent acoustic reflexes. CMs and OAEs were within normal limits. There was no contra lateral suppression of OAEs. None of cases had normal ABR or MLR although LLR was recorded in 4. Conclusion: All patients in this study are typical cases of auditory neuropathy. Despite having abnormal input, LLR remains normal that indicates differences in auditory evoked potentials related to required neural synchrony. These findings show that auditory cortex may play a role in regulating presentation of deficient signals along auditory pathways in primary steps.

  19. Evaluation of the use of a questionnaire by non-specialists to detect hearing loss in preschool Brazilian children.

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    Gomes, Mariana; Lichtig, Ida

    2005-06-01

    In developing countries there is a lack of trained personnel and testing equipment to facilitate early detection of hearing impairment in children. There is a need to develop a strategic functional model for identification of hearing impairments through a scheme for the optimal utilization of the limited and local resources in the community. A questionnaire offers a low-cost option, specially if it is administered by non-professionals. This study evaluated a parent report questionnaire by non-professionals, to identify hearing loss in pre-school children of a poor community in São Paulo city. Seven volunteers were trained by a professional to use the questionnaire. A total of 133 children aged 3-6 years enrolled in this study. Their parents answered the questionnaire administered by the volunteers and the children underwent audiological screening (audiometry and imitanciometry). The results showed that the volunteers reproduced the evaluation of the professional regarding the use of the questionnaire. The majority of the results were statistically significant and the minimal percentage of concordance was 77%. Of the 133 children who were tested, 12 failed the audiometry screening (9.02%) and 18 failed the tympanometry screening (13.53%). The questionnaire did not differentiate between the children who failed in the audiological screening from those who did not, suggesting further refinements are necessary. PMID:15900189

  20. Comparison of advanced optical imaging techniques with current otolaryngology diagnostics for improved middle ear assessment (Conference Presentation)

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    Nolan, Ryan M.; Shelton, Ryan L.; Monroy, Guillermo L.; Spillman, Darold R.; Novak, Michael A.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2016-02-01

    Otolaryngologists utilize a variety of diagnostic techniques to assess middle ear health. Tympanometry, audiometry, and otoacoustic emissions examine the mobility of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and ossicles using ear canal pressure and auditory tone delivery and detection. Laser Doppler vibrometry provides non-contact vibrational measurement, and acoustic reflectometry is used to assess middle ear effusion using sonar. These technologies and techniques have advanced the field beyond the use of the standard otoscope, a simple tissue magnifier, yet the need for direct visualization of middle ear disease for superior detection, assessment, and management remains. In this study, we evaluated the use of portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) and pneumatic low-coherence interferometry (LCI) systems with handheld probe delivery to standard tympanometry, audiometry, otoacoustic emissions, laser Doppler vibrometry, and acoustic reflectometry. Comparison of these advanced optical imaging techniques and current diagnostics was conducted with a case study subject with a history of unilateral eardrum trauma. OCT and pneumatic LCI provide novel dynamic spatiotemporal structural data of the middle ear, such as the thickness of the eardrum and quantitative detection of underlying disease pathology, which could allow for more accurate diagnosis and more appropriate management than currently possible.

  1. Patients affected with Fabry disease have an increased incidence of progressive hearing loss and sudden deafness: an investigation of twenty-two hemizygous male patients

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    Chassaing Augustin

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Fabry disease (FD, OMIM 301500 is an X-linked inborn error of glycosphingolipid metabolism due to the deficient activity of alpha-galactosidase A, a lysosomal enzyme. While the progressive systemic deposition of uncleaved glycosphingolipids throughout the body is known to have protean clinical manifestations, few data are available regarding the cochlear involvement. Methods We non-invasively investigated cochlear functions in 22 consecutive hemizygous males (age 19–64 years, mean 39 affected with classic FD. Conventional audiometry, tympanometry, ABR audiometry, otoacoustic emissions were performed in all patients, together with medical history record and physical examination as part of an exhaustive baseline evaluation prior to enzyme replacement therapy. Results A total of 12 patients (54.5% with classic FD were found to have abnormal audition. Five patients had progressive hearing loss and seven patients (32% experienced sudden deafness. In addition, a hearing loss on high-tone frequencies was found in 7 out of the 10 remaining patients without clinical impairment, despite their young age at time of examination. The incidence of hearing loss appeared significantly increased in FD patients with kidney failure (P tinnitus aurium was also found in six patients (27%. Conclusion This is the first evidence of a high incidence of both progressive hearing loss and sudden deafness in a cohort of male patients affected with classic Fabry disease. The exact pathophysiologic mechanism(s of the cochlear involvement deserves further studies.

  2. Contralateral routing of signal hearing aid versus transcutaneous bone conduction in single-sided deafness.

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    Leterme, Gaëlle; Bernardeschi, Daniele; Bensemman, Anissa; Coudert, Cyrille; Portal, Jean-Jacques; Ferrary, Evelyne; Sterkers, Olivier; Vicaut, Eric; Frachet, Bruno; Bozorg Grayeli, Alexis

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    The aim of this study was to compare a contralateral routing of signal (CROS) hearing aid to a transcutaneous bone-anchored device in the same conditions. This prospective crossover study included 18 adult patients with a single-sided deafness (SSD). After a trial period of 60 days with CROS and 7 days with a transcutaneous bone-anchored device (Alpha 1®, Sophono, Boulder, Colo., USA) on a headband, 13 (72%) patients opted for Alpha 1, 2 patients for CROS, and 3 rejected both rehabilitation methods. Clinical tolerance, satisfaction, hearing performances (pure-tone audiometry, speech test in quiet and in noise, stereo audiometry, sound localization, and Hearing in Noise Test), and quality of life (Glasgow Benefit Inventory, Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit and Glasgow Hearing Aid Benefit questionnaires) were measured at 3 and 12 months after the implantation. Both devices improved equally the hearing in noise and the quality of life. Transcutaneous devices represent an effective option in SSD. PMID:26021779

  3. Comparison of the effects of N-acetyl-cysteine and ginseng in prevention of noise induced hearing loss in male textile workers

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    Afsaneh Doosti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies revealed the role of antioxidant agents in prevention of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL. The aim of this study was to compare the protective effect of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC and ginseng on protection of NIHL in textile workers exposed to continuous noise in daily working. In this study, 48 participants were randomly allocated to three groups; Group I received NAC 1200 mg/day, Group II received ginseng 200 mg/day, and Group III (control group received no supplement. Pure tone audiometry and high frequency audiometry were performed preshift before and after 14 days (on day 15. Linear regression analysis results showed reduced noise-induced temporary threshold shift (TTS for NAC and ginseng groups at 4, 6 and 16 kHz (P < 0.001 in both ears. Furthermore, the protective effects were more prominent in NAC than ginseng. Our results show that NAC and ginseng can reduce noise induced TTS in workers exposed to occupational noise. Further studies are needed to prove antioxidants benefits in hearing conservation programs.

  4. The effect of intratympanic gentamicin for treatment of Ménière's disease on lower frequency hearing.

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    Sam, Gerben; Chung, Dick Wong; van der Hoeven, Ruud; Verweij, Sjoerd; Becker, Matthijs

    2016-08-01

    Background The intratympanic application of the ototoxic aminoglycoside gentamicin has shown promising results as an ablative treatment for vertigo associated with Ménière's disease. Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intratympanic gentamicin and to specifically analyse the effect of this treatment on high and low hearing frequencies in patients with unilateral definite Ménière's disease. Method Subjects were treated with intratympanic gentamicin and were evaluated on vertigo, tinnitus, mean pure tone audiometry threshold and speech discrimination score. Subjects were followed for evaluation for up to 2 years after treatment. Results The number of vertigo spells per month decreased and subjects experienced less tinnitus. During follow up there was an increase of hearing loss in the low (0.25-, 0.5-, 1-kHz) frequency range (13.3 dB; p = 0.03). There was no significant increase of hearing loss in the high (2-, 4-, 8-kHz) frequency range. A clinically significant change in speech discrimination score was found in 50 % of the subjects. Conclusion Our results indicate that intratympanic gentamicin especially affects the mean pure tone audiometry threshold in the low frequency range, which may have clinical implications. Though many of our results are (statistically) substantial the study was limited by the small cohort size. PMID:27073077

  5. AUDIOLOGICAL EVALUATION IN GERIATRIC AGE GROUP

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Age Related Hearing Loss (ARHL is defined as loss of hearing in elderly persons not influe nced by the extraneous factors like noise trauma etc or intrinsic like CVS related diseases or endocrinal disorders like Diabetes. Also termed as Presbycusis it is defined as the loss of hearing due to age related changes taking place in the auditory syste m starting from the pinna to the cortical centers in the brain. It does not include any other factor contributing or initiating the pathological changes in the auditory system resulting in hearing loss. All these changes in the tissues are not pathological but truly age related. The threshold of hearing is defined as the pure tone average across the frequencies of 0.5 to 8 kHz. The severity of hearing loss is graded as profound hearing loss : more than 90dB , severe to severe loss : 71 - 90 dB or more ; Moderate to severe hearing loss : 56 - 70 , Moderate hearing loss : 41 - 55 dB HL ; Mild hearing loss : 26 - 40 dB HL. Present study is to evaluate hearing loss in persons aged above 65 years both of those attending the Hospital for loss of hearing and those screened in a sur vey. AIM: To evaluate the hearing thresholds in individuals aged above 65 years attending the Government General Hospital and among the people attending the hearing screening done in the city of Warangal. The study also includes the review of the literature on ARHL. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 185 individuals aged above 65 years are evaluated for hearing thresholds with the help of pure tone audiometry and speech audiometry. Among the 185 individuals 102 are patients attending the Department of ENT for the compla ints of loss of hearing. The remaining 83 individuals are from the survey conducted to screen for hearing loss in the city of Warangal for the population aged above 65 years. Demographic data about the 185 individuals is collected. Pure tone audiogram and speech audiometry is done in all the patients. CONCLUSIONS

  6. Síndrome de woakes e suas manifestações audiológicas: relato de caso Woake's syndrome and its auditory manifestations: case report

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    Full Text Available TEMA: manifestações audiológicas na síndrome de Woakes. PROCEDIMENTOS: A.A.R., uma paciente adulta com diagnóstico de Síndrome de Woakes foi submetida a anamnese, audiometria tonal, logoaudiometria, medidas de imitância acústica e reavaliação das próteses auditivas. Além disso, realizou-se um levantamento do prontuário da paciente. RESULTADOS: a análise dos resultados audiológicos em três oportunidades indicou: configuração audiométrica plana, sendo que nos dois primeiros registros foi verificada uma perda auditiva do tipo mista, e, em 2006, uma perda auditiva do tipo neurossensorial de grau moderadamente severo, com curva timpanométrica tipo B, ausência de reflexos acústicos bilateralmente e IPRF compatível com o tipo e grau da perda auditiva. Houve piora de aproximadamente 15 a 20dB nos limiares auditivos por via aérea, e, de 15 a 30 dB via óssea, entre 1996 e 2006. CONCLUSÃO: a avaliação audiológica revelou perda auditiva bilateral com alteração das medidas de imitância acústica, sendo que o estudo das manifestações clínicas da Síndrome de Woakes permitiu aceitar a coexistência entre a perda auditiva neurossensorial e curva timpanométrica tipo B.BACKGROUND: audiological manifestations in Woake`s Syndrome. PROCEDURE: a female adult patient diagnosed with Woake's Syndrome has undergone clinical history, pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, acoustic immittance measures and revision of hearing aids. Her record files were also reviewed. RESULTS: three different pure tone audiometries were compared and indicated: flat audiometric configuration, with two evaluations indicating mixed hearing loss, and, in 2006, a moderate-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss with flat tympanograms, absence of acoustic reflexes bilaterally and good WRS. An increase of about 15 dB to 20dB of pure tone thresholds and 15 dB to 30 dB of bone thresholds was observed in 10 years of evolution. CONCLUSION: the study of the clinical

  7. The Accuracy of IOS Device-based uHear as a Screening Tool for Hearing Loss: A Preliminary Study From the Middle East

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    Rashid Al-Abri

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To determine and explore the potential use of uHear as a screening test for determining hearing disability by evaluating its accuracy in a clinical setting and a soundproof booth when compared to the gold standard conventional audiometry.   Methods: Seventy Sultan Qaboos University students above the age of 17 years who had normal hearing were recruited for the study. They underwent a hearing test using conventional audiometry in a soundproof room, a self-administered uHear evaluation in a side room resembling a clinic setting, and a self-administered uHear test in a soundproof booth. The mean pure tone average (PTA of thresholds at 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz for all the three test modalities was calculated, compared, and analyzed statistically.   Results: There were 36 male and 34 female students in the study. The PTA with conventional audiometry ranged from 1 to 21 dB across left and right ears. The PTA using uHear in the side room for the same participants was 25 dB in the right ear and 28 dB in the left ear (3–54 dB across all ears. The PTA for uHear in the soundproof booth was 18 dB and 17 dB (1–43 dB in the right and left ears, respectively. Twenty-three percent of participants were reported to have a mild hearing impairment (PTA > 25 dB using the soundproof uHear test, and this number was 64% for the same test in the side room. For the same group, only 3% of participants were reported to have a moderate hearing impairment (PTA > 40 dB using the uHear test in a soundproof booth, and 13% in the side room.   Conclusion: uHear in any setting lacks specificity in the range of normal hearing and is highly unreliable in giving the exact hearing threshold in clinical settings. However, there is a potential for the use of uHear if it is used to rule out moderate hearing loss, even in a clinical setting, as exemplified by our study. This method needs standardization through further research.

  8. Congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy with progressive sensorineural deafness (Harboyan syndrome

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    Abramowicz Marc

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    Full Text Available Abstract Harboyan syndrome is a degenerative corneal disorder defined as congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED accompanied by progressive, postlingual sensorineural hearing loss. To date, 24 cases from 11 families of various origin (Asian Indian, South American Indian, Sephardi Jewish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Gypsy, Moroccan, Dominican have been reported. More than 50% of the reported cases have been associated with parental consanguinity. The ocular manifestations in Harboyan syndrome include diffuse bilateral corneal edema occurring with severe corneal clouding, blurred vision, visual loss and nystagmus. They are apparent at birth or within the neonatal period and are indistinguishable from those characteristic of the autosomal recessive CHED (CHED2. Hearing deficit in Harboyan is slowly progressive and typically found in patients 10–25 years old. There are no reported cases with prelinglual deafness, however, a significant hearing loss in children as young as 4 years old has been detected by audiometry, suggesting that hearing may be affected earlier, even at birth. Harboyan syndrome is caused by mutations in the SLC4A11 gene located at the CHED2 locus on chromosome 20p13-p12, indicating that CHED2 and Harboyan syndrome are allelic disorders. A total of 62 different SLC4A11 mutations have been reported in 98 families (92 CHED2 and 6 Harboyan. All reported cases have been consistent with autosomal recessive transmission. Diagnosis is based on clinical criteria, detailed ophthalmological assessment and audiometry. A molecular confirmation of the clinical diagnosis is feasible. A variety of genetic, metabolic, developmental and acquired diseases presenting with clouding of the cornea should be considered in the differential diagnosis (Peters anomaly, sclerocornea, limbal dermoids, congenital glaucoma. Audiometry must be performed to differentiate Harboyan syndrome from CHED2. Autosomal recessive types of CHED (CHED2 and

  9. Amplified music and young people's hearing. Review and report of Australian findings

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    Carter, N.L.; Waugh, R.L.; Keen, K.; Murray, N.; Bulteau, V.G.

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    We gave 944 young people (aged 16 to 20 years) pure-tone audiometry, electroacoustic impedance tests, and ear, nose and throat examination. We questioned them about their histories of exposure to occupational and recreational noise. The data do not support the view that there is wide-spread hearing loss caused by exposure to amplified music in young people under the age of 21 years. However, the accumulated exposure of some of them to noise is such that, if their recreational patterns remain the same, they are at risk of some noise-induced hearing loss by their mid-twenties. Further empirical studies are necessary to determine whether these hearing losses will eventuate.

  10. Assessment of auditory processing in children with dyslalia

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the work was to assess occurrence of central auditory processing disorders in children with dyslalia. Material and method. The material included 30 children at the age 798 years old being under long-term speech therapy care due to articulation disorders. All the children were subjected to the phoniatric and speech examination, including tonal and impedance audiometry, speech therapist's consultation and psychologist's consultation. Electrophysi-ological (N2, P2, N2, P2, P300 record and following psychoacoustic test of central auditory functions were performed (Frequency Pattern Test. Results. Analysis of the results revealed disorders in the process of sound analysis within frequency and P300 wave latency prolongation in children with dyslalia. Conclusions. Auditory processing disorders may be significant in development of correct articulation in children, they also may explain unsatisfactory results of long-term speech therapy

  11. Treatment for Progressive Hearing Loss Due to Paget's Disease of Bone - A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Aoki, Mitsuhiro; Tanahashi, Shigeaki; Mizuta, Keisuke; Kato, Hiroki

    2015-12-01

    Paget's disease is a common bone remodeling disorder that typically begins with excessive bone resorption in the elderly. Bilateral progressive hearing loss is the most frequently encountered complication of Paget's disease. The types of hearing loss identified by audiometry are conductive, sensorineural, or both. However, the precise mechanism of hearing loss remains unclear, and the treatment has been controversial. We present a 73-year-old man who suffered from bilateral progressive hearing loss due to Paget's disease. Potent bisphosphonates, oral risedronate in daily adjusted dosages for 6 months, did not decrease or suppress the worsening of the hearing loss. The Nucleus CI24 Contour electrode array was successfully inserted on the left side without surgical and postoperative complications. The Japanese open set monosyllable word recognition test in a sound field at 65 dB had a result of 74%. This cochlear implantation can be an indication for cases of profound hearing loss due to Paget's disease. PMID:26915163

  12. Crianças com fenilcetonúria: avaliação audiológica básica e supressão das otoemissões Children with phenylketonuria: basic audiological evaluation and suppression of otoacoustic emissions

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    Patrícia Souza Ribeiro

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a via auditiva de crianças com fenilcetonúria tratadas precocemente, por meio de audiometria, imitanciometria e supressão das emissões otoacústicas transientes. MÉTODOS:Estudo prospectivo transversal comparativo com amostra composta por 28 crianças, sendo 12 com fenilcetonúria e 16 sem a doença. Foi realizada a pesquisa dos limiares de audibilidade por via aérea e óssea, logoaudiometria, imitanciometria e supressão das emissões otoacústicas transientes. RESULTADOS: A audiometria e a logoaudiometria estiveram normais em todos os participantes. Foram encontrados piores resultados para o índice de reconhecimento de fala (IRF no grupo com fenilcetonúria. A imitanciometria revelou curva normal para todas as crianças, mas a pesquisa dos reflexos estapedianos demonstrou que as crianças do grupo com fenilcetonúria apresentaram aumento nos seus limiares nas frequências de 2 e 4 kHz. A supressão das emissões otoacústicas transientes não revelou diferença na comparação entre os grupos. CONCLUSÃO: A avaliação audiológica básica não identifica alterações na audição das crianças com fenilcetonúria, mas há pior discriminação ao IRF e aumento nos limiares de reflexos estapedianos nessas crianças, podendo indicar distúrbios do processamento auditivo. O estudo da supressão das otoemissões demonstra integridade do sistema eferente olivococlear medial nas crianças com fenilcetonúria.PURPOSE: To evaluate the auditory pathways of children with early-treated phenylketonuria through audiometry, immitance tests, and suppression of transient otoacoustic emissions. METHODS: Prospective cross-sectional study with sample composed by 28 children: 12 with phenylketonuria and 16 without the disease. Participants underwent auditory evaluations composed of air- and bone-conduction pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, immittance tests and suppression of transient otoacoustic emissions. RESULTS: All participants

  13. CONTRIBUTION OF THE AUDIOLOGICAL AND VESTIBULAR ASSESSMENT TO THE DIFFERENTIAL AND ETIOLOGICAL DIAGNOSIS OF PERIPHERIC VESTIBULAR SYNDROMES

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    Loreta Ungureanu

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Scope of the study: Vestibular pathology is a complex one, requiring a minute clinical evaluation, as well as numerous paraclinical investigations. The present study analyzes the contribution of the modern methods of vestibular and auditive investigation to the diagnosis of dizziness. Materials and method: The results of the investigations performed on 84 patients with peripheric vestibular syndrome, on whom a complete audiological and vestibular assessment had been also made, have been retrospectively analyzed. Results: Anamnestic data and the results of evaluation permitted classification of peripheric vestibular pathology according to topo-lesional and etiological criteria. The most frequently diagnosed diseases were: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Ménière syndrome and vestibular neuronitis. Conclusions: Testing of the vestibulo-ocular and vestibulo-spinal reflexes through videonystagmoscopy and, respectively, computerized dynamic posturography, besides tonal vocal audiometry and precocious auditive potentials, is especially important for a positive diagnosis and etiological differentiation of vestibular syndromes.

  14. Statistical representation of sound textures in the impaired auditory system

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    McWalter, Richard Ian; Dau, Torsten

    Many challenges exist when it comes to understanding and compensating for hearing impairment. Traditional methods, such as pure tone audiometry and speech intelligibility tests, offer insight into the deficiencies of a hearingimpaired listener, but can only partially reveal the mechanisms that...... underlie the hearing loss. An alternative approach is to investigate the statistical representation of sounds for hearing-impaired listeners along the auditory pathway. Using models of the auditory periphery and sound synthesis, we aimed to probe hearing impaired perception for sound textures – temporally...... homogenous sounds such as rain, birds, or fire. It has been suggested that sound texture perception is mediated by time-averaged statistics measured from early auditory representations (McDermott et al., 2013). Changes to early auditory processing, such as broader “peripheral” filters or reduced compression...

  15. Distal arthrogryposis syndrome

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    Kulkarni K

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A 5-month-old male infant presented with weak cry, decreased body movements, tightness of whole body since birth, and one episode of generalized seizure on day 4 of life. He was born at term by elective caesarian section performed for breech presentation. The child had failure to thrive, contractures at elbow and knee joints, hypertonia, microcephaly, small mouth, retrognathia, and camptodactyly. There was global developmental delay. Abdominal examination revealed umbilical and bilateral inguinal hernia. Visual evoked response and brainstem evoked response audiometry were abnormal. Nerve conduction velocity was normal. Magnetic resonance imaging of brain revealed paucity of white matter in bilateral cerebral hemispheres with cerebellar and brain stem atrophy. The differential diagnoses considered in the index patient were distal arthrogryposis (DA syndrome, cerebroculofacioskeletal syndrome, and Pena Shokier syndrome. The index patient most likely represents a variant of DA: Sheldon Hall syndrome.

  16. Audiologic diagnostics of vestibular schwannoma

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    Komazec Zoran

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma is a rare, but important cause of sensorineural hearing loss. Patients with asymmetric hearing loss, or unilateral tinnitus should be evaluated expeditiously, to prevent further neurological damage. Audiologic diagnostics Audiologic diagnostics represents the basic diagnosis for early detection of vestibular schwannoma. Patients with vestibular schwannomas may present with a variety of clinical features, including retrocochlear pattern of sensorineural hearing loss. Supraliminary audiometry, tympano- metry, stapedius reflex and otoacoustic emissions as well as vestibular response to caloric testing are methods for selection of patients with suspicion of this tumor. Conclusion The golden standard for audiologic diagnostics of vestibular schwannoma is BAEP (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials. Patients with pathological findings of BAEP should undergo MRI of the posterior fossa. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging is the best and final tool for making a diagnosis of vestibular schwannoma.

  17. Hearing loss in the Royal Norwegian Navy: A longitudinal study.

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    Irgens-Hansen, Kaja; Baste, Valborg; Bratveit, Magne; Lind, Ola; Koefoed, Vilhelm F; Moen, Bente E

    2016-01-01

    The aims of this longitudinal study were to investigate a significant threshold shift (STS) among personnel working on board the Royal Norwegian Navy's (RNoN) vessels between 2012 and 2014 and to identify possible determinants of STS. Hearing thresholds were measured by pure tone audiometry in two consecutive examinations (n = 226). STS was defined as an average change in hearing thresholds ≥ + 10 dB at 2,000 Hz, 3,000 Hz, and 4,000 Hz in either ear. Determinants of STS were assessed through a questionnaire. The incidence of STS was 23.0%. Significant determinants of STS were the number of episodes of temporary threshold shifts (TTS) in the Navy, exposure to continuous loud noise during work on board, and the number of gun shots (in the Navy, hunting, and sports). This study indicated a significant association between noise exposure on board Navy vessels and development of STS. PMID:27157689

  18. The Relationship Between Temporary Threshold Shift (TTS and Eye Color in Human.

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    Ghasem Mohammad khani

    1996-09-01

    Full Text Available In this article we aimed at studying the function of Melanin in the inner ear. To reach this goal TTS was studied in people with blue or brown eye color. Subjects were 68 male teenagers with normal hearing. Auditory thresholds were obtained by means of high frequency audiometry (.8-8KHzbefore and after TTS. We used narrowband noise with frequency width of 1665-2335Hz, central frequency of 2 KHz, intensity of 105dBSPL and duration of 10 minutes. A significant difference was discovered in the average TTS of this two group in the frequency range of 2-8 KHz. Brown-colored eye boys manifested the least TTS and the blue- colored eyes one the most discovered TTS.

  19. Free-field correction values for Interacoustics DD 45 supra-aural audiometric earphones

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    Poulsen, Torben

    2010-01-01

    This paper report free-field correction values for the Interacoustics DD 45 audiometric earphones. The free-field correction values for earphones provide the loudness based equivalence to loudspeaker presentation. Correction values are especially used for the calibration of audiometric equipment...... for speech audiometry performed with headphones. Calibration values may be found in e.g. the ISO 389 series of standards. The free-field correction values were determined by means of loudness balance measurements of one-third octave noises (centre frequencies 125 Hz to 8000 Hz) presented alternately...... from a loudspeaker in a free field and from the earphones. The procedure was essentially in accordance with the free-field frequency response procedure described in IEC 60268-7: Headphones and earphones. The study sample consisted of four earphones and 14 test subjects. Free field correction values are...

  20. Methadone Induced Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    Chadi Saifan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL caused by opiate abuse or overuse has been well documented in the medical literature. Most documented case reports have involved either heroin or hydrocodone/acetaminophen. Recently, case reposts of methadone induced SSHL have been published. Case Report. We present the case of a 31-year-old man who developed SSHL after a methadone overdose induced stupor. He was subsequently restarted on methadone at his regular dose. On follow-up audiometry exams, he displayed persistent moderately severe sensorineural hearing loss bilaterally. Discussion. This case is notable because unlike all but one previously reported case, the patient—who was restated on methadone—did not make a complete recovery. Conclusion. Methadone overuse in rare cases causes SSHL.

  1. Early changes of auditory brain stem evoked response after radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma - a prospective study

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    Lau, S.K.; Wei, W.I.; Sham, J.S.T.; Choy, D.T.K.; Hui, Y. (Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong (Hong Kong))

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    A prospective study of the effect of radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma on hearing was carried out on 49 patients who had pure tone, impedance audiometry and auditory brain stem evoked response (ABR) recordings before, immediately, three, six and 12 months after radiotherapy. Fourteen patients complained of intermittent tinnitus after radiotherapy. We found that 11 initially normal ears of nine patients developed a middle ear effusion, three to six months after radiotherapy. There was mixed sensorineural and conductive hearing impairment after radiotherapy. Persistent impairment of ABR was detected immediately after completion of radiotherapy. The waves I-III and I-V interpeak latency intervals were significantly prolonged one year after radiotherapy. The study shows that radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma impairs hearing by acting on the middle ear, the cochlea and the brain stem auditory pathway. (Author).

  2. THE PRESENCE OF ADENOID VEGETATIONS AND NASAL SPEECH, AND HEARING LOSS IN RELATION TO SECRETORY OTITIS MEDIA

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    Gabriela KOPACHEVA

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available This study presents the treatment of 68 children with secretory otitis media. Children underwent adenoid vegetations, nasal speech, conductive hearing loss, ventilation disturbance in Eustachian tube. In all children adenoidectomy was indicated.38 boys and 30 girls at the age of 3-17 were divided in two main groups: * 29 children without hypertrophic (enlarged adenoids, * 39 children with enlarged (hypertrophic adenoids.The surgical treatment included insertion of ventilation tubes and adenoidectomy where there where hypertrophic adenoids.Clinical material was analyzed according to hearing threshold, hearing level, middle ear condition estimated by pure tone audiometry and tympanometry before and after treatment. Data concerning both groups were compared.The results indicated that adenoidectomy combined with the ventilation tubes facilitates secretory otitis media heeling as well as decrease of hearing impairments. That enables prompt restoration of the hearing function as an important precondition for development of the language, social, emotional and academic development of children.

  3. Efeitos auditivos decorrentes da exposição ocupacional ao ruído em trabalhadores de marmorarias no Distrito Federal Effects on hearing due to the occupational noise exposure of marble industry workers in the Federal District, Brazil

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    Marília Rabelo Holanda Camarano Harger

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a prevalência de perdas auditivas, bem como sua classificação quanto ao grau e tipo, em trabalhadores do setor de produção de marmorarias no Distrito Federal. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo epidemiológico analítico transversal, avaliando os trabalhadores de oito marmorarias. Os trabalhadores foram submetidos à meatoscopia e audiometria de triagem (via aérea, sendo que aqueles com exames alterados fizeram uma audiometria tonal via aérea/óssea e logoaudiometria, em audiômetro modelo AD28, Interacoustics. RESULTADOS: Foram avaliados 152 trabalhadores com mediana e moda de 30 anos e média de tempo de exposição ocupacional ao ruído de 8,3 anos ± 6,8. Das audiometrias avaliadas, 48% apresentaram algum tipo de perda auditiva. Dentre os alterados, 50% apresentaram audiogramas compatíveis com perda auditiva induzida pelo ruído (PAIR e 41% com início de PAIR. Entre os trabalhadores com PAIR, 57,1% apresentaram alteração bilateral, 17,1% em orelha direita e 25,7% em orelha esquerda. Entre aqueles com início de PAIR, 13,9% foram bilaterais, 19,4% em orelha direita e 66,7% em orelha esquerda. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência de dano auditivo foi de 48% da amostra avaliada, com maior grau de perda auditiva na freqüência de 6000 Hz, tendo sido esta a primeira a ser atingida, particularmente em orelha esquerda.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of hearing loss, its degree and type, among workers in the marble industry in the Brazilian Federal District (FD. METHOD: Workers from eight marble industries in the FD were evaluated by means of a cross sectional epidemiological study. An audiometry screening test (air conduction was performed. Workers with hearing loss were submitted to liminal tonal audiometry air & bone conduction and speech audiometry tests using an audiometer AD-28 (Interacoustics. All subjects studied were submitted to a visual inspection of the external acoustic meatus. RESULTS: One hundred and fifty two

  4. Musical anhedonia: selective loss of emotional experience in listening to music.

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    Satoh, Masayuki; Nakase, Taizen; Nagata, Ken; Tomimoto, Hidekazu

    2011-10-01

    Recent case studies have suggested that emotion perception and emotional experience of music have independent cognitive processing. We report a patient who showed selective impairment of emotional experience only in listening to music, that is musical anhednia. A 71-year-old right-handed man developed an infarction in the right parietal lobe. He found himself unable to experience emotion in listening to music, even to which he had listened pleasantly before the illness. In neuropsychological assessments, his intellectual, memory, and constructional abilities were normal. Speech audiometry and recognition of environmental sounds were within normal limits. Neuromusicological assessments revealed no abnormality in the perception of elementary components of music, expression and emotion perception of music. Brain MRI identified the infarct lesion in the right inferior parietal lobule. These findings suggest that emotional experience of music could be selectively impaired without any disturbance of other musical, neuropsychological abilities. The right parietal lobe might participate in emotional experience in listening to music. PMID:21714738

  5. A case of high noise sensitivity

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    Murata, M.; Sakamoto, H.

    1995-10-01

    A case of noise sensitivity with a five-year follow-up period is reported. The patient was a 34-year-old single man who was diagnosed as having psychosomatic disorder triggered by two stressful life events in rapid succession with secondary hypersensitivity to noise. Hypersensitivity to light and cold also developed later in the clinical course. The auditory threshold was within the normal range. The discomfort threshold as a measure of the noise sensitivity secondary to mental illness was measured repeatedly using test tone of audiometry. The discomfort threshold varied depending upon his mental status, ranging from 40-50 dB in the comparatively poorer mental state to 70-95 dB in the relatively good mental state. The features of noise sensitivity, including that secondary to mental illness, are discussed.

  6. Hearing loss in the Royal Norwegian Navy: A longitudinal study

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    Irgens-Hansen, Kaja; Baste, Valborg; Bråtveit, Magne; Lind, Ola; Koefoed, Vilhelm F.; Moen, Bente E

    2016-01-01

    The aims of this longitudinal study were to investigate a significant threshold shift (STS) among personnel working on board the Royal Norwegian Navy's (RNoN) vessels between 2012 and 2014 and to identify possible determinants of STS. Hearing thresholds were measured by pure tone audiometry in two consecutive examinations (n = 226). STS was defined as an average change in hearing thresholds ≥ + 10 dB at 2,000 Hz, 3,000 Hz, and 4,000 Hz in either ear. Determinants of STS were assessed through a questionnaire. The incidence of STS was 23.0%. Significant determinants of STS were the number of episodes of temporary threshold shifts (TTS) in the Navy, exposure to continuous loud noise during work on board, and the number of gun shots (in the Navy, hunting, and sports). This study indicated a significant association between noise exposure on board Navy vessels and development of STS. PMID:27157689

  7. Follow-up of extreme neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia in 5- to 10-year-old children

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    Vandborg, Pernille Kure; Hansen, Bo Moelholm; Greisen, Gorm;

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate whether infants with neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia but without intermediate or advanced bilirubin encephalopathy develop long-term sequelae, with impairment of motor development, executive function, or hearing. METHOD: This nested double-cohort study included 167 exposed children...... Movement Assessment Battery for Children-Second Edition (MABC-2), pure tone audiometry, and the Behavioural Regulation Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) questionnaire. RESULTS: The follow-up rate was 70% of the eligible infants in the exposed group and 45% in the unexposed group. Mean difference was...... spectrum disorder recorded in national registries. INTERPRETATION: No evidence was found of an increased risk of deficits in motor development, executive function, or hearing in children with extreme hyperbilirubinaemia who did not have intermediate or advanced bilirubin encephalopathy....

  8. [Niikawa-Kuroki (Kabuki) syndrome and hearing impairment].

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    Lüerssen, K; Ptok, M

    2004-05-01

    The Niikawa-Kuroki syndrome is a rare syndrome characterized by multiple congenital anomalies, mental retardation, postnatal growth deficiency, dermatoglyphic abnormalities and a characteristic facial appearance. More than 100 cases of the syndrome have been described in Europe. Here we report a 10 year old girl with this syndrome. Recurrent infections of the middle ear as well as delayed motor and speech development were present. The physiognomy since early infancy showed a flat profil, long palpebral fissures, long eyelashes, high arched eyebrows, missing lateral incisors and persistent fetal pads on the fingers. The patient was referred to us because of hearing impairment. Her parents also described a delayed motor development, mental retardation and a language impairment. Audiometry demonstrated a pantonal hearing loss. Since children affected by this syndrome may also have a severe hearing impairment early testing is mandatory. PMID:15138652

  9. The Galker test of speech reception in noise

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    Lauritsen, Maj-Britt Glenn; Söderström, Margareta; Kreiner, Svend;

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: We tested "the Galker test", a speech reception in noise test developed for primary care for Danish preschool children, to explore if the children's ability to hear and understand speech was associated with gender, age, middle ear status, and the level of background noise. METHODS......: The Galker test is a 35-item audio-visual, computerized word discrimination test in background noise. Included were 370 normally developed children attending day care center. The children were examined with the Galker test, tympanometry, audiometry, and the Reynell test of verbal comprehension. Parents...... to Reynell test scores (Gamma (G)=0.35), the children's age group (G=0.33), and the day care teachers' assessment of the children's vocabulary (G=0.26). CONCLUSIONS: The Galker test of speech reception in noise appears promising as an easy and quick tool for evaluating preschool children's understanding...

  10. Prospective study on the dose distribution to the acoustic structures during postoperative 3D conformal radiotherapy for parotid tumors. Dosimetric and audiometric aspects

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    Jereczek-Fossa, Barbara A. [European Inst. of Oncology, Milan (Italy). Division of Radiotherapy; Milan Univ. (Italy). Faculty of Medicine; Rondi, Elena [European Inst. of Oncology, Milan (Italy). Division of Medical Physics; Zarowski, Andrzej [Univ. Dept. of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, St. Augustinus Hospital, Antwerp (BE)] (and others)

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    To analyze dose distribution in the hearing organ and to evaluate the dose effect on the hearing thresholds in patients treated with post-parotidectomy 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT). A total of 17 patients received post-parotidectomy 3D-CRT (median dose: 63 Gy). The audiometric evaluation comprised pure tone audiometry and tympanometry performed before radiotherapy (RT) and 3, 6, and 24 months after RT. The ear structures were delineated on planning computer tomography scans. Mean and maximum doses were calculated and dose-volume histograms were plotted. Before RT, the median baseline audiometric thresholds were normal. At 3 months post-RT, 3 patients were diagnosed as having middle ear underpressure and/or effusion that resolved completely by 6 months. During 2-year follow-up, none of the ears showed perceptive hearing loss at speech frequencies. The mean doses at ipsilateral external auditory canal, mastoids cells, tympanic case, Eustachian tube, semicircular canals, and cochlea were 44.8 Gy, 39.0 Gy, 30.9 Gy, 33.0 Gy, 19.6 Gy, and 19.2 Gy, respectively. The doses to the contralateral ear were negligible, except for the Eustachian tube (up to 28.2 Gy). Post-parotidectomy 3D-CRT is associated with relatively low doses to the ear and the surrounding structures. Post-RT audiometry did not show any permanent (neither conductive nor perceptive) hearing impairment. Only in 3 patients were there signs of transient unilateral dysfunction of the Eustachian tube observed during the first few months after RT. Longer follow-up and larger patient series are warranted to confirm these preliminary findings. (orig.)

  11. The efficacy and safety of systemic injection of Ginkgo biloba extract, EGb761, in idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial.

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    Koo, Ja-Won; Chang, Mun Young; Yun, Sung-Cheol; Kim, Tae Su; Kong, Soo-Keun; Chung, Jong Woo; Goh, Eui-Kyung

    2016-09-01

    Steroids are currently the most frequently accepted agents for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL). However, the therapeutic effect of steroids is not always satisfactory. In this pilot study, we evaluated whether systemic treatment with Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb761) has an additive therapeutic effect in patients receiving a systemic steroid due to ISSNHL. A multicenter, randomized, double-blind clinical trial was performed. Fifty-six patients with ISSNHL were allocated to either EGb761 or placebo. In both groups, methylprednisolone was administered for 14 days. EGb761 was infused intravenously for 5 days in the EGb761 group, while the same amount of normal saline was infused in the placebo group. For the efficacy evaluation, pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, tinnitus handicap inventory (THI) and short form-36 health (SF-36) survey outcomes were obtained before administration and on days 3, 5, 14 and 28 of administration. Twenty-four patients in each group completed the study protocol. There was no difference in hearing loss between the two groups before treatment. At day 28, air conduction threshold values in the placebo and EGb761 groups were 34.63 ± 28.90 and 23.84 ± 25.42 dB, respectively (p = 0.082). Speech discrimination scores in the placebo and EGb761 groups were 69.17 ± 40.89 and 87.48 ± 28.65 %, respectively (p = 0.050). THI and SF-36 scores in the placebo and EGb761 groups were similar. Although a combination of steroid and EGb761 for initial treatment did not show better pure tone threshold, compared with steroid alone, speech discrimination was significantly improved in combination therapy. Further studies will be needed to know if addition of EGb761 actually improves the outcome of ISSNHL treatment. PMID:26559533

  12. Increased signal intensity of the cochlea on pre- and post-contrast enhanced 3D-FLAIR in patients with vestibular schwannoma

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    In the vestibular schwannoma patients, the pathophysiologic mechanism of inner ear involvement is still unclear. We investigated the status of the cochleae in patients with vestibular schwannoma by evaluating the signal intensity of cochlear fluid on pre- and post-contrast enhanced thin section three-dimensional fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (3D-FLAIR). Twenty-eight patients were retrospectively analyzed. Post-contrast images were obtained in 18 patients, and 20 patients had the records of their pure-tone audiometry. Regions of interest of both cochleae (C) and of the medulla oblongata (M) were determined on 3D-FLAIR images by referring to 3D heavily T2-weighted images on a workstation. The signal intensity ratio between C and M on the 3D-FLAIR images (CM ratio) was then evaluated. In addition, correlation between the CM ratio and the hearing level was also evaluated. The CM ratio of the affected side was significantly higher than that of the unaffected side (p < 0.001). In the affected side, post-contrast signal elevation was observed (p < 0.005). In 13 patients (26 cochleae) who underwent both gadolinium injection and the pure-tone audiometry, the post-contrast CM ratio correlated with hearing level (p < 0.05). The results of the present study suggest that alteration of cochlear fluid composition and increased permeability of the blood-labyrinthine barrier exist in the affected side in patients with vestibular schwannoma. Furthermore, although weak, positive correlation between post-contrast cochlear signal intensity on 3D-FLAIR and hearing level warrants further study to clarify the relationship between 3D-FLAIR findings and prognosis of hearing preservation surgery. (orig.)

  13. Increased signal intensity of the cochlea on pre- and post-contrast enhanced 3D-FLAIR in patients with vestibular schwannoma

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    Yamazaki, Masahiro; Naganawa, Shinji; Kawai, Hisashi; Nihashi, Takashi [Nagoya University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya (Japan); Fukatsu, Hiroshi [Aichi Medical University Hospital, Department of Medical Informatics, Nagakute (Japan); Nakashima, Tsutomu [Nagoya University, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya (Japan)

    2009-12-15

    In the vestibular schwannoma patients, the pathophysiologic mechanism of inner ear involvement is still unclear. We investigated the status of the cochleae in patients with vestibular schwannoma by evaluating the signal intensity of cochlear fluid on pre- and post-contrast enhanced thin section three-dimensional fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (3D-FLAIR). Twenty-eight patients were retrospectively analyzed. Post-contrast images were obtained in 18 patients, and 20 patients had the records of their pure-tone audiometry. Regions of interest of both cochleae (C) and of the medulla oblongata (M) were determined on 3D-FLAIR images by referring to 3D heavily T2-weighted images on a workstation. The signal intensity ratio between C and M on the 3D-FLAIR images (CM ratio) was then evaluated. In addition, correlation between the CM ratio and the hearing level was also evaluated. The CM ratio of the affected side was significantly higher than that of the unaffected side (p < 0.001). In the affected side, post-contrast signal elevation was observed (p < 0.005). In 13 patients (26 cochleae) who underwent both gadolinium injection and the pure-tone audiometry, the post-contrast CM ratio correlated with hearing level (p < 0.05). The results of the present study suggest that alteration of cochlear fluid composition and increased permeability of the blood-labyrinthine barrier exist in the affected side in patients with vestibular schwannoma. Furthermore, although weak, positive correlation between post-contrast cochlear signal intensity on 3D-FLAIR and hearing level warrants further study to clarify the relationship between 3D-FLAIR findings and prognosis of hearing preservation surgery. (orig.)

  14. Assessment of middle ear function in patients with cleft palate treated under "Smile Train Project"

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    Prachi Gautam

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the middle ear function in patients of cleft palate treated under "Smile Train Project". Materials and Methods: Sixty patients (120 ears; 32 male and 28 female of cleft palate with or without cleft lip were evaluated in pediatrics and ENT OPD in preoperative period. A general medical check up was performed in pediatrics OPD to evaluate the associated craniofacial anomalies. Middle ear function was evaluated in ENT OPD. Otoscopy was done in all patients. Cases under five years of age were evaluated for middle ear function by tympanometry and cases with more than five years of age were evaluated by tympanometry for middle ear function and pure tone audiometry to establish the type of hearing loss. The results are presented as number of ears. Results: A total of 50% of the patients in the study group were in zero- to two-year age group. Otoscopy findings in 120 ears showed that 66.66% of the patients had dull tympanic membrane suggesting a diagnosis of otitis media with effusion. Tympanometry was done in 110 ears, of which, 72.72% of ears had type B tympanogram suggesting otitis media with effusion. Pure tone audiometry in more than five years age group showed that 81.25% ears had conductive hearing loss. Conclusion: This study suggests the need of preoperative ENT check up and audiological assessment in patients of cleft palate undergoing palatal surgery under "Smile Train Project". The association of otitis media with effusion in patients with cleft palate appears strong and a high degree of suspicion for the disease should be kept in them. The anatomical defect and possible causative pathophysiology also supports the inference. Otitis media with effusion causing hearing loss in these patients causes speech delay and unfavorable outcome despite aggressive speech therapy in postoperative period. A co-ordinate team approach of concerned specialists involved in managing these patients would definitely improve their outcome.

  15. UTILITY OF VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE IN PATIENTS WITH CONGENITAL MIDDLE AND OUTER EAR DEFORMITIES

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    ZOU; Yihui; LI; Jianan; CHEN; Aiting; DAI; Bu; HAN; Dongyi; LIU; Huizhan; YANG; Shiming

    2012-01-01

    Objective To report use of the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) in patients with congenital deformation of the middle and outer ears and investigate its utility in this patient population.Method Four patients with congenital deformation of middle and outer ears underwent VSB implantation. All were male (aged 3-18 years,average 13.5 years) and operated on the left side.Malformation was bilateral in 3 patients and unilateral in 1 patient. Surgical techniques were modified to accommodate each patient’s unique conditions and needs.The implant site was approached via the facial recess in 3 patients and through a retro-facial nerve route in 1 patient. The VSB implant was connected to either the stapes (2 cases) or the round window (2 cases).Pure tone and speech audiometry results and daily communication capabilities before and after VSB activation were compared.Results The operations were successful in all patients, with no complications. The patient communication level improved significantly after VSB activation. Average air conduction pure tone threshold or conditioned reflex audiometry threshold improved by 35 dB in the 0.25-4 kHz range,from 69 dB HL before VSB activation to 34 dB HL after.The sentence recognition rate in quiet at 65 dB SPL went up to 86% from 0% without VSB for patients with bilateral deformation and remained at 100% for the patient with unilateral deformity. However, for the latter patient, the rate improved to 20% from 0% without VSB in noise (-8 dB SNR).Conclusion VSB is an excellent solution for improving hearing in patients with congenital deformation of middle and outer ears.Operation can be completed and good results can be achieved even in patients with unique conditions and needs.

  16. Setting and Reaching Targets with Computer-Assisted Cochlear Implant Fitting

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    Bart Vaerenberg

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The paper aims to demonstrate the feasibility of defining a substantial set of psychoacoustic outcome measures with preset targets and to adopt a systematic methodology for reaching these targets in a large group of subjects, by more than one clinical centre. Design. Retrospective data analysis. Setting. Multicentre with 14 participating centres. Patients. 255 adults and children using the Advanced Bionics HiRes90k cochlear implant. Intervention. Target driven fitting with the fitting to outcomes expert (FOX system. Main Outcome Measures. For each patient, 66 measurable psychoacoustical outcomes were recorded several times after cochlear implantation: free field audiometry (6 measures and speech audiometry (4, spectral discrimination (20, and loudness growth (36, defined from the A§E test battery. These outcomes were reduced to 22 summary variables. The initial results were compared with the latest results. Results. The state of the fitting process could be well monitored by means of the measured variables. The use of the FOX computer assisted CI-programming significantly improved the proportion of the 22 variables on target. When recipients used the automated MAPs provided at switch-on, more than half (57% of the 22 targets were already achieved before any further optimisation took place. Once the FOX system was applied there was a significant 24% (P<0.001 increase in the number of targets achieved. Conclusions. This study demonstrates that it is feasible to set targets and to report on the effectiveness of a fitting strategy in terms of these targets. FOX provides an effective tool for achieving a systematic approach to programming, allowing for better optimisation of recipients' MAPs. The setting of well-defined outcome targets allowed a range of different centres to successfully apply a systematic methodology to monitoring the quality of the programming provided.

  17. Highly active antiretroviral therapy: Does it Sound toxic?

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    Katijah Khoza-Shangase

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : The main objective of the current study is to monitor the auditory status in a group of adults with AIDS, receiving Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART (3TC -lamivudine, D4T - stavudine, and efavirenz in a hospital outpatient clinic in Gauteng. A total sample of 54 adults (between the ages of 18 and 50 years in the experimental group and 16 in the control group were assessed prospectively following a repeated measures design. All participants were assessed at baseline at three months, and at six months into the treatment. Materials and Methods : The participants underwent case history interviews and medical record reviews, otoscopy, and tympanometry, as well as conventional pure tone audiometry and distortion product otoacoustic emission testing. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. Results : On audiological monitoring, statistically significant changes (P<0.05 were established, only in the experimental group, for pure tone audiometry - with clinically significant changes found at high frequencies. Statistically significant changes with clinically significant changes were obtained for distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs in the experimental group, particularly at high frequencies - implying subclinical hearing function changes; while lack of statistically significant changes with no clinically significant changes were found in the control group. The subclinical hearing changes in the experimental group were also evident in the findings of the subclinical hearing loss group, who, although they had normal pure tone function after six months of follow up, presented with clinical changes on DPOAEs at 6 and 8 kHz. Conclusions : Findings highlight the need for closer monitoring of the effects of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs on hearing, through the use of more sensitive tools of assessment when conducting drug trials.

  18. A Comparison of Self-Reported Hearing Handicap and Audiometric Thresholds in Nursing Home Residents

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    Nematolla Rouhbakhsh

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Self-reported and questionaire method for hearing impairment assessment allow us to study and to detect the invisible related issues, while They can not be done by traditional audiometry procedures. The purpose of this study is to compare measurement of hearing handicap using self-reported and staff version of NHHI and hearing thresholds in nursing home residents. Materials and Method: The study participants were 43 individuals, 23 males and 20 females, aged 45-95 years. Pure tone average were calculated after conventional Pure tone audiometry . the self- and staff- reported questionnaire were also fulfilled. Results: Nine (20.9% individuals have normal hearing, 6 (14% have slight, 10 (23.3% mild, 7 (16.3% moderate, 6 (16.3% moderate to severe, 4 (9.3% severe, and 1 (2.3% profound hearing loss. Mean score of self and of staff reported versions were 32.22 % +29.31 and 32.67% +30.98, respectively. According to Kruskal-wallis test, there were significant correlation between self-reported and hearing level and between staff-reported and hearing level. The Pierson coefficient variation test between self and staff-reported, and self-reported and hearing level, staff-reported and hearing level showed significant correlation. Conclusion: The NHHI self assessment associated with other equipments significantly improved the identification and assessment of adults and elderly hearing handicap in nursing home residents. According to the study condition, it may be concluded that the self and staff version of NHHI questionnaire are significantly identical and can be used instead.

  19. Childhood sensorineural hearing loss: effects of combined exposure with aging or noise exposure later in life.

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    Aarhus, Lisa; Tambs, Kristian; Nafstad, Per; Bjørgan, Eskil; Engdahl, Bo

    2016-05-01

    The aim of the study was to examine childhood high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss (HF-SNHL) and the effects of combined exposure with aging or noise exposure on HF hearing thresholds in adulthood. Population-based cohort study of 30,003 adults (mean age 40 years) underwent an audiometry and completed a hearing questionnaire. At age 7-13 years, the same people had participated in a longitudinal school hearing investigation, in which 283 participants were diagnosed with HF-SNHL [PTA 3-8 kHz ≥ 25 dB HL (mean 45 dB HL), worse hearing ear], and 29,720 participants had normal hearing thresholds. The effect of childhood HF-SNHL on adult hearing threshold was significantly moderated by age. Age stratified analyses showed that the difference in HF hearing thresholds between adults with and without childhood HF-SNHL was 33 dB (95 % CI 31-34) in young adults (n = 173, aged 20-39 years) and 37 dB (95 % CI 34-39) in middle-aged adults (n = 110, aged 40-56 years). The combined exposure of childhood HF-SNHL and noise exposure showed a simple additive effect. It appears to be a super-additive effect of childhood-onset HF-SNHL and aging on adult hearing thresholds. An explanation might be that already damaged hair cells are more susceptible to age-related degeneration. To exclude possible birth cohort effects, the finding should be confirmed by a study with several audiometries in adulthood. PMID:25975623

  20. Evaluation of adult aphasics with the Pediatric Speech Intelligibility test.

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    Jerger, S; Oliver, T A; Martin, R C

    1990-04-01

    Results of conventional adult speech audiometry may be compromised by the presence of speech/language disorders, such as aphasia. The purpose of this project was to determine the efficacy of the speech intelligibility materials and techniques developed for young children in evaluating central auditory function in aphasic adults. Eight adult aphasics were evaluated with the Pediatric Speech Intelligibility (PSI) test, a picture-pointing approach that was carefully developed to be relatively insensitive to linguistic-cognitive skills and relatively sensitive to auditory-perceptual function. Results on message-to-competition ratio (MCR) functions or performance-intensity (PI) functions were abnormal in all subjects. Most subjects served as their own controls, showing normal performance on one ear coupled with abnormal performance on the other ear. The patterns of abnormalities were consistent with the patterns seen (1) on conventional speech audiometry in brain-lesioned adults without aphasia and (2) on the PSI test in brain-lesioned children without aphasia. An exception to this general observation was an atypical pattern of abnormality on PI-function testing in the subgroup of nonfluent aphasics. The nonfluent subjects showed substantially poorer word-max scores than sentence-max scores, a pattern seen previously in only one other patient group, namely young children with recurrent otitis media. The unusually depressed word-max abnormality was not meaningfully related to clinical diagnostic data regarding the degree of hearing loss and the location and severity of the lesions or to experimental data regarding the integrity of phonologic processing abilities. The observations of ear-specific and condition-specific abnormalities suggest that the linguistically- and cognitively-simplified PSI test may be useful in the evaluation of auditory-specific deficits in the aphasic adult. PMID:2132591

  1. Risk Factors for Hearing Loss in Patients Treated With Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Head-and-Neck Tumors

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    Purpose: Radiotherapy (RT) is a common treatment of head-and-neck carcinoma. The objective of this study was to perform a prospective multivariate assessment of the dose-effect relationship between intensity-modulated RT and hearing loss. Methods and Materials: Pure tone audiometry at 0.250-16 kHz was obtained before and after treatment in 101 patients (202 ears). All patients received full-course intensity-modulated RT (range, 56-70 Gy), with a median cochlear dose of 11.4 Gy (range, 0.2-69.7). Results: Audiometry was performed 1 week before and a median of 9 weeks (range, 1-112) after treatment. The mean hearing deterioration at pure tone average air-conduction 1-2-4 kHz was small (from 28.6 dB HL to 30.1 dB HL). However, individual patients showed clinically significant hearing loss, with 10-dB threshold shift incidences of 13% and 18% at pure tone averages air-conduction 1-2-4 kHz and 8-10-12.5 kHz, respectively. Post-treatment hearing capability was unfavorable in the case of greater inner ear radiation doses (p <0.0001), unfavorable baseline hearing capability (p <0.0001), green-eyed patients (p <0.0001), and older age (p <0.0001). Using multivariate analysis, a prediction of individual hearing capabiltity after treatment was made. Conclusion: RT-induced hearing loss in the mean population is modest. However, clinically significant hearing loss was observed in older patients with green eyes and unfavorable pretreatment hearing. In these patients, the intended radiation dose may be adjusted according to the proposed predictive model, aiming to decrease the risk of ototoxicity.

  2. Uma análise do perfil audiológico de estudantes de música An audiological analysis of music students in Brazil

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    Karina Aki Otubo

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Tocar um instrumento musical requer a integração das habilidades perceptiva, motora, e cognitiva, desenvolvidas modularmente, de forma gradativa e hierarquicamente coordenada. Na realização de uma obra musical, a audição atua de forma marcante na sua complexa associação com o cérebro, capaz de produzir mudanças comportamentais e emocionais nos humanos. O presente estudo analisa o perfil audiológico de estudantes de graduação em Música, que foram submetidos à Avaliação Audiológica (Entrevista, Audiometria Tonal Liminar, Logoaudiometria, e Imitanciometria, além dos exames complementares de Audiometria Tonal de Altas Frequências (AT-AF e Emissões Otoacústicas Evocadas por Estímulo Transiente (EOAT. Os resultados indicaram que os estudantes apresentam audição dentro da normalidade. Entretanto, ações educativas e preventivas são essenciais para promover a conscientização sobre alterações auditivas nesse grupo de risco.Playing a musical instrument demands integration of perceptive, motor and cognitive skills, modularly and gradually developed and in a hierarchically coordinated fashion. In music performance, the complex association between hearing and the brain is central, one capable of producing behavioral and emotional changes in human beings. The present study analyzes audiological profiles of music students, who were submitted to Audiological Assessment (Interview, Threshold Tonal Audiometry, Logoaudiometry and Imitanciometry, besides the complementary examinations of High Frequencies Tonal Audiometry and Transient Evoked Otoacustic Emissions. The results indicated normal hearing for the students. Nevertheless, preventive and educative actions are essential to promote awareness of auditory alterations within this risk group.

  3. Prevalence of sensorineural deafness in habitual mobile phone users

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    G C Sahoo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction : Mobile phone usage is widespread and concerns have been raised on the safety of its long-term usage. The electromagnetic fields emitted from mobile can penetrate skull and deposit energy 4-6 cm into the brain resulting in heating of the tissue. In this study, we explore a possible relationship between prolonged mobile phone usage and sensorineural deafness. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in a medical college situated in rural India. A total of 100 persons between the age group of 20-45years using mobile phone for at least 5 years are selected and screened for sensorineural deafness. Use of cellular phones was assessed by a questionnaire. Mean number of daily calls and minutes were asked for to calculate the cumulative use in hours for all years. The most frequently used ear during cellular phone calls was noted, or whether both ears were used equally. Otoscopic examinations were performed by an otolaryngologist before testing in order to rule out any external or middle ear pathology that could affect audiometric measurements. The hearing levels of subjects were tested using pure tone audiometry. Results : One hundred subjects who are habitual mobile phone users were screened by pure tone audiometry. It is found that the prevalence of sensorineural deafness was 3% and there is a linear relationship between the duration of mobile phone use and the degree of the severity of deafness. Conclusion : The prevalence of sensorineural deafness in our study in habitual mobile users is 3%. It is not clearly known whether mobile phone use is the direct cause of deafness in these subjects but the absence of other causes might point towards its etiological role.

  4. Prospective study on the dose distribution to the acoustic structures during postoperative 3D conformal radiotherapy for parotid tumors. Dosimetric and audiometric aspects

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    To analyze dose distribution in the hearing organ and to evaluate the dose effect on the hearing thresholds in patients treated with post-parotidectomy 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT). A total of 17 patients received post-parotidectomy 3D-CRT (median dose: 63 Gy). The audiometric evaluation comprised pure tone audiometry and tympanometry performed before radiotherapy (RT) and 3, 6, and 24 months after RT. The ear structures were delineated on planning computer tomography scans. Mean and maximum doses were calculated and dose-volume histograms were plotted. Before RT, the median baseline audiometric thresholds were normal. At 3 months post-RT, 3 patients were diagnosed as having middle ear underpressure and/or effusion that resolved completely by 6 months. During 2-year follow-up, none of the ears showed perceptive hearing loss at speech frequencies. The mean doses at ipsilateral external auditory canal, mastoids cells, tympanic case, Eustachian tube, semicircular canals, and cochlea were 44.8 Gy, 39.0 Gy, 30.9 Gy, 33.0 Gy, 19.6 Gy, and 19.2 Gy, respectively. The doses to the contralateral ear were negligible, except for the Eustachian tube (up to 28.2 Gy). Post-parotidectomy 3D-CRT is associated with relatively low doses to the ear and the surrounding structures. Post-RT audiometry did not show any permanent (neither conductive nor perceptive) hearing impairment. Only in 3 patients were there signs of transient unilateral dysfunction of the Eustachian tube observed during the first few months after RT. Longer follow-up and larger patient series are warranted to confirm these preliminary findings. (orig.)

  5. Temporal bone trauma: correlative study between CT findings and clinical manifestations

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    To assess how accurately computed tomography (CT) can demonstrate the abnormal findings which are believed to cause the clinical signs and symptoms of hearing loss (HL), vertigo and facial paralysis (FP) in patients with temporal bone trauma. The authors studied CT scans of 39 ears in 35 patients with temporal bone trauma. CT scans were performed with 1-1.5 mm slice thickness and table incrementation. Both axial and coronal scans were obtained in 32 patients and in three patients only axial scans were obtained. We analyzed CT with special reference to the structural abnormalities of the external auditory canal, middle ear cavity, bony labyrinth, and facial nerve canal, and correlated these findings with the actual clinical signs and symptoms. As to hearing loss, we evaluated 32 ears in which pure tone audiometry or brainstem evoked response audiometry had been performed. With respect to the specific types of HL, CT accurately showed the abnormalities in 84% (16/19) in conductive HL, 100% (2/2) in sensorineural HL, and 25% (2/8) for mixed HL. When we categorized HL simply as conductive and sensorineural, assuming that mixed be the result of combined conductive and sensorineural HL, CT demonstrated the abnormalities in 89% (24/27) for conductive HL and 50% (5/10) for sensorineural HL. Concerning vertigo and FP, CT demonstrated abnormalities in 67%(4/6), and 29% (4/14), respectively. Except for conductive HL, CT seems to have a variable degree of limitation for the demonstration of the structural abnormalities resulting sensorineural HL, vertigo or facial paralysis. It is imperative to correlate the CT findings with the signs and symptoms in those clinical settings

  6. Hearing disability in patients with Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy: unrecognized co-pathology?

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Marilette Stehouwer, Ward R Bijlsma, Allegonda Van der LelijDepartment of Ophthalmology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The NetherlandsPurpose: To investigate a possible association between Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD and hearing disability.Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was performed at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Cases and controls were patients who were treated by a cornea specialist between 2004 and 2008. FECD patients had either already undergone or were planned for a keratoplasty procedure. All controls were patients treated for cataract without any corneal pathology. Cases and controls were matched by age group and gender. A structured telephone interview combined with a validated self-perceived hearing function test (the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly, screening version; HHIE-S was used for data collection.Results: Hearing disability was reported in 33 patients (45.8% in the FECD-group (n = 72, average age: 73 years versus 50 patients (34.7% in the control group (n = 144, average age: 73 years. Hearing disability was significantly associated with FECD after adjustment for age, noise exposure, and diabetes mellitus (odds ratio 1.97 95% confidence interval 1.04–3.75.Conclusion: This case–control study reports a significant association between FECD and hearing disability. The causal relation was not evaluated in this study, though mutations in the SLC4A11 gene could have played an important role. This gene encodes for an ion transporter, which has been found in the cornea and inner ear. With the lack of examination with a pure tone or speech audiometry in this study, further studies need to be performed in order to support the association and should include a complete ENT examination with audiometry and genetic research.Keywords: hearing disability, hearing impairment, Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy

  7. Temporal bone trauma: correlative study between CT findings and clinical manifestations

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    Kim, Jung Hee; Kim, Hyung Jin; Kim, Jae Hyoung [College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-11-15

    To assess how accurately computed tomography (CT) can demonstrate the abnormal findings which are believed to cause the clinical signs and symptoms of hearing loss (HL), vertigo and facial paralysis (FP) in patients with temporal bone trauma. The authors studied CT scans of 39 ears in 35 patients with temporal bone trauma. CT scans were performed with 1-1.5 mm slice thickness and table incrementation. Both axial and coronal scans were obtained in 32 patients and in three patients only axial scans were obtained. We analyzed CT with special reference to the structural abnormalities of the external auditory canal, middle ear cavity, bony labyrinth, and facial nerve canal, and correlated these findings with the actual clinical signs and symptoms. As to hearing loss, we evaluated 32 ears in which pure tone audiometry or brainstem evoked response audiometry had been performed. With respect to the specific types of HL, CT accurately showed the abnormalities in 84% (16/19) in conductive HL, 100% (2/2) in sensorineural HL, and 25% (2/8) for mixed HL. When we categorized HL simply as conductive and sensorineural, assuming that mixed be the result of combined conductive and sensorineural HL, CT demonstrated the abnormalities in 89% (24/27) for conductive HL and 50% (5/10) for sensorineural HL. Concerning vertigo and FP, CT demonstrated abnormalities in 67%(4/6), and 29% (4/14), respectively. Except for conductive HL, CT seems to have a variable degree of limitation for the demonstration of the structural abnormalities resulting sensorineural HL, vertigo or facial paralysis. It is imperative to correlate the CT findings with the signs and symptoms in those clinical settings.

  8. Triagem auditiva: concordância entre os métodos comportamental e objetivo Hearing screening: agreement among behavioral and objective methods

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    Bruna Machado Correa

    2012-02-01

    comprometimento auditivo.PURPOSE: to check the agreement among the obtained results in hearing screening through the observation of behavioral responses and the transient evoked otoacoustic emissions. METHOD: a double-blind study was carried out with 139 infants attended in Neonatal Hearing Screening service of Santa Maria University Hospital. Different examiners evaluated the presence of eye blink reflex and transient evoked otoacoustic emissions. RESULTS: among the 139 evaluated infants, 123 showed eye blink reflex and otoacoustic emissions; 10 showed only otoacoustic emissions; and 3 failed in both tests. Sixteen infants should be re-evaluated. Nine did not come back to repeat the tests. Seven children were re-evaluated, two passed in both tests; five maintained the failed status and they were referred to evaluation on Auditory Response Audiometry. Two children showed otoacoustic emissions, but did not have eye blink reflex. In the evaluation of Auditory Response Audiometry, one manifested normal hearing and the other showed acute hearing loss. One child who did not evidence otoacoustic emissions, but manifested eye blink reflex, had compatible Auditory Response Audiometry with moderate hearing loss in both ears. The infant who failed in both test showed severe bilateral hearing loss in the evaluation of Auditory Response Audiometry. CONCLUSION: even though the otoacoustic emissions are present, the absence of eye blink reflex should be considered a reason to evaluate the Auditory Response Audiometry, and this can be sign of auditory neuropathy. Considering that the analysis of otoacoustic emissions and the evaluation of eye blink reflex are complement procedures. The apparent disagreement among some results can show different types of hearing disorder.

  9. Tontura em idosos: diagnóstico otoneurológico e interferência na qualidade de vida Dizziness in elderly individuals: otoneurologic diagnosis and interference on the quality of life

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    Sabrina Scherer

    2012-06-01

    quality of life. METHODS: Cross-sectional study, conducted with 56 elderly individuals with dizziness. Subjects' mean age was 71.2 years, and they were submitted to otoneurologic assessment, which involved: pure-tone, speech and impedance audiometry, balance assessment, testing for positional and positioning vertigo and nystagmus, and vectoelectronystagmography. A specific questionnaire for dizziness was used to assess the quality of life, the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI, which verifies the handicap effects provoked by this symptom. RESULTS: Rotatory dizziness was reported by 29 patients (51.8%, 75% presented some hearing complaint, and 69.6% had altered results in audiometry. Patients with vestibular complaints of positional dizziness presented significant difference for the physical aspect of the DHI. Patients with vestibular complaints of imbalance showed significant difference for the functional and emotional aspects. The computerized vectoelectronystagmography was altered in 47 patients (83.9%, indicating peripheral vestibular disorder in all cases. In the post-caloric assessment, hyperreflexia was the most prevalent alteration, and the most frequent diagnosis was Deficient Peripheral Vestibular Syndrome to the Left. Regarding quality of life, the functional aspect had the highest average score among the three aspects evaluated, and there was a significant difference between the functional and emotional aspects. CONCLUSION: Most elderly patients with dizziness present alterations in audiometry and vectoelectronystagmography, which indicate a disorder in the vestibulocochlear system; they also present impaired quality of life.

  10. Achados audiológicos em crianças com fenilcetonúria Audiologic findings in children with phenylketonuria

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    Patrícia Cotta Mancini

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar a existência de alterações na audição de crianças com fenilcetonúria diagnosticadas e tratadas precocemente e comparar os resultados com os encontrados nas avaliações auditivas de crianças normais de mesma idade. MÉTODOS: Foram realizadas imitanciometria e audiometria tonal e vocal em 63 crianças, sendo 30 no grupo controle, com média de idade de 8,1 anos, e 33 com fenilcetonúria no grupo de estudo, com média de idade de 7,7 anos. O grupo de estudo foi subdividido em 15 crianças com controle adequado da dieta e 18 crianças com controle inadequado da dieta, com médias de idade 8,1 e 7,2, respectivamente. A análise estatística utilizou o Teste t ou ANOVA. RESULTADOS: A audiometria revelou 83,3% de crianças com audição normal no grupo controle e 16,7% de perdas auditivas condutivas uni ou bilaterais. No grupo com fenilcetonúria, 66,7% das crianças apresentaram audição normal e 33,3% com perdas auditivas condutivas. Na imitanciometria, observou-se curvas normais em 91,7% das crianças do grupo controle e em 72,7% das crianças do grupo com fenilcetonúria. Houve diferença na comparação entre grupos para limiares aéreos, reflexos estapedianos, limiares de recepção da fala e índice de reconhecimento de fala. Não foi observada diferença entre os resultados das avaliações auditivas de crianças fenilcetonúricas com dieta adequada e inadequada. CONCLUSÃO: As crianças com fenilcetonúria diagnosticadas e tratadas precocemente apresentaram piores limiares de audibilidade por via aérea, limiares de recepção de fala e índice de reconhecimento de fala evidenciados à audiometria tonal e vocal, quando comparadas com crianças normais.PURPOSE: To investigate the existence of hearing impairments in infants with phenylketonuria with early diagnose and treatment, and to compare the audiological findings with those of their normal peers. METHODS: Vocal and pure-tone audiometry and acoustic immitance

  11. Audiometria de tronco encefálico (abr: o uso do mascaramento na avaliação de indivíduos portadores de perda auditiva unilateral Auditory brainstem response (abr: use of masking in unilateral hearing loss patients

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    Melissa M. T. Toma

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    prospective. MATERIA AND METHOD: The sample was constituded of 22 persons with unilateral hearing loss, being 10 female and 12 male, ranging from 9 to 44 years old. All persons were submited to the following audiological exams: pure - tone and speech audiometry, accoustic impendance tests and audiometry brainstem response in absence and presence of masking. RESULTS: In general, all persons had profound sensorineural unilateral hearing loss and bilateral type - A tympanometric curves. In ABR evaluation, it was possible to observe in 100% of the sample the presence of wave V in poor ear. As soon as the masking was introduced, these waves has not been viewed. CONCLUSION: As might be expected that masking must be used with ABR evaluation on unilateral hearing loss to obtain authentical results. In ABR, interaural attenuation to clicks (65 dB was greater the examined in pure-tone audiometry. Thence it follows that less intensity of masking was needed to eliminate the contralateral response.

  12. Pérdidas auditivas relacionadas con la exposición a ruido en trabajadores de la construcción Hearing loss related with noise exposure in construction workers

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    Pilar Gómez Mur

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: A pesar del ruido existente en las obras de la construcción no está extendido el uso de protectores auditivos en este sector. Objetivo: Estudiar las pérdidas auditivas inducidas por ruido (PAIR en las audiometrías de estos trabajadores. Material y métodos: Se realiza un estudio descriptivo de las audiometrías de tonos puros realizadas a 223 trabajadores del sector y se comparan con las de 262 administrativos. Para clasificar las PAIR se ha utilizado el método desarrollado por Klockhoff (K y modificado por la clínica del Lavoro de Milan. Se analiza también la presencia de escotomas en las frecuencias 3000, 4000 ó 6000 Hz. Resultados: La prevalencia de PAIR y escotomas bilaterales ha sido significativamente superior en el grupo de la construcción (K: OR =3,1. IC95%:1,801-5,435. Escotoma audiométrico bilateral: OR=3,8. IC95%:2.244- 6.606. Aunque el escotoma en 6000 Hz ha sido el más frecuente, la diferencia entre los dos grupos únicamente ha sido significativa en el de 4000 Hz. Discusión: Entre un 20,7 (K y un 24,3% (escotomas de los trabajadores de la construcción presentan PAIR bilaterales (8,4 y 8,8% en administrativos. Es necesario incidir en las medidas preventivas, fundamentalmente en el uso de protectores auditivos adecuados. Se recomienda profundizar en la etiología de los diferentes escotomas en futuros estudios.Introduction: Despite the noise produced in constructions works, the utilization of hearing protection devices is not common in this sector. Aim: To study the noise induced hearing loss (NIHL present on the audiometries of the construction workers. Methodology: A descriptive study is made on the pure tone audiometries done to 223 construction workers, comparing them with those coming from 262 administrative ones. For audiometries classification purposes, the method developed by Klockhoff (K and modified by Clinica del Lavoro in Milan, is used. Presence of a notch in 3.000, 4.000 or 6.000 Hz

  13. AUDIOMETRIC EVALUATION OF TYMPANOPLASTY FOR HEARING IMPROVEMENT

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    Rajshekhar

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To determine the hearing improvement in tympanoplasty by preoperative and postoperative audiometric evaluation after I month and 3 months and 6 months of tympanoplasty. MATERIALS & METHODS: 50 Patients presenting having CSOM and presenting with complaints of deafness or ear discharge in ENT OPD at Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital, Gulbarga from 2012 to 2014. P re - operative audiometry and appropriate investigation was done followed by tympanoplasty. Patient was followed up regularly with p ost - operative audiometry at 1 month, 3 month and 6 month. Assessment of hearing improvement was done by comparing preoperative and postoperative A - B gap at speech frequency. RESULTS: The number of patients who underwent Type l tympanoplasty was 26, Type II was 5, Type III was 6 and Type 4 was 1. They had a mean A - B gap closure of 10.3dB, 10.2dB, 9.33dB and 5dB respectively. When mastoidectomy was included as a part of the procedure the hearing improvement was comparatively lesser. The mean Air - Bone gap closure was 8.9dB.The mean A - B gap closure was 10.2 dB for temporalis fascia graft, 4dB for temporalis fascia with conchal cartilage and 9.2dB in case of autograft incus. The mean A - B gap closure of medium, large and subtotal perforation were 4.7, 11.7 and 6.6 respectively. The total success rate in terms of graft uptake rate was 88% . CONCLUSION : The study shows that A - B gap closure is greatest for Type I followed by Type II, Type III and Type IV in decreasing order. Tympanoplasty in which modified radical mastoidectomy was a part of the procedure did not give as much hearing improvement as otherwise. The grafting material also had significant bearing on the success of surgery. The Airbo r ne gap closure is greatest for temporalis fascia graft than dura or autograft incus. Air - bone gap closure is also greater for temporalis fascia when used alone compared to when it is used along with conchal cartilage. Reperforation rates are

  14. Monitoramento auditivo na ototoxidade Auditory monitoring in ototoxicity

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    Lilian Cassia Bornia Jacob

    2006-12-01

    pertaining literature analysis identified two procedures often used worldwide for the early detection of auditory lesions induced by ototoxic pharmaceutical drugs: high-frequency audiometry and evoked otoacoustic emissions. Both allow early identification of hearing disorders before changes are seen in conventional pure-tone audiometry and, consequently, before speech understanding is compromised. CONCLUSION: we suggest a hearing monitoring protocol, considering the patient’s capability to respond to behavioral tests and monitoring timing (first test/follow up. For cancer patients, hearing monitoring should be performed in the patient’s treatment venue.

  15. A CLINICAL STUDY ON INTRATYMPANIC METHYL PREDNISOLONE AS PRIMARY AND RESCUE THERAPIES VERSUS ORAL PREDNISOLONE IN THE TREATMENT OF SSNHL: A STUDY ON 90 PATIENTS

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    Sesha Prasad

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Sudden Hearing Loss is a real emergency requiring a fixed protocol in every hospital to help the patient recover his lost hearing ability. Diagnostic tools including pure tone and speech audiometry, Hematologi cal tests and MRI scan will guide the physician to identify the etiology of deafness to a certain extent, but in majority of the patients it is difficult. Oral steroid therapy with Prednisolone or Methyl Prednisolone over a period of 19 days is the most co mmon choice. It also seems to be the best treatment option. Recently intratympanic steroids have become an attractive choice either as a primary therapy or as an adjuvant therapy, in patients showing no or little improvement with oral steroids. It is also useful in patients in whom steroids are contra - indicated. OBJECTIVE: To observe and analyze the result of improvement in hearing following Intratympanic steroids used as a primary treatment and rescue therapy versus results in the patients on oral steroids alone taken as a control group; To evolve a treatment protocol in the management of SSNHL in our Hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study 90 patients are divided into three groups and the effect of Oral Prednisolone therapy on improving hearing is compared with primary and rescue therapy with Intratympanic steroid injections. Pre and post therapy audiograms of pure tone (PTA and speech audiometry (SRT of the three groups are analyzed to formulate a meaningful solution. RESULTS: Intratym panic steroids as a primary therapy showed effective recovery of hearing, observed by reduction in PTA of more than 15dB and improved SRT scoring of more than 15%. This study showed statistical significance when compared with systemic steroids therapy and failed systemic steroid therapy (less than expected P value 15%. CONCLUSIONS: Four injections of Steroids into the middl e ear used as primary or rescue therapies, improved hearing thresholds as recorded on pure tone

  16. Hearing Tests on Mobile Devices: Evaluation of the Reference Sound Level by Means of Biological Calibration

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    Kipiński, Lech; Grysiński, Tomasz; Kręcicki, Tomasz

    2016-01-01

    Background Hearing tests carried out in home setting by means of mobile devices require previous calibration of the reference sound level. Mobile devices with bundled headphones create a possibility of applying the predefined level for a particular model as an alternative to calibrating each device separately. Objective The objective of this study was to determine the reference sound level for sets composed of a mobile device and bundled headphones. Methods Reference sound levels for Android-based mobile devices were determined using an open access mobile phone app by means of biological calibration, that is, in relation to the normal-hearing threshold. The examinations were conducted in 2 groups: an uncontrolled and a controlled one. In the uncontrolled group, the fully automated self-measurements were carried out in home conditions by 18- to 35-year-old subjects, without prior hearing problems, recruited online. Calibration was conducted as a preliminary step in preparation for further examination. In the controlled group, audiologist-assisted examinations were performed in a sound booth, on normal-hearing subjects verified through pure-tone audiometry, recruited offline from among the workers and patients of the clinic. In both the groups, the reference sound levels were determined on a subject’s mobile device using the Bekesy audiometry. The reference sound levels were compared between the groups. Intramodel and intermodel analyses were carried out as well. Results In the uncontrolled group, 8988 calibrations were conducted on 8620 different devices representing 2040 models. In the controlled group, 158 calibrations (test and retest) were conducted on 79 devices representing 50 models. Result analysis was performed for 10 most frequently used models in both the groups. The difference in reference sound levels between uncontrolled and controlled groups was 1.50 dB (SD 4.42). The mean SD of the reference sound level determined for devices within the same model

  17. Is cochlear implantation a good treatment method for profoundly deafened elderly?

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    Full Text Available Magdalena Lachowska, Agnieszka Pastuszka, Paulina Glinka, Kazimierz Niemczyk Department of Otolaryngology, Hearing Implant Center, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland Purpose: To assess the benefits of cochlear implantation in the elderly. Patients and methods: A retrospective analysis of 31 postlingually deafened elderly (≥60 years of age with unilateral cochlear implants was conducted. Audiological testing included preoperative and postoperative pure-tone audiometry and a monosyllabic word recognition test presented from recorded material in free field. Speech perception tests included Ling's six sound test (sound detection, discrimination, and identification, syllable discrimination, and monosyllabic and multisyllabic word recognition (open set without lip-reading. Everyday life benefits from cochlear implantation were also evaluated. Results: The mean age at the time of cochlear implantation was 72.4 years old. The mean post-implantation follow-up time was 2.34 years. All patients significantly improved their audiological and speech understanding performances. The preoperative mean pure-tone average threshold for 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, 2,000 Hz, and 4,000 Hz was 110.17 dB HL. Before cochlear implantation, all patients scored 0% on the monosyllabic word recognition test in free field at 70 dB SPL intensity level. The postoperative pure-tone average was 37.14 dB HL (the best mean threshold was 17.50 dB HL, the worst was 58.75 dB HL. After the surgery, mean monosyllabic word recognition reached 47.25%. Speech perception tests showed statistically significant improvement in speech recognition. Conclusion: The results of this study showed that cochlear implantation is indeed a successful treatment for improving speech recognition and offers a great help in everyday life to deafened elderly patients. Therefore, they can be good candidates for cochlear implantation and their age alone should not be a relevant or excluding factor when choosing

  18. Decreased Speech-In-Noise Understanding in Young Adults with Tinnitus

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    Gilles, Annick; Schlee, Winny; Rabau, Sarah; Wouters, Kristien; Fransen, Erik; Van de Heyning, Paul

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    Objectives: Young people are often exposed to high music levels which make them more at risk to develop noise-induced symptoms such as hearing loss, hyperacusis, and tinnitus of which the latter is the symptom perceived the most by young adults. Although, subclinical neural damage was demonstrated in animal experiments, the human correlate remains under debate. Controversy exists on the underlying condition of young adults with normal hearing thresholds and noise-induced tinnitus (NIT) due to leisure noise. The present study aimed to assess differences in audiological characteristics between noise-exposed adolescents with and without NIT. Methods: A group of 87 young adults with a history of recreational noise exposure was investigated by use of the following tests: otoscopy, impedance measurements, pure-tone audiometry including high-frequencies, transient and distortion product otoacoustic emissions, speech-in-noise testing with continuous and modulated noise (amplitude-modulated by 15 Hz), auditory brainstem responses (ABR) and questionnaires.Nineteen students reported NIT due to recreational noise exposure, and their measures were compared to the non-tinnitus subjects. Results: No significant differences between tinnitus and non-tinnitus subjects could be found for hearing thresholds, otoacoustic emissions, and ABR results.Tinnitus subjects had significantly worse speech reception in noise compared to non-tinnitus subjects for sentences embedded in steady-state noise (mean speech reception threshold (SRT) scores, respectively −5.77 and −6.90 dB SNR; p = 0.025) as well as for sentences embedded in 15 Hz AM-noise (mean SRT scores, respectively −13.04 and −15.17 dB SNR; p = 0.013). In both groups speech reception was significantly improved during AM-15 Hz noise compared to the steady-state noise condition (p < 0.001). However, the modulation masking release was not affected by the presence of NIT. Conclusions: Young adults with and without NIT did not

  19. Interação entre grau de perda auditiva e o incômodo com zumbidos em trabalhadores com história de exposição ao ruído Association between hearing loss level and degree of discomfort introduced by tinnitus in workers exposed to noise

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    Adriano Dias

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    Full Text Available Perdas auditivas e zumbidos são dificuldades enfrentadas pelos trabalhadores, que sofrem suas conseqüências não apenas no ambiente de trabalho, mas também em contextos extralaborais. OBJETIVO: Verificar existência de relação dose-resposta entre perdas auditivas e zumbidos, ou seja, se o aumento destas perdas auditivas está associado ao aumento do incômodo provocado pelos zumbidos. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Neste estudo de série de casos, transversal, foram avaliados 284 trabalhadores com exposição ao ruído ocupacional através da audiometria tonal limiar cujos resultados foram categorizados segundo Merluzzi. Aqueles que apresentaram queixas de zumbidos responderam ao Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, adaptado e validado para o português brasileiro. Ajustou-se um modelo linear generalizado para dados binomiais, verificando interação entre os fatores. RESULTADOS: Mais de 60% dos ouvidos apresentaram perda auditiva e mais de 46% apresentaram zumbidos. Verificou-se que as prevalências de zumbido aumentam com a piora dos limiares, bem como o risco de o apresentar. A interação entre ambos, considerando todos os graus de perda auditiva, foi estatisticamente significativa. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados sugerem haver interação estatística entre perda auditiva e zumbidos, com a tendência de que, quanto maior for o déficit auditivo, maior será o incômodo provocado pelo zumbido.Hearing loss and tinnitus impact the lives of workers in every instance of their lives. AIM: this paper aims to investigate the existence of a dose-response relationship between hearing loss and tinnitus by determining whether higher levels of hearing loss can be associated with increased tinnitus-related discomfort. MATERIALS AND METHOD: this cross-sectional case study assessed 284 workers exposed to occupational noise through pure tone audiometry. Test results were categorized as defined by Merluzzi. Individuals complaining of tinnitus answered the adapted and validated

  20. Emissões otoacústicas no diagnóstico precoce de lesão coclear na doença de Ménière Otoacoustic emissions in early diagnosis of cochlear lesions in Ménière's disease

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    Antonio M. C. M. Aquino

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    Full Text Available Na Doença de Ménière em fase inicial, pode ocorrer surdez flutuante predominante em baixas frequências e também alterações nas otoemissões acústicas (EOA nas freqüências correspondentes àquelas da flutuação, que não são correlacionadas aos limiares auditivos encontrados na audiometria tonal. Estas alterações, experimentalmente, não estão relacionadas à perda de células ciliadas externas (CCE no ápice coclear, sendo que suas causas ainda não são muito claras podendo ser atribuídas às alterações do micromecanismo hidrodinâmico e biomecânico coclear. Assim, as EOA mostraram, neste caso apresentado, alterações cocleares na Doença de Ménière compensada em fase inicial que ainda não são detectadas no audiometria tonal e exames convencionais, sendo portanto um exame que pode mostrar lesão precoce por alteração apenas do micromecanismo coclear.Fluctuating deafness predominating in low frequencies can occur in the early phase of Ménière disease, together with changes in otoacoustic emissions (OAE at the frequencies corresponding to the fluctuating ones, which are not correlated with the auditory thresholds detected in tone audiometry. In experimental studies, these changes are not related to the loss of outer hair cells (OHC in the cochlear apex and their cause is still unclear, possibly corresponding to alterations in the hydrodynamic and biomechanical micromechanism of the cochlea. The OAE observed in the present case showed cochlear alterations in the early compensated phase of Ménière disease which cannot be detected by tone audiometry or standard examinations. Thus, this examination can reveal early lesions due to alterations of the cochlear micromechanism only.

  1. Control of acoustic neuroma (AN) by fractionated stereotactic radiation (FSR)

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    Background: Single fraction radiosurgery of acoustic neuromas (AN) 3 cms. or smaller is remarkable for high control but not infrequent incidence of facial and trigeminal neuropathy. Larger tumors treated surgically often result in deafness and facial neuropathy. FSR was developed in an effort to maintain effective therapy while minimizing toxicity of treatment. Methods: Described are 38 patients (pts) with 39 AN. Age range: 35 to 89 years (mean: 60). Two-thousand Centigray (cGy) in divided weekly dose of 400 or 500 cGy was most commonly prescribed. Larger AN received the 5 fraction schema. Volume ranged from 0.1 to 32.0 cc (mean: 6.9). Twenty-three AN had diameters less than 3 cms (range 0.3 to 2.8, mean 1.6). Sixteen measured 3 cms or greater and ranged 3.0 to 5.0 (mean: 3.7). Results: All tumors were controlled. Of 23 smaller AN, 14 (61%) decreased in size. Nine showed cessation of growth. Radiographic follow up ranged 4 to 34 months (median 16.3). Clinical follow up was 5 to 37 months (median 27.1). Of 21 with pure tone audiometry, 2 improved, 18 remained stable and 1 worsened. One pt had transient facial weakness after treatment which resolved. Of 22 pts, 15 had improved balance, 7 were unchanged. Thirteen of 16 (81%) larger AN diminished in size. Remainder showed cessation of growth. Radiographic follow-up ranged 4 to 30 months (median 20.7). Clinical follow-up was 14 to 35 months (median 28.1). Of 11 pts with audiometry 2 improved, 8 were stable and 1 worsened. Of 15 symptomatic pts, 12 had improved balance, 2 were stable and 1 worsened. Conclusions: All AN were controlled. No patient developed 5th nerve symptoms after treatment nor did any pts require surgery for treatment failure. One pt had temporary 7th nerve palsy. FSR offers a therapeutic approach producing high control rates while avoiding frequent morbidity

  2. Perda auditiva hereditária: relato de casos Hereditary hearing loss: case report

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    Aline Mizozoe de Amorim

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: descrever os resultados da avaliação auditiva de uma família com perda auditiva de caráter hereditário autossômico dominante. MÉTODOS: foram avaliados 17 indivíduos, por meio da audiometria tonal, audiometria vocal, timpanometria e pesquisa dos reflexos acústicos, além de acompanhamento genético. RESULTADOS: Dos 17 sujeitos avaliados, 11 apresentaram algum grau de perda auditiva neurossensorial (64,7%, sendo oito do sexo feminino (73% e três do sexo masculino (27%. A idade dos sujeitos avaliados variou de cinco a 68 anos (média=29,6 e a idade do aparecimento da queixa variou de 20 a 38 anos (média=26,1. Ocorreu a progressão da perda auditiva com o aumento da idade, sendo que a partir dos 41 anos, não houve indivíduos com audição normal na família. CONCLUSÃO: a investigação audiológica de todos os membros da família, independentemente da queixa, é imprescindível, pois a perda auditiva pode existir, mesmo que esta ocorra em freqüências isoladas.PURPOSE: to describe the hearing findings of a family with autosome dominant hereditary hearing loss. METHODS: we evaluated 17 subjects. The evaluation was made by pure tone audiometry, Speech audiometry, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing, in addition to genetic follow-up. RESULTS: from 17 evaluated subjects, 11 showed some degree of neurosensorial hearing loss (64.7%, being 8 female gender (73% and 3 male gender (27%. The subject age varied from 5 to 68 years (average = 39.6 and the time from the complaint's appearance varied from 20 to 38 years. The hearing loss was modified with age. We did not find normal hearing after the age of 41 years in the family. CONCLUSION: the hearing investigation regarding all members of the family regardless of any complaint is extremely indispensable due to the existence of hearing loss even when limited to isolated frequencies.

  3. The role of auditory abilities in basic mechanisms of cognition in older adults

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    Massimo eGrassi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess age-related differences between young and older adults in auditory abilities and to investigate the relationship between auditory abilities and basic mechanisms of cognition in older adults. Although there is a certain consensus that the participant’s sensitivity to the absolute intensity of sounds (such as that measured via pure tone audiometry explains his/her cognitive performance, there is not yet much evidence that the participant’s auditory ability (i.e., the whole supra-threshold processing of sounds explains his/her cognitive performance. Twenty-eight young adults (age < 35, 26 young-old adults (65 ≤ age ≤75 and 28 old-old adults (age > 75 were presented with a set of tasks estimating several auditory abilities (i.e., frequency discrimination, intensity discrimination, duration discrimination, timbre discrimination, gap detection, amplitude modulation detection, and the absolute threshold for a 1 kHz pure tone and the participant’s working memory, cognitive inhibition, and processing speed. Results showed an age-related decline in both auditory and cognitive performance. Moreover, regression analyses showed that a subset of the auditory abilities (i.e., the ability to discriminate frequency, duration, timbre, and the ability to detect amplitude modulation explained a significant part of the variance observed in processing speed in older adults. Overall, the present results highlight the relationship between auditory abilities and basic mechanisms of cognition.

  4. Risk of hearing loss in children exposed to gentamicin for the treatment of sepsis in young infancy: A community based cohort study in pakistan

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    Objective: To determine the safety of gentamicin when used in a community setting to treat neonatal sepsis. Methods: The study was conducted in peri-urban areas of Karachi from September 2009 to April 2010. The exposed group consisted of children 6 months to 3 years of age who were treated for sepsis during 0-2 months of age in the community, with a regimen that included gentamicin for at least five days. The control group included children from the same area who never received gentamicin. The outcome measure was hearing loss, which was assessed by Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry. Results: Of the 255 children enrolled, 125 (49%) received gentamicin, while 130 (51%) were not exposed to gentamicin. Children in the gentamicin exposed group were not at increased risk for hearing loss compared to controls (n=30; 30.9% vs. n=33; 31.4%, RR 0.98; 95% CI: 0.60-1.61). Children with history of ear discharge (RR 1.7) and children with family history of deafness (RR 2.0) were more at risk for having hearing loss. Conclusion: No association was found between hearing loss and gentamicin exposure in a community setting for the management of sepsis in the first two months of life. (author)

  5. Characteristics and determinants of music appreciation in adult CI users.

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    Philips, Birgit; Vinck, Bart; De Vel, Eddy; Maes, Leen; D'Haenens, Wendy; Keppler, Hannah; Dhooge, Ingeborg

    2012-03-01

    The main objective of this study was to assess the associations between self-reported listening habits and perception of music and speech perception outcomes in quiet and noise for both unilateral cochlear implant (CI) users and bimodal (CI in one ear, hearing aid in contra-lateral ear) users. Information concerning music appreciation was gathered by means of a newly developed questionnaire. Moreover, audiological data (pure-tone audiometry, speech tests in noise and quiet) were gathered and the relationship between speech perception and music appreciation is studied. Bimodal users enjoy listening to music more in comparison with unilateral CI users. Also, music training within rehabilitation is still uncommon, while CI recipients believe that music training might be helpful to maximize their potential with current CI technology. Music training should not be exclusively reserved for the good speech performers. Therefore, a music training program (MTP) that consists of different difficulty levels should be developed. Hopefully, early implementation of MTP in rehabilitation programs can enable adult CI users to enjoy and appreciate music and to maximize their potential with commercially available technology. Furthermore, because bimodal users consider the bimodal stimulation to be the most enjoyable way to listen to music, CI users with residual hearing in the contra-lateral ear should be encouraged to continue wearing their hearing aid in that ear. PMID:21847672

  6. Audiometric profile of civilian pilots according to noise exposure

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    Falcão, Taiana Pacheco; Luiz, Ronir Raggio; Schütz, Gabriel Eduardo; Mello, Márcia Gomide da Silva; Câmara, Volney de Magalhães

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    OBJECTIVE To evaluate the audiometric profile of civilian pilots according to the noise exposure level. METHODS This observational cross-sectional study evaluated 3,130 male civilian pilots aged between 17 and 59 years. These pilots were subjected to audiometric examinations for obtaining or revalidating the functional capacity certificate in 2011. The degree of hearing loss was classified as normal, suspected noise-induced hearing loss, and no suspected hearing loss with other associated complications. Pure-tone air-conduction audiometry was performed using supra-aural headphones and acoustic stimulus of the pure-tone type, containing tone thresholds of frequencies between 250 Hz and 6,000 Hz. The independent variables were professional categories, length of service, hours of flight, and right or left ear. The dependent variable was pilots with suspected noise-induced hearing loss. The noise exposure level was considered low/medium or high, and the latter involved periods > 5,000 flight hours and > 10 years of flight service. RESULTS A total of 29.3% pilots had suspected noise-induced hearing loss, which was bilateral in 12.8% and predominant in the left ear (23.7%). The number of pilots with suspected hearing loss increased as the noise exposure level increased. CONCLUSIONS Hearing loss in civilian pilots may be associated with noise exposure during the period of service and hours of flight. PMID:25372170

  7. Unilateral central retinal artery occlusion as the sole presenting sign of Susac syndrome in a young man: case report

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    Samira Luiza dos Apóstolos-Pereira

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    Full Text Available We report the case of a 24-year-old man presenting with sudden visual loss in the left eye from a central retinal artery occlusion. An extensive clinical investigation revealed no etiology. Three weeks later, however, the patient developed hearing loss followed by encephalopathy and multiple branch retinal artery occlusions in the right eye. Fluorescein angiography confirmed retinal vascular occlusions with no sign of vasculitis. The neurological examination revealed a diffuse encephalopathy while the MRI scan disclosed several small areas of infarcts in the brain. Bilateral sensorineural hearing loss was confirmed on audiometry. The patient was diagnosed with Susac syndrome and treated with methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide, resulting in slight improvement and stabilization. This case shows that Susac syndrome may be diagnosed late due to the absence at onset of one or more of the symptoms of the classic triad (encephalopathy, multiple branch retinal artery occlusions and hearing loss. This case also serves to emphasize that Susac syndrome should be considered in the differential diagnosis of central retinal artery occlusion, even in apparently healthy young men.

  8. [Recovery of hearing: results of delayed medical treatment in patients with idiopathic sudden hearing loss].

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    Maassen, M M; Pfister, M; Plontke, S; Koitschev, A; Vögler, A; Löwenheim, H

    2002-12-01

    For the treatment of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL), a variety of studies about intravenous drug administration with the beginning of treatment in the early period of less then one week after the onset of hearing loss have been performed. In contrast, very little information is available about the efficacy of intravenous drug therapy for ISSNHL with the beginning of treatment later than four weeks after the onset of hearing loss. In a retrospective chart review we studied the treatment results of 57 patients with ISSNHL with beginning of treatment later than four weeks after the onset of hearing loss with no spontaneous recovery of hearing. Patients received a treatment with intravenous administration of Dextran (concentration 40 g/l with NaCl 0.9%) and Procain-HCl (a derivative of the local anaesthetic lidocaine,400-800 mg in a 500 ml rheologic infusion of Dextran 40). 25% of the patients showed a significant improvement of 10 dB or more in hearing threshold at 1000 Hz measured in bone-conducted pure tone audiometry. In a subjective evaluation 53% of the patients noticed a subjective improvement of their individual hearing thresholds. PMID:12474128

  9. Children with chronic lung diseases have cognitive dysfunction as assessed by event-related potential (auditory P300) and Stanford-Binet IQ (SB-IV) test.

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    Kamel, Terez Boshra; Abd Elmonaem, Mahmoud Tarek; Khalil, Lobna Hamed; Goda, Mona Hamdy; Sanyelbhaa, Hossam; Ramzy, Mourad Alfy

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    Chronic lung disease (CLD) in children represents a heterogeneous group of many clinico-pathological entities with risk of adverse impact of chronic or intermittent hypoxia. So far, few researchers have investigated the cognitive function in these children, and the role of auditory P300 in the assessment of their cognitive function has not been investigated yet. This study was designed to assess the cognitive functions among schoolchildren with different chronic pulmonary diseases using both auditory P300 and Stanford-Binet test. This cross-sectional study included 40 school-aged children who were suffering from chronic chest troubles other than asthma and 30 healthy children of similar age, gender and socioeconomic state as a control group. All subjects were evaluated through clinical examination, radiological evaluation and spirometry. Audiological evaluation included (basic otological examination, pure-tone, speech audiometry and immittancemetry). Cognitive function was assessed by auditory P300 and psychological evaluation using Stanford-Binet test (4th edition). Children with chronic lung diseases had significantly lower anthropometric measures compared to healthy controls. They had statistically significant lower IQ scores and delayed P300 latencies denoting lower cognitive abilities. Cognitive dysfunction correlated to severity of disease. P300 latencies were prolonged among hypoxic patients. Cognitive deficits in children with different chronic lung diseases were best detected using both Stanford-Binet test and auditory P300. P300 is an easy objective tool. P300 is affected early with hypoxia and could alarm subtle cognitive dysfunction. PMID:27075686

  10. Carcinoid Tumors in the Middle Ear: a Case Report and Literature Review

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    WANG Entong; GONG Weixi; DA Jiping

    2006-01-01

    Middle ear carcinoid tumor (MEC T) is rare. Only 46 cases of MECT have been reported in the literature since the first case of MECT was described in 1980. We present here a case of primary MECT initially diagnosed as inflammatory aural polyp. The case was a 43-year-old women complaining of right ear chronic otorrhea and hearing loss over a period of five years, with a blockage sensation in the right ear for two years. Audiometry showed conductive hearing loss in the right ear. Physical examination and CT scans showed a mass in the right external auditory canal and middle ear, surrounding the ossicular chain. Pathologic study of surgically removed specimen revealed features of carcinoid tumor with positive staining to chromogranin A and synaptophysin in tumor cells. Local radiation of 60 Gy was applied. The patient has been followed up for more than one year. Postoperative histopathological examination showed no evidence of MECT recurrence one year after surgery, but inflammatory changes in the middle ear. Relevant literatures were reviewed. Clinical, histopathological, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural features of MECT, and strategies in MECT diagnosis and management are discussed.

  11. Prevalence and clinical characterization of Japanese diabetes mellitus with an A-to-G mutation at nucleotide 3243 of the mitochondrial tRNA{sup Leu (UUR)} gene

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    Odawara, Masato; Sasaki, Kayoko; Yamashita, Kamejiro [Univ. of Tsukuba (Japan)

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    An A-to-G mutation at nucleotide position 3243 of the mitochondrial genome has been associated with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) with deafness. We investigated the prevalence of this mutation in Japanese patients with IDDM, NIDDM, and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and in nondiabetic control individuals, and we identified it in 3 of 300 patients with NIDDM or IGT (1.0%). None of these individuals had significant sensorineural hearing loss. None of the 94 IDDM or the 115 nondiabetic control subjects was positive for this mutation. Oral glucose tolerance test revealed that a 57-yr-old male with this mutation was rather hyperinsulinemic in the fasting state. The insulin secretion in this patient decreased with age; he did not complain of any hearing disorder, although audiometry revealed a slight elevation of hearing threshold at high frequencies. In conclusion, we found that a mitochondrial gene mutation at nucleotide position 3243 was present in about 1% of NIDDM patients including those patients with IGT. The subtype of diabetes mellitus with this mutation may have a clinical profile similar to that found in patients with NIDDM commonly seen in outpatient clinics. 25 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Gamma knife radiosurgery for acoustic Schwannoma. Early effects and preservation of hearing

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    The effects of relatively low dose gamma knife irradiation on acoustic Schwannoma were evaluated. The signal intensity change and tumor shrinkage on magnetic resonance (MR) images, change in hearing, and complications in 28 patients (mean age 47.0±13.6 yrs) were studied. Three patients had bilateral tumors. Six were already deaf when treated. The maximum tumor diameter was 35 mm. The mean dose delivered to the tumor was 12.1±1.6 Gy at the periphery, and 25.2±4.3 Gy at the center. The mean follow-up time was 16 months and the longest 24 months. Lowering of the MR signal intensity in the tumor center appeared after 3 months at earliest but generally after 6 months. Signs of tumor shrinkage appeared within 12 months on average. Cyst in the tumor enlarged rapidly after treatment in two patients. The percentage of hearing preservation was 85% (17/20) at 3 months, 80% (16/20) at 6 months, 72% (13/18) at 9 months, 75% (12/16) at 12 months, 67% (8/12) at 15 months, 60% (6/10) at 18 months, and 50% (2/4) at 24 months. Subtle changes in hearing were detected by speech tone audiometry. Temporary facial numbness and weakness was seen in one patient each. No patient had lower cranial nerve paresis. Relatively low dose gamma knife radiosurgery is effective in suppressing growth of acoustic Schwannoma with preservation of hearing. (author)

  13. Neurobehavioral observation and hearing impairment in children at school age in eastern Slovakia

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    Sovcikova, E.; Trnovec, T.; Petrik, J.; Kocan, A.; Drobna, B.; Wimmerova, S.; Wsolova, L. [Slovak Medical Univ., Bratislava (Slovakia); Hustak, M. [Air Force Military Hospital, Kosice (Slovakia)

    2004-09-15

    Neurotoxicity of PCBs has been reported in humans and confirmed in animal studies. It was shown that PCBs can alter a number of developmental physiological processes in which the thyroid plays an essential role. In children, the prenatal exposure to PCBs was associated with reduced birth weight and poor recognition memory. In children with longer duration of breast feeding implying higher PCB exposure, altered behavior, lengthening of psychomotor activities, worse attention, and worse memory performance were found. The so far published data on the association between PCBs exposure and hearing were based mainly on animal observations. Low-frequency auditory impairments have been documented in PCB exposed rats, including elevated behavioral auditory thresholds, decreased amplitude and prolonged latency auditory evoked brain stem responses. Two papers were related to humans only. The first one reported PCB-associated increased thresholds at two out of eight frequencies on audiometry, but only on the left side, and no deficits on evoked potentials or contrast sensitivity in 7-year-old children prenatally exposed to seafood neurotoxicants. The other paper was focused on hearing impairments in boys of fish-eating mothers, but no individual PCB exposure data were available. The aim of this study was to evaluate the associations between exposure to PCBs and health outcomes assessed, as performance in neurobehavioral tests, thyroid hormones production and hearing status. Selected confounder factors such as heavy metals and health/social background of development in children were also taken into consideration.

  14. Which tinnitus-related characteristics affect current health-related quality of life and depression? A cross-sectional cohort study.

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    Weidt, Steffi; Delsignore, Aba; Meyer, Martin; Rufer, Michael; Peter, Nicole; Drabe, Natalie; Kleinjung, Tobias

    2016-03-30

    Tinnitus is sometimes associated with lower health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and depressive symptoms. However, only limited evidence exists identifying which tinnitus characteristics are responsible for these associations. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess associations between tinnitus, HRQoL, depressive symptoms, subjective tinnitus loudness and audiometrically assessed tinnitus characteristics (e.g., hearing threshold). Two hundred and eight outpatients reporting tinnitus completed questionnaires on tinnitus (Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, THI), HRQoL (World-Health-Organisation Quality of Life Short Form Survey, WHOQOL-BREF), and depressive symptoms (Beck Depression Inventory, BDI), and underwent audiometry. Patients with higher THI scores exhibited significantly lower HRQoL, and higher depression scores. THI total-score, THI subscales, and subjective tinnitus loudness explained significant variance of WHOQOL-BREF and BDI. Audiometrically measured features were not associated with WHOQOL-BREF or BDI. Overall, we confirmed findings that different features of tinnitus are associated with HRQoL and depressive symptoms but not with audiometrically assessed tinnitus characteristics. Consequently, physicians should evaluate THI total score, its sub-scores, and subjective tinnitus loudness to reliably and quickly identify patients who potentially suffer from depressive symptoms or significantly lower HRQoL. Supporting these patients early might help to prevent the development of reactive depressive symptoms and impairment of HRQoL. PMID:26850646

  15. The Effect of Acute Otitis Media on Transient Otoacoustic Emissions A Clinical Guide to Successful Treatment Course

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    A. Bayat

    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Acute otitis media (AOM is the most common causes of acquired hearing loss in children with increasing incidence. In young children the diagnosis is restricted to otoscopy and tympanometry whereas evaluation of the auditory function is impossible due to noncompliance during pure tone audiometry. For this purpose, measurement of otoacoustic emissions, especially transient evoked ones (TEOAEs, can be applied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of AOM on TEOAEs in young children before and after treatment course.Material & Methods: In an analytic, cross-sectional design, 42 young children with AOM, both sexes, aged 2 to 4.5 years were evaluated through tympanometry and transient otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs. TEOAEs signal to noise ratio (SNR and reproducibility of AOM patients were compared before, two weeks and six weeks after the treatment course. Then AOM responses were compared with an age-matched control group. The results were analyzed using SPSS 16.Results: Our findings revealed that TEOAE parameters in AOM subjects were the most affected on highest frequencies. Significant changes of TEOAE parameters were found 2 weeks after the treatment with further improvement 6 weeks after the treatment course (P 0.05.Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that there was an improvement in TEOAE SNR and band reproducibility in serial TEOAEs measurements. Thus,application of TEOAEs is a beneficial method to follow up medical treatment in young children with AOM. (Sci J Hamadan Univ Med Sci 2011;18(3:17-21

  16. Prevalence of middle ear disorders in coal miners

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    Lempert, B.L.; Hopkinson, N.T.; Keith, R.W.; Motl, M.L.; Horine, J.

    1981-06-01

    Results are presented from a study of the prevalence of middle and external ear disorders in coal miners who work underground. The study followed from an earlier NIOSH report (1976) that indicated a possibly large number of otoscopic abnormalities in this population of workers. Otoscopic examinations, pure tone air- and bone-conduction audiometry tests, and impedance tests were administered to 350 underground miners and 150 industrial workers not associated with mining. The study was conducted completely within a hospital otolaryngology/audiology clinic setting. Results of the investigation showed a highly similar prevalence of middle ear and ear canal abnormalities in the miner group and the control group (19 percent). Middle ear abnormalities observed in the miners were judged by the examining otolaryngologists to have preceded their experience in the mines and were not related solely to underground noise exposure or coal dust. Nearly half of the subjects who had an air-bone gap had no middle ear abnormality observable by otoscopic examination. There was substantial agreement between the finding of abnormal otoscopy and abnormal tympanometry. By itself, acoustic reflex was not useful in identifying middle ear disorders, since this reflex may be absent for other reasons, including presence of severe sensorineural hearing loss.

  17. Brainstem auditory evoked potentials in children with lead exposure

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    Katia de Freitas Alvarenga

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Earlier studies have demonstrated an auditory effect of lead exposure in children, but information on the effects of low chronic exposures needs to be further elucidated. Objective: To investigate the effect of low chronic exposures of the auditory system in children with a history of low blood lead levels, using an auditory electrophysiological test. Methods: Contemporary cross-sectional cohort. Study participants underwent tympanometry, pure tone and speech audiometry, transient evoked otoacoustic emissions, and brainstem auditory evoked potentials, with blood lead monitoring over a period of 35.5 months. The study included 130 children, with ages ranging from 18 months to 14 years, 5 months (mean age 6 years, 8 months ± 3 years, 2 months. Results: The mean time-integrated cumulative blood lead index was 12 µg/dL (SD ± 5.7, range:2.433. All participants had hearing thresholds equal to or below 20 dBHL and normal amplitudes of transient evoked otoacoustic emissions. No association was found between the absolute latencies of waves I, III, and V, the interpeak latencies I-III, III-V, and I-V, and the cumulative lead values. Conclusion: No evidence of toxic effects from chronic low lead exposures was observed on the auditory function of children living in a lead contaminated area.

  18. Otologic Problems in Turner Syndrome

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    Ahmadreza Okhovat

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Turner syndrome is the most common sex chromosome abnormality in females, affecting an estimated 3% of all conceiving females. Otologic disease is a common problem in Turner syndrome patients that is due to a combination of small dysfunction Eustachian tube, palatal dysfunction and cochlear malformation.Methods: This study assessed the otologic and audiologic characteristics of a group of Turner syndrome patients. We studied 40 Turner patients aged 10 to 20 years (mean age: 15.84 years, SD=2.67. Pure tone audiometry was carried out for all of them.Results: Forty percent of the patients reported a history of middle ear disease. Analysis of audiometric data in 40 patients tested reveals normal hearing in 47.5%, pure sensorineural hearing loss in 32.5%, pure conductive hearing loss in 17.5% and mixed hearing loss in 2.5% of patients.Conclusion: Careful follow up during early childhood of children with Turner syndrome is necessary to detect middle ear disease and prevent the probable sequel. However, long term periodic follow up is mandatory even after resolution of middle ear disease to detect sensorineural hearing loss

  19. Repair of chronic tympanic membrane perforations using applications of hyaluronan or rice paper prostheses.

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    Laurent, C; Söderberg, O; Anniko, M; Hartwig, S

    1991-01-01

    A controlled randomized study was performed in 60 patients with 64 chronic, dry tympanic membrane (TM) perforations. The perforations were randomly allocated to either resection of the perforation rim and instillation of 1% hyaluronan (Healon; HYA) in the perforation gap once daily for 7 days (33 ears) or resection of the perforation margin and application of a sterile rice paper prosthesis (31 ears). The treatment effect was documented by TM photography and morphometric measurements of the perforation area. The hearing was assessed with puretone and high-frequency audiometry. After 2 months, 5 of the HYA-treated perforations (15%) and 4 of the rice-paper-treated TMs (13%) were healed. After 1 year, 18 perforations (9 in each treatment group) were healed. In neither group were there any persistent adverse effects on hearing. It is noteworthy that 28% (18/64) of the chronic, long-standing TM perforations could be repaired by these technically simple and time-saving methods. Both procedures should be considered as easy first-choice alternatives to myringoplasty in selected cases. PMID:2008293

  20. Case 226: Oval Window Atresia.

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    Hughes, Amy; Danehy, Amy; Adil, Eelam

    2016-02-01

    A 6-year-old girl presented with bilateral hearing loss. Her otologic, birth, and family histories were limited, given that she was adopted, but her parents reported that she had had difficulty hearing and speaking ever since they adopted her at 2 years of age. Her parents denied a history of acute otitis media, otorrhea, otalgia, vertigo, autophony, or tinnitus since her adoption. At 2.5 years of age, a diagnosis of hearing loss was made, and she was given hearing aids. Her parents believed that she had been doing well with both receptive and expressive language since she had received the hearing aids. At examination, she had small bilateral preauricular skin tags and normal pinna. Her external auditory canals were of a normal caliber bilaterally, with no otorrhea or lesions. The tympanic membranes were translucent and mobile at pneumatic otoscopy. There was no evidence of a middle ear lesion, nor was there a Schwartz sign. She had no nystagmus or vertigo at pneumatic otoscopy. Audiometry was performed and revealed moderate to severe conductive hearing loss bilaterally, with a mixed component present at 2000 KHz. She had normal bilateral middle ear pressure at tympanometry. Thin-section computed tomography (CT) of the temporal bone was performed. PMID:26789605

  1. [Results of the School Health Service in La Chaux-de-Fonds between 1975 and 1979].

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    Fischer, G

    1982-02-01

    This is a balance sheet of the medical service in la Chaux-de-Fonds schools for the last five years (1975-1979). The activities of the School Medical Service (SMS) are clinical and paraclinical examinations, immunizations, and tuberculin tests, as well as health information. The number of students in three examined grades (1, 4, and 9) varies over the years, with a tendency of going down in the first grade since 1978. The following anomalies are checked and compared between grades and years; overweight, systolic murmurs, hernias, alterations of the tonsils and lymph glands, deviations of the vertebral column, genital anomalies in boys, age of puberty, troubles in visual and auditory acuity (the last being measured by audiometry), blood pressure troubles in students in the 9th grade. In that grade, paraclinical examinations such as ECG, pulmonary function, and blood groups are carried out. Students of that grade are questioned about their personal habits and previous illness. Immunizations and tuberculin tests done by the SMS are discussed. Health information its evolution are mentioned. In conclusion, one can say that the purpose of the SMS is promotion of school children's health during the compulsory school period. PMID:7072386

  2. Brazilian young adults and noise: attitudes, habits, and audiological characteristics.

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    Zocoli, Angela Maria Fontana; Morata, Thais Catalani; Marques, Jair Mendes; Corteletti, Lilian Jacob

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study was to examine behaviors and attitudes of Brazilian teenagers towards noise, and determine their audiological characteristics. Participants were 245 young persons (14 to 18 years old) who attended private school. Behaviors and attitudes were measured using the validated Portuguese version of the Youth Attitude to Noise Scale (YANS). Pure-tone audiometry was used to evaluate the hearing of a sub-sample of 24 participants. Music played through personal media players was the most common exposure reported. A substantial percentage of participants reported temporary tinnitus (69%) after attending discos, music concerts, and listening to music through headphones. Tinnitus complaints were more frequent among females (41%) than males (27%). Four participants (1.6%) reported use of a hearing protector. Among a subsample of 24 participants, two (8%) young women had bilateral audiometric notches. YANS scores in the present study were slightly lower than those obtained in Sweden and the US, indicating a more negative attitude towards noise. Gender, age, country, and/or region are variables that will influence exposure to noise or music and possibly hearing outcomes. PMID:19863355

  3. Fitness for Work Evaluation of Firefighters in Tehran

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    Ramin Mehrdad

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Firefighting is extremely strenuous and physically demanding work and involves ability to cope with emergency life-or-death situations. Because of the high physical demands of firefighting, successful job performance and minimizing of morbidity and mortality depends on fitness for duty. The firefighting department of Tehran does not perform periodic medical assessment for firefighters. The aim of this study was to evaluate medical fitness among firefighters in Tehran. In this cross sectional study we examined 147 firefighters. Medical and occupational history obtained by interview, then we performed physical examination, blood tests, ECG, spirometry and audiometry. Then results compared with guidelines for firefighters in the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom. Seven percent of our participants had a kind of pulmonary dysfunction and 25% had some degrees of hearing loss. A considerable percent of them had modifiable coronary heart disease risk factors. Thirteen participitants were unfit for this job that among them; ten firefighters were unfit based on vision capability, one case due to hypertention and two cases because of pulmonary dysfunction. Because of hazardouse nature of firefighting; preplacement, periodic medical evaluations and assesment of fitness for firefighters in Iran is highly recommended. Establishment of fitness criteria for firefighters in Iran is necessery to perform assigned functions safely.

  4. Pilot Initiatives of Adult Hearing Screening in Italy.

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    Paglialonga, A; Tognola, G; Grandori, F

    2011-05-10

    A series of pilot initiatives of adult hearing screening programs were organized in eight large and small-size cities in Italy in the past two years. The screening initiatives were held in public places, supermarkets, drugstores, and in some universities of the third age, and involved an overall population of 2,278 screened subjects with age ranging from 13 to 93 years. Three different screening tests were used to assess hearing ability in the participants, i.e.: screening pure tone audiometry (PTA), an automated speech-in-noise screening test (the SUN-test), and a screening questionnaire of self-perceived hearing handicap (the HHIE-S). This paper describes the organization and management of these screening initiatives and reviews the main results obtained in the screened population, using the three different screening tests. Results obtained in these pilot initiatives showed that screening adults for hearing problems might be feasible, on a local level, in non clinical settings and can be performed quite easily with the support of local coordinators and partners, such as associations or local authorities. It is recognized that further initiatives and studies will have to be performed to better define the key aspects related to the organization and management of adult hearing screening programs, either at a local, regional, or national level. PMID:26557301

  5. Brain structural and functional alterations in patients with unilateral hearing loss.

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    Yang, Ming; Chen, Hua-Jun; Liu, Bin; Huang, Zhi-Chun; Feng, Yuan; Li, Jing; Chen, Jing-Ya; Zhang, Ling-Ling; Ji, Hui; Feng, Xu; Zhu, Xin; Teng, Gao-Jun

    2014-10-01

    Alterations of brain structure and functional connectivity have been described in patients with hearing impairments due to distinct pathogenesis; however, the influence of unilateral hearing loss (UHL) on brain morphology and regional brain activity is still not completely understood. In this study, we aim to investigate regional brain structural and functional alterations in patients with UHL. T1-weighted volumetric images and task-free fMRIs were acquired from 14 patients with right-sided UHL (pure tone average ≥ 40 dB HL) and 19 healthy controls. Hearing ability was assessed by pure tone audiometry. Voxel-based morphometry (VBM) was performed to detect brain regions with changed gray matter volume or white matter volume in UHL. The amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) was calculated to analyze brain activity at the baseline and was compared between two groups. Compared with controls, UHL patients showed decreased gray matter volume in bilateral posterior cingulate gyrus and precuneus, left superior/middle/inferior temporal gyrus, and right parahippocampal gyrus and lingual gyrus. Meanwhile, patients showed significantly decreased ALFF in bilateral precuneus, left inferior parietal lobule, and right inferior frontal gyrus and insula and increased ALFF in right inferior and middle temporal gyrus. These findings suggest that chronic UHL could induce brain morphological changes and is associated with aberrant baseline brain activity. PMID:25093284

  6. Electrophysiologic and Behavioral Assessment of Hearing Status in Children with Spastic Diplegia

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    Mohammad Kamali

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: High incidence of speech disorders in children with cerebral palsy could be related to a deficiency in processing of auditory stimuli. So it is vital to check out any peripheral or central disorders in auditory system using behavioral and electrophysiological auditory tests.Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 15 children with spastic diplegia, mean age 5.77, SD 2.26 years, and 15 normal children, mean age 5.33, SD 1.80 years, were tested using pure tone audiometry, immittance and auditory brainstem responses. The results were compared between the two groups.Results: Hearing thresholds and middle ear status were in normal range in all participants; however, contralateral acoustic reflex thresholds were mostly elevated. Comparing absolute latency and interpeak latency intervals of auditory brainstem responses between the two groups, absolute latency interval of later waves, and in specific the V wave, was significantly longer in diplegic children (p=0.04 resulting in a longer III-V interpeak latency intervals (p=0.02.Conclusion: Neurological disorders in ponto-reticulo-spinal pathway, pontine reticular nuclei and upper pons which are adjacent to auditory nuclei of lateral leminiscus and inferior colliculus result in auditory dys-synchrony and increased latency intervals in latter waves of auditory brainstem responses. This could also attributed to functional disorders in wave-generating sites in these patients.

  7. The Effect of Otic Melanocyte Destruction on Auditory and Vestibular Function: a Study on Vitiligo Patients.

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    Mahdi, Parvane; Amali, Amin; Ruzbahani, Masoumeh; Pourbakht, Akram; Mahdavi, Asadollah

    2016-02-01

    The hallmark of vitiligo is the disappearance of melanocytes from the skin. As a result, of melanocytes presence in the auditory and vestibular apparatus, the involvement of these systems in vitiligo which targets the melanocytes of the whole body is possible; suggesting that vitiligo is a systemic disease rather than a purely cutaneous problem. A total of 21 patients with vitiligo were enrolled in this study. A group of 20 healthy subjects served as a control group. Pure tone audiometry (PTA), auditory brainstem responses (ABR) and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) were carried out in all participants. High frequency sensory neural hearing loss was seen in 8 (38.09%) patients. ABR analysis revealed 10 (47.61%) had an abnormal increase in latency of wave III, and 6 (28.57%) had an abnormal prolongation of IPL I-III, however, regarding our VEMP findings, there were no recorded responses on left ear of 1 (4.76%) patient and latency of p13 was prolonged in 5(23.80%) patients. There was no correlation between ages, duration of disease, and any of the recorded parameters (P>0.05). In the present survey, we highlighted the auditory and vestibular involvement in vitiligo patients. PMID:26997595

  8. The Effect of Otic Melanocyte Destruction on Auditory and Vestibular Function: a Study on Vitiligo Patients

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    Parvane Mahdi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The hallmark of vitiligo is the disappearance of melanocytes from the skin. As a result, of melanocytes presence in the auditory and vestibular apparatus, the involvement of these systems in vitiligo which targets the melanocytes of the whole body is possible; suggesting that vitiligo is a systemic disease rather than a purely cutaneous problem. A total of 21 patients with vitiligo were enrolled in this study. A group of 20 healthy subjects served as a control group. Pure tone audiometry (PTA, auditory brainstem responses (ABR and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP were carried out in all participants. High frequency sensory neural hearing loss was seen in 8 (38.09% patients. ABR analysis revealed 10 (47.61% had an abnormal increase in latency of wave III, and 6 (28.57% had an abnormal prolongation of IPL I-III, however, regarding our VEMP findings, there were no recorded responses on left ear of 1 (4.76% patient and latency of p13 was prolonged in 5(23.80% patients. There was no correlation between ages, duration of disease, and any of the recorded parameters (P>0.05. In the present survey, we highlighted the auditory and vestibular involvement in vitiligo patients.

  9. Hyaluronic acid fat graft myringoplasty vs fat patch fat graft myringoplasty.

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    Alzahrani, Musaed; Saliba, Issam

    2015-08-01

    We aim to compare the hyaluronic acid to fat graft myringoplasty (HAFGM) technique to a recently described modified-FGM (M-FGM) in the repair of tympanic membrane perforation (TMP). We also aim to evaluate the hearing level improvement postoperatively. We conducted a prospective study in an adult tertiary care center between 2012 and 2013. Adult patients presenting with simple TMP were operated on randomly using either HAFGM or M-FGM under local anesthesia in outpatients' settings. Success was considered when complete closure is achieved. Audiometric parameters were evaluated pre and postoperatively. Twenty-four patients were included in the study (HAFGM: 10 patients and M-FGM: 14 patients). Complete closure was achieved in 80 % in HAFGM vs 42.8 % in the M-FGM (p = 0.03). The study was abandoned due to the low success rate in first 14 patients of the M-FGM group. The pure tone audiometry was improved postoperatively in the HAFGM only. The study was aborted because of the unsatisfactory obtained results using the MFGM. It also shows the beneficial effect of hyaluronic acid application to FGM for a successful TMP repair. PMID:24633245

  10. Otological findings in pediatric patients with hypogammaglobulinemia.

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    Marzieh Tavakol

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The main clinical presentation of patients with primary antibody deficiency (PAD incorporates upper respiratory tract infections comprising otitis media, sinusitis and pneumonia. This study was designed to investigate clinical and paraclinical otological complications in major types of PAD. A cross sectional study was conducted on 55 PAD patients with diagnosis of selective IgA deficiency, common variable immunodeficiency (CVID, X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA, and hyper IgM syndrome. All patients underwent otological examinations, audiometry, and auditory brain stem response. Otological complications were detected in 54.5% of PAD patients. Conductive hearing loss was the main finding amongst PID patients (73.3% followed by sensorineural hearing loss which was present in 8 cases. Otitis media with effusion (21.8%, chronic otitis media (27.2%, tympanosclerosis with intact tympanic membrane (5.4% and auditory neuropathy (3.6% were most important found complications. CVID and XLA patients with prophylactic usage of antibiotics had lower rate of audiological complications (p=0.04 and otitis media with effusion (p=0.027. As our results showed, asymptomatic otological findings were not rare in PAD patients; therefore, a systematic otological investigation is recommended as an integral part of the management and follow-up of these patients.

  11. Vestibular Schwannoma or acoustic neuroma

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    Hekmatara M

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available Vestibular schwannoma is the most common tumor of the posterior fossa of the skull. Patients referred with the primary otologic symptoms such as hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, imbalance, and the cranial nerve palsy. Thirty-three patients were operated and treated by a team of otolaryngologist and neurosurgeon, anudiometrist, and internist. Patients'chiefcomplaint was due to 94% hearing loss and 27% tinnitus. They scarcely complain of vertigo. If a patient refers with the palsy or paralysis of facial nerve preoperation, we must think of the facial nerve schwannoma or hemangioma or congential cholestoma or malignant metastases rather than acoustic neuroma. The best way for preoperative diagnosis is audiometry, ABR (Auditory Brain Response, and SDS (speech discrimination score with 90% success, but computer Tomography (CT scan and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image are the valuable anatomic diagnostic radiographic devices. The best method of operation is translabirynthine approach (TLA, since it has the advantages such as an easy access to nerve paths and being the nearest path to CPA (Cerebellopontine Angle. Physicians ought to talk to patients about the importance of the microscopic surgery, surgical methods, and their probable diverse effects such as hearing loss, facial nerve palsy, and intracranial problems.

  12. Strategy for the diagnosis of small acoustic neuromas

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    Hashimoto, Sho; Kawase, Tetsuaki; Furukawa, Kanako; Takasaka, Tomonori (Dept. of Otolaryngology, Tohoku Univ. School of Medicine, Sendai (Japan))

    1991-01-01

    Twenty small (extra-meatal size <15 mm) acoustic neuromas have been diagnosed since high-resolution (HR) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) became available in our clinic. Among these tumors, 18 had sensorineutral hearing loss and 16 enlarged internal auditory meatus in X-ray photo, but only 8 tumors out of 18 tested showed diminished caloric response. Auditory brainstem responses (ABR) has been believed as the most reliable test for the diagnosis of acoustic neuroma despite several reports of false-negatives. In our series, 4 tumors out of 18 tested had normal ABR. The false-negative rate was 22%, which is much higher than expected. In CT, only 11 tumors were recognized. Although the total number is not large, present results clearly suggest the limits of these examinations. At present, HR-MRI is the most reliable diagnostic method for acoustic neuromas with no false-negative reported: ordinary MRI may have false-negatives. For the effective use of MRI, the results of audiometry, X-ray photo, ABR and other examinations must be evaluated properly. (au).

  13. Audio-vestibulary changes following radiation treatment of the epipharynx

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    Audio-vestibular changes are described following radiation treatment of the epipharynx. A total of 83 patients were observed prior to and following radiotherapy. In 70 of them hearing power was diminished: sound perceiving decrease was recorded in 43 patients (51,8 per cent), mixed type of diminished hearing power in 16 patients (19,2 per cent) and sound conduction decrease in 11 patients (13,2 per cent). Apart from the clinical method for testing the power of hearing (whispering and conversation) tonal threshold audiometry is also employed. The patients were asked for vestibulary complaints: the latter were established in seven patients. The studies reveal that radiation therapy affects in a lesser degree the middle ear and more substantially the inner ear with an unpairment of the functions of the labyrinth. These first investigations warrant a more specialized observation (by means of more numerous audiometric tests) and more continuous period of observation with frequent control audiograms. The observed more severe decrease of the power of hearing long after completion of radiation therapy are indicative as regards the process in the organ of Corti. High significance is attributed by the author to these observations who assumes that along with correct planning of radiation therapy rehabilitation of the power of hearing and stimulation therapy of the audio-vestibulary apparatus should simultaneously be initiated. (author)

  14. Tinnitus: Characterization of associated hearing loss and modalities of treatment

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    Natashya H Rent

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To assess the characteristics of hearing loss with respect to tinnitus and to study the efficacy of various modalities of treatment of tinnitus. Design: Prospective study. Materials and Methods: Patients were assigned into three groups. All patients underwent a complete ENT examination, followed by pure tone audiometry, tinnitus matching, and tinnitus handicap inventory (THI score. Patients were treated with gingko biloba, gabapentin, or tinnitus-retraining therapy (TRT for a period of 6 weeks following which above investigations were repeated. Results: The study showed a positive correlation between tinnitus loudness matches and frequency of maximum hearing threshold (r = 0.687, P = 0.001 and a significant relation between tinnitus loudness matching and THI score (r = 0.383, P = 0.001. However, no correlations were observed between pitch match frequency and THI scores. Gingko biloba and TRT were found to be effective in the management of tinnitus (P < 0.01, but no improvement was observed with gabapentin therapy (P = 0.051. Conclusion: Tinnitus loudness matches near the threshold of frequency of maximum hearing loss, thus indicating that as threshold of hearing increases, the perception of tinnitus loudness increases. However, pitch match frequency does not affect severity of tinnitus. Gingko biloba and TRT are useful in the treatment of tinnitus.

  15. Role of acamprosate in sensorineural tinnitus

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    Dinesh Kumar Sharma

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Acamprosate with dual mechanism of action as glutamate antagonist and GABA agonist can be a potential target to decrease the severity of sensorineural tinnitus. Objective: (1To study the effectiveness of acamprosate in providing subjective relief and objective improvement in patients having tinnitus of sensorineural origin. (2 To evaluate the adverse events related to the use of acamprosate and also determine the change in quality of life (QOL parameters. Materials and Methods: The study was randomized double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover. Forty adult subjects (>18 years of age, of either sex with tinnitus of sensorineural origin, were administered either acamprosate 333 mg TDS or matched placebo for a period of six weeks followed by a washout period of one week. Drug therapy was switched for another six weeks in consonance with the crossover design. The effect of acamprosate and placebo on subjective relief and objective improvement was evaluated by using modified tinnitus severity, QOL scores and audiometry with tinnitus matching in frequency and loudness. Results: At the end of the study, the drug had shown a statistically significant improvement in reducing the tinnitus score in 92.5% of the patients and placebo with an improvement in 12.5% of the patients. The drug was well tolerated without any serious drug reactions. Conclusion: Acamprosate is an effective drug in treating the severity of sensorineural tinnitus without causing much of the side effects.

  16. COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF ACAMPROSATE WITH OTHER DR UGS IN CENTRAL TINNITUS

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: AIM: To compare the efficacy of acamprosate with other drugs to decrease the severity of sensorineural tinnitus. MATERIAL AND METHOD : The study was randomised double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover. Forty a dult subjects (>18 years of age, of either sex with tinnitus of sensorineural origin, were adminis tered either acamprosate 333 mg tds or matched placebo for a period of six weeks followed b y a washout period of one week. Drug therapy was switched for another six weeks in conson ance with the crossover design. The effect of acamprosate and placebo on subjective relief and o bjective improvement was evaluated by using modified tinnitus severity quality of life sc ores and audiometry with tinnitus matching in frequency and loudness. RESULTS: At the end of study the drug had shown a statistic ally significant improvement in reducing the tinnitus sco re in 92.5% of the patients and placebo with an improvement in 12.5% of the patients in contrast t o other drugs belonging to this group. CONCLUSION : Acamprosate is an effective drug in treating the severity of sensorineural tinnitus

  17. Audiology profile in the military police state of São Paulo

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    Kinoshita, Sérgio Koodi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The military police are a population exposed to noise impact due to training with firearms. Objective: To investigate the audiological profile of the military police in São Paulo state, and to correlate the age and duration of exposure and audiological findings. Method: In this study of case series, cross-sectional audiological evaluation was performed in 200 police officers being 169 (84.5% were male and 31 (15.5% females, aged between 25 and 45 years (mean 38.83 ± 5.05, average service time of 16.80 ± 6.27 years. Results: The main complains were: tinnitus (n=52/26%, hearing loss (n=36/18%, ear fullness (n=24/12% and autophonia (n=24/12%. Impedance were found in 100% of type A curves (JERGER, 1970, and recruitment was present in 20 (10% cases. According to the results of audiometry, the data showed that 54 (27% right ears and 56 (28% left ears had hearing loss. The degree of loss with higher prevalence was 1 and 2 (MERLUZZI et al., 1979, 85 (42.5% cases. There was significant correlation between age and exposure time with the worsening of audiometric thresholds in both ears. Conclusion: From the audiological data analysis was possible that the military police are a population that presents a risk to develop hearing loss. Thus, we see the need for implementation of hearing conservation program for the military police.

  18. A Hearing Screening Program for Children in Primary Schools in Tajikistan: A Telemedicine Model

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    Skarzyński, Piotr Henryk; Świerniak, Weronika; Piłka, Adam; Skarżynska, Magdalena B.; Włodarczyk, Andrzej W.; Kholmatov, Dzhamol; Makhamadiev, Abdukholik; Hatzopoulos, Stavros

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    Background According to the guidelines of the European Scientific Consensus on Hearing (European Federation of Audiology Societies ‘EFAS’ Congress, June 2011, Warsaw, Poland), the detection and treatment of communication disorders in early school-age children is of the highest importance. This objective was adopted by the Polish president of the EFAS Council from the second half of 2011; as a result, pilot programs on children’s hearing screening were initiated in various European countries. This paper reports data from a pilot program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Material/Methods We randomly selected 143 children from 2 primary schools. Each child was assessed by pure tone audiometry and 2 questionnaires (dedicated to parents and children). The study allowed the validation of: (i) hearing screening procedures in young children, and (ii) data collection via a telemedicine model. Results Hearing impairments were identified in 34 cases (23.7%) with a 50% ratio between unilateral and bilateral losses. We found a higher incidence of hearing impairment in children than that reported in previous Polish studies. Conclusions The data from the present study suggest that it is possible to use a telemedicine model to assess the hearing status of children and to provide a long-distance expert assistance. The latter is very important for rural areas without specialized medical services. PMID:27402315

  19. Hearing profile of brazilian forestry workers' noise exposure.

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    Lacerda, Adriana; Quintiliano, Juliana; Lobato, Diolen; Gonçalves, Claudia; Marques, Jair

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Researchers studying the hearing health of forestry workers have revealed the presence of a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in this population and have concluded that the vibration of the equipment, the carbon monoxide released by motors, and pesticides might also contribute to NIHL. Objective To analyze the noise exposure in the Brazilian forestry industry workers and the effects on hearing. Methods The study sample comprised 109 employees of a company that specialized in reforestation. Their participants' mean age was 35.5 years (21 to 54 years), mean tenure at the company was 3.9 years (1 to 13 years), and mean total duration of noise exposure was 12.3 years (1 to 30 years). The existing documentation reporting on the jobs risk analysis was examined, noise level was measured, and pure tone audiometry was performed in all participants. Participants were divided into three groups according to their noise exposure levels in their current job. Results Of the participants who were exposed to noise levels less than 85 dBA (decibels with A-weighting filter), 23.8% had hearing loss, and 5.5% of the participants who were exposed to noise ranging from 85 to 89.9 dBA and 11% of the participants who were exposed to noise greater than 90 dBA had audiogram results suggestive of NIHL. Conclusion The implementation of a hearing loss prevention program tailored to forestry workers is needed. PMID:25992147

  20. Oral use of Streptococcus salivarius K12 in children with secretory otitis media: preliminary results of a pilot, uncontrolled study

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Francesco Di Pierro,1 Daniele Di Pasquale,2 Maurizio Di Cicco2 1Velleja Research, Milan, Italy; 2ORL Department, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Ca’ Grande IRCCS, Milan, Italy Abstract: Secretory otitis media (SOM remains a common disease among children. Although its cause is not yet perfectly established, the pathology, often a sequel of acute otitis media (AOM, is mainly characterized by persistent fluid in the middle ear cavity. Twenty-two children with a diagnosis of SOM were treated daily for 90 days with an oral formulation containing the oral probiotic Streptococcus salivarius K12 (Bactoblis®. After treatment, the children were evaluated for AOM episodes and subjected to tone audiometry, tympanometry, endonasal endoscopy, otoscopy, and tonsillar examination. Subject compliance and probiotic tolerability and side effects have also been evaluated. Our results indicate a good safety profile, a substantial reduction of AOM episodes, and a positive outcome from the treatment for all of the clinical outcomes tested. We conclude that strain K12 may have a role in reducing the occurrence and/or severity of SOM in children. From our perspective, this study constitutes a starting point toward the organization of a more extensive placebo-controlled study aimed at critically appraising our preliminary observations. Keywords: BLIS K12, Bactoblis®, acute otitis media, exudative otitis media

  1. Oral use of Streptococcus salivarius K12 in children with secretory otitis media: preliminary results of a pilot, uncontrolled study.

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    Di Pierro, Francesco; Di Pasquale, Daniele; Di Cicco, Maurizio

    2015-01-01

    Secretory otitis media (SOM) remains a common disease among children. Although its cause is not yet perfectly established, the pathology, often a sequel of acute otitis media (AOM), is mainly characterized by persistent fluid in the middle ear cavity. Twenty-two children with a diagnosis of SOM were treated daily for 90 days with an oral formulation containing the oral probiotic Streptococcus salivarius K12 (Bactoblis(®)). After treatment, the children were evaluated for AOM episodes and subjected to tone audiometry, tympanometry, endonasal endoscopy, otoscopy, and tonsillar examination. Subject compliance and probiotic tolerability and side effects have also been evaluated. Our results indicate a good safety profile, a substantial reduction of AOM episodes, and a positive outcome from the treatment for all of the clinical outcomes tested. We conclude that strain K12 may have a role in reducing the occurrence and/or severity of SOM in children. From our perspective, this study constitutes a starting point toward the organization of a more extensive placebo-controlled study aimed at critically appraising our preliminary observations. PMID:26396541

  2. Gadolinium-enhanced inner ear magnetic resonance imaging for evaluation of delayed endolymphatic hydrops, including a bilateral case.

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    Fukushima, Munehisa; Oya, Ryohei; Akazawa, Hitoshi; Tsuruta, Yukinori; Inohara, Hidenori

    2016-05-01

    Conclusion The data suggests that gadolinium-enhanced inner ear MR imaging is useful for diagnosis of delayed endolymphatic hydrops (DEH) because it is independent of inner ear function, and the size of the affected endolymphatic space is clearly enlarged. Objective This study was performed to semi-quantitatively evaluate the endolymphatic space in patients with all types of DEH using gadolinium-enhanced inner ear magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Patients and methods Seven patients (age range = 21-77 years; five female, two male) with ipsilateral DEH (n = 5), contralateral DEH (n = 1), and bilateral DEH (n = 1). All patients underwent 3T MR imaging 4 h after intravenous injection of gadolinium. Software was used to determine the size of the endolymphatic space. Pure tone audiometry and caloric testing using an electronystagmogram were carried out. Results One side of the endolymphatic space was dominantly extended in patients with ipsilateral DEH, and both sides of the space were extended in patients with contralateral and bilateral DEH. In patients with ipsilateral DEH, the volume ratio of endolymph to vestibule was 2.5-4.3-times that in the unaffected ear. The volume ratio of endolymph to vestibule was nearly equal in patients with contralateral and bilateral DEH. PMID:26799493

  3. Pilot initiatives of adult hearing screening in Italy

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    A. Paglialonga

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A series of pilot initiatives of adult hearing screening programs were organized in eight large and small-size cities in Italy in the past two years. The screening initiatives were held in public places, supermarkets, drugstores, and in some universities of the third age, and involved an overall population of 2,278 screened subjects with age ranging from 13 to 93 years. Three different screening tests were used to assess hearing ability in the participants, i.e.: screening pure tone audiometry (PTA, an automated speech-in-noise screening test (the SUN-test, and a screening questionnaire of self-perceived hearing handicap (the HHIE-S. This paper describes the organization and management of these screening initiatives and reviews the main results obtained in the screened population, using the three different screening tests. Results obtained in these pilot initiatives showed that screening adults for hearing problems might be feasible, on a local level, in non clinical settings and can be performed quite easily with the support of local coordinators and partners, such as associations or local authorities. It is recognized that further initiatives and studies will have to be performed to better define the key aspects related to the organization and management of adult hearing screening programs, either at a local, regional, or national level.

  4. Hearing Loss: Diagnosis and Evaluation.

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    Zazove, Philip; Atcherson, Samuel R; Moreland, Christopher; McKee, Michael M

    2015-07-01

    Hearing loss is a common disability in the United States, most frequent among men, elderly individuals, and veterans but is increasingly affecting other younger adults. Types of hearing loss include sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Hearing loss in children often is related to infections, time spent in a neonatal intensive care unit, and genetic etiologies. Presbycusis (ie, age-related hearing loss) is the most common etiology in adults. Adverse effects of untreated hearing loss include isolation, depression, lower income, and higher unemployment. Hearing aid use reduces levels of disability, cognitive impairment, and psychosocial distress while improving quality of life. At least 75% of individuals with hearing loss are not receiving treatment for it. All infants should be screened for hearing loss, as should children and adults with risk factors. The Joint Commission on Infant Hearing Screening has a 1-3-6 goal for screening: identification by age 1 month, confirmation by age 3 months, and intervention by age 6 months. The presence of an ongoing physician-patient relationship increases the likelihood that a patient will admit to having a hearing loss. Adults can be screened using single-question or standardized instrument screens. All patients with suspected hearing loss should undergo audiometry by an audiology subspecialist. PMID:26161523

  5. [Tuberculous Otitis media - a rare differential diagnosis in Germany].

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    Teschner, M; Kramer, S; Donnerstag, F; Länger, F; Lenarz, Th; Schwab, B

    2008-07-01

    A 28-year-old female patient with a migrant background presented for surgery with a suspected cholesteatoma in the left ear. The patient reported having had an aural discharge for several months; otoscopic examination revealed a runny ear, and discrete granulation tissue was seen. Pure-tone audiometry showed conduction hearing loss of 30-40 dB across all frequencies in the left ear; high-resolution computed tomography of the temporal bone revealed that the mastoid and tympanic cavity were completely obscured. The intraoperative finding showed a caseous space-occupying mass that completely filled the tympanic cavity. The suspected diagnosis of tuberculosis was corroborated by pathohistological, microbiological and molecular biological tests. Tuberculostatic therapy was initiated at a different location. Although tuberculosis of the middle ear is a rare condition in Germany, it should nevertheless be considered when making a differential diagnosis, especially in high-risk patients where cholesteatoma is suspected on clinical and radiological evidence or in patients with a chronic middle ear process. PMID:18688924

  6. A comparative study of outcome of ossiculoplasty using cartilage graft, bone and different alloplasts in chronic otitis media

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    Sougata Mahanty

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The objective was to determine which material, among autologous cartilage, autologous incus and partial ossicular replacement prosthesis (PORP, gives better postoperative hearing result in ossiculoplasty. Study Design: Nonrandomized prospective cohort (longitudinal study. Settings: Tertiary referral center. Materials and Methods: Patients were selected from outpatients department with the clinical diagnosis of chronic suppurative otitis media with cholesteatoma or granulation tissue. Patients underwent necessary preoperative investigations including pure tone audiometry (PTA. Total 67 patients were selected for this study, among them 12 patients did not fit the selection criteria and 5 patients lost during follow-up. Hence, total 50 patients were taken in the study group. Intervention: Ossiculoplasty with cartilage, incus and PORP after modified radical mastoidectomy. Main Outcome Measure: Hearing results were measured by PTA-air bone gap (PTA-ABG after 6 months of operation. Results: Selecting the criteria <20 dB ABG as success when stapes superstructure is present, cartilage has 60% success rate, incus has 73.68%, and PORP has 56.25% success. Extrusion rate of different prosthesis shows, PORP has 25%, cartilage has 20% extrusion. Incus has the lowest (5.26% extrusion rate. Conclusion: Among the ossiculoplasty materials, autologous incus gives best postoperative hearing gain and lowest extrusion rate.

  7. Idiopathic incus necrosis: Analysis of 4 cases.

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    Kansu, Leyla; Yilmaz, Ismail; Akdogan, Volkan; Avci, Suat; Ozluoglu, Levent

    2013-02-01

    We evaluated ossicular chain reconstruction in patients with idiopathic incus necrosis who have conductive hearing loss and an intact ear drum. The study included four patients (3 women and 1 man; the ages of the patients were 22, 31, 35, and 56 years, respectively) with unilateral conductive hearing loss, no history of chronic serous otitis media, an intact ear drum, normal middle ear mucosa, and necrosis of the long processes of the incus. On preoperative pure tone audiometry, air-bone gaps were 24, 25, 38, and 33 dB. Bilateral tympanometry and temporal bone computed tomography results were normal. All 4 patients underwent an exploratory tympanotomy. During the operation, the mucosa of the middle ear was normal, with a mobile stapes foot plate and malleus. No evidence of any granulation tissue was found; however, necrosis of the incus long processes was seen. For ossicular reconstruction, we used tragal cartilage between the incus and the stapes in 1 patient; in the other 3 patients, glass ionomer bone cement was used (an interposition cartilage graft also was used in the patients who received the glass ionomer bone cement). In all patients, air-bone gaps under 20 dB were established in the first year after surgery. In the ossicular disorders within the middle ear, the incus is the most commonly affected ossicle. While, the most common cause of these disorders is chronic otitis media, it may be idiopathic rarely. Several ossicular reconstruction techniques have been used to repair incudostapedial discontinuity. PMID:23460219

  8. Long term complications of ventilation tube insertion in children with otitis media with effusion

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    Djordjević Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Otitis media with effusion (OME is characterized by the prolonged presence of fluid (longer than 12 weeks of different viscosity in the middle ear, without perforation of the eardrum or signs of acute inflammation. The conservative treatment does not always provide satisfactory recovery, so surgical treatment may be unavoidable. The aim of the study was to determine the incidence, type and frequency of complications caused by ventilation tube insertion as a part of treatment for OME in children, and specifically, to evaluate the evolution of these changes over the extended period of time. Methods. During a 5-year period (1986-1991, 84 children with chronic bilateral OME, aged from 6 months to 12 years, were enrolled in the study and treated with ventilation tube insertion. All the patients were periodically checked every 6 months over a 3-8 year period following the intervention (otomicroscopic examination, audiometry, tympanometry, and reexamined in 2013 (22-27 years after the primary surgical intervention. Results. The complications observed in this study (51% were atrophic scarring of the tympanic membrane, myringo- and tympanosclerosis, retraction of the eardrum, persistent perforations, granulation tissue formations, development of chronic otitis and sensorineural hearing loss. Conclusion. The incidence of complications after ventilation tube insertion was 51% in this study. Atrophic scars and myringosclerosis were the most prominent complications. Despite high complications rate ventilation tube insertion still remains the treatment of choice in children with otitis media with effusion.

  9. SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS IN YOUNG ADULTS WITH BMI OF 25 OR MORE

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    Shashikala

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A Body mass index [BMI] of 25 or greater is a significant health problem associated with a variety of disorders and in adults it has been found to be a risk factor for hearing loss. Higher BMI is independently associated with increased hearing loss. We investigated the hypothesis that young adults with a BMI of 25 or more are at increased risk of mild sensorineural hearing loss. AIMS AN D OBJECTIVES: To assess hearing acuity in individuals with high BMI (≥25 by audiometric assessment and compare it with the control group (BMI <25. SETTINGS AND DESIGN : A comparative and cross sectional study among volunteers residing in Bengaluru. METHODS AND MATERIAL : Data collected from 2 groups containing 30 participants each, test group contained individual with a BMI of 25 or more and the control group consisted individuals with BMI of <25, in the age group of 18 - 35 yrs. Pure tone audiometry was carried out across various frequencies (0. 5, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 kHz in both groups. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Student t - test was used to compare hearing thresholds across various frequencies in both groups. RESULTS: Compared to control group, high BMI (≥25 was associated with increased pure tone hearing thresholds across lower frequencies (0. 5, 1, 2 kHz. The degree of hearing loss is mild (26 - 40dB . CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that young adults with a BMI of 25 or more are at increasing risk of mild sensorineural hearing loss.

  10. Aspectos fonoaudiológicos na síndrome de Crouzon: estudo de caso Speech-language aspects on Crouzon syndrome: case study

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    Isabela Gomes

    2008-01-01

    hearing assessments of a case of Crouzon syndrome at the age 6:4 years. PROCEDURE: the subject carried out the following evaluations: ABFW, Test of Receptive Vocabulary, Language-Cognition Development Evaluation, Evaluation of Structures and Functions of the Stomatognathic System, pure-tone audiometry threshold, immitance measures and vocal audiometry. RESULTS: the pure-tone audiometry identified bilateral moderate conductive hearing loss, compatible with vocal audiometry's and immitance measures' results. The stomatognathic system evaluation showed that the structures had reduced tonus and altered posture and mobility. Suction, chewing, deglutition and breathing functions were also altered. Phonologically, the following processes were identified: Cluster Simplification, Stopping of Fricatives and Others. In the Fluency evaluation, subject's performance was below the expected scores for matched age and gender. In the Pragmatics test, the child had 14.4 acts per minute and, predominantly, gestural communication. The Receptive Vocabulary Test showed scores 7.1% below reference. In the Expressive Vocabulary Test, data indicated a performance compatible to the reference values of 4 and 5 year-old children, below the expected scores for the subject's age. Regarding language and cognition, the analysis indicated a gap between the child's performance and the developmental level. CONCLUSION: the deficits caused by the syndrome are diffuse and interconnected. The present study had the aim to present the Speech-Language and Hearing Pathology associated aspects of a Crouzon syndrome case and to provide initial data to further investigate these aspects and the intervention process.

  11. Congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa with congenital aural atresia and mastoiditis: a case report

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    Abdel-Aziz Mosaad

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Congenital cholesteatoma may be expected in abnormally developed ear, it may cause bony erosion of the middle ear cleft and extend to the infratemporal fossa. We present the first case of congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa in a patient with congenital aural atresia that has been complicated with acute mastoiditis. Case presentation A sixteen year old Egyptian male patient presented with congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa with congenital aural atresia complicated with acute mastoiditis. Two weeks earlier, the patient suffered pain necessitating hospital admission, magnetic resonance imaging revealed a soft tissue mass in the right infratemporal fossa. On presentation to our institute, Computerized tomography was done as a routine, it proved the diagnosis of mastoiditis, pure tone audiometry showed an air-bone gap of 60 dB. Cortical mastoidectomy was done for treatment of mastoiditis, removal of congenital cholesteatoma was carried out with reconstruction of external auditory canal. Follow-up of the patient for 2 years and 3 months showed a patent, infection free external auditory canal with an air-bone gap has been reduced to 35db. One year after the operation; MRI was done and it showed no residual or recurrent cholesteatoma. Conclusions Congenital cholesteatoma of the infratemporal fossa in cases of congenital aural atresia can be managed safely even if it was associated with mastoiditis. It is an original case report of interest to the speciality of otolaryngology.

  12. SUBJECTIVE TINNITUS AS FIRST PRESENTATION IN A PATIENT WITH METASTATIC LUNG CANCER IN TEMPORAL BONE-A CASE REPORT

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    ZHANG Jing; WANG Hongtian; JIA Jingjie; XIAO Yueyong; SHI Huaiyin; YANG Weiyan

    2013-01-01

    Metastasis of lung cancer to the temporal bone is a very rare disease and subjective tinnitus as the present-ing symptom in these patients is even rarer. Here we report a case in which a 42-year-old male presented with subjective tinnitus of three months, with no pulmonary disease symptoms. Pure tone audiometry indi-cated moderate conductive deafness in left ear with an air-bone gap of 21.3 dB. HRCT temporal bone scan-ning indicated high-density shadows in the left epitympanic cavity, sinus tympani and mastoid cavity. Chron-ic otitis media with cholesteatoma was suspected and surgical treatment recommended. However, preopera-tive chest x-ray revealed high-density millet lesions scattered widely in both lungs. HRCT lung scanning confirmed the lungs lesions and indicated lung cancer. In order to determine correlations between the tempo-ral bone and pulmonary lesions, a CT-guided trans-mastoid aspiration biopsy and immunohistochemical study were conducted, which confirmed that the temporal bone lesion was metastatic from the lungs. The pa-tient was given a series of chemotherapy immediately and his tinnitus significantly improved after three months of treatment, with full recovery of his hearing and complete resolution of shadows in the mastoid cavity. Unfortunately, he subsequently developed multiple bone metastases in the 9th month and cerebral metastasis in the 18th month. Multiple organ failure resulted in death in 2.5 years.

  13. Music and its Impact on Musicians in Broadcasting Company

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    Mina Milani

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    Full Text Available Sound is an inseparable part of human life and provides us with lovely experiences such as listening to music. Musicians from classical orchestras to rock groups are exposed to high decibel of sounds. Musicians playing percussion musical instruments are exposed to high level of impact noise and players of Brass musical instruments are highly exposed to noise peaks higher than 100dB. Woodwind players are enduring the risk of posing directly in front of Brass players. Based on the above-mentioned risks for hearing loss clinical consideration of noise induced hearing loss in musicians is highly required. In the current study we were aimed at examining hearing stratus of classic and traditional musicians by means of pure tone audiometry in Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. 33 subjects were evaluated aged between 22 to 59 years old. Their musical experience was variable between 6 to 45 years. The study demonstrated that most of the musicians in this study suffered bilateral high frequency hearing loss with a notch in the frequency range of 4-8 KHz.

  14. EFFECT OF USAGE OF PERSONAL MUSIC PLAYERS ON HEARING IN STUDENTS AGED 18-25 YRS

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    Full Text Available : PURPOSE: Personal music players are important part of our lives as a recreational tool. Teenagers use and then abuse the technology, but due to lack of adequate knowledge about the harmful effects, this population is under risk for early sensorineural hearing loss and morbidity. We, therefore, investigated the effects, the relationship between music players, usage patterns and outcome in our study population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 104 MBBS students were interviewed personally regarding their use of portable music players, including the time and type of player and the type of headphone used. Pure tone audiometry was performed in each subject. RESULTS: Out of 104 students, 13 (12.6% were found to be having sensorineural hearing loss with volume settings directly correlating with degree of hearing loss. CONCLUSION: Use of music players has a direct relationship with prevalence of sensorineural hearing loss among the subject population. To prevent permanent effects, the duration and intensity of sound should be at minimum.

  15. Determinants of Conductive Hearing Loss in Tympanic Membrane Perforation

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    Park, Hanaro; Hong, Seung No; Kim, Hyo Sang; Han, Jae Joon; Chung, Juyong; Seo, Myung-Whan; Oh, Seung-Ha; Chang, Sun-O

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    Objectives Tympanic membrane perforations are common, but there have been few studies of the factors determining the extent of the resulting conductive hearing loss. The aims of this study were to determine whether the size of tympanic membrane perforation, pneumatization of middle ear & mastoid cavity, and location of perforation were correlated with air-bone gap (ABG) of patients. Methods Forty-two patients who underwent tympanoplasty type I or myringoplasty were included and preoperative audiometry were analyzed. Digital image processing was applied in computed tomography for the estimation of middle ear & mastoid pneumatization volume and tympanic membrane photograph for the evaluation of perforation size and location. Results Preoperative mean ABG increased with perforation size (P=0.018), and correlated inversely with the middle ear & mastoid volume (P=0.005). However, perforations in anterior versus posterior locations showed no significant differences in mean ABG (P=0.924). Conclusion The degree of conductive hearing loss resulting from a tympanic membrane perforation would be expected with the size of perforation and pneumatization of middle ear and mastoid. PMID:26045905

  16. Smartphone-Based Hearing Screening in Noisy Environments

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    Youngmin Na

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available It is important and recommended to detect hearing loss as soon as possible. If it is found early, proper treatment may help improve hearing and reduce the negative consequences of hearing loss. In this study, we developed smartphone-based hearing screening methods that can ubiquitously test hearing. However, environmental noise generally results in the loss of ear sensitivity, which causes a hearing threshold shift (HTS. To overcome this limitation in the hearing screening location, we developed a correction algorithm to reduce the HTS effect. A built-in microphone and headphone were calibrated to provide the standard units of measure. The HTSs in the presence of either white or babble noise were systematically investigated to determine the mean HTS as a function of noise level. When the hearing screening application runs, the smartphone automatically measures the environmental noise and provides the HTS value to correct the hearing threshold. A comparison to pure tone audiometry shows that this hearing screening method in the presence of noise could closely estimate the hearing threshold. We expect that the proposed ubiquitous hearing test method could be used as a simple hearing screening tool and could alert the user if they suffer from hearing loss.

  17. THE INCIDENCE OF HEARING LOSS IN DOWN’S SYNDROME: A CLINICOAUDIOLOGICAL STUDY

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    Satish S

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    Full Text Available CONTEXT : Ear, nose, and throat (ENT problems are common in individuals with Down syndrome. High prevalence of ENT disease in Down syndrome is observed due to structural and functional abnormalities of ear, nose and throat and immune system of which hearing loss is one Hearing loss early in l ife leads to language disabilities. Appropriate screening would allow hearing losses to be detected early so that early treatment can be initiated. AIM : To assess type and degree of hearing loss in cases of Down syndrome. SETTING AND DESIGN : Cros s sectional study at tertiary referral centre. MATERIALS AND METHODS : Children clinically diagnosed as Down Syndrome (DS aged between 3 to 20 years were evaluated. A detailed history, clinical examinations and hearing assessments such as audiogram, tympanom etry and brainstem evoke response audiometry (BERA were used to evaluate these patients. RESULTS : A total of 60 patients (120 ears were enrolled for this study. This study showed that the commonest type of hearing loss were conductive in 68 ears (56.7%, mixed in 4 ears (3.3%. The other 48ears (40% had normal hearing. Most of them fall in the mild level of conductive hearing loss. CONCLUSION : Conductive hearing loss is a common feature (56.7%of ears in DS children.

  18. Audiological assessment modalities in children with multiple handicaps and parents′ perception

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    Noorain Alam

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Children with multiple disabilities have combination of various disabilities. Accurate hearing evaluation is difficult in this population. Audiologists, generally employ a test battery approach, which includes combining findings of parent impression with behavior observation audiometry (BOA as well as auditory brainstem evoked responses (ABR findings. This study was carried out to find if there exists a correlation among various steps in the test battery for children with multiple handicaps as well as to find out, which disability is the most common among this population. Methodology: A total of 103 numbers of children with multiple handicaps were chosen at random who were referred to C U Shah Institute of Audiology and Speech Therapy for audiological assessment. The three steps involved in assessment that is parental impression, BOA and ABR findings were taken into account. The relationship was obtained using data analysis. Results: It was found that among children with multiple handicaps referred for audiological assessment, mental retardation was the most common (32.03%. Furthermore, it was found that there were more contradictory findings between parent impression and ABR (48% when compared with parent impression with BOA (38%. In between BOA and ABR contradictory findings were found in 41% of cases. Conclusion: There are wide contradictions among various steps involved in assessment of children with multiple handicaps. Implication: Audiologist should use a test battery approach to assess hearing ability of this population and audiologists should interpret findings carefully at each level.

  19. Audiogram of a formerly stranded long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) measured using auditory evoked potentials.

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    Pacini, A F; Nachtigall, P E; Kloepper, L N; Linnenschmidt, M; Sogorb, A; Matias, S

    2010-09-15

    Long-finned pilot whales are highly social odontocetes found in temperate and subpolar regions. This species is particularly known for its interaction with fisheries as well as its mass strandings. Recent tagging work has provided some information about pilot whales in the wild but, even though they have been successfully kept in captivity, little is known about their sensory capabilities. This study investigates the hearing abilities of a rehabilitated 2 year old male long-finned pilot whale. A complete audiogram was collected using auditory evoked potential techniques that included measurements of nine frequencies from 4 to 100 kHz presented as sinusoidally amplitude-modulated tones. The results indicated that the region of best hearing was between 11.2 and 50 kHz and the subject had relatively poor high frequency hearing compared with other odontocete species. This study emphasizes the importance of collecting basic hearing measurements from new species, understanding diagnostic life histories as well as continuously increasing the sample size of audiometry measurements within and between odontocete species as animals become available. PMID:20802115

  20. Hearing loss in Pompe disease revisited: results from a study of 24 children

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    van Capelle, Carine I.; Goedegebure, Andre; Homans, Nienke C.; Hoeve, Hans L. J.; Reuser, Arnold J.

    2010-01-01

    Little information is available regarding the auditory function in Pompe patients. Hearing loss has been reported in classic infantile patients, but it is still unknown whether central nervous system involvement interferes with auditory function and whether enzyme replacement therapy can improve hearing. Auditory function has not been studied in children with milder forms of the disease. We analyzed repetitive auditory brainstem response measurements and pure tone audiometry in 24 children with Pompe disease. Only 1 of 13 patients with milder phenotypes showed recurrent conductive hearing loss, while 10 out of 11 classic infantile patients had sensorineural hearing defects. These patients also had a high prevalence of conductive hearing loss. Five patients showed evidence of mild retrocochlear pathology, suggestive of glycogen accumulation in the central nervous system. Hearing loss persisted during therapy in all patients. The results emphasize the need for careful monitoring of auditory function in classic infantile Pompe patients, and for early implementation of hearing aids to protect speech and language development. PMID:20596893

  1. Optimizing CT for the evaluation of vestibular aqueduct enlargement:Inter-rater reproducibility and predictive value of reformatted CT measurements

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    Misun Hwang; Ryan Marovich; Samuel S. Shin; David Chi; Barton F. Branstetter IV

    2015-01-01

    Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA), the most frequent identifiable cause of congenital hearing loss, is evaluated with high-definition multi-detector CT in the axial plane. Our purpose was to determine which reformatted CT measurements are most reproducible. Seven multiplanar reformatted images were created for each of the 64 temporal bones in patients with EVA. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were used to assess inter-observer variability, and both linear regression and ROC analyses were used to compare the measurements with severity of hearing loss, as assessed by pure tone audiometry. All seven measurements had excellent inter-observer variability, with average-measure ICC ranging from 0.92 to 0.98. There was no statistically significant correlation between the radiologic degree of aqueduct enlargement and severity of hearing loss using any of the seven measurements;ROC analyses revealed areas under the curves ranging from 0.57 to 0.73. Optimal accuracy was obtained with a threshold of 1.75 mm as measured at the aqueductal aperture in the P€oschl plane, with sensitivity of 0.75 and specificity of 0.63. Although the radiologic measurement may not serve as a reliable tool for assessing severity of EVA, P€oschl plane reformatting has proven to be better than conventional axial acquisition plane for identifying patients with clinically significant hearing loss.

  2. Hearing evaluation in patients with chronic renal failure

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    Evis Bendo; Margarita Resuli; Spiros Metaxas

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate hearing threshold and the severity of hearing loss at different frequencies in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF), and to analyze the role of duration of disease on hearing threshold in patients of CRF by measuring pure-tone audiometry (PTA) and distortion-product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE). Methods: There were analysed 61 subjects (122 ears) from which 12 were patients starting hemodialise (A), 24 subjects were patients undergoing hemodialise over a year (B), 15 subjects were patients undergoing conservative treatment (C) and 10 controls (D). We did hearing evaluation by testing them using tympanometry, PTA and DPOAEs. Other parameters (blood pressure, body weight, blood chemistries) were also evaluated. Results:It was found a severe high-frequency hearing loss among patients with CRF comparing to the control group. Duration on haemodialysis treatment does not seem to have a significant impact on the incidence of hearing loss, although the method of treatment may influence the impact of the disease on hearing. Hearing loss among patients with CRF seemed to deteriorate further a year after the first evaluation. Conclusions:DPOAE raised the percentages of detection of SNHL indicating that it is a better technique than the conventional PTA for evaluation of hearing acuity.

  3. Relationship of the area measurement of the large endolymphatic duct and sac syndrome as well as the clinical symptoms with CT and MR imaging results

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    Park, Ji Sang; Hong, Hyun Sook; Lee, Jong Sea; Kim, Dae Ho; Lee, Hae Kyung; Yi, Beom Ha; Cha, Jang Gyu; Park, Seong Jin; Kim, Shi Chan [Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the CT and MRI findings of the large endolymphatic duct or sac syndrome (LEDS) and its associated anomalies, with clinical features. We retrospectively reviewed the MR and CT images of 52 ears obtained from 26 patients with LEDS. We reviewed the clinical findings, audiology testing, and treatment results. The degree of hearing loss was classified from normal to profound, based on pure tone audiometry. The largest areas were measured at each endolymphatic duct and analyzed to determine whether a correlation exists with the degree of hearing loss. We also analyzed the differences in measurements between CT and MRI findings. All 26 patients had some degree of sensorineural hearing loss, which resulted in 18 ears to undergo a cochlear implantation. One patient was diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. Five patients had a sudden hearing loss onset. Ten ears had incomplete cochlear partitions, whereas 28 ears had enlarged vestibules. All patients had severe to profound hearing loss. We found no statistical correlation between the size of the largest area of the endolymphatic duct and the degree of hearing loss. The mean area of the endolymphatic ducts, as per an MRI examination, revealed slightly greater areas than the CT findings, although the differences were not significant. Enlarged vestibules and incomplete partitions of the cochlea were common anomalies associated with LEDS. We found no statistical correlation between the largest area of the endolymphatic duct or sac with the degree of hearing loss.

  4. Prevalence of hearing impairment in elderly patients referred to the audiology service in Manaus, Amazon

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    Karla Geovanna Moraes Crispim

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To describe the audiological findings (type, audiometric configuration, degree of hearing loss and its association with gender and age in subjects aged over 60 years, treated at outpatient clinic of specialties of Manaus. Methods: A cross-sectional epidemiological descriptive study conducted with the universe of elderly who underwent audiometry from January to December 2010, with a total of 574 subjects. To classify the type, degree and configuration of hearing loss, we used the criteria adopted by Santos & Russo, Davis & Silverman and Silman & Silverman, respectively. Statistical analysis was performed using measures of central tendency, dispersion and frequency distributions. To check for statistically significant differences, we used the chi-square test, with a significance level of 5% (p ≤ 0.05. Results: The prevalence of 94.4% (n = 542 of hearing loss, sensorineural predominantly (85.5%, n = 491 and mild (60%, n = 188 in females and degree moderate or greater in males (50%, n = 130, downward sloping (54.2%, n = 311 in both sexes. The percentage of normality was low, with 261 (3.4% for men and 313 (7.3% for women. Conclusion: The prevalence of hearing loss increased with age, being equal to 100% in individuals 80 years or older, and men have the worst hearing thresholds. There is need for greater awareness about hearing loss in the elderly, needing additional population-based and multicentric studies in order to support public policies.

  5. Infants DPOAEs Physical Characteristics

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    Full Text Available Objective: Survery and comparison between the physical characteristics of Distortion-Product Otoacoustic Emissions of 1-59 day-old normal-hearing newborns refered to TUMS, Rehabilitation School , Audiology department , 2002 Method & Material : This analytical-descriptive study was conducted on the ears of 102 easy method selected newborns. The tests included: otoscopy , BOA, Immittance audiometry , DPOAEs, and ABR if necessary. The amplitude and frequency of 2f1-f2 emissions of DPOAEs evoked by two pure tones (L1=65 dBSPL , L2=50 dBSPL and f2/f1=1.2 were also calculated. Results: 1-All normal hearing newborns have normal DPOAEs. No significant difference was observed in test-retest. 2- The amplitude of the DPOAEs to the right ear is significantly greater than the amplitude of the left ear (P<00.05. 3- No significant difference was observed between newborn’s DPOAEs in terms of their gender. Conclusion: DPOAEs could be measured quickly and noninvasively and are excellent tools for the screening of newborn hearing loss. The results are valid only within the Context of this research.

  6. A Hearing Screening Program for Children in Primary Schools in Tajikistan: A Telemedicine Model.

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    Skarzyński, Piotr Henryk; Świerniak, Weronica; Piłka, Adam; Skarżynska, Magdalena B; Włodarczyk, Andrzej W; Kholmatov, Dzhamol; Makhamadiev, Abdukholik; Hatzopoulos, Stavros

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    BACKGROUND According to the guidelines of the European Scientific Consensus on Hearing (European Federation of Audiology Societies 'EFAS' Congress, June 2011, Warsaw, Poland), the detection and treatment of communication disorders in early school-age children is of the highest importance. This objective was adopted by the Polish president of the EFAS Council from the second half of 2011; as a result, pilot programs on children's hearing screening were initiated in various European countries. This paper reports data from a pilot program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. MATERIAL AND METHODS We randomly selected 143 children from 2 primary schools. Each child was assessed by pure tone audiometry and 2 questionnaires (dedicated to parents and children). The study allowed the validation of: (i) hearing screening procedures in young children, and (ii) data collection via a telemedicine model. RESULTS Hearing impairments were identified in 34 cases (23.7%) with a 50% ratio between unilateral and bilateral losses. We found a higher incidence of hearing impairment in children than that reported in previous Polish studies. CONCLUSIONS The data from the present study suggest that it is possible to use a telemedicine model to assess the hearing status of children and to provide a long-distance expert assistance. The latter is very important for rural areas without specialized medical services. PMID:27402315

  7. Relationship of the area measurement of the large endolymphatic duct and sac syndrome as well as the clinical symptoms with CT and MR imaging results

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    To evaluate the CT and MRI findings of the large endolymphatic duct or sac syndrome (LEDS) and its associated anomalies, with clinical features. We retrospectively reviewed the MR and CT images of 52 ears obtained from 26 patients with LEDS. We reviewed the clinical findings, audiology testing, and treatment results. The degree of hearing loss was classified from normal to profound, based on pure tone audiometry. The largest areas were measured at each endolymphatic duct and analyzed to determine whether a correlation exists with the degree of hearing loss. We also analyzed the differences in measurements between CT and MRI findings. All 26 patients had some degree of sensorineural hearing loss, which resulted in 18 ears to undergo a cochlear implantation. One patient was diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. Five patients had a sudden hearing loss onset. Ten ears had incomplete cochlear partitions, whereas 28 ears had enlarged vestibules. All patients had severe to profound hearing loss. We found no statistical correlation between the size of the largest area of the endolymphatic duct and the degree of hearing loss. The mean area of the endolymphatic ducts, as per an MRI examination, revealed slightly greater areas than the CT findings, although the differences were not significant. Enlarged vestibules and incomplete partitions of the cochlea were common anomalies associated with LEDS. We found no statistical correlation between the largest area of the endolymphatic duct or sac with the degree of hearing loss

  8. The influence of music and stress on musicians' hearing

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    Kähäri, Kim; Zachau, Gunilla; Eklöf, Mats; Möller, Claes

    2004-10-01

    Hearing and hearing disorders among classical and rock/jazz musicians was investigated. Pure tone audiometry was done in 140 classical and 139 rock/jazz musicians. The rock/jazz musicians answered a questionnaire concerning hearing disorders and psychosocial exposure. All results were compared to age appropriate reference materials. Hearing thresholds showed a notch configuration in both classical and rock/jazz musicians indicating the inclusion of high sound levels but an overall well-preserved hearing thresholds. Female musicians had significantly better hearing thresholds in the high-frequency area than males. Rock/jazz musicians showed slight worse hearing thresholds as compared to classical musicians. When assessing hearing disorders, a large number of rock/jazz musicians suffered from different hearing disorders (74%). Hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis were the most common disorders and were significantly more frequent in comparison with different reference populations. Among classical musicians, no extended negative progress of the pure tone hearing threshold values was found in spite of the continued 16 years of musical noise exposure. In rock/jazz musicians, there was no relationships between psychosocial factors at work and hearing disorders. The rock/jazz musicians reported low stress and high degree of energy. On the average, the rock/jazz musicians reported higher control, lower stress and higher energy than a reference material of white-collar workers.

  9. Auditory status of persons with intellectual disability at the German Special Olympic Games.

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    Neumann, Katrin; Dettmer, Gabriele; Euler, Harald A; Giebel, Armin; Gross, Manfred; Herer, Gilbert; Hoth, Sebastian; Lattermann, Christina; Montgomery, Judy

    2006-02-01

    Among persons with intellectual disability, the prevalence of hearing impairments is high. During the German Special Olympics Summer Games 2004, a hearing screening was conducted on 755 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Obligatory screening included ear inspection and recording of otoacoustic emissions, and optional screening included tympanometry and brief pure-tone audiometry. 38.0% of the athletes failed the screening. 53.0% needed ear wax removal. 56.1% of the fails indicated sensorineural hearing loss and 13.6% indicated mixed hearing loss. 12.5% of the fails were caused by unremovable ear wax, 1.4% by ear canal affections, and 16.4% by middle ear problems. Left ear fails were more frequent than right ear fails. A peripheral hearing disturbance can thus be expected in every third subject. The high failure rate, a considerable percentage of previously undetected profound hearing loss (1.1%), and the frequent need for ear wax removal, suggest that nearly half of persons with intellectual disabilities need regular otological or audiological consultations. PMID:16566246

  10. Audio Linguistic Disorders in Autistic Children

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    Objective: To explore auditory function abnormalities and language disorder in autistic children. Twelve children with criteria of infantile autism were tested using Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA), Immitancemetry, Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emission Test (TEOAE), Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), Standardized Arabic Test of Early Language Development (for both receptive and expressive language). For comparison twlive normal children were chosen as control group. Statistically significant increase in hearing threshold level for the autistic children at low frequency region 250, 500 and 1000 Hz, significant reduction of the amplitude of TEOAE test and significant increase in wave I and V latency and I-V inter-peak latency at both RR 21.2 and 51.2 msec when compared to the control group. A positive correlation was found in this study between the changes in ABR latency and the severity of verbal disability. These resuts leed to the conclusion that Auditory dysfunction in autistic children can be verified through the presence of cochlear involvement and a delay in the brain stem transmission time in those patients. Disturbed verbal communication can be due to dysfunction in the auditory processing mechanisms

  11. Hearing and loud music exposure in 14-15 years old adolescents

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    Mario R Serra

    2014-01-01

    The participants consisted in 172 14-15 years old adolescents from a technical high school. Conventional and extended high frequency audiometry, transient evoked otoacoustic emissions and questionnaire on recreational habits were administered. Hearing threshold levels (HTLs were classified as: normal (Group 1, slightly shifted (Group 2, and significantly shifted (Group 3. The musical general exposure (MGE, from participation in recreational musical activities, was categorized in low, moderate, and high exposure. The results revealed an increase of HTL in Group 2 compared with Group 1 (P < 0.01, in Group 3 compared with Group 2 (P < 0.05 only in extended high frequency range, in Group 3 compared with Group 1 (P < 0.01. Besides, a decrease in mean global amplitude, reproducibility and in frequencies amplitude in Group 2 compared with Group 1 (P < 0.05 and in Group 3 compared with Group 1 (P < 0.05. A significant difference (P < 0.05 was found in Group 1′s HTL between low and high exposure, showing higher HTL in high exposure. The sound immission measured in nightclubs (107.8-112.2 dBA and PMPs (82.9-104.6 dBA revealed sound levels risky for hearing health according to exposure times. It demonstrates the need to implement preventive and hearing health promoting actions in adolescents.

  12. Idiopathic gingival fibromatosis associated with progressive hearing loss: A nonfamilial variant of Jones syndrome

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    Bagavad Gita

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gingival fibromatosis is characterized by gingival tissue overgrowth of a firm and fibrotic nature. The growth is slow and progressive and is drug-induced, idiopathic, or hereditary in etiology. It occurs isolated or frequently as a component of various syndromes. Our patient presented with the complaint of gingival enlargement associated with progressive deafness, characteristic of Jones syndrome. This case report is important and unique since it is the first known one to have a Jones syndrome-like presentation without a family history. A male patient aged 14 years reported with the chief complaint of swelling of gums and progressive hearing loss in both ears for the past one year. There was no family history or history of drug intake. Enlargement was generalized, fibrotic and bulbous, involving the free and attached gingiva, extending up to the middle 1/3 rd of the crown. Investigations such as pure tone audiogram, impedance audiometry, and Tone decay test concluded that there was severe right and moderate left sensorineural hearing loss. The case was diagnosed to be idiopathic, generalized gingival fibromatosis with progressive hearing loss. The gingival overgrowth was managed by gingivectomy and periodic review. The patient was advised to use high occlusion computer generated hearing aids for his deafness as it was not treatable by medicines or surgery. This unique case report once again emphasizes the heterogeneity of gingival fibromatosis, which can present in an atypical manner.

  13. Surgical findings and auditory performance after cochlear implant revision surgery.

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    Manrique-Huarte, R; Huarte, A; Manrique, M J

    2016-03-01

    The objective of this study was to review cochlear reimplantation outcomes in the tertiary hospital and analyze whether facts such as type of failure, surgical findings, or etiology of deafness have an influence. A retrospective study including 38 patients who underwent cochlear implant revision surgery in a tertiary center is performed. Auditory outcomes (pure tone audiometry,  % disyllabic words) along with etiology of deafness, type of complication, issues with insertion, and cochlear findings are included. Complication rate is 2.7 %. Technical failure rate is 57.9 % (50 % hard failure and 50 % soft failure), and medical failure (device infection or extrusion, migration, wound, or flap complication) is seen in 42.1 % of the cases. Management of cochlear implant complications and revision surgery is increasing due to a growing number of implantees. Cases that require explantation and reimplantation of the cochlear implant are safe procedures, where the depth of insertion and speech perception results are equal or higher in most cases. Nevertheless, there must be an increasing effort on using minimally traumatic electrode arrays and surgical techniques to improve currently obtained results. PMID:25814389

  14. Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome and Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    Ramin Zojaji

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PXS occurs due to the deposition of extracellular fibrillar materials on the anterior chamber of the eye. This syndrome has been considered to be part of a systemic disease with the potential involvement of the inner ear called sensoroneural hearing loss (SNHL.  In this study, we aimed on evaluating SNHL within PXS patients in Iran to compare them with other international reports. Materials and Methods: In total, 33 patients with PXS and 33 age and sex matched controls were enrolled prospectively in a case-control study. Both groups underwent complete ophthalmologic and otorhinolaryngologic examinations and pure tone audiometry (PTA testing. Six frequencies (0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 KHz were evaluated for PTA in the same ethnic group in order to select the case and control individuals. Data were analyzed using t-test and chi-square test. Results: Forty-nine out of 66 ears (75.2% in the PXS group and 27 ears (40.9% in the control group had SNHL (P

  15. An epidemiological study on hearing loss and its demographic characteristics within Garhwal region of Uttarakhand

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    Full Text Available Background: Hearing impaired cases attending ear, nose, and throat (ENT OPD were assessed for hearing loss and associated factors of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. There has not been any such study yet in this region. Objective: Epidemiological study to investigate the hearing loss and its associated diseases in general population Garhwal region of Uttarakhand reporting in ENT OPD. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective study carried out on OPD basis and a total of 300 patients were included in the study. The study included all the patients attending ENT OPD with a complaint of hearing loss. The exclusion criteria were as follows: Patients who were unable to respond to pure tone audiometry (PTA test. Assessment of hearing loss was done by PTA, which was done by a certified audiologist of the department. Results: Predominantly, patients were male of the late 50s. Moderate-severe sensory neural hearing loss was the most common type of hearing loss and intact tympanic membrane being most common otoscopic finding. The most common cause of hearing loss in this study group was presbycusis. Conclusion: Presbycusis is most common presentation of hearing loss in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

  16. Temporalis muscle fascia and cartilage palisade technique of type 1 tympanoplasty: A comparison

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    Full Text Available Background: Chronic suppurative otitis media is one of the common causes of deafness in india and occupies a considerable amount of clinic and operating time of otolaryngologists. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective study containing 50 patients, which was further divided into two groups of 25 patient each. One group was cartilage palisade technique group and other was temporalis fascia technique group (TFT group. Detailed history and examination along with pure tone audiometry was performed. Pre- and postoperative hearing results and graft uptake were compared. All surgeries were performed through the post aural approach. Cartilage was harvested from cymba concha and fascia from temporalis muscle. Results: Hearing improved significantly when either of the technique was used. Though this was slightly better, but stastically insignificant in TFT. there was no significant difference in the graft uptake rates, but it was better in cases of Eustachian tube dysfunction when cartilage palisades were used. Conclusion: There was no statistically significant difference in results in terms of success and auditory function but cartilage palisade technique gave better results in specific conditions like Eustachian tube dysfunction.

  17. Is there a potential danger of ototoxicity from Lasix renography?

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    Full text: The risk of irreversible ototoxicity has recently been highlighted in patients receiving furosemide (Lasix) by rapid IV bolus injection in a number of clinical situations. The Lasix renogram (DR) is a commonly undertaken investigation in paediatric Nuclear Medicine. The quantity and rate of administration of diuretic have both been criticised as potentially hazardous, despite there being no recorded instances in the literature of deafness following DR. We have recently completed a study of 10 children with normal renal function (ages 3 weeks to 14 years) referred for standard DR. Audiometric assessment was undertaken prior to and immediately following completion of the renogram. The tests employed were: Tympanometry, Distortion-Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAEs), Transient-Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions (TPOAEs) and where appropriate, Behavioural Audiometry. One child with unsuspected middle ear disease was excluded. Seventeen (17) ears were fully tested. All demonstrated a small, significant and reversible change in DPOAE amplitude. The other measured parameters were unchanged and there was no perceptual hearing impairment. These data suggest that Lasix renography has a measurable but subclinical effect on hearing children with normal renal function. We propose expanding the study to include a more representative sample of our referral population, including children with renal impairment. We aim to identify those patients in whom Lasix may be contraindicated. Copyright (2002) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  18. EVALUATION OF OTOPROTECTIVE EFFECT OF ANTIOXIDANT SUPPLEMENTATION WITH VITAMIN E ON SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS IN PATIENTS TREATED WITH CISPLATIN CONCURRENT CHEMORADIOTHERAPY FOR HEAD AND NECK SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA

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    Full Text Available AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The objective of this study evaluation of otoprotective effect of antioxidant supplementation with Vitamin E on Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL in patients treated with cisplatin Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy (CRT for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC. METHODS The study comprised of audiological evaluation of 60 patients prior to and at the completion of treatment using pure tone audiometry. RESULTS At the end of 6 weeks, incidence of SNHL found to be 65.38% seen in patients who have not received Vitamin E supplement as compared to incidence of 10% seen in patients treated with CRT along with Vitamin E seen at higher frequencies and significant otoprotection offered by Vitamin E supplement was observed at 8kHz. DISCUSSION The possible mechanism for hearing loss are discussed and compared with the result of such studies in literature. CONCLUSION There is definitive benefit of oral Vitamin E supplement in preventing this hearing loss, more so at higher frequencies.

  19. Evaluation of hearing functions in patients with euthyroid Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

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    Arduc, Ayse; Isık, Serhat; Allusoglu, Serpil; Iriz, Ayse; Dogan, Bercem Aycicek; Gocer, Celil; Tuna, Mazhar Muslim; Berker, Dilek; Guler, Serdar

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    Sensorineural hearing loss has been reported in various autoimmune diseases. The relationship between Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) and the auditory system has not been previously evaluated. In this study, we investigated the effect of euthyroid HT on the hearing ability of adult patients. The study included 30 patients with newly diagnosed euthyroid HT and 30 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. All subjects had a normal otoscopic examination and tympanometry, and they were negative for rheumatoid factor, antinuclear, anti-smooth muscle, antimitochondrial, antineutrophilcytoplasmic, and antigliadin antibodies. Pure tone audiometry exams at 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 6000, and 8000 Hertz (Hz) were performed in both groups. Thyroid peroxidase antibody and thyroglobulin antibody (anti-Tg) levels were higher in HT group while TSH, free T4, free T3, plasma electrolytes, glucose, lipid profile, vitamin B12, and blood pressure measurements were similar between the two groups. Higher audiometric thresholds and a higher prevalence of hearing loss at 250, 500, and 6000 Hz were detected in the HT patients than in the healthy controls (P functions are impaired in HT patients. Thyroid autoimmunity seems to have an important impact on a decreased hearing ability, particularly at lower frequencies, in this population of patients. PMID:25963023

  20. Caracterization from hearing thresholds from dentists in a poulation from Curitiba city / PR, Brazil

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    Gonçalves, Geyza Aparecida

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The dentists are exposed to noise in their work place, being likely to develop of hearing loss neurosensory with induced characteristics by noise. Objective: Analyze the hearing thresholds from dentists characterizing them according to gender, age and time of service. Method: The form of the study is cross-section (or sectional, prospective, that analyzed the hearing thresholds from 115 dentists, through tone audiometry of 500 Hz to 8000 Hz by airway or bone conduction. Were analyzed the tonal hearing thresholds from the group of dentists by gender, regarding the age and time of service and applied statistical procedures for the edition of data. Results: Were observed average tonal hearing thresholds with configuration from acoustic notch, being more accentuated in the male gender. There is sensorineural hearing loss in 28 (24,34% dentists, 8 (14,54% between female gender and 20 (33,33% between the male gender, the proportion of subjects with altered hearing is significantly bigger in the male gender (p=0,0208. The tonal hearing thresholds for the male gender shown to be worse than in the females when analyzed by age and time of service, but the men were older and with more time of service than the women. Conclusion: The dentists presented sensorineural hearing loss with acoustic notch (being more present in the male gender with worsening of hearing and time of service, especially after 21 years of work.

  1. Otoacoustic Emissions in Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Changes of Measures with Treatment

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: To identify changes in OAEs parameters in treatment course of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (iSSNHL. Materials and Methods: In aprospective studyfromAugust 2005 to January 2009, 26 patients with iSSNHL underwent conventional audiometry/tympanometry and two types of OAEs (TEOAEs and DPOAEs before and after the completion of standard drug therapy.The changes in pre- and post- treatment parameters were compared with each other and with normal-contralateral ears. Results: In TEOAEs, the mean overall correlation (reproducibility and the mean overall strength in involved ears were 10.96±23.36 and 0.99±3.45 dB, respectively, before the treatment, which reached 22.88±36.55 and 1.85±5.3, respectively, after the treatment (P>0.05. Significant difference between “correlation score” (average of correlations at 3-4 involved frequencies before and after treatment was found: 6.52 ±18.19 vs. 21.67±37.8 (P

  2. Audiological assessment modalities in children with multiple handicaps and parents′ perception

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim of the Study: Children with multiple disabilities have combination of various disabilities. Accurate hearing evaluation is difficult in this population. Audiologists generally employ a test battery approach, which includes combining findings of parent impression with behavioral observation audiometry (BOA as well as auditory brainstem response (ABR findings. Present study was done to find if there exists correlation among various steps in test battery for the children with multiple handicaps as well as to find out which disability is most common among this population. Materials and Methods: Total 103 numbers of children with multiple handicaps were chosen at random who were referred to CU Shah Institute of Audiology and Speech Therapy for audiological assessment. The three steps involved in assessment that is parental impression, BOA, and ABR findings were taken into account. The relationship was obtained using data analysis. Results: It was found that among children with multiple handicaps referred for audiological assessment, mental retardation (MR was the most common (32.03%. Also, it was found that there were more contradictory findings between parent impression and ABR (48% when compared with parent impression with BOA (38%. In between BOA and ABR, contradictory findings were found in 41% of cases. Conclusion: There are wide contradictions among various steps involved in assessment of children with multiple handicaps. Implication: Audiologist should use a test battery approach to assess hearing ability of this population and audiologists should interpret findings carefully at each level.

  3. INF-α and Ototoxicity

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    Mohammad Reza Sharifian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. INF-α is a common drug for the treatment of hepatitis B and C. Although a variety of related complications are discussed, possible ototoxic effects of this mediation are not well described. Methods and Materials. In a before-after control study, 24 patients who received INF-α for the treatment of hepatitis B and C and 30 normal controls were included. Subjective and objective ototoxicity evaluations via questionnaire, high frequency audiometry, and measuring transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs were performed one week before and one month after the prescription of the drug. Results. Subjective hearing complaint, tinnitus, and vertigo were seen in just 3 cases, which was not statistically significant (. In the frequency range of 4000 to 8000 Hz before (9.38 ± 1.0 and 10.7 ± 1.2, resp. and after (17.9 ± 2.6 and 17.6 ± 2.6, resp. one month of treatment, a significant difference ( was detected. Progressive decreases in amplitude of the OAE during TEOAE measurement in 1, 2, and 4 frequencies among 41.66%, 18.75 %, and 43.75% were observed, respectively. The hearing loss was seen more among older and male cases significantly. Conclusion. The results showed ototoxicity of INF-α that may encourage planning hearing monitoring in patients receiving this drug.

  4. Auditory steady-state response measurement in evaluating hearing loss milder than moderate to severe level%多频稳态诱发电位测试对中重度以下听力损失的评估价值

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    刘敏; 苏振忠; 陈锡辉; 熊观霞; 李广智; 李倩斐; 王新光

    2006-01-01

    in the normal hearing group were the 21 undergraduates (42 ears) were enrolled, they all had not any symptoms of ear disease, without history of noise exposure and disease of vestibule system, and they were normal in otoscopy. The outpatients and inpatients with neurosensory deafness were selected from the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. All the children cases worn hearing aids, and had the speech ability, and cooperated in the examination. The main types included 6 ears of sudden deafness,8 ears of presbycusis, and 20 ears of neurosensory deafness due to other unknown causes. Central lesions were excluded by MR examination, and all the patients agreed with the enrollment. The results of pure-tone audiometry were all flat or descending audiogram. According to the severity of hearing damage, the patients were divided into mild deafness group (13ears), moderate deafness group (9 ears) and moderate-to-severe deafness group (12 ears).METHODS: ① The pure-tone audiometry was performed at the frequencies of 0.125-8 000 Hz in a sound insulation room. The auditory threshold grades of the subjects with normal hearing all accorded with the standards of GB-7583-87 expected value distribution. The average value of air-conduction auditory thresholds of pure-tone audiometry at the frequencies of 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 kHz was calculated. ② ASSR measurement was performed with the synchronous stimulation pattern in a sound and electromagnetic shielding room, including 8 points for both ears of the same stimulation intensity and the carrier frequency tones of 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 kHz respectively.③ ABR examination was performed by click sounds with sparse waves in a sound and electromagnetic shielding room, and insert earphones were used.The threshold results were judged according to the minimal stimulation sound intensity of the distinguishable Ⅴ wave. ③ The results of pure-tone audiometry were compared with those of ABR

  5. Perda auditiva e hipertensão: achados em um grupo de idosos Hearing loss and hypertension: findings in an older by group

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    Giovana S. Baraldi

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Com o avanço da idade cresce o número de doenças crônicas sendo a hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS e a perda auditiva de grande prevalência na população idosa. OBJETIVO: Comparar e analisar os resultados de anamnese e audiometria tonal limiar de pacientes idosos hipertensos e não-hipertensos. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Estudo de coorte contemporânea transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Este estudo foi realizado na UNIFESP no período de março a novembro de 2003. Foram avaliados através de anamnese e audiometria tonal limiar 70 idosos, com idade entre 60 e 92 anos, sendo 15 do sexo masculino e 54 do sexo feminino. RESULTADOS: Quanto aos achados audiológicos dos grupos estudados pode-se observar diferença com relação à configuração audiométrica do tipo rampa e a queixa de "zumbido", ambas mais freqüentes no grupo dos idosos não-hipertensos. CONCLUSÃO: Os idosos hipertensos não apresentaram maior déficit auditivo, sendo o grau de perda de audição semelhante nos dois grupos. A configuração audiométrica predominante no grupo de idosos hipertensos foi do tipo plana, enquanto que nos não-hipertensos foi do tipo rampa. Com relação às queixas audiológicas, o grupo de não-hipertensos apresentou maior ocorrência da queixa "zumbido".As the age advances, the number of chronic diseases also grows, the systemic arterial hypertension (SAH and hearing loss having a significant prevalence in aged people. OBJECTIVE: To compare and analyze anamnesis and threshold tonal audiometry results in both hypertensive and non-hypertensive patients. STUDY DESIGN: Transversal contemporany cohort study. MATERIAL AND METHOD: This study has been conducted at UNIFESP in the period from March to November 2003. Seventy people in the age group from 60 to 92 - 15 male and 54 female - were evaluated through anamnesis and threshold tonal audiometry. RESULTS: As to audiology findings of groups studied, a difference can be noted regarding "ramp

  6. Estudo de caso: neuropatia auditiva Auditory neuropathy: a study case

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    Viviane M. Parra

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, podemos complementar os resultados encontrados na audiometria convencional com os obtidos nos exames eletrofisiológicos, o que nos permite diagnosticar não apenas uma perda auditiva periférica, mas também diferenciar uma perda auditiva coclear da neural, ou central. Isto nos conduziu a um grupo novo de pacientes que apresentava alteração na sincronia neural com função normal das células ciliadas externas. Esta patologia é conhecida como Neuropatia Auditiva. O objetivo deste estudo é descrever as características audiológicas de um paciente com Neuropatia Auditiva atendido no Centro de Docência e Pesquisa em Fonoaudiologia da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP, correlacionando os achados com os encontrados na literatura. O caso descrito é de um indivíduo de 24 anos de idade, com o diagnóstico de Neuropatia Auditiva, atendido no ano de 2001 no Centro de Docência e Pesquisa em Fonoaudiologia da FMUSP. Foram realizados anamnese, audiometria tonal e vocal, medidas de imitância acústica, Emissões Otoacústicas (EOAs e Audiometria de Tronco Encefálico (ABR. Observamos no caso estudado a incompatibilidade de resultados entre audiometria tonal e testes de inteligibilidade de fala, com os exames objetivos, EOAs e ABR, onde observou-se perda auditiva com importante alteração nos testes de inteligibilidade de fala, EOAs presentes e ABR anormal. Estes dados sugerem função coclear normal e alteração da sincronia neural.Nowadays, in our clinic, we can complement the conventional audiometry results with electrophysiologic exams. Not only does allow us to diagnose a peripheral hearing loss but also to differentiate cochlear, neural or central hearing loss. It led us to a new group of patients that presented changes in neural synchrony, with normal functions of the outer ear hair cells. This pathology is known as Auditory Neuropathy. Our study purpose is describe the audiologist characteristic of a

  7. Hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy of acoustic neuroma. Volume changes and hearing results after 89-month median follow-up

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    Kranzinger, Manfred; Fastner, Gerd [Paracelsus Medical University Clinics (PMU), University Clinic of Radiotherapy and Radio-Oncology, Salzburg County Hospital, Salzburg (Austria); Zehentmayr, Franz; Sedlmayer, Felix [Paracelsus Medical University Clinics (PMU), University Clinic of Radiotherapy and Radio-Oncology, Salzburg County Hospital, Salzburg (Austria); Salzburg County Hospital, Paracelsus Medical University Clinics, radART - Institute for Research and Development on Advanced Radiation Technologies, Salzburg (Austria); Oberascher, Gerhard [Paracelsus Medical University Clinics (PMU), University Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, Salzburg County Hospital, Salzburg (Austria); Merz, Florian; Rahim, Hassan [Salzburg County Hospital, Paracelsus Medical University Clinics, Medical Radiation Protection Unit, Salzburg (Austria); Nairz, Olaf [Clinic Bad Trissl, Oberaudorf (Germany)

    2014-09-15

    The goal of this work was to evaluate toxicity and local control following hypofractionated stereotactic radiation treatment with special focus on changes in tumor volume and hearing capacity. In all, 29 patients with unilateral acoustic neuroma were treated between 2001 and 2007 within a prospective radiation protocol (7 x 4 Gy ICRU dose). Median tumor volume was 0.9 ml. Follow-up started at 6 months and was repeated annually with MRI volumetry and audiometry. Hearing preservation was defined as preservation of Class A/B hearing according to the guidelines of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (1995). No patient had any intervention after a median imaging follow-up of 89.5 months, one patient showed radiological progression. Transient increase of tumor volume developed in 17/29 patients, whereas 22/29 patients (75.9 %) presented with a volume reduction at last follow-up. A total of 21 patients were eligible for hearing evaluation. Mean pure tone average (PTA) deteriorated from 39.3 to 65.9 dB and mean speech discrimination score (SDS) dropped from 74.3 to 38.1 %. The 5-year actuarial Class A/B hearing preservation rate was 50.0 ± 14.4 %. Radiation increases only minimally, if at all, the hearing deterioration which emerges by observation alone. Presbyacusis is not responsible for this deterioration. Transient tumor enlargement is common. Today radiation of small- and medium-sized acoustic neuroma can be performed with different highly conformal techniques as fractionated treatment or single low-dose radiosurgery with equal results regarding tumor control, hearing preservation, and side effects. Hypofractionation is more comfortable for the patient than conventional regimens and represents a serious alternative to frameless radiosurgery. (orig.) [German] Ziel der Studie war die Evaluierung der Toxizitaet und der lokalen Tumorkontrolle einer hypofraktionierten stereotaktischen Bestrahlung mit besonderem Augenmerk auf Veraenderungen von Tumorvolumen und

  8. Acoustic and psychoacoustic analysis of the noise produced by the police force firearms Análise acústica e psicoacústica do ruído de armas utilizadas pela Polícia Militar

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    Heraldo Lorena Guida

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Police officers are exposed to impact noise coming from firearms, which may cause irreversible injuries to the hearing system. AIM: To evaluate the noise exposure in shooting stands during gunfire exercises, to analyze the acoustic impact of the noise produced by the firearms and to associate it with tonal audiometry results. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To measure noise intensity we used a digital sound level meter, and the acoustic analysis was carried out by means of the oscillations and cochlear response curves provided by the praat software. 30 police officers were selected (27 males and 3 females. RESULTS: The peak level measured was 113.1 dB(C from a .40 pistol and 116.8 dB(C for a .38 revolver. The values obtained for oscillation and praat was 17.9±0.3 Barks, corresponding to the rate of 4,120 and 4,580 Hz. Audiometry indicated greater hearing loss at 4,000Hz in 86.7% of the cases. CONCLUSION: With the acoustic analysis it was possible to show cause and effect between the main areas of energy excitation of the cochlea (praat cochlear response curve and the frequencies of low hearing acuity.Os policiais militares estão expostos a ruídos de impacto provenientes de armas de fogo, os quais são capazes de causar lesões irreversíveis ao sistema auditivo. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a exposição ao ruído no estande de tiros durante os exercícios de tiro, analisar acusticamente o ruído de impacto e relacioná-lo com os resultados de audiometria tonal. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: A medição do ruído foi feita por meio de decibelímetro digital e a análise acústica foi feita no software Praat, levantando as curvas de oscilograma e cocleograma. Foi selecionada uma amostra de 30 policiais militares (27 masculinos e 3 femininos. RESULTADOS: Os picos máximos medidos no estante de tiros foram de 113,1 dB(C para pistola .40 e 116,8 dB(C para revólver .38. Os valores obtidos por meio da relação entre

  9. Manifestações vestibulococleares em pacientes com diabetes melito tipo I Vestibulocochlear manifestations in patients with type I diabetes mellitus

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    Karlin Fabianne Klagenberg

    2007-06-01

    . The following procedures were carried out: a medical history, otological inspections, audiometry, acoustic impedance tests, and vestibular function tests. RESULTS: The prevalence of otoneurologic complaints was: headache (23.3%, vertigo (16.6%, and tinnitus (13.3%. The prevalence of associated complaints and habits was: caffeine abuse (20.0%, allergies (10.0%, and alcohol abuse (10.0%. The prevalence of normal auditory thresholds was 90.0%. Acoustic impedance showed no changes. The vestibular test showed changes in 60.0% of cases. Peripheral vestibular deficiency syndromes were also found. CONCLUSIONS: Significant vestibular system changes were found (60.0% compared to the auditory system (10.0%. Audiometry revealed mostly normal results. The vestibular test showed changes in the peripheral vestibular system and the peripheral vestibular deficiency syndrome.

  10. 耳屏软骨-软骨膜复合体厚度测量及其在鼓室成形术中的应用%The Measurements of the Thickness and Application of Tragus Cartilage -Perichondrium Complex in Tympanoplasty

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    杜娟; 许为青; 赵海专

    2014-01-01

    目的:测量耳屏软骨-软骨膜复合体厚度,探讨其对中耳炎手术治疗效果及重建听力的影响。方法49例(50耳)慢性中耳炎患者根据病情行伴或不伴乳突根治的鼓室成形术,均以耳屏软骨-软骨膜复合体修补鼓膜,术中测量耳屏软骨-软骨膜复合体厚度,术后每周随访一次至干耳,术后半年复查纯音听阈,分析耳屏软骨-软骨膜复合体厚度、干耳与否、干耳时间、鼓膜生长情况、术前和术后半年0.5、1.0、2.0、3.0kHz频率的纯音听阈。结果50耳耳屏软骨-软骨膜复合体的平均厚度为0.87±0.08mm(0.72~1.07mm),干耳时间3~12w ,中位数3 w ;42耳术后随访半年,鼓膜形态、色泽良好;其中31耳患耳气骨导差缩小,听力提高,另11耳听力结果未纳入分析。结论耳屏软骨-软骨膜复合体的厚度较恒定,作为修复中耳材料具有干耳时间较短、利于听力改善、并发症较少等特点。%Objective By measuring the thickness of tragus cartilage -perichondrium complex in 50 ears ,to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of practical application with tragus cartilage -perichondrium complex in the tym-panoplasty based on a clinical tria1 .Methods A retrospective study was carried out among 50 ears with chronic oti-tis media ,treated in our hospital by a surgical procedure with tragus cartilage -perichondrium complex used in the tympanoplasty .The thickness of tragus cartilage -perichondrium complex was mearured during operation .Postoper-ative following -up was completed once a week to ear -drying .The pure tone audiometry(PTA) was reexamined at half a year after operation .The observations included the thickness of tragus cartilage -perichondrium comple ,the dry status ,drying time of tympanic membrane ,and the preoperative and half a year postoperative PT A .Results The average thickness of tragus cartilage-perichondrium complex in the 50 ears was 0 .87

  11. Clinical significance of ABR results in unilateral tinnitus with normal hearing%听力正常单侧耳鸣的双侧ABR结果比较及临床意义

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    杨海弟; 彭解人; 区永康; 黄夏茵

    2012-01-01

    目的 听力正常单侧耳鸣患者的双侧听性脑干反应(ABR)的结果比较及临床意义进行探讨,阐明听力正常耳鸣的可能发病机制.方法 对20例听力正常的单侧耳鸣患者,常规进行耳专科检查及声导抗检查,排除外中耳病变.分别记录双侧纯音测听、耳声发射(DPOAE)及ABR,将耳鸣侧与非耳鸣侧的ABR结果进行对比分析.结果 耳鸣侧与非耳鸣侧在纯音听阈、声导抗、DPOAE及ABR阈值上均表现正常,无统计学差异,但耳鸣侧ABR的I波幅度0.19uV,V波幅度0.24uV,V/I比值为1.31;非耳鸣侧ABR的I波幅度0.14uV,V波幅度0.26uV,V/I比值为2.19.结论 虽然单侧耳鸣患者耳鸣侧未发现听阈提高,但其V/I比值明显较非耳鸣侧下降(V/I比值为1.31vs2.19),提示在中脑传入信号减少,在听觉中枢维持内环境神经平衡的机制作用下导致听觉皮层神经元兴奋性增强,可能是耳鸣产生的原因之一.%Objective Comparison the bilateral auditory brainstem response ( ABR ) results of unilateral tinnitus patients with normal hearing and analysis clinical significance,discussed the possible mechanism of tinnitus with normal hearing. Methods 20 cases of unilateral tinnitus patients with normal hearing were documented bilateral audiometry, otoacoustic emission ( DPOAE ) and ABR, comparative analysis the ABR results of the side with the tinnitus and non-tinnitus side.Results The pure tone audiometry, DPOAE and ABR threshold showed normal, no statistical difference, but the tinnitus side I wave amplitude is 0.19uV,V wave amplitude is 0.24uV, V/I ratio is 1.31; but the non-tinnitus side I wave amplitude is 0.14uV, V wave amplitude is 0.26uV,V/I ratio is 2.19. Conclusion Although unilateral tinnitus patients with tinnitus side did not found threshold increase, but the V/I ratio was significantly decreased than the non-tinnitus side (V/I is 1.31vs 2.19), prompting in the midbrain afferent signal is reduced, in the central auditory system of

  12. Perfil audiológico de pacientes com diabetes mellitus tipo II Audiologic profile of patients with diabetes mellitus type II

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    Juliana Mota Ferreira

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Pacientes acometidos por Diabetes Mellitus (DM do tipo II constituem uma população de risco para alterações auditivas, uma vez que alterações metabólicas podem afetar tecidos nervosos e vasculares, que atingem diretamente os órgãos responsáveis pela audição. O presente estudo buscou investigar o perfil audiológico de pacientes com DM do tipo II. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo descritivo, no qual foram avaliados 44 sujeitos (88 orelhas. A população selecionada encontrava-se na faixa etária de 25 a 65 anos de idade. Todos os sujeitos realizaram avaliação audiológica, sendo submetidos a audiometria tonal liminar, audiometria vocal e imitância acústica. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de pacientes com DM do tipo II foi maior no sexo feminino (77,3%. Trinta e um (70,4% pacientes apresentavam DM tipo do II a um período inferior a 10 anos. Trinta e três orelhas (37,5% apresentaram perda auditiva neurossensorial de grau leve ou moderado, com predomínio em freqüências altas. Na imitância acústica, 71 orelhas (80,7% apresentaram curva do tipo A, e 83 orelhas (94,3% tiveram presença de reflexo estapediano. CONCLUSÃO: Observou-se a ocorrência de perda auditiva em pacientes portadores de DM do tipo II, conseqüentemente, a avaliação audiológica desses pacientes é importante para o acompanhamento das alterações auditivas.PURPOSE: People that suffer from Diabetes Mellitus (DM type II constitute a risk population for hearing disorders, since metabolic disease can affect nerve and vascular tissues that attain directly the auditory system. The present study investigated the audiologic profile of patients with DM type II. METHODS: A descriptive study was carried out, where 44 patients (88 ears were evaluated. The ages of the subjects ranged from 25 to 65 years. All subjects underwent an audiological evaluation that included pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry and acoustic immittance measures. RESULTS: The prevalence

  13. Avaliação da audição em crianças de 3 a 6 anos em creches e pré-escolas municipais Hearing evaluation in children aged 3-6 years in day-care centers

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    Vânia B. Piatto

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: realizar a avaliação da audição e o levantamento da prevalência de deficiência auditiva em amostra de crianças, na faixa etária de 3 a 6 anos, em creches e pré-escolas municipais de São José do Rio Preto, SP. MÉTODOS: foram realizadas audiometrias em campo livre para triagem, como primeira etapa, em 103 crianças de ambos os sexos, na referida faixa etária, em 8 creches e 8 pré-escolas previamente selecionadas. As crianças que apresentaram alterações audiométricas na triagem foram encaminhadas ao ambulatório de fonoaudiologia da instituição para realização de audiometria tonal convencional, em uma segunda etapa. A classificação da deficiência auditiva, em relação ao grau, foi feita segundo os critérios da OMS. RESULTADOS: foram encontradas alterações na função auditiva em dez crianças (9,70%, DP%=0,96 da população do estudo. Destas, uma criança (0,97%, DP%=0,96 do sexo masculino apresentou deficiência auditiva condutiva de grau leve na orelha esquerda (média OE=35 dB e 9 crianças (8,73%, DP%=2,78 apresentaram alterações nos limiares auditivos, por via aérea, nas freqüências agudas de 4.000, 6.000 e/ou 8.000Hz. Cento e duas crianças (99,03%, DP%=0,96%, sendo 55 do sexo masculino (53,39%, DP%=4,90% e 47 do sexo feminino (45,64%, DP%=4,90%, não apresentaram deficiência auditiva, pelos critérios da OMS. CONCLUSÕES: a prevalência de 9,7% de alterações na função auditiva encontrada na população do estudo vem a comprovar a necessidade da implantação de programas de prevenção e diagnóstico precoce da deficiência auditiva.OBJECTIVE: to estimate the prevalence of deafness in children 3-6 years old in day-care centers of São José do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil. METHODS: we used free-field audiometry to screen 103 children from 8-selected day-care centers. Children with abnormal examination results were referred to the speech therapy outpatient service to undergo pure-tone conventional

  14. Perda auditiva induzida por ruído e hipertensão em condutores de ônibus Noise-induced hearing loss and high blood pressure among city bus drivers

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    Heleno Rodrigues Corrêa Filho

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estimar as prevalências de perda auditiva induzida por ruído e hipertensão arterial em condutores de ônibus urbanos. MÉTODOS: Executou-se estudo transversal em amostra probabilística de 108 motoristas da cidade de Campinas, SP. Aplicou-se questionário sobre história profissional, jornadas de trabalho e repouso, e realizou-se exame físico e laboratorial incluindo medida da pressão arterial, audiometria tonal limiar, logoaudiometria e dados antropométricos, após a obtenção de consentimento. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de perda auditiva induzida por ruído foi de 32,7% do total examinado. Segundo a classificação de Merluzzi, nos 31 casos classificados em primeiro e segundo graus, observou-se que a freqüência audiométrica com perda auditiva mais acentuada foi a de 6 kHz (61,3%, seguida pela de 4 kHz (38,7%, sem diferenças significantes quanto à lateralidade. A prevalência de hipertensão arterial diastólica (PAD³90 mmHG; PAS³140 mmHG foi de 13,2% dos examinados. CONCLUSÕES: O risco de disacusia induzida por ruído foi maior para os motoristas com mais de seis anos de trabalho, após ajuste para a perda relacionada com a idade, com um odds ratio de 19,25 (1,59OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of occupational noise-induced hearing loss and arterial hypertension among city bus drivers. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out on a probability random sample of 108 city bus drivers taken out of a total of 1,529 estimated professionals in the city of Campinas, Brazil, in 1991. Drivers were interviewed using questionnaires on job history, shift work and vacation schedules and underwent clinical and laboratory examinations including measures of blood pressure, pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and anthropometric data analysis after an informed consent was obtained. RESULTS: The prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss was 32.7%. According to Merluzzi's classification, 91.2% (31 cases were classified as

  15. Avaliação comportamental do processamento auditivo em indivíduos pós - traumatismo cranioencefálico: estudo piloto Behavioral auditory processing evaluation after traumatic brain injury: pilot study

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    Renata Beatriz Fernandes Santos

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    audiometry, speech audiometry, acoustic immittance measures (tympanometry and acoustic reflex and behavioral evaluation of auditory processing (Sound Location Test, Verbal Sequential Memory, Non Verbal Sequential Memory, Duration Pattern Sequence Test, Dichotic Consonant-vowel, Staggered Spondaic Word (Portuguese version, Identification of synthetic sentences with competitive message, Random Gap Detection Test, Percentage Index of Speech Recognition with recording, speech test. RESULTS: the test of Duration Pattern indicated the test with the largest number of alteration (60%. The test with the most satisfactory average was the Percentage Index of Speech Recognition with recording (93% and the less satisfactory average test was related to dichotic consonant-vowel (40,56%. The reversals (70% represented the tendency of more frequent errors in the SSW. The damage of decoding was the most prevalent (100%, followed by the organization (90%, supra-segmental (60% and encoding-gradual loss of memory (20%. There was no damage of encoding-integration. CONCLUSIONS: the patients after traumatic brain injury present auditory processing disorders of varying degrees, involving the processes of decoding and organization.

  16. Risk factors for presbycusis in a socio-economic middle-class sample Estudo de fatores de risco para presbiacusia em indivíduos de classe sócio-econômica média

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    Cláudia Simônica de Sousa

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Presbycusis, or the aging ear, involves mainly the inner ear and the cochlear nerve, causing sensorineural hearing loss. Risk factors include systemic diseases and poor habits that cause inner ear damage and lead to presbycusis. Correct identification of these risk factors is relevant for prevention. AIM: To evaluate the prevalence and to identify the risk factors of presbycusis in a sample aged over 40 years. Study design: a retrospective case series. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: medical records of 625 patients were evaluated. Presbycusis was identified using pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry and impedance testing of all patients. RESULTS: The prevalence of presbycusis was 36.1%; the mean age was 50.5 years ranging from 40 to 86 years; 85.5% were male and 14.5% werf female. Age, the male gender, diabetes mellitus, and hereditary hearing loss were identified as risk factors. Cardiovascular diseases, smoking and consumption of alcohol were not confirmed as risk factors, although these have often been mentioned as risk factors for presbycusis. CONCLUSION: Notwithstanding the idea that presbycusis has multiple risk factors, this study identified few risk factors for this disease.A presbiacusia é consequência de lesões histopatológicas da orelha interna e nervo coclear e leva à deficiência auditiva sensório-neural. Fatores de risco como doenças sistêmicas e hábitos inadequados são agravantes para presbiacusia. A identificação destes fatores é relevante para sua prevenção. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a prevalência da presbiacusia e correlacionar eventuais fatores de risco numa amostra populacional. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: Estudo retrospectivo de série de casos com amostragem aleatória de 625 prontuários de indiv��duos sem e com presbiacusia determinada por avaliação audiológica convencional. Foi feita a análise da associação da presbiacusia com fatores de risco pré-estabelecidos. RESULTADOS: A prevalência da presbiacusia foi de 36

  17. Estudo dos potenciais evocados auditivos em autismo Study of auditory evoked potentials in autism

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    Full Text Available TEMA: avaliação eletrofisiológica da audição em indivíduos com autismo. OBJETIVO: caracterizar os achados das avaliações eletrofisiológicas da audição em indivíduos com autismo, bem como comparar seus resultados aos obtidos em indivíduos com desenvolvimento típico da mesma faixa etária. MÉTODO: foram realizadas anamnese, audiometria tonal, logoaudiometria, medidas de imitância acústica, potenciais evocados auditivos de tronco encefálico (PEATE e de média latência (PEAML, e potencial cognitivo (P300, em 16 indivíduos com autismo (grupo pesquisa e 25 normais (grupo controle, com idades entre oito e 20 anos. RESULTADOS: o grupo pesquisa apresentou resultados alterados em todos os potenciais evocados auditivos, havendo diferença estatisticamente significante quando comparado ao grupo controle. Foi observada uma maior ocorrência de alteração do tipo tronco encefálico baixo no PEATE, do tipo Ambas no PEAML, e ausência de resposta no P300, para o grupo pesquisa. Na análise dos dados quantitativos, verificou-se que apenas para o PEATE ocorreu diferença estatisticamente significante entre os grupos, com relação às latências das ondas III e V e interpicos I-III e I-V. CONCLUSÃO: indivíduos com autismo apresentam alterações no PEATE e P300, sugerindo comprometimento da via auditiva em tronco encefálico, áreas subcorticais e corticais.BACKGROUND: electrophysiological assessment of hearing in autistic individuals. AIM: to characterize the findings obtained in the electrophysiological assessments of autistic individuals, as well as to compare these to the results obtained for individuals of the same age who present typical development. METHOD: 16 individuals with autism (study group and 25 normal individuals (control group, ranging in age from eight to 20 years underwent anamnesis, pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, acoustic immitance measures, brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP, middle latency response

  18. Smartphone-based audiometric test for screening hearing loss in the elderly.

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    Abu-Ghanem, Sara; Handzel, Ophir; Ness, Lior; Ben-Artzi-Blima, Miri; Fait-Ghelbendorf, Karin; Himmelfarb, Mordechai

    2016-02-01

    Hearing loss is widespread among the elderly. One of the main obstacles to rehabilitation is identifying individuals with potentially correctable hearing loss. Smartphone-based hearing tests can be administered at home, thus greatly facilitating access to screening. This study evaluates the use of a smartphone application as a screening tool for hearing loss in individuals aged ≥ 65 years. Twenty-six subjects aged 84.4 ± 6.73 years (mean ± SD) were recruited. Pure-tone audiometry was administered by both a smartphone application (uHear for iPhone, v1.0 Unitron, Canada) and a standard portable audiometer by trained personnel. Participants also completed a questionnaire on their hearing. Pure-tone thresholds were compared between the two testing modalities and correlated with the questionnaire results. The cutoff point for failing screening tests was a pure tone average of 40 dB for the frequencies 250-6,000 Hz. The smartphone application's pure tone thresholds were higher (poorer hearing) than the audiometric thresholds, with a significant difference in all frequencies but 2,000 Hz. The application and the audiometric values were in agreement for 24 subjects (92 %). The application had a sensitivity of 100 % and specificity of 60 % for screening compared with the audiometer. The questionnaire was significantly less accurate, having assigned a passing score to three participants who failed both the application and audiometric tests. While a smartphone application may not be able to accurately determine the level of hearing impairment, it is useful as a highly accessible portable audiometer substitute for screening for hearing loss in elderly populations. PMID:25655259

  19. Topical administration of hyaluronic acid in children with recurrent or chronic middle ear inflammations.

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    Torretta, Sara; Marchisio, Paola; Rinaldi, Vittorio; Gaffuri, Michele; Pascariello, Carla; Drago, Lorenzo; Baggi, Elena; Pignataro, Lorenzo

    2016-09-01

    Hyaluronic acid (HA) treatment has been successfully performed in patients with recurrent upper airway infections or rhinitis. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of the topical nasal administration of an HA-based compound by investigating its effects in children with recurrent or chronic middle ear inflammations and chronic adenoiditis. A prospective, single-blind, 1:1 randomised controlled study was performed to compare otoscopy, tympanometry and pure-tone audiometry in children which received the daily topical administration of normal 0.9% sodium chloride saline solution (control group) or 9 mg of sodium hyaluronate in 3 mL of a 0.9% sodium saline solution. The final analysis was based on 116 children (49.1% boys; mean age, 62.9 ± 17.9 months): 58 in the control group and 58 in the study group. At the end of follow-up, the prevalence of patients with impaired otoscopy was significantly lower in the study group (P value = 0.024) compared to baseline but not in the control group. In comparison with baseline, the prevalence of patients with impaired tympanometry at the end of the follow-up period was significantly lower in the study group (P value = 0.047) but not in the control group. The reduction in the prevalence of patients with conductive hearing loss (CHL) (P value = 0.008) and those with moderate CHL (P value = 0.048) was significant in the study group, but not in the control group. The mean auditory threshold had also significantly improved by the end of treatment in the study group (P value = 0.004) but not in the control group. Our findings confirm the safety of intermittent treatment with a topical nasal sodium hyaluronate solution and are the first to document its beneficial effect on clinical and audiological outcomes in children with recurrent or chronic middle ear inflammations associated with chronic adenoiditis. PMID:27481884

  20. Hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy of acoustic neuroma. Volume changes and hearing results after 89-month median follow-up

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    The goal of this work was to evaluate toxicity and local control following hypofractionated stereotactic radiation treatment with special focus on changes in tumor volume and hearing capacity. In all, 29 patients with unilateral acoustic neuroma were treated between 2001 and 2007 within a prospective radiation protocol (7 x 4 Gy ICRU dose). Median tumor volume was 0.9 ml. Follow-up started at 6 months and was repeated annually with MRI volumetry and audiometry. Hearing preservation was defined as preservation of Class A/B hearing according to the guidelines of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (1995). No patient had any intervention after a median imaging follow-up of 89.5 months, one patient showed radiological progression. Transient increase of tumor volume developed in 17/29 patients, whereas 22/29 patients (75.9 %) presented with a volume reduction at last follow-up. A total of 21 patients were eligible for hearing evaluation. Mean pure tone average (PTA) deteriorated from 39.3 to 65.9 dB and mean speech discrimination score (SDS) dropped from 74.3 to 38.1 %. The 5-year actuarial Class A/B hearing preservation rate was 50.0 ± 14.4 %. Radiation increases only minimally, if at all, the hearing deterioration which emerges by observation alone. Presbyacusis is not responsible for this deterioration. Transient tumor enlargement is common. Today radiation of small- and medium-sized acoustic neuroma can be performed with different highly conformal techniques as fractionated treatment or single low-dose radiosurgery with equal results regarding tumor control, hearing preservation, and side effects. Hypofractionation is more comfortable for the patient than conventional regimens and represents a serious alternative to frameless radiosurgery. (orig.)

  1. Disrupted functional brain connectome in unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

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    Xu, Haibo; Fan, Wenliang; Zhao, Xueyan; Li, Jing; Zhang, Wenjuan; Lei, Ping; Liu, Yuan; Wang, Haha; Cheng, Huamao; Shi, Hong

    2016-05-01

    Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is generally defined as sensorineural hearing loss of 30 dB or greater over at least three contiguous audiometric frequencies and within a three-day period. This hearing loss is usually unilateral and can be associated with tinnitus and vertigo. The pathogenesis of unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss is still unknown, and the alterations in the functional connectivity are suspected to involve one possible pathogenesis. Despite scarce findings with respect to alterations in brain functional networks in unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss, the alterations of the whole brain functional connectome and whether these alterations were already in existence in the acute period remains unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the alterations of brain functional connectome in two large samples of unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss patients and to investigate the correlation between unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss characteristics and changes in the functional network properties. Pure tone audiometry was performed to assess hearing ability. Abnormal changes in the peripheral auditory system were examined using conventional magnetic resonance imaging. The graph theoretical network analysis method was used to detect brain connectome alterations in unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Compared with the control groups, both groups of unilateral SSNHL patients exhibited a significantly increased clustering coefficient, global efficiency, and local efficiency but a significantly decreased characteristic path length. In addition, the primary increased nodal strength (e.g., nodal betweenness, hubs) was observed in several regions primarily, including the limbic and paralimbic systems, and in the auditory network brain areas. These findings suggest that the alteration of network organization already exists in unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss patients within the acute period

  2. Pengaruh Prednison terhadap Perbaikan Pendengaran Penderita Lupus Eritematosus

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE is a chronic, multi-system, autoimmune disorder characterized by the production of autoantibodies and immune complexes deposition in tissue. Clinical manifestations may include skin, mucosa, joints, blood, heart, lungs, kidneys, central nervous system (CNS, immune system, and ears. SLE Iin the ears can caused sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. This hearing disorder is commonly bilateral and has high frequencies. Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid with glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid effects. Glucocorticoids have anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of prednisone in improving the degree of hearing loss in patients with SLE. This study was conducted in from March–May 2013, at tThe Hearing and Speech Disorder Clinic of Ear Nose Throat-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital Bandung, using quasi-experimental method with pre-post design in which the results were statistically calculated using Rank Spearman test. This study involved 28 subjects who had been diagnosed for SLE. Anamnesis, physical examination, and laboratory test were performed, followed by pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, and distortion product optoacoustic emissions (DPOAE. Subjects were given prednisone 1 mg/kgBW/day with a maximum dose of 6o mg/day. Re-evaluation was performed after 4 weeksof treatment. Before treatment, 26 subjects had mild hearing loss and 2 subjects had symmetric moderate hearing loss at high frequencies symmetrically. After therapy, 24 subjects became normal and 4 subjects still had hearing loss (Rs=0.734, p<0.01. In conclusion, prednisone can improve hearing status of SLE patients.

  3. What are the audiometric frequencies affected are the responsible for the hearing complaint in the hearing loss for ototoxicity after the oncological treatment?

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    Liberman, Patricia Helena Pecora

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The neurosensory bilateral simetric hearing loss resulting of the oncological treatment is underestimated, because the patients has the hearing detection preserved, reporting complaints in determined situation, or the not comprehension of part of the message. Objective: Investigate which are the audiometric frequencies affected are the responsible by the presence of hearing complaints. Method: Prospective study evaluating 200 patients with cancer in the childhood out of the oncological treatment in at least 8 years, with average age to the diagnosis of 6,21 years (4,71. Was applied anamnesis to investigate the presence of hearing complaints and performed a tonal threshold audiometry. To check the association between the complaint and the hearing loss, was applied the Exact test of Fisher, with one error a=5%, the patients were split into: normal hearing, hearing loss in 8kHz, loss in 6-8 kHz, loss in 4-8 kHz, loss in 2-8 kHz and loss in < 1-8 kHz. Results: We found 125 patients with hearing loss, 10 presented hearing complaints. Between the patients with hearing loss, 16 presented loss only at 8kHz, and 1 with complaint; 22 with loss in 6-8 kHz, being 3 with complaint; 16 with loss in 4-8 kHz, from them 10 with complaint; 15 with loss 2-8 kHz, being 14 with complaint and 6 with loss in < 1-8 kHz all with complaints. There were a significant relationship between the loss and hearing complaint (p<0,001, when the frequency of 4 kHz was involved. Conclusion: The bigger the number of affected frequencies the bigger the occurrence of hearing complaint, most of all when the speech frequencies are involved, and the involvement of 4 kHz already determines the appearing of the complaints.

  4. Evaluation of auditory brain-stem evoked response in middle: Aged type 2 diabetes mellitus with normal hearing subjects

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    Debadatta Mahallik

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Diabetes mellitus (DM is commonly metabolic disorders of carbohydrate in which blood glucose levels are abnormally high due to relative or absolute insulin deficiency. In addition, it is characterized by abnormal metabolism of fat, protein resulting from insulin deficit or insulin action, or both. There are two broad categories of DM are designated as type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is due to predominantly insulin resistance with relative insulin deficiency noninsulin-dependent DM. Type 2 diabetes is much more common than insulin-dependent DM. Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess, if there is any abnormality in neural conduction in auditory brain-stem pathway in type 2 DM patients having normal hearing sensitivity when compared to age-matched healthy populations. Materials and Methods: This study included middle - aged 25 subjects having normal hearing with diabetes type 2 mellitus. All were submitted to the full audiological history taking, otological examination, basic audiological evaluation and auditory brain-stem response audiometry which was recorded in both ears, followed by calculation of the absolute latencies of wave I, III and V, as well as interpeak latencies I-III, III-V, I-V. Results: Type 2 DM patients showed significant prolonged absolute latencies of I, III (P = 0.001 and interpeak latencies I-III, III-V and I-V in left ear (P = 0.001 and absolute latencies of I, V (P = 0.001, interpeak latencies III-V was statistically significant in right ear. Conclusions: The prolonged absolute latencies and interpeak latencies suggests abnormal neural firing synchronization or in the transmission in the auditory pathways in normal hearing type 2 diabetes mellitus patients.

  5. Audiologic and otoacoustic emission evaluation in individuals exposed to noise and plaguecides

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    Morini, Renata Graziele

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The noise induced hearing loss (NIHL has been studied for many years and today the specialized literature also studies the synergic action of chemicals. Objective: To research the audiologic findings and DPOAE in workers exposed to occupational noise and plaguecides and to compare them with data obtained in individuals without exposure to these harmful elements. Method: 51 individuals were evaluated (102 ears, divided into three groups. Group I was composed by 17 workers with exposure to noise and plaguecides, all with neurosensorial auditory loss; group II was composed by 17 workers with exposure to noise and plaguecides with audiometric thresholds within normality standards (up to 25 dBNA and group III by 17 healthy individuals without auditory alterations and without exposure to noise and plaguecides, control group. Results: In the audiologic anamnesis, as for groups I and II, we observed that the main auditory complaints presented by the workers were those of recruitment (29.5%, tinnitus (26.5%, allergy (23.5% and arterial hypertension (12%. The findings of the audiometry appointed that the research's individuals did not present with auditory losses in the frequencies of 500 Hz, 1 and 2 kHz, the losses occurred in the frequencies of 3 and 8 kHz. As for the distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs, we observed that the individuals in group III had a major incidence of responses when compared to those of groups I and II. Conclusion: The results analysis allowed us to conclude that the DPOAE test represents an important tool for follow up and prevention of NIHL.

  6. Sensitivity of cortical auditory evoked potential detection for hearing-impaired infants in response to short speech sounds

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    Bram Van Dun

    2012-01-01

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    Background: Cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEPs are an emerging tool for hearing aid fitting evaluation in young children who cannot provide reliable behavioral feedback. It is therefore useful to determine the relationship between the sensation level of speech sounds and the detection sensitivity of CAEPs.

    Design and methods: Twenty-five sensorineurally hearing impaired infants with an age range of 8 to 30 months were tested once, 18 aided and 7 unaided. First, behavioral thresholds of speech stimuli /m/, /g/, and /t/ were determined using visual reinforcement orientation audiometry (VROA. Afterwards, the same speech stimuli were presented at 55, 65, and 75 dB SPL, and CAEP recordings were made. An automatic statistical detection paradigm was used for CAEP detection.

    Results: For sensation levels above 0, 10, and 20 dB respectively, detection sensitivities were equal to 72 ± 10, 75 ± 10, and 78 ± 12%. In 79% of the cases, automatic detection p-values became smaller when the sensation level was increased by 10 dB.

    Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the presence or absence of CAEPs can provide some indication of the audibility of a speech sound for infants with sensorineural hearing loss. The detection of a CAEP provides confidence, to a degree commensurate with the detection probability, that the infant is detecting that sound at the level presented. When testing infants where the audibility of speech sounds has not been established behaviorally, the lack of a cortical response indicates the possibility, but by no means a certainty, that the sensation level is 10 dB or less.

  7. Standards on medical fitness examinations for Navy divers.

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    Weiss, Michael

    2003-01-01

    The German Navy employs approximately 480 divers in their primary and secondary role. Before entering diving training, every diver has to pass an intensive physical examination programme at the German Naval Medical Institute (NMI) in Kiel-Kronshagen. Annual follow-ups ensure the currency of the medical findings. Criteria of medical fitness for diving reflect industrial medical standards for hyperbaric workers as well as the general medical guidelines for NATO divers. A diving examination consists of the individual medical history, a physical examination including the neurological status and the assessment of the cardiovascular fitness by ECG and bicycle ergometry. The respiratory system is screened by regular chest x-rays and spirometry or body plethysmography. Blood and urine samples are taken to look for abnormal haematological and metabolic conditions as well as disorders of the genito-urinary system. In order to determine visual fitness, diver's visual acuity, colour vision and stereopsis as well as eye fundi are examined by an eye specialist. Also the ENT examination involves a speciality consultant and consists of audiometry, inspection of the external ear and tympanic membrane and functional tests. To ensure a high standard of dental fitness, screening by a dental officer is part of the annual check-up. Every routine diving medical examination at the NMI includes a pressure test in the hyperbaric chamber. Divers who use nitrox or oxygen-rebreather devices have to pass successfully an oxygen tolerance test under hyperbaric conditions. The annual routine diving medical examination contributes to minimize the risk of accidents in military diving operations. PMID:14974787

  8. 模拟3~50 m快速上浮脱险训练对潜艇艇员听力的影响%Effects of simulated 3-50 m fast buoyancy ascent escape training on the hearing of the submariners

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    王海涛; 方以群; 唐志文; 姚健; 张和翔; 顾秀良

    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of fast buoyancy ascent escape training on the heating of submariners. Methods Simulated fast buoyancy ascent escapes at depths of 3, 10, 30 and 50 meters were carried out by 10 submariners, with a total of 60 man times (at 3 and 10 m twice each depth). Bilateral eardrum tests and electro -audiometry were performed both before and after escape training. Results No abnormality was found in the eardrums. Statistical differences in heating thresholds could be found in the left ear at 125 and 250 Hz, and in both ears at 500 and 2000 Hz (P<0.05). Conclusions Rapid changes in air pressure during fast buoyancy ascent escape had certain effects on the heating of the submariners, with the decrease in hearing thresholds at low frequencies being the main effect.%目的 探讨快速上浮脱险对潜艇艇员听力的影响.方法 10名潜艇艇员分别进行了3、10、30、50 m深度60人次模拟快速上浮脱险训练(3 m和10 m各2次).训练前后检查潜艇艇员双侧鼓膜,并进行电测听检查.结果 鼓膜末见异常,左耳在125、250 Hz,双耳在500、2000 Hz的听阈差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 快速上浮脱险时的气压快速改变对潜艇艇员的听力有一定的影响,以低频听阈降低为主要表现.

  9. Perception of Emotion in Conversational Speech by Younger and Older Listeners

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    Schmidt, Juliane; Janse, Esther; Scharenborg, Odette

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated whether age and/or differences in hearing sensitivity influence the perception of the emotion dimensions arousal (calm vs. aroused) and valence (positive vs. negative attitude) in conversational speech. To that end, this study specifically focused on the relationship between participants’ ratings of short affective utterances and the utterances’ acoustic parameters (pitch, intensity, and articulation rate) known to be associated with the emotion dimensions arousal and valence. Stimuli consisted of short utterances taken from a corpus of conversational speech. In two rating tasks, younger and older adults either rated arousal or valence using a 5-point scale. Mean intensity was found to be the main cue participants used in the arousal task (i.e., higher mean intensity cueing higher levels of arousal) while mean F0 was the main cue in the valence task (i.e., higher mean F0 being interpreted as more negative). Even though there were no overall age group differences in arousal or valence ratings, compared to younger adults, older adults responded less strongly to mean intensity differences cueing arousal and responded more strongly to differences in mean F0 cueing valence. Individual hearing sensitivity among the older adults did not modify the use of mean intensity as an arousal cue. However, individual hearing sensitivity generally affected valence ratings and modified the use of mean F0. We conclude that age differences in the interpretation of mean F0 as a cue for valence are likely due to age-related hearing loss, whereas age differences in rating arousal do not seem to be driven by hearing sensitivity differences between age groups (as measured by pure-tone audiometry). PMID:27303340

  10. Evaluation of the olivocochlear efferent reflex strength in the susceptibility to temporary hearing deterioration after music exposure in young adults

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    Keppler Hannah

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the current study was to evaluate the predictive role of the olivocochlear efferent reflex strength in temporary hearing deterioration in young adults exposed to music. This was based on the fact that a noise-protective role of the medial olivocochlear (MOC system was observed in animals and that efferent suppression (ES measured using contralateral acoustic stimulation (CAS of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs is capable of exploring the MOC system. Knowing an individual′s susceptibility to cochlear damage after noise exposure would enhance preventive strategies for noise-induced hearing loss. The hearing status of 28 young adults was evaluated using pure-tone audiometry, transient evoked OAEs (TEOAEs and distortion product OAEs (DPOAEs before and after listening to music using an MP3 player during 1 h at an individually determined loud listening level. CAS of TEOAEs was measured before music exposure to determine the amount of ES. Regression analysis showed a distinctive positive correlation between temporary hearing deterioration and the preferred gain setting of the MP3 player. However, no clear relationship between temporary hearing deterioration and the amount of ES was found. In conclusion, clinical measurement of ES, using CAS of TEOAEs, is not correlated with the amount of temporary hearing deterioration after 1 h music exposure in young adults. However, it is possible that the temporary hearing deterioration in the current study was insufficient to activate the MOC system. More research regarding ES might provide more insight in the olivocochlear efferent pathways and their role in auditory functioning.

  11. Hearing Aid Use and Associated Factors in South Korea.

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    Moon, Il Joon; Baek, Sun Young; Cho, Yang-Sun

    2015-10-01

    Despite the high prevalence of hearing impairment in the elderly, the rate of hearing aid use is still low. The objectives of this study were to report the nation-wide prevalence of hearing aid use in the Korean population and to determine the associated factors with hearing aid use utilizing a nationally representative data set.We obtained data from the 2010 to 2012 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, which were cross-sectional surveys of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the Republic of Korea at age ≥40 years (N = 12,709). A field survey team performed interviews as well as physical examinations. Hearing aid use was assessed using an interviewer-administered questionnaire and pure-tone audiometry was administered for all participants in a sound-attenuating booth. Prevalence of hearing aid acquisition and regular use were calculated in participants who reported perceived hearing loss and who have bilateral hearing thresholds exceeding the 40 dB hearing level. Multivariable analyses were used to examine the associated factors with hearing aid use.The prevalence of hearing aid acquisition and regular use was 17.4% and 12.6%, respectively, in South Korea. Increased hearing threshold (OR 1.05, 95% CI 1.03-1.07), severe perceived hearing loss (OR 10.73, 95% CI 4.52-25.46), annoying tinnitus (OR 3.30, 95% CI 1.61-6.74), balance problems (OR 0.39, 95% CI 0.18-0.86), and myopia (OR 0.30, 95% CI 0.12-0.76) were associated factors of regular use of hearing aids.The prevalence of hearing aid use in Korea is relatively low. Finding relevant factors of hearing aid use could provide further insight in setting up hearing-rehabilitation strategy for the elderly with significant hearing loss. PMID:26496259

  12. Does Acquired Hypothyroidism Affect the Hearing Functions?

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    Ayşe Arduç

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: It is well known that congenital hypothyroidism can cause hearing loss. However, conflicting results were found in studies investigating hearing functions in acquired hypothyroidism. Therefore, we evaluated the audiometric findings in patients with acquired hypothyroidism. Material and Method: The study included 58 patients with hypothyroidism and age- and gender-matched 34 healthy controls. Twenty eight (48.27% patients had subclinical hypothyroidism, and 30 (51.73% had obvious hypothyroidism. All subjects had a normal otoscopic examination and tympanometry. Pure tone audiometry at 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 6000, and 8000 Hertz (Hz was performed in both groups. Blood pressure measurements and the levels of plasma electrolytes, lipids and vitamin B12 were available in all subjects. Results: Hypothyroidism group and control group were similar with respect to systolic and diastolic blood pressures and plasma glucose, lipid, vitamin B12, calcium, sodium, potassium, and chloride levels. Significantly higher audiometric thresholds (dB at 250 (10 (0-45 vs. 5 (0-15, p<0.001 and 500 Hz (10 (0-40 vs. 10 (-5-15, p=0.003 were recorded in hypothyroid patients compared to that in healthy controls. Hearing thresholds at 250 and 500 Hz correlated positively with thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH, and negatively with free triiodothyronine and free thyroxine. Subclinical hypothyroid patients had a higher hearing threshold at 250 Hz than healthy controls (p=0.001. Discussion: Our study demonstrated that hearing ability decreases in hypothyroidism, even in subclinical hypothyroidism. The changes in TSH and thyroid hormone levels seem to be directly related to the hearing loss in this population of patients.

  13. A Study of Relationship between the Acoustic Sensitivity of Vestibular System and the Ability to Trigger Sound-Evoked Muscle Reflex of the Middle Ear in Adults with Normal Hearing

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    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: The vestibular system is sound sensitive and the sensitivity is related to the saccule. The vestibular afferents are projected to the middle ear muscles (such as the stapedius. The goal of this research was studying the relationship between the vestibular hearing and the sound-evoked muscle reflex of the middle ear to 500 HZ. Materials & Methods: This study was a cross sectional-comparison done in audiology department of Sheikholreis C‍‍linic (Hamadan, Iran. The study groups consisted of thirty healthy people and thirty patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Inclusion criteria of the present study were to have normal hearing on pure tone audiometry, acoustic reflex, and speech discrimination scores. Based on ipsilateral acoustic reflex test at 500HZ, they were divided to normal and abnormal groups. Then they were evaluated by cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMPs and finally classified in three groups (N Normal ear , (CVUA Contra lateral vertiginous ear with unaffected saccular sensitivity to sound,(IVA Ipsilateral vertiginous ear with affected saccular sensitivity to sound. Results: Thirty affected ears (IVA with decreased vestibular excitability as detected by ab-normal cVEMPs, revealed abnormal findings of acoustic reflex at 500HZ. Whereas, both un-affected (CVUA and normal ears (N had normal results. Multiple comparisons of mean values of cVEMPs (p13,n23 and acoustic reflex at500HZ among the three groups were sig-nificant. The correlation between acoustic reflex at 500HZ and p13 latencies was significant. The n23 latencies showed significant correlation with acoustic reflex at 500HZ. Conclusion: The vestibular sensitivity to sound retains the ability to trigger sound-evoked re-flex of the middle ear at 500 HZ. (Sci J Hamadan Univ Med Sci 2014; 21 (2:99-104

  14. Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy of Vestibular Schwannomas Accelerates Hearing Loss

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    Rasmussen, Rune, E-mail: rune333@gmail.com [Department of Neurosurgery, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Claesson, Magnus [Department of Neurosurgery, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Stangerup, Sven-Eric [Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Roed, Henrik [Department of Radiation Oncology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Christensen, Ib Jarle [Finsen Laboratory, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Caye-Thomasen, Per [Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Juhler, Marianne [Department of Neurosurgery, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2012-08-01

    Objective: To evaluate long-term tumor control and hearing preservation rates in patients with vestibular schwannoma treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT), comparing hearing preservation rates to an untreated control group. The relationship between radiation dose to the cochlea and hearing preservation was also investigated. Methods and Materials: Forty-two patients receiving FSRT between 1997 and 2008 with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were included. All patients received 54 Gy in 27-30 fractions during 5.5-6.0 weeks. Clinical and audiometry data were collected prospectively. From a 'wait-and-scan' group, 409 patients were selected as control subjects, matched by initial audiometric parameters. Radiation dose to the cochlea was measured using the original treatment plan and then related to changes in acoustic parameters. Results: Actuarial 2-, 4-, and 10-year tumor control rates were 100%, 91.5%, and 85.0%, respectively. Twenty-one patients had serviceable hearing before FSRT, 8 of whom (38%) retained serviceable hearing at 2 years after FSRT. No patients retained serviceable hearing after 10 years. At 2 years, hearing preservation rates in the control group were 1.8 times higher compared with the group receiving FSRT (P=.007). Radiation dose to the cochlea was significantly correlated to deterioration of the speech reception threshold (P=.03) but not to discrimination loss. Conclusion: FSRT accelerates the naturally occurring hearing loss in patients with vestibular schwannoma. Our findings, using fractionation of radiotherapy, parallel results using single-dose radiation. The radiation dose to the cochlea is correlated to hearing loss measured as the speech reception threshold.

  15. Auditory characteristics of individuals with temporomandibular dysfunctions and dentofacial deformities

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    Tatiane Totta

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is any relationship between otological as well as vestibular symptoms, audiological findings and type of temporomandibular disorder (articular, muscular and mixed; and to check the distribution of the temporomandibular disorders (TMD dysfunction degree in the research population. METHODS: A retrospective study involving 30 patients of both sexes, aged between 18 and 49 years old, diagnosed with TMD and dentofacial deformities, who were subject to clinical evaluation (muscle palpation, auscultation of temporomandibular joint during mandibular motion and measurement of jaw movement, audiological testing (pure tone audiometry and immittance testing and two questionnaires, one on otological and vestibular symptoms and the other on TMD anamnesis. Based on both the anamnesis questionnaire and the clinical assessment, the subjects were divided according to the type and degree of TMD dysfunction (mild, moderate and severe, and compared regarding the occurrence of auditory signs and symptoms, vestibular symptoms and audiological findings according to TMD type. RESULTS: The anamnesis questionnaire demonstrated higher prevalence (83.33% of severe TMD. Subjects with mixed TMD had more complaints about hypoacusis than those with muscular TMD (p < 0.05. The results showed no change in either audiological and immittance testing for all assessed individuals. CONCLUSION: Otological symptoms are present in subjects with TMD and dentofacial deformities, regardless of the classification of TMD (articular, muscular or mixed. Those with mixed TMD may have higher incidence of complaints about hypoacusis than subjects with muscular TMD. Further studies are needed to investigate the relationship between otological symptoms and the different types of TMD.

  16. Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential Produced by Bone-Conducted Stimuli: A Study on its Basics and Clinical Applications in Patients With Conductive and Sensorineural Hearing Loss and a Group With Vestibular Schawannoma

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    Parvane Mahdi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP has recently been broadly studied in vestibular disorders. As it is evoked by loud sound stimulation, even mild conductive hearing loss may affect VEMP results. Bone-conducted (BC stimulus is an alternative stimulation for evoking this response. This study aims to assess the characteristics of BC-VEMP in different groups of patients.   Materials and Methods: We performed a cross sectional analysis on 20 healthy volunteers with normal pure-tone audiometry as a control group; and on a group of patients consisted of 20 participants with conductive hearing loss, five with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and four with vestibular schawannoma. AC and BC-VEMP were performed in all participants.   Results: In control group the VEMP responses to both kinds of stimuli had an acceptable morphology and consisted of p13 and n23 waves. Latency value of these main components in each type of stimulus was not significantly different (P>0.05. However, the mean amplitude was larger in BC modality than AC stimulation (P=0.025. In the group with conductive hearing loss, the VEMP response was absent in fifteen (46.87% of the 32 ears using the AC method, whereas all (100% displayed positive elicitability of VEMP by BC method. Normal VEMP responses in both stimuli were evoked in all patients with sensorineural hearing loss. In patients with unilateral vestibular schwannomas (VS, 2 (50.00% had neither AC-VEMP nor BC-VEMP. Conclusion:  Auditory stimuli delivered by bone conduction can evoke VEMP response. These responses are of vestibular origin and can be used in vestibular evaluation of patients with conductive hearing loss.

  17. Effects of sleep deprivation on central auditory processing

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    Liberalesso Paulo Breno

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sleep deprivation is extremely common in contemporary society, and is considered to be a frequent cause of behavioral disorders, mood, alertness, and cognitive performance. Although the impacts of sleep deprivation have been studied extensively in various experimental paradigms, very few studies have addressed the impact of sleep deprivation on central auditory processing (CAP. Therefore, we examined the impact of sleep deprivation on CAP, for which there is sparse information. In the present study, thirty healthy adult volunteers (17 females and 13 males, aged 30.75 ± 7.14 years were subjected to a pure tone audiometry test, a speech recognition threshold test, a speech recognition task, the Staggered Spondaic Word Test (SSWT, and the Random Gap Detection Test (RGDT. Baseline (BSL performance was compared to performance after 24 hours of being sleep deprived (24hSD using the Student’s t test. Results Mean RGDT score was elevated in the 24hSD condition (8.0 ± 2.9 ms relative to the BSL condition for the whole cohort (6.4 ± 2.8 ms; p = 0.0005, for males (p = 0.0066, and for females (p = 0.0208. Sleep deprivation reduced SSWT scores for the whole cohort in both ears [(right: BSL, 98.4 % ± 1.8 % vs. SD, 94.2 % ± 6.3 %. p = 0.0005(left: BSL, 96.7 % ± 3.1 % vs. SD, 92.1 % ± 6.1 %, p  Conclusion Sleep deprivation impairs RGDT and SSWT performance. These findings confirm that sleep deprivation has central effects that may impair performance in other areas of life.

  18. Brain-stem auditory evoked responses during microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia: Predicting post-operative hearing loss

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    Ramnarayan Ramachandran

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    Full Text Available Context: The importance of brainstem auditory evoked potential monitoring in reducing hearing loss during microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia is now accepted. However the extent of the changes in the pattern of these potentials and the safe limits to which these changes are relevant in reducing postoperative hearing loss have not been established. Aims: The aim of this study is to quantify these changes and relate these to the postoperative hearing loss. Settings and Design: This study was done at the Walton Centre for neurology and neurosurgery, Liverpool, United Kingdom. The study was designed to give a measure of the change in the wave pattern following microvascular decompression and relate it to postoperative hearing loss. Materials and Methods: Seventy-five patients undergoing microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia had preoperative and postoperative hearing assessments and intraoperative brainstem auditory evoked potential monitoring. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square tests. Results: It was found that the wave V latency was increased by more than 0.9ms in nine patients, eight of whom suffered significant postoperative hearing loss as demonstrated by audiometry. It was also seen that progressive decrease in amplitude of wave V showed progressive hearing loss with 25% loss when amplitude fell by 50 and 100% loss when wave V was lost completely. However most of the patients did not have a clinically manifest hearing loss. Conclusions: A per-operative increase in the latency of wave V greater than 0.9 ms and a fall of amplitude of wave V of more than 50% indicates a risk to hearing.

  19. Auditory nerve synapses persist in ventral cochlear nucleus long after loss of acoustic input in mice with early-onset progressive hearing loss.

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    McGuire, Brian; Fiorillo, Benjamin; Ryugo, David K; Lauer, Amanda M

    2015-04-24

    Perceptual performance in persons with hearing loss, especially those using devices to restore hearing, is not fully predicted by traditional audiometric measurements designed to evaluate the status of peripheral function. The integrity of auditory brainstem synapses may vary with different forms of hearing loss, and differential effects on the auditory nerve-brain interface may have particularly profound consequences for the transfer of sound from ear to brain. Loss of auditory nerve synapses in ventral cochlear nucleus (VCN) has been reported after acoustic trauma, ablation of the organ of Corti, and administration of ototoxic compounds. The effects of gradually acquired forms deafness on these synapses are less well understood. We investigated VCN gross morphology and auditory nerve synapse integrity in DBA/2J mice with early-onset progressive sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing status was confirmed using auditory brainstem response audiometry and acoustic startle responses. We found no change in VCN volume, number of macroneurons, or number of VGLUT1-positive auditory nerve terminals between young adult and older, deaf DBA/2J. Cell-type specific analysis revealed no difference in the number of VGLUT1 puncta contacting bushy and multipolar cell body profiles, but the terminals were smaller in deaf DBA/2J mice. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed the presence of numerous healthy, vesicle-filled auditory nerve synapses in older, deaf DBA/2J mice. The present results suggest that synapses can be preserved over a relatively long time-course in gradually acquired deafness. Elucidating the mechanisms supporting survival of central auditory nerve synapses in models of acquired deafness may reveal new opportunities for therapeutic intervention. PMID:25686750

  20. Vitiligo: A part of a systemic autoimmune process

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    Gopal KVT

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Recent clinical and animal experimental studies postulate that the pathogenetic mechanisms of vitiligo could be of systemic origin as vitiligo is associated with ocular and auditory abnormalities as well as other autoimmune disorders.Hence, we studied genetic factors, systemic associations, ocular and auditory abnormalities of vitiligo. Methods: The study group included 150 new cases of various types of vitiligo. One hundred age- and sex-matched nonvitiligo cases were included as controls in the study. A complete family history was taken for all patients. Examination was carried out taking note of the type of vitiligo and approximate percentage of body surface involved. All relevant laboratory investigations, a thorough audiological examination including pure tone audiometry and a complete ophthalmologic examination were carried out in all patients and controls. Statistical analysis was done using the Chi square test. Results: Fifty-four vitiligo patients (36% had a family history of vitiligo. Anemia was present in 30 (20% vitiligo patients but only in five (5% controls, a difference that was statistically significant (c2 = 15.8, P < 0.001. Diabetes mellitus was present in 24 (16% vitiligo patients and only 2 (2% of controls (Chi square, c2 = 12.4, P < 0.001. Hypothyroidism and alopecia areata were present in 18 (12% and 11 (7.4% vitiligo patients respectively and none of the controls. Hypoacusis was seen in 30 (20% vitiligo patients and two (2% controls (c2 = 8.19, P < 0.005. Twenty-four vitiligo patients (16% and five controls (5% had specific ocular abnormalities like uveitis, iris and retinal pigmentary abnormalities (c2 = 7.39, P < 0.001. Conclusion: This study demonstrates statistically significant clinical evidence confirming that vitiligo is a part of systemic autoimmune process.

  1. Therapeutic role of Vitamin B12 in patients of chronic tinnitus: A pilot study

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    Charu Singh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available True tinnitus is a phantom auditory perception arising from a source or trigger in the cochlea, brainstem, or at higher centers and has no detectable acoustic generator. The most accepted is the famous neurophysiologic model of Jastreboff, which stresses that tinnitus, is a subcortical perception and results from the processing of weak neural activity in the periphery. The aim of this study is to determine the role of Vitamin B12 in treatment of chronic tinnitus. In this randomized, double-blind pilot study, total 40 patients were enrolled, of which 20 in Group A (cases received intramuscular therapy of 1 ml Vitamin B12 (2500 mcg weekly for a period of 6 weeks and Group B (20 patients received placebo isotonic saline 01 ml intramuscular. The patients were subjected to Vitamin B12 assay and audiometry pre- and post-therapy. Of the total patients of tinnitus, 17 were Vitamin B12 deficient that is 42.5% showed deficiency when the normal levels were considered to be 250 pg/ml. A paired t-test showed that in Group A, patients with Vitamin B12 deficiency showed significant improvement in mean tinnitus severity index score and visual analog scale (VAS after Vitamin B12 therapy. This pilot study highlights the significant prevalence of Vitamin B12 deficiency in North Indian population and improvement in tinnitus severity scores and VAS in cobalamin-deficient patients receiving intramuscular Vitamin B12 weekly for 6 weeks further provides a link between cobalamin deficiency and tinnitus thereby suggestive of a therapeutic role of B12 in cobalamin-deficient patients of tinnitus.

  2. Discontinuity of the incudo-stapedial joint within a fully aerated middle ear and mastoid on computed tomography: A clinico-radiological study of its aetiology and clinical consequence

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    Aim: To investigate the aetiology and clinical consequences of incudo-stapedial (IS) discontinuity when it is demonstrated on computed tomography (CT) within a fully aerated middle ear and mastoid. Methods and materials: Patients with CT evidence of IS discontinuity within a fully aerated middle ear and mastoid were prospectively identified. Clinical history, otoscopic findings, audiometry, and CT data were evaluated. Predefined criteria were used to determine the likely aetiology of IS discontinuity, whether it was diagnosed prior to the CT study, and the clinical consequences in terms of degree of conductive hearing loss and requirement for surgical correction. The range of CT appearances was evaluated. Results: The IS discontinuity in 34/36 ears was felt to be due to incus erosion secondary to chronic otitis, on the basis of clinical history and otoscopic findings. The IS discontinuity was rarely evident prior to CT with long-process deficiency being identified in only 5/36 cases. The mean air bone gap was only 22.5 dB. The ossicular defect was surgically addressed in only four cases. The incus deficiency was confined to the lower-third on CT in 19/36 cases. Conclusion: When IS discontinuity is demonstrated within a fully aerated middle ear and mastoid, the most likely aetiology is of acquired incus erosion due to chronic otitis media. The IS discontinuity on CT is usually not evident otoscopically. It usually results in only mild conductive hearing loss and the ossicular discontinuity was rarely surgically addressed in the present series.

  3. Prevalence of high frequency hearing loss consistent with noise exposure among people working with sound systems and general population in Brazil: A cross-sectional study

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    Trevisani Virgínia FM

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Music is ever present in our daily lives, establishing a link between humans and the arts through the senses and pleasure. Sound technicians are the link between musicians and audiences or consumers. Recently, general concern has arisen regarding occurrences of hearing loss induced by noise from excessively amplified sound-producing activities within leisure and professional environments. Sound technicians' activities expose them to the risk of hearing loss, and consequently put at risk their quality of life, the quality of the musical product and consumers' hearing. The aim of this study was to measure the prevalence of high frequency hearing loss consistent with noise exposure among sound technicians in Brazil and compare this with a control group without occupational noise exposure. Methods This was a cross-sectional study comparing 177 participants in two groups: 82 sound technicians and 95 controls (non-sound technicians. A questionnaire on music listening habits and associated complaints was applied, and data were gathered regarding the professionals' numbers of working hours per day and both groups' hearing complaint and presence of tinnitus. The participants' ear canals were visually inspected using an otoscope. Hearing assessments were performed (tonal and speech audiometry using a portable digital AD 229 E audiometer funded by FAPESP. Results There was no statistically significant difference between the sound technicians and controls regarding age and gender. Thus, the study sample was homogenous and would be unlikely to lead to bias in the results. A statistically significant difference in hearing loss was observed between the groups: 50% among the sound technicians and 10.5% among the controls. The difference could be addressed to high sound levels. Conclusion The sound technicians presented a higher prevalence of high frequency hearing loss consistent with noise exposure than did the general population, although

  4. Early postoperative complications in children with secretory otitis media after tympanostomy tube insertion in the Military Medical Academy during 2000-2009

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    Erdoglija Milan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Secretory otitis media (SOM is a chronic, nonpurulent inflammation of the middle ear, characterized by a long-term presence of liquids of different density in the middle ear for at least three consecutive months, different degrees of hearing loss and the absence of perforation of the eardrum. The aim of this study was to estimate the early postoperative complications after insertion of tympanostomy tube (TT in children with secretory otitis media (SOM in an 18-month period after TT insertion. Methods. This retrospective study included children with SOM (n = 478, aged from 2.5 to 16 years, operated from 2000 to 2009. During these ten years 365 children had TT in both ears, 131 children had TT in one ear and 55 children were operated two or more times. Totally 843 ears were operated on. Date were obtained by regular fallow up in Out-patient clinic concerning symptoms reported by children and parents, otomicroscopy findings and hearing measurements (audiometry and tympanometry. Results. Transient otorrhea was the most common early postoperative complication (16.5%, then obstruction (9.5%, premature extrusion of TT (3.9%, chronic otorrhea (3.1%, granulation tissue (1.1% and medial displacement (0.5%. According to our experience gold and silicone TT were shown less successful than others. The incidence of premature extrusion of TT was significantly higher with gold TT, comparing to others (6/33, 18%; p < 0.001. We also found significantly more frequent medial displacement with silicone TT than with other ones (2/4, 50%; p < 0.001. Conclusion. There are many early postoperative complications of TT insertion, but they depend on the meticulous surgery techniques, regular postoperative examinations and the type of TT. The type of TT should be determined according to own experience.

  5. Psychometric properties of the Persian version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI-P

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    Mir Mohammad Jalali

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Tinnitus can have a significant effect on an individual’s quality of life, and is very difficult quantify. One of the most popular questionnaires used in this area is the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI. The aim of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of a Persian translation of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI-P.   Materials and Methods: This prospective clinical study was performed in the Otolaryngology Department of Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. A total of 102 patients aged 23–80 years with tinnitus completed the (THI-P. The patients were instructed to complete the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI. Audiometry was performed. Eight-five patients were asked to complete the THI-P for a second time 7–10 days after the initial interview. We assessed test–retest reliability and internal reliability of the THI-P. Validity was assessed by analyzing the THI-P of patients according to their age, tinnitus duration and psychological distress (BDI and STAI. A factor analysis was computed to verify if three subscales (functional, emotional, and catastrophic represented three distinct variables.   Results: Test–retest correlation coefficient scores were highly significant. The THI-P and its subscales showed good internal consistency reliability (α = 0.80 to 0.96. High-to-moderate correlations were observed between THI-P and psychological distress and tinnitus symptom ratings. A confirmatory factor analysis failed to validate the three subscales of THI, and high inter-correlations found between the subscales question whether they represent three distinct factors. Conclusion:  The results suggest that the THI-P is a reliable and valid tool which can be used in a clinical setting to quantify the impact of tinnitus on the quality of life of Iranian patients.

  6. Self-reported hearing performance in workers exposed to solvents

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    Adrian Fuente

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To compare hearing performance relating to the peripheral and central auditory system between solvent-exposed and non-exposed workers. METHODS: Forty-eight workers exposed to a mixture of solvents and 48 non-exposed control subjects of matched age, gender and educational level were selected to participate in the study. The evaluation procedures included: pure-tone audiometry (500 - 8,000 Hz, to investigate the peripheral auditory system; the Random Gap Detection test, to assess the central auditory system; and the Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap, to investigate subjects' self-reported hearing performance in daily-life activities. A Student t test and analyses of covariance (ANCOVA were computed to determine possible significant differences between solvent-exposed and non-exposed subjects for the hearing level, Random Gap Detection test and Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap. Pearson correlations among the three measures were also calculated. RESULTS: Solvent-exposed subjects exhibited significantly poorer hearing thresholds for the right ear than non-exposed subjects. Also, solvent-exposed subjects exhibited poorer results for the Random Gap Detection test and self-reported poorer listening performance than non-exposed subjects. Results of the Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap were significantly correlated with the binaural average of subject pure-tone thresholds and Random Gap Detection test performance. CONCLUSIONS: Solvent exposure is associated with poorer hearing performance in daily life activities that relate to the function of the peripheral and central auditory system.

  7. Tinnitus and other auditory problems - occupational noise exposure below risk limits may cause inner ear dysfunction.

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    Lindblad, Ann-Cathrine; Rosenhall, Ulf; Olofsson, Åke; Hagerman, Björn

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the investigation was to study if dysfunctions associated to the cochlea or its regulatory system can be found, and possibly explain hearing problems in subjects with normal or near-normal audiograms. The design was a prospective study of subjects recruited from the general population. The included subjects were persons with auditory problems who had normal, or near-normal, pure tone hearing thresholds, who could be included in one of three subgroups: teachers, Education; people working with music, Music; and people with moderate or negligible noise exposure, Other. A fourth group included people with poorer pure tone hearing thresholds and a history of severe occupational noise, Industry. Ntotal = 193. The following hearing tests were used: - pure tone audiometry with Békésy technique, - transient evoked otoacoustic emissions and distortion product otoacoustic emissions, without and with contralateral noise; - psychoacoustical modulation transfer function, - forward masking, - speech recognition in noise, - tinnitus matching. A questionnaire about occupations, noise exposure, stress/anxiety, muscular problems, medication, and heredity, was addressed to the participants. Forward masking results were significantly worse for Education and Industry than for the other groups, possibly associated to the inner hair cell area. Forward masking results were significantly correlated to louder matched tinnitus. For many subjects speech recognition in noise, left ear, did not increase in a normal way when the listening level was increased. Subjects hypersensitive to loud sound had significantly better speech recognition in noise at the lower test level than subjects not hypersensitive. Self-reported stress/anxiety was similar for all groups. In conclusion, hearing dysfunctions were found in subjects with tinnitus and other auditory problems, combined with normal or near-normal pure tone thresholds. The teachers, mostly regarded as a group exposed to noise

  8. Hearing loss and tinnitus in rock musicians: A Norwegian survey

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    Carl Christian Lein Størmer

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Our focus in this study was to assess hearing thresholds and the prevalence and characteristics of tinnitus in a large group of rock musicians based in Norway. A further objective was to assess related factors such as exposure, instrument category, and the preventive effect of hearing protection. The study was a cross-sectional survey of rock musicians selected at random from a defined cohort of musicians. A random control group was included for comparison. We recruited 111 active musicians from the Oslo region, and a control group of 40 nonmusicians from the student population at the University of TromsØ. The subjects were investigated using clinical examination, pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, and a questionnaire. We observed a hearing loss in 37.8% of the rock musicians. Significantly poorer hearing thresholds were seen at most pure-tone frequencies in musicians than controls, with the most pronounced threshold shift at 6 kHz. The use of hearing protection, in particular custom-fitted earplugs, has a preventive effect but a minority of rock musicians apply them consistently. The degree of musical performance exposure was inversely related to the degree of hearing loss in our sample. Bass and guitar players had higher hearing thresholds than vocalists. We observed a 20% prevalence of chronic tinnitus but none of the affected musicians had severe tinnitus symptomatology. There was no statistical association between permanent tinnitus and hearing loss in our sample. We observed an increased prevalence of hearing loss and tinnitus in our sample of Norwegian rock musicians but the causal relationship between musical exposure and hearing loss or tinnitus is ambiguous. We recommend the use of hearing protection in rock musicians.

  9. A prospective study on radiation-induced changes in hearing function

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    Purpose: To quantitate changes in hearing function after radiotherapy for head-and-neck tumors. Methods and Materials: At the Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, 32 patients were irradiated for head-and-neck tumors. Three-dimensional treatment planning was applied. Total tumor doses were 30.0-77.6 Gy, local doses to the inner ear (n = 64) ranged from 1.7 to 64.3 Gy. Audiometry was performed before the onset of radiotherapy (RT), at a tumor dose of 40 Gy or at the end of palliative treatment, at the end of curative RT, and 2-6 months post-RT. Assays applied were frequency-specific threshold measurements for air and bone conduction, measurements according to Weber and Rinne, tympanometry and assessment of the stapedius reflex. Results: Age and prior disease significantly decreased, whereas previous or concurrent alcohol consumption significantly increased hearing ability. A significant reduction in hearing ability during RT was found for high frequencies (at 40 Gy) and low frequencies (at end of RT), which persisted after RT. No differences were observed for air or bone conduction. None of the other assays displayed time- or dose-dependent changes. Dose-effect analyses revealed an ED50 (dose at which a 50% incidence is expected) for significant changes in hearing thresholds (15 dB) in the range of 20-25 Gy, with large confidence limits. Conclusions: Radiation effects on hearing ability were confined to threshold audiogram values, which started during the treatment without reversibility during 6 months postradiotherapy

  10. Therapeutic role of Vitamin B12 in patients of chronic tinnitus: A pilot study.

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    Singh, Charu; Kawatra, Rahul; Gupta, Jaya; Awasthi, Vishnu; Dungana, Homnath

    2016-01-01

    True tinnitus is a phantom auditory perception arising from a source or trigger in the cochlea, brainstem, or at higher centers and has no detectable acoustic generator. The most accepted is the famous neurophysiologic model of Jastreboff, which stresses that tinnitus, is a subcortical perception and results from the processing of weak neural activity in the periphery. The aim of this study is to determine the role of Vitamin B12 in treatment of chronic tinnitus. In this randomized, double-blind pilot study, total 40 patients were enrolled, of which 20 in Group A (cases) received intramuscular therapy of 1 ml Vitamin B12 (2500 mcg) weekly for a period of 6 weeks and Group B (20) patients received placebo isotonic saline 01 ml intramuscular. The patients were subjected to Vitamin B12 assay and audiometry pre- and post-therapy. Of the total patients of tinnitus, 17 were Vitamin B12 deficient that is 42.5% showed deficiency when the normal levels were considered to be 250 pg/ml. A paired t-test showed that in Group A, patients with Vitamin B12 deficiency showed significant improvement in mean tinnitus severity index score and visual analog scale (VAS) after Vitamin B12 therapy. This pilot study highlights the significant prevalence of Vitamin B12 deficiency in North Indian population and improvement in tinnitus severity scores and VAS in cobalamin-deficient patients receiving intramuscular Vitamin B12 weekly for 6 weeks further provides a link between cobalamin deficiency and tinnitus thereby suggestive of a therapeutic role of B12 in cobalamin-deficient patients of tinnitus. PMID:26960786

  11. Prevalence of long QT syndrome and other cardiac defects in deaf-mute children

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    Background: Long QT syndrome is considered a fatal disease because of its association with ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Objectives of study were to determine the prevalence of long QT syndrome and other heart diseases, in deaf-mute children. Methods: A Cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted at Cholistan special education centre and Cardiology department, Sheikh Zayed hospital Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan in September 2006. A total of 104 congenitally deaf-mute children were assessed. Height, weight and blood pressure measured, 12-lead electrocardiogram done and QTc calculated using Bazette's formula. Children with prolonged QTc underwent 24-hour ambulatory ECG recording. All were auscultated following complete protocol. A child with murmur was further evaluated with colour Doppler echocardiography. Audiometry was performed on all the children and the result interpreted according to WHO recommendations. Diagnosis of LQTS was based on Revised Schwartz criteria. Results: Out of 104 children, 62 were male with mean age 11.89 yrs. The average systolic and diastolic BP was 97/67 mmHg. Average height was 126 Cm. All children had moderate to severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (40-80 dB). One child had associated Patent Ductus Arteriosis. Fifteen had an innocent murmur. Prevalence of congenital heart disease was found to be 0.1/1000. Four children had QT interval more than 440 mSec, (range 0.46-0.47 mSec.). Both genders were equally affected. Three children had high probability of LQTS and one had intermediate probability. Screening of family of these 4 patients showed prolonged QT interval in the sibling of one patient. Conclusion: Our study highlights the significant prevalence of Jervell Lange-Nielsen Syndrome in Pakistani deaf-mute children, which may be associated to the high level of consanguinity in this region. Awareness of this syndrome among health care providers is needed as timely diagnosis and subsequent treatment may prevent

  12. Assessment of potential effects of the electromagnetic fields of mobile phones on hearing

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    Gradauskiene Egle

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mobile phones have become indispensable as communication tools; however, to date there is only a limited knowledge about interaction between electromagnetic fields (EMF emitted by mobile phones and auditory function. The aim of the study was to assess potential changes in hearing function as a consequence of exposure to low-intensity EMF's produced by mobile phones at frequencies of 900 and 1800 MHz. Methods The within-subject study was performed on thirty volunteers (age 18–30 years with normal hearing to assess possible acute effect of EMF. Participants attended two sessions: genuine and sham exposure of EMF. Hearing threshold levels (HTL on pure tone audiometry (PTA and transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE's were recorded before and immediately after 10 min of genuine and/or sham exposure of mobile phone EMF. The administration of genuine or sham exposure was double blind and counterbalanced in order. Results Statistical analysis revealed no significant differences in the mean HTLs of PTA and mean shifts of TEOAE's before and after genuine and/or sham mobile phone EMF 10 min exposure. The data collected showed that average TEOAE levels (averaged across a frequency range changed less than 2.5 dB between pre- and post-, genuine and sham exposure. The greatest individual change was 10 dB, with a decrease in level from pre- to post- real exposure. Conclusion It could be concluded that a 10-min close exposure of EMFs emitted from a mobile phone had no immediate after-effect on measurements of HTL of PTA and TEOAEs in young human subjects and no measurable hearing deterioration was detected in our study.

  13. DPOAE level mapping for detecting noise-induced cochlear damage from short-duration music exposures

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    Jay C Buckey

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE level mapping provides a comprehensive picture of cochlear responses over a range of DP frequencies and f2 /f1 ratios. We hypothesized that individuals exposed to high-level sound would show changes detectable by DPOAE mapping, but not apparent on a standard DP-gram. Thirteen normal hearing subjects were studied before and after attending music concerts. Pure-tone audiometry (500-8,000 Hz, DP-grams (0.3-10 kHz at 1.22 ratio, and DPOAE level maps were collected prior to, as soon as possible after, and the day after the concerts. All maps covered the range of 2,000-6,000 Hz in DP frequency and from 1.3 to -1.3 in ratio using equi-level primary tone stimuli. Changes in the pure-tone audiogram were significant (P ≤ 0.01 immediately after the concert at 1,000 Hz, 4,000 Hz, and 6,000 Hz. The DP-gram showed significant differences only at f2 = 4,066 (P = 0.01 and f2 = 4,348 (P = 0.04. The postconcert changes were readily apparent both visually and statistically (P ≤ 0.01 on the mean DP level maps, and remained statistically significantly different from baseline the day after noise exposure although no significant changes from baseline were seen on the DP-gram or audiogram the day after exposure. Although both the DP-gram and audiogram showed recovery by the next day, the average DPOAE level maps remained significantly different from baseline. The mapping data showed changes in the cochlea that were not detected from the DP-gram obtained at a single ratio. DPOAE level mapping provides comprehensive information on subtle cochlear responses, which may offer advantages for studying and tracking noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL.

  14. DPOAE level mapping for detecting noise-induced cochlear damage from short-duration music exposures.

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    Buckey, Jay C; Fellows, Abigail M; Clavier, Odile H; Allen, Lindsay V; Brooks, Chris A; Norris, Jesse A; Gui, Jiang; Meinke, Deanna K

    2015-01-01

    Distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) level mapping provides a comprehensive picture of cochlear responses over a range of DP frequencies and f₂/f₁ratios. We hypothesized that individuals exposed to high-level sound would show changes detectable by DPOAE mapping, but not apparent on a standard DP-gram. Thirteen normal hearing subjects were studied before and after attending music concerts. Pure-tone audiometry (500-8,000 Hz), DP-grams (0.3-10 kHz) at 1.22 ratio, and DPOAE level maps were collected prior to, as soon as possible after, and the day after the concerts. All maps covered the range of 2,000-6,000 Hz in DP frequency and from 1.3 to -1.3 in ratio using equi-level primary tone stimuli. Changes in the pure-tone audiogram were significant (P ≤ 0.01) immediately after the concert at 1,000 Hz, 4,000 Hz, and 6,000 Hz. The DP-gram showed significant differences only at f₂= 4,066 (P = 0.01) and f₂= 4,348 (P = 0.04). The postconcert changes were readily apparent both visually and statistically (P ≤ 0.01) on the mean DP level maps, and remained statistically significantly different from baseline the day after noise exposure although no significant changes from baseline were seen on the DP-gram or audiogram the day after exposure. Although both the DP-gram and audiogram showed recovery by the next day, the average DPOAE level maps remained significantly different from baseline. The mapping data showed changes in the cochlea that were not detected from the DP-gram obtained at a single ratio. DPOAE level mapping provides comprehensive information on subtle cochlear responses, which may offer advantages for studying and tracking noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). PMID:26356368

  15. Hearing loss and tinnitus in rock musicians: A Norwegian survey.

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    Størmer, Carl Christian Lein; Laukli, Einar; Høydal, Erik Harry; Stenklev, Niels Christian

    2015-01-01

    Our focus in this study was to assess hearing thresholds and the prevalence and characteristics of tinnitus in a large group of rock musicians based in Norway. A further objective was to assess related factors such as exposure, instrument category, and the preventive effect of hearing protection. The study was a cross-sectional survey of rock musicians selected at random from a defined cohort of musicians. A random control group was included for comparison. We recruited 111 active musicians from the Oslo region, and a control group of 40 nonmusicians from the student population at the University of TromsØ. The subjects were investigated using clinical examination, pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, and a questionnaire. We observed a hearing loss in 37.8% of the rock musicians. Significantly poorer hearing thresholds were seen at most pure-tone frequencies in musicians than controls, with the most pronounced threshold shift at 6 kHz. The use of hearing protection, in particular custom-fitted earplugs, has a preventive effect but a minority of rock musicians apply them consistently. The degree of musical performance exposure was inversely related to the degree of hearing loss in our sample. Bass and guitar players had higher hearing thresholds than vocalists. We observed a 20% prevalence of chronic tinnitus but none of the affected musicians had severe tinnitus symptomatology. There was no statistical association between permanent tinnitus and hearing loss in our sample. We observed an increased prevalence of hearing loss and tinnitus in our sample of Norwegian rock musicians but the causal relationship between musical exposure and hearing loss or tinnitus is ambiguous. We recommend the use of hearing protection in rock musicians. PMID:26572701

  16. AUDIOLOGICAL PROFILE IN DIABETES MELLITUS IN CORRELATION WITH INFLAMMATORY MARKERS

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    Shanmugam

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To correlate the audio-logical profile in diabetes mellitus with inflammatory markers (TNFα, IL-6, CRP, and FREE RAICALS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A two year prospective study of Audio-logical profile and its correlation with inflammatory markers was done in 35 diabetic patients attending Diabetic OPD and ENT OPD at RMMCH between 2012- 2014.Patients with diabetes mellitus on oral hypoglycaemic agents or insulin therapy was subjected to Pure Tone Audiometry using Arphi Audiometer-Model 700MK4 and Inflammatory marker study. STATISTICS AND ANALYSIS: P-value was found out by ANOVA method to find out the significance of auditory thresholds between various categories of parameters. RESULTS: Patients with Diabetes Mellitus were more commonly affected by Sensori-neural Hearing loss in the age group between 41- 49 years accounting for 77.14%. Females were more affected in our study in the ratio3.3:1. Hearing loss was bilaterally symmetrical and of sensori-neural type affecting mainly the higher frequencies. In 77.1% of our patients the duration of diabetes mellitus was less than 5years, however there was no correlation between the duration of diabetes mellitus and hearing loss. Control in the severity of diabetes mellitus lead to improvement in hearing thresholds, which was statistically significant at higher frequencies. CONCLUSION: There was a positive correlation between increased level of inflammatory markers-TNF α, IL-6, CRP, free radicals and hearing loss in diabetes mellitus. However the inclusion of elevated markers as a prognostic index to assess the degree of deafness and its relation to microangiopathy needs further studies and its role in prevention of deafness in diabetes mellitus needs further evaluation.

  17. Cochlear function in patients with chronic kidney disease

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    Samantha Marlanie Govender

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate cochlear functioning in patients (18 - 45 years old with varying stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD. Using purposive sampling, 50 participants, 10 in each of the 5 stages of CKD, were selected and underwent pure tone audiometric testing and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs.Results: Significant differences (p<0.05 were found between pure tone audiometry and DPOAEs in detecting early cochlear dysfunction in the high-frequency range in stages 3 (6 000/5 000 Hz; p=0.00, 4 (6 000/5 000 Hz; p<0.03 and 5 (4 000/3 333 Hz; p<0.01, 8 000/6 667 Hz:p<0.05 with DPOAEs being more sensitive in identifying early cochlear dysfunction. Patients in stages 1 and 2 presented with normal puretone thresholds and DPOAEs, suggesting that cochlear functioning in these patients was normal. Early cochlear dysfunction, thereby indicating a subclinical hearing loss, was identified in stages 3, 4 and 5 by DPOAE testing. In addition, blood test results, drug intake and concomitant conditions were recorded and analysed which suggested a relationship between reduced cochlear functioning and increased electrolyte levels, treatment regimens and concomitant conditions.Conclusion: Participants in the later stages of CKD presented with early cochlear dysfunction, presenting with subclinical hearing loss. It was postulated that this subclinical hearing loss resulted from a combination of electrolytic, urea and creatinine imbalances, together with concomitant medical conditions and ototoxic drug intake. It was concluded that audiological monitoring be included in the management of patients with CKD and that DPOAEs be introduced as part of the test battery to monitor cochlear function in patients with varying degrees of CKD.

  18. Occupational hearing loss of market mill workers in the city of Accra, Ghana

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    Emmanuel D Kitcher

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL is an irreversible sensorineural hearing loss associated with exposure to high levels of excessive noise. Prevention measures are not well established in developing countries. This comparative cross sectional study aims to determine the prevalence of hearing loss in both a group of high risk workers and a control group and to assess their knowledge of the effects of noise on hearing health. A total of 101 market mill workers and 103 controls employed within markets in the city of Accra, Ghana, were evaluated using a structured questionnaire and pure tone audiometry. The questionnaire assessed factors including self-reported hearing loss, tinnitus, knowledge on the effects of noise on hearing health and the use of hearing protective devices. Pure tone audiometric testing was conducted for both mill workers and controls. Noise levels at the work premises of the mill workers and controls were measured. Symptoms of hearing loss were reported by 24 (23.76% and 8 (7.7% mill workers and controls respectively. Fifty-five (54.5% and fifty-four (52.37% mill workers and controls exhibited knowledge of the effects of noise on hearing health. Five (5.0% mill workers used hearing protective devices. There was significant sensorineural hearing loss and the presence of a 4 kHz audiometric notch among mill workers when compared with controls for the mean thresholds of 2 kHz, 3 kHz and 4 kHz (P = 0. 001. The prevalence of hearing loss in the better hearing ears of the mill workers and controls was 24.8% and 4.8% respectively (P < 0.5. The prevalence of hearing loss, which may be characteristic of NIHL in the better hearing ears of the mill workers and controls was 24.8% and 4.8% respectively. The majority of mill workers did not use hearing protection.

  19. 200例主观性耳鸣患者听力损失临床分析%Study of hearing loss in 200 patients with subjective tinnitus

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    唐建辉; 吉彬; 刘立中

    2011-01-01

    目的:对耳鸣患者的听力损失进行分析,为进一步探讨耳鸣的发病原因、检查方法提供临床依据.方法:对以主观性耳鸣为主诉的200例患者进行耳科专科检查、声导抗检测、常频纯音听阈测听和高频扩展听阈测听检查.结果:200例耳鸣患者中,单侧耳鸣123例(61.5%),双侧耳鸣77例(38.5%);46例(23.0%)听力正常.单侧耳鸣中,患侧与对侧听阈比较0.125~8 kHz差异有统计学意义(P0.05).常频听力正常组与听力异常组比较各频率阈值差异均具有统计学意义(均P 10 kHz), the difference between two groups was not statistically significant (P > 0.05). There was significant difference in hearing threshold between tinnitus patients with normal and abnormal hearing in normal frequency(P<0. 05) ,meantime the detection rate in abnormal hearing group was lower than the normal group. Conclusion:Tinnitus can occur in people with normal hearing. Early in tinnitus,further study need be undertaken on whether the audiometry extended high frequency can offer the early evidence of hearing loss for tin-nitus patients or not.

  20. Otosclerose infantil: relato de caso e revisão da literatura Pediatric otosclerosis: case report and literature review

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    Raquel Salomone

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    Full Text Available A otospongiose é uma osteodistrofia do osso temporal caracterizada pela reabsorção e neoformação óssea desordenada. Clinicamente, caracteriza-se por disacusia condutiva, neurossensorial, e/ou mista, progressiva e zumbidos. O início dos sintomas ocorre entre 30 e 40 anos de idade sendo rara sua manifestação na infância. Descrevemos o caso de um paciente de 11 anos de idade, com quadro de hipoacusia unilateral progressiva há 5 anos. O exame otorrinolaringológico revelou mancha rubra de Schwartze em orelha esquerda. A audiometria, imitanciometria e a tomografia computadorizada demonstraram características sugestivas de otospongiose. Realizamos uma revisão dos aspectos clínicos, diagnósticos e da conduta terapêutica da otospongiose na infância.Otospongiosis is an osteodystrophy of the temporal bone, characterized by disordered neoformation and deposition of bone, characterized by the presence of a progressive conductive, sensorineural or mixed hearing loss and tinnitus. Typically, otospongiosis presents as a slowly progressive conductive hearing loss in the third to fourth decade of life. Uncommonly children and adolescents may also have conductive or sensorineural hearing loss caused by otosclerosis. We describe a case of an 11-year-old patient, with progressive unilateral conductive hearing loss for 5 years. The otoscopic examination revealed a positive Schwartz's sign in the left ear. Audiometry, impedanciometry and CT scan showed characteristics that suggested otospongiosis. We reviewed clinical aspects, diagnosis and the therapeutic approach for otospongiosis in children.

  1. ROLE OF LYCOPENE IN PRESBYCUSIS

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    Manpreet Singh

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Lycopene a red carotenoid found mainly in tomatoes and few other fruits and vegetables, is said to have strong antioxidant properties. This study aims to evaluate the effect of lycopene supplements in patients with age related hearing loss (Presbycusis and any symptoms related to it like tinnitus. MATERIALS AND METHODS Two hundred patients with bilateral symmetrical progressive age related sensorineural hearing loss (Presbycusis were taken up in the study; 100 patients in study group were given capsule supplement containing lycopene and multivitamins once a day after meals for 12 months. Remaining 100 patients in control group were given capsule supplement containing only multivitamins without lycopene once a day after meals for 12 months. Patients were evaluated using Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA at first visit, after 6 months and after 12 months for degree of hearing loss, tinnitus and any side effects of capsules in both study and control groups. RESULTS The results showed that presbycusis mainly effects higher speech frequencies (2000 hertz and above. The results showed that there was slower progression of degree of sensorineural hearing loss in study group using lycopene containing supplement as compared to control group without lycopene. There was a marginal improvement in incidence of tinnitus in the study group. There were minimal drug related side effects like nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea with no difference in both groups with or without lycopene. CONCLUSION So it can be concluded that Lycopene supplements can be considered as a safe treatment to slower the progress of disease in patients with age related hearing loss.

  2. DPOAE level mapping for detecting noise-induced cochlear damage from short-duration music exposures

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    Buckey, Jay C.; Fellows, Abigail M.; Clavier, Odile H.; Allen, Lindsay V.; Brooks, Chris A.; Norris, Jesse A.; Gui, Jiang; Meinke, Deanna K.

    2015-01-01

    Distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) level mapping provides a comprehensive picture of cochlear responses over a range of DP frequencies and f2/f1 ratios. We hypothesized that individuals exposed to high-level sound would show changes detectable by DPOAE mapping, but not apparent on a standard DP-gram. Thirteen normal hearing subjects were studied before and after attending music concerts. Pure-tone audiometry (500-8,000 Hz), DP-grams (0.3-10 kHz) at 1.22 ratio, and DPOAE level maps were collected prior to, as soon as possible after, and the day after the concerts. All maps covered the range of 2,000-6,000 Hz in DP frequency and from 1.3 to -1.3 in ratio using equi-level primary tone stimuli. Changes in the pure-tone audiogram were significant (P ≤ 0.01) immediately after the concert at 1,000 Hz, 4,000 Hz, and 6,000 Hz. The DP-gram showed significant differences only at f2 = 4,066 (P = 0.01) and f2 = 4,348 (P = 0.04). The postconcert changes were readily apparent both visually and statistically (P ≤ 0.01) on the mean DP level maps, and remained statistically significantly different from baseline the day after noise exposure although no significant changes from baseline were seen on the DP-gram or audiogram the day after exposure. Although both the DP-gram and audiogram showed recovery by the next day, the average DPOAE level maps remained significantly different from baseline. The mapping data showed changes in the cochlea that were not detected from the DP-gram obtained at a single ratio. DPOAE level mapping provides comprehensive information on subtle cochlear responses, which may offer advantages for studying and tracking noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). PMID:26356368

  3. Methylmercury exposure and neurological outcomes in Taiji residents accustomed to consuming whale meat.

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    Nakamura, Masaaki; Hachiya, Noriyuki; Murata, Ken-ya; Nakanishi, Ichiro; Kondo, Tomoyoshi; Yasutake, Akira; Miyamoto, Ken-ichiro; Ser, Ping Han; Omi, Sanae; Furusawa, Hana; Watanabe, Chiho; Usuki, Fusako; Sakamoto, Mineshi

    2014-07-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is a major environmental neurotoxicant that causes damage to the central nervous system. In Japan, industrial emission of MeHg has resulted in MeHg intoxication in Minamata and Niigata, the so-called Minamata disease. Humans are exposed to MeHg derived from natural sources, primarily fish and fish predators. Therefore, MeHg continues to be an environmental risk to human health, particularly in susceptible populations that frequently consume substantial amounts of fish or fish predators such as whale. This study aimed to investigate the health effects of MeHg exposure in adults. The subjects were 194 residents (117 males, 77 females; age 20-85 years) who resided in the coastal town of Taiji, the birthplace of traditional whaling in Japan. We analyzed hair for mercury content and performed detailed neurological examinations and dietary surveys. Audiometry, magnetic resonance imaging, and electromyography were performed to diagnose neurological defects. Whole blood mercury and selenium (Se) levels were measured in 23 subjects. The geometric mean of the hair mercury levels was 14.9 μg/g. Twelve subjects revealed hair mercury levels >50 μg/g (NOAEL) set by WHO. Hair mercury levels significantly correlated with daily whale meat intake. These results suggested that residents in Taiji were highly exposed to MeHg by ingesting MeHg-contaminated whale meat. Multivariate regression analysis demonstrated no significant correlations between hair mercury levels and neurological outcomes, whereas some of the findings significantly correlated with age. A significantly positive correlation between whole blood mercury and Se levels was observed and the whole blood mercury/Se molar ratios of all subjects were effects of MeHg exposure in this study. PMID:24685489

  4. Forensic Identification of Pseudohypacusis%法医学中伪聋鉴定的常用方法

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    朱卫元; 刘凡; 仇海华

    2012-01-01

    Some patients deliberately disguise as deaf after the first ear trauma or head trauma because of compensation for the losses. However,they are disease-free or only have minor damage to their auditory system. So, it is important to make an objective appraisal of auditory function in forensic practice. Identification methods include: pure tone audiometry, speech recognition threshold, Stenger test, auditory brainstem response, distortion products otoacoustic emissions, transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions and multiple-freguency steady-state evoked potential. Because each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, several ways should be simultaneously applied to the identification of hearing damage.%伪聋即装聋,在法医学鉴定工作中常会遇到一些伤者在耳外伤或头颅外伤后涉及"刑事责任"或"赔偿损失"等问题,为达到个人目的,故意伪装成耳聋,而客观上其听觉系统正常或仅有轻微损害.因此,听功能损伤的鉴定是此类案件鉴定的关键.常用的听功能鉴定方法包括纯音听阈测试、言语识别阈测试、响度优势测试、听性脑干反应、畸变产物耳声发射、瞬态诱发耳声发射、多频稳态诱发电位等.但每种方法都有优缺点,在鉴定工作中应将几种方法结合应用,综合评价听力损失程度.

  5. Benefit of Analog, Programmable and Digital Hearing Aids

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    Jamileh Fatahi

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: As the hearing aid technology progressively promotes toward replacing analog hearing aids with digital and programmable ones, comparison of the patient satisfaction of those kinds of hearing aids by means of a valuable tool seems so necessary. So, the aim of this study was to compare self-reported benefit of analog, digitally controlled programmable and digital hearing aids for reducing disability caused by hearing impairment in mild to severe sensorineural hearing impaired persons. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 90 persons with mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss dividing into three groups: 43 subjects were fitted with digital, 15 with programmable, 32 with analog hearing aids. After pure tone audiometry, Abbreviated profile of hearing aid benefit (APHAB was completed before and one month after using hearing aids to determine the benefit of them. Results: Global APHAB mean scores for digital, programmable and analog hearing aids were 49.05, 33.19 and 39.53, respectively. Ease of Communication subscale mean scores were 53.46 for digitals, 37.66 for programmables and 39.09 for analogs. Background noise subscale mean scores for digital programmable and analog hearing aids were 46.36, 25.53 and 35.31, respectively. Global and also both subscale mean scores showed significant difference between digital hearing aids and programmable and analog ones. There was no significant difference between reverberation subscale mean scores of three groups. Conclusion: It seems digital hearing aids may be more beneficial to reduce disability caused by hearing loss than analog and programmable hearing aids are.

  6. Epidemiology of occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) in Poland.

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    Sulkowski, Wieslaw J; Szymczak, Wieslaw; Kowalska, Sylwia; Sward-Matyja, Malgorzata

    2004-01-01

    Noise-induced hearing loss is a major health risk worldwide. In Europe about 35 million people are exposed to detrimental noise levels (> 85 dB-A) in industrial plants, and occupational deafness is a leading occupational compensible disease in the all countries; it is an insidious slow process that develops over a period of approximately 10 to 20 years. Accordingly to the latest estimations, more than 650,000 workers (of a total 5 million employed in industry) are put at risk in Poland. Despite progress in engineering approaches for reducing noise in the work environment and in improving hearing conservation programs (both the technical and medical) the ONIHL still remains a common and costly disability. The aim of this study is presentation of the most recent data on the incidence of ONIHL in Poland in the years 1992-2002 considered to be a base for implementing the effective prophylactic activities. The analysed data were derived from the central state register which collects all cases of occupational diseases recognized in the country. The highest incidence was found in such key industrial branches as coal mining, iron and steel, metallurgical and transport equipment; majority of cases were observed in southern and western provinces, mainly in the Silesian district, known from the significant concentration of noisy enterprises. The most affected were those workers aged 50-59 years and exposed to noise for over 20 years. More than 30 new cases of ONIHL were identified in the years 1992-1998 annually per 100,000 employees, and with beginning 1999 the rate was significantly decreased to 10 cases in 2002. One may presume that it results from the set up of national program of hearing preservation introduced in 1999 with obligatory pre-employment and follow-up pure-tone audiometry, as well as with hearing screening by means of the otoacoustic emissions. PMID:15101286

  7. The history of audiology

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    Sente Marko

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction The paper presents historical data on development of audiology as a medical specialty. It gives the chronological overview of the most significant discoveries which have contributed to the progress and constant development of the science of hearing. The insights and discoveries encompass the ancient, medieval and contemporary medical science. The term "audiology" and first associations of audiologists The paper reviews the origin of the term “audiology” and the time of its occurrence. The First World Congress of Audiologists was held in 1948, and the Conference of Audiologists and Phoniatrists of Yugoslavia was established in 1974. Historical overview The ancient scientists and philosophers mentioned in the paper are as follows: Democritus, Hippocrates, Empedocles, Plato, Aristotle, and Galenus. Discoveries of Vesalius, Fallopio, Eustachio, Duverney, Schelhammer, Catugno and Helmholtz marked their epochs and made a great contribution to the development of the entire medical science, including audiology. A significant contribution to audiology was made by Schwartz in 1920 and Fletcher in 1926, constructors of audiometers. Fowler, Weigel and Fletcher promoted an audiogram in 1922. Wever and Bray first introduced the cochlear microphonic potentials. The first modern audiometer with a flat zero line for all pitches was constructed in 1937. In 1947, Békésy constructed the automatic audiometer, and the theory of mobile waves was introduced in 1928. Fletcher and Steinberg promoted speech audiometries in 1929. Mendel and Goldstein described medium latency responses in 1969. The first hearing aids worn within the ear appeared in the same year. William House pioneered the cochlear implantation in adults in 1969, and the program of infant cochlear implants. Jewett described the evoked auditory potentials in 1970. James Jerger classified tympanometric curves into three tympanogram types (A, B, C. Portmann and Arran introduced

  8. Self-reported hearing quality of traffic policemen: A questionnaire-based study

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    Tripathi Somnath

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of traffic policemen towards the health effects caused by noise pollution. Materials and Methods: The present questionnaire-based study was carried out among 86 traffic policemen randomly selected for an awareness workshop for prevention of noise pollution. The questionnaire included questions regarding the self-assessment of the policemen about their hearing ability, past and present exposure to loud sound and the use of personal protective devices such as earplugs and earmuffs. The questionnaire was filled up by the subjects. The data analysis was carried out using Epi Info 3.3.2 and included calculation of percentages and proportions and application of the test of significance. Results: The mean age was 39.2 ± 7.8 years and the mean years of exposure was 2.1 ± 1.8 years. Only 2.3% of the subjects felt that their hearing ability was below average. 11.6% complained of regular tinnitus, while 62.8% had work-related tinnitus and experienced it during working hours only. Only 4.7% used earplugs and that too, very seldom. Reasons for non-usage of earplugs/earmuffs included non-availability (65.1%, discomfort (11.6%, bad fit (2.3%, personal dislike (16.3% and headache caused by its use (4.7%. 67.4% subjects did not use any method to reduce exposure to noise, while remaining used fingers, hands and cotton to avoid noise exposure. Conclusion: The self-assessment of hearing by traffic policemen suggests that most of the traffic policemen have normal hearing. However, a systematic study with audiometry of these subjects is recommended.

  9. The influence of jet engine noise on hearing of technical staff

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    Wiesław Konopka

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Due to high sound pressure levels (SPLs, noise produced by jet planes may be harmful to hearing of people working in their proximity. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of exposure to jet engine noise on technical staff hearing. Material and Methods: The study comprised 60 men, aged 24–50 years, employed in army as technical staff and exposed to jet engine noise for 6–20 years. The control group were 50 non-noise exposed males, aged 25–51 years. Exposure to noise emitted by jet engines was evaluated. Pure-tone audiometry (PTA and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE were recorded in both groups. Results: Jet engines emitted broadband noise with spectrum dominated by components in the frequency range 315–6300 Hz (1/3-octave bands. Maximum A-weighted SPL during tests reached values of approx. 120–130 dB. Consequently, engine-servicing personnel (even in the case of a single engine test was exposed to noise (at A-weighted daily noise exposure level above 95 dB exceeding permissible levels. Averaged audiometric hearing threshold levels of technical staff were higher (≤ 17 dB HL, p < 0.001 than in the control group. Similarly, the DPOAE amplitude was lower (≤ 17 dB SPL, p < 0.01 in the noise-exposed subjects compared to the non-exposed ones. Significant reduction of DPOAE levels was mainly noted for high frequencies (3–6 kHz. Conclusions: Despite the usage of hearing protection devices, both PTA and DPOAE consistently showed poorer hearing in engine-servicing personnel vs. control group. Med Pr 2014;65(5:583–592

  10. A comparison of occupational and nonoccupational noise exposures in Sweden

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    Richard L Neitzel

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate noise exposures and the contributions of occupational and nonoccupational activities among three groups of Swedish workers (office workers, day care workers, and military flight technicians, and to evaluate risk factors for elevated hearing threshold levels. Forty-five subjects were recruited across the three groups. Each subject completed a risk factor questionnaire along with Békésy audiometry at frequencies between 125 and 8000 Hz. Subjects also wore a noise dosimeter continuously for 1 week, and documented their occupational and nonoccupational activities using a time-activity log. Subjects in all groups completed >7400 h of dosimetry, and had weekly exposures between 76 and 81 dBA. Day care workers had the highest daily exposures, and flight technicians had the highest weekly exposures. Most daily and weekly exposures exceeded the 70 dBA exposure limit recommended for prevention of any hearing loss. Subjects′ perceptions of their exposures generally agreed well with measured noise levels. Among office workers, exposures were predominately nonoccupational, while among flight technicians nonoccupational and occupational activities contributed roughly equally, and among day care workers occupational exposures were dominant. Extreme exposures and cumulative noise exposure were associated with an increased risk of hearing threshold levels >10 dB hearing level. Effective hearing loss prevention programs may be needed in occupations not historically considered to be at high risk of noise-induced hearing loss (e.g., day care workers. Prevention efforts need to address nonoccupational exposures as well as occupational exposures, as nonoccupational activities may present the dominant risk of noise-induced hearing loss for some workers.

  11. COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION PREVALENCE IN ELDERLY

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    A. V. Starokha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Current paper describes an experience of cochlear implantation in elderly. Cochlear implantation has become a widely accepted intervention in the treatment of individuals with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. Cochlear implants are now accepted as a standard of care to optimize hearing and subsequent speech development in children and adults with deafness. But cochlear implantation affects not only hearing abilities, speech perception and speech production; it also has an outstanding impact on the social life, activities and self-esteem of each patient. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cochlear implantation efficacy in elderly with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. There were 5 patients under our observation. Surgery was performed according to traditional posterior tympanotomy and cochleostomy for cochlear implant electrode insertion for all observed patients. The study was conducted in two stages: before speech processor’s activation and 3 months later. Pure tone free field audiometry was performed to each patient to assess the efficiency of cochlear implantation in dynamics. The aim of the study was also to evaluate quality of life in elderly with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss after unilateral cochlear implantation. Each patient underwent questioning with 36 Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36. SF-36 is a set of generic, coherent, and easily administered quality-of-life measures. The SF-36 consists of eight scaled scores, which are the weighted sums of the questions in their section. Each scale is directly transformed into a 0-100 scale on the assumption that each question carries equal weight. The eight sections are: physical functioning; physical role functioning; emotional role functioning; vitality; emotional well-being; social role functioning; bodily pain; general health perceptions. Our results demonstrate that cochlear implantation in elderly consistently improved quality of life

  12. Hearing Status Survey in Define MS Patients

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    Davood Rostamian

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: This study was aimed to survey the hearing status of the patients with definite MS. The results of this study may help to confirm the diagnosis and to improve our knowledge of different aspects of this disease and to optimize the treatment and rehabilitative techniques. Material & Methods: This study is performed in audiology clinic of rehabilitation science faculty of Iran medical science university as an assesive-analytic procedure in winter of 2000 in 40 MS patients (Referred from the MS clinic of Shohada Hospital of 20 to 45 years old. All the patients have no history of otologic problems. The results of conventional audiologist tests (PTA, SRT, SDS, imittance audiometry and ABR findings of MS patients were compared to the results of control group. Results: The differences between the means of low, high and mid frequency PTAve in MS patients and control group were statistically significant (P<0.05. There was no significant difference between two groups in the speech test's results, statistically. The results of ART test show statistically significant differences between experimental and control groups. The only differences in ABR results were seen for the absolute latency of the wave V and IPLs (I-V, III-V between two groups. The amplitude ratio of V/I in MS patients 1.5 was within the normal range (0.5 to 2. There was a statistically significant relationship between mean of mid frequency PTAve and prolongation of absolute latency of the wave V. The relationship between ABR and SDS and also between ART and ABR were not statistically significant. Finally, the results of this study suggested that low, high and mid frequency PTAve, ART, absolute latency of the wave V, and IPLs III-V, I-V can be used ascomplementory method to confirm the diagnosis of MS with other conventional methods such as: MRI, CSF analysis, SEP and VEP.

  13. Relationship Between Distortion Product – Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAEs) and High-Frequency Acoustic Immittance Measures

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    De Paula Campos, Ualace; Hatzopoulos, Stavros; Śliwa, Lech K.; Skarżyński, Piotr H.; Jędrzejczak, Wiesław W.; Skarżyński, Henryk; Carvallo, Renata Mota Mamede

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    Background Pathologies that alter the impedance of the middle ear may consequently modify the DPOAE amplitude. The aim of this study was to correlate information from 2 different clinical procedures assessing middle ear status. Data from DPOAE responses (both DP-Gram and DP I/O functions) were correlated with data from multi-component tympanometry at 1000 Hz. Material/Methods The subjects were divided into a double-peak group (DPG) and a single-peak group (SPG) depending on 1000 Hz tympanogram pattern. Exclusion criteria (described in the Methods section) were applied to both groups and finally only 31 ears were assigned to each group. The subjects were also assessed with traditional tympanometry and behavioral audiometry. Results Compared to the single-peak group, in terms of the 226 Hz tympanometry data, subjects in the DPG group presented: (i) higher values of ear canal volume; (ii) higher peak pressure, and (iii) significantly higher values of acoustic admittance. DPOAE amplitudes were lower in the DPG group only at 6006 Hz, but the difference in amplitude between the DPG and SPG groups decreased as the frequency increased. Statistical differences were observed only at 1001 Hz and a borderline difference at 1501 Hz. In terms of DPOAE I/O functions, significant differences were observed only in 4 of the 50 tested points. Conclusions The 1000-Hz tympanometric pattern significantly affects the structure of DPOAE responses only at 1001 Hz. In this context, changes in the properties of the middle ear (as detected by the 1000 Hz tympanometry) can be considered as prime candidates for the observed variability in the DP-grams and the DP I/O functions. PMID:27299792

  14. Hearing loss due to concurrent daily low-dose cisplatin chemoradiation for locally advanced head and neck cancer

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    Background and purpose: Cisplatin-based chemo-irradiation (CRT) is increasingly used for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). We aimed to assess hearing deterioration due to low-dose cisplatin chemoradiation and to compare the observed hearing loss with hearing loss in our previously described high-dose cisplatin CRT cohort. Materials and methods: A prospective analysis of hearing thresholds at low and (ultra)-high frequencies obtained before and after treatment in 60 patients. Patients received low-dose cisplatin (6 mg/m2, daily infusions, 20-25 days) with concomitant accelerated radiotherapy (70 Gy). Results: Audiometry up to 16 kHz was performed before therapy and 31 days (median) post-treatment. The total incidence of ototoxicity in CTCAEv3.0 was 31% in audiograms up to 8 kHz, and 5% of ears tested qualified for HAs due to treatment. The mean hearing loss at speech frequencies was 2.6 dB (SD 5.7) and 2.3 dB (SD 9.2) at PTA 1-2-4 kHz air-conduction and bone-conduction, respectively. The mean hearing loss at ultra-high frequencies (PTA AC 8-10-12.5 kHz) was 9.0 dB (SD 8.1). Low-dose cisplatin CRT caused less acute hearing loss (CTCAE 31%), compared to high-dose cisplatin CRT (CTCAE 78%). Conclusions: Low-dose cisplatin chemo-irradiation for HNSCC is a relatively safe treatment protocol with respect to ototoxicity

  15. The relationship of speech intelligibility with hearing sensitivity, cognition, and perceived hearing difficulties varies for different speech perception tests

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    Antje eHeinrich

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Listeners vary in their ability to understand speech in noisy environments. Hearing sensitivity, as measured by pure-tone audiometry, can only partly explain these results, and cognition has emerged as another key concept. Although cognition relates to speech perception, the exact nature of the relationship remains to be fully understood. This study investigates how different aspects of cognition, particularly working memory and attention, relate to speech intelligibility for various tests.Perceptual accuracy of speech perception represents just one aspect of functioning in a listening environment. Activity and participation limits imposed by hearing loss, in addition to the demands of a listening environment, are also important and may be better captured by self-report questionnaires. Understanding how speech perception relates to self-reported aspects of listening forms the second focus of the study.Forty-four listeners aged between 50-74 years with mild SNHL were tested on speech perception tests differing in complexity from low (phoneme discrimination in quiet, to medium (digit triplet perception in speech-shaped noise to high (sentence perception in modulated noise; cognitive tests of attention, memory, and nonverbal IQ; and self-report questionnaires of general health-related and hearing-specific quality of life.Hearing sensitivity and cognition related to intelligibility differently depending on the speech test: neither was important for phoneme discrimination, hearing sensitivity alone was important for digit triplet perception, and hearing and cognition together played a role in sentence perception. Self-reported aspects of auditory functioning were correlated with speech intelligibility to different degrees, with digit triplets in noise showing the richest pattern. The results suggest that intelligibility tests can vary in their auditory and cognitive demands and their sensitivity to the challenges that auditory environments pose on

  16. The relationship of speech intelligibility with hearing sensitivity, cognition, and perceived hearing difficulties varies for different speech perception tests.

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    Heinrich, Antje; Henshaw, Helen; Ferguson, Melanie A

    2015-01-01

    Listeners vary in their ability to understand speech in noisy environments. Hearing sensitivity, as measured by pure-tone audiometry, can only partly explain these results, and cognition has emerged as another key concept. Although cognition relates to speech perception, the exact nature of the relationship remains to be fully understood. This study investigates how different aspects of cognition, particularly working memory and attention, relate to speech intelligibility for various tests. Perceptual accuracy of speech perception represents just one aspect of functioning in a listening environment. Activity and participation limits imposed by hearing loss, in addition to the demands of a listening environment, are also important and may be better captured by self-report questionnaires. Understanding how speech perception relates to self-reported aspects of listening forms the second focus of the study. Forty-four listeners aged between 50 and 74 years with mild sensorineural hearing loss were tested on speech perception tests differing in complexity from low (phoneme discrimination in quiet), to medium (digit triplet perception in speech-shaped noise) to high (sentence perception in modulated noise); cognitive tests of attention, memory, and non-verbal intelligence quotient; and self-report questionnaires of general health-related and hearing-specific quality of life. Hearing sensitivity and cognition related to intelligibility differently depending on the speech test: neither was important for phoneme discrimination, hearing sensitivity alone was important for digit triplet perception, and hearing and cognition together played a role in sentence perception. Self-reported aspects of auditory functioning were correlated with speech intelligibility to different degrees, with digit triplets in noise showing the richest pattern. The results suggest that intelligibility tests can vary in their auditory and cognitive demands and their sensitivity to the challenges that

  17. A clinical study of age related hearing loss among diabetes patients

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    Sheetal Krishnappa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Age related hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions affecting the elderly people. With aging, risk of presbycusis and diabetes increases. Our study aims at evaluating auditory dysfunction in patients with diabetes mellitus aged above 50 years as compared to non-diabetic patient. We also tried to find the relation between duration of diabetes and severity of hearing loss and whether HbA1c and blood sugars levels affected the type and severity of hearing loss. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study on 106 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and 90 non-diabetic patients with age and sex matched (controls was carried out during November 2011 to October 2013. All patients were evaluated for hearing loss by subjecting to pure tone audiometry and blood investigations like glycated hemoglobin, fasting and postprandial blood sugars and serum creatinine levels. Results: A prevalence of 73% hearing loss was seen in diabetics. The degree of hearing loss increased with age. There was bilateral progressive sensory neural hearing loss with right sloping curve in both diabetics as well as controls but with significantly (P < 0.001 higher loss in diabetics (at 4 KHz and 8 KHz. A significant relationship between duration of the diabetes, HbA1c and severity of hearing loss was observed. Conclusion: Diabetes mellitus was associated with higher hearing loss compared to presbycusis and hearing threshold was seen to affect all frequencies, but significantly the higher frequencies in diabetics. As duration of diabetes increased, the severity also increased. Poorer the HbA1c, more severe was the hearing loss.

  18. Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy of Vestibular Schwannomas Accelerates Hearing Loss

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    Objective: To evaluate long-term tumor control and hearing preservation rates in patients with vestibular schwannoma treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT), comparing hearing preservation rates to an untreated control group. The relationship between radiation dose to the cochlea and hearing preservation was also investigated. Methods and Materials: Forty-two patients receiving FSRT between 1997 and 2008 with a minimum follow-up of 2 years were included. All patients received 54 Gy in 27-30 fractions during 5.5-6.0 weeks. Clinical and audiometry data were collected prospectively. From a “wait-and-scan” group, 409 patients were selected as control subjects, matched by initial audiometric parameters. Radiation dose to the cochlea was measured using the original treatment plan and then related to changes in acoustic parameters. Results: Actuarial 2-, 4-, and 10-year tumor control rates were 100%, 91.5%, and 85.0%, respectively. Twenty-one patients had serviceable hearing before FSRT, 8 of whom (38%) retained serviceable hearing at 2 years after FSRT. No patients retained serviceable hearing after 10 years. At 2 years, hearing preservation rates in the control group were 1.8 times higher compared with the group receiving FSRT (P=.007). Radiation dose to the cochlea was significantly correlated to deterioration of the speech reception threshold (P=.03) but not to discrimination loss. Conclusion: FSRT accelerates the naturally occurring hearing loss in patients with vestibular schwannoma. Our findings, using fractionation of radiotherapy, parallel results using single-dose radiation. The radiation dose to the cochlea is correlated to hearing loss measured as the speech reception threshold.

  19. Occurence of a round window membrane rupture in patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss

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    Haubner Frank

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aim of the present study was to evaluate the occurence of a round window membrane rupture and the effects of hearing restoration after exploratory tympanotomy and sealing of the round window (niche in patients with unilateral sudden deafness. Methods Retrospective analysis of patients’ charts in a tertiary referral center. Charts of 69 patients with sudden deafness followed by exploratory tympanotomy were retrospectively analyzed. Pure-tone audiometry data before and after tympanotomy were compared to determine the outcome of hearing recovery. The postoperative hearing test values were documented 3 weeks after tympanotomy. All surgical reports were reviewed with regard to the surgical technique performed and the intraoperative findings. Results 18.8% of the patients revealed a visible perilymphatic fistula in the round window niche. 89.8% of the patients reported no typical history for a round window membrane rupture. All patients were treated with an exploratory tympanotomy under local anesthesia and an intravenous corticosteroid treatment regimen. The majority of the surgeons used a fat plomb to cover the round window. Postoperative hearing was significantly improved compared to the preoperative hearing test data. No patient showed a worsened hearing curve after the treatment. Conclusion Most patients suffering from unilateral sudden deafness had no visible perilymphatic fistula. In our study population, the majority of patients reported no typical history of a pressure elevation in the inner ear. Exploratory tympanotomy is a safe procedure that may support hearing recovery in patients with sudden deafness in addition to the established treatment regimen including high-dose steroids.

  20. Gamma knife radiosurgery for acoustic tumors

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    In order to evaluate the results of radiosurgery for acoustic tumors and to identify optimum treatment parameters, an analysis of tumor control, as well as incidences of hearing loss, facial and trigeminal neuropathies was undertaken. Between August 1987 and August 1991, 134 patients with 136 acoustic tumors received stereotactic gamma knife radiosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Median follow-up was 24 months (range: 6-56 months). Tumor volumes ranged from 0.10 to 17.00 cm3 (median = 2.75 cm3). From one to ten isocenters were utilized per tumor treated (median = 3). Minimum tumor doses varied from 12 to 20 Gy (median = 17 Gy). The 4-year actuarial tumor control rate was 89.2 ± 6.0%. Some degree of hearing (by pure tone audiometry) was preserved in 71.0 ± 4.4% of patients. The actuarial rates for preservation of either pretreatment hearing level or useful hearing were 34.4% ± 6.6% and 35.1 ± 97% respectively. Respectively, the actuarial incidences of post radiosurgery facial and trigeminal neuropathies were 29.0 ± 4.4% and 32.9 ± 4.5%, respectively. No significant factors affecting tumor control were identified. Multivariate analysis identified a significantly increased risk of hearing loss in patients with neurofibromatosis (p = 0.003) as well as decreased risks of facial and trigeminal neuropathies with both decreasing tumor diameter (p = 0.001) and increasing number of isocenters treated (p 0.003). Radiosurgery is a safe and effective treatment for acoustic neuromas with acceptable morbidity that may be lowered by the use of multiple isocenter treatment techniques and by earlier treatment of small tumors. (author). figs. tabs

  1. Contribution of audiovestibular tests to the topographic diagnosis of sudden deafness

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    Oiticica, Jeanne

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Sudden hearing loss (SHL is an ENT emergency defined as sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL ≥ 30 dB HL affecting at least 3 consecutive tonal frequencies, showing a sudden onset, and occurring within 3 days. In cases of SHL, a detailed investigation should be performed in order to determine the etiology and provide the best treatment. Otoacoustic emission (OAE analysis, electronystagmography (ENG, bithermal caloric test (BCT, and vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP assessments may be used in addition to a number of auxiliary methods to determine the topographic diagnosis. Objective: To evaluate the contribution of OAE analysis, BCT, VEMP assessment, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI to the topographic diagnosis of SHL. Method: Cross-sectional and retrospective studies of 21 patients with SHL, as defined above, were performed. The patients underwent the following exams: audiometry, tympanometry, OAE analysis, BCT, VEMP assessment, and MRI. Sex, affected side, degree of hearing loss, and cochleovestibular test results were described and correlated with MRI findings. Student's t-test was used for analysis of qualitative variables (p < 0.05. Results: The mean age of the 21 patients assessed was 52.5 ± 15.3 years; 13 (61.9% were women and 8 (38.1% were men. Most (55% had severe hearing loss. MRI changes were found in 20% of the cases. When the audiovestibular test results were added to the MRI findings, the topographic SHL diagnosis rate increased from 20% to 45%. Conclusion: Only combined analysis via several examinations provides a precise topographic diagnosis. Isolated data do not provide sufficient evidence to establish the extent of involvement and, hence, a possible etiology.

  2. Sensorineural hearing loss in patients with unilateral safe chronic suppurative otitis media

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    Manpreet Singh Nanda

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media (CSOM is the major cause of hearing impairment, mainly conductive type of hearing loss. The occurrence of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL in CSOM is controversial and the controversy is more for safe mucosal type. This study aims to assess the association between SNHL and safe mucosal CSOM and its relation to patient's age, sex, duration of disease, active or inactive disease and speech frequencies. Methods: 100 patients with unilateral mucosal type of CSOM with normal contralateral ear were included in the study. The infected ear was taken as study ear and normal ear as control ear in all patients. All patients underwent hearing assessment by pure tone audiometry for both ears. In case of active disease, ear discharge was first cleared and then audiometric assessment done. Results were statistically compared in all patients for both study and control ears using parameters of patient's age, sex, duration of disease, speech frequency and active or inactive disease. Results: There was significant higher number of study ears with CSOM having average bone conduction threshold of all frequencies above 25 decibels which implies SNHL (21% compared to control contralateral ears without infection (5%. There was higher incidence of SNHL at higher speech frequencies. The incidence also increased with age of patient and duration of disease. The incidence was higher in active stage than inactive or quiescent stage. There was no difference among males and females. Conclusion: Safe mucosal CSOM can cause significant SNHL and risk increases with increasing age, duration of disease, higher speech frequencies and presence of active disease. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(3.000: 551-555

  3. Tinnitus and other auditory problems - occupational noise exposure below risk limits may cause inner ear dysfunction.

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    Ann-Cathrine Lindblad

    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to study if dysfunctions associated to the cochlea or its regulatory system can be found, and possibly explain hearing problems in subjects with normal or near-normal audiograms. The design was a prospective study of subjects recruited from the general population. The included subjects were persons with auditory problems who had normal, or near-normal, pure tone hearing thresholds, who could be included in one of three subgroups: teachers, Education; people working with music, Music; and people with moderate or negligible noise exposure, Other. A fourth group included people with poorer pure tone hearing thresholds and a history of severe occupational noise, Industry. Ntotal = 193. The following hearing tests were used: - pure tone audiometry with Békésy technique, - transient evoked otoacoustic emissions and distortion product otoacoustic emissions, without and with contralateral noise; - psychoacoustical modulation transfer function, - forward masking, - speech recognition in noise, - tinnitus matching. A questionnaire about occupations, noise exposure, stress/anxiety, muscular problems, medication, and heredity, was addressed to the participants. Forward masking results were significantly worse for Education and Industry than for the other groups, possibly associated to the inner hair cell area. Forward masking results were significantly correlated to louder matched tinnitus. For many subjects speech recognition in noise, left ear, did not increase in a normal way when the listening level was increased. Subjects hypersensitive to loud sound had significantly better speech recognition in noise at the lower test level than subjects not hypersensitive. Self-reported stress/anxiety was similar for all groups. In conclusion, hearing dysfunctions were found in subjects with tinnitus and other auditory problems, combined with normal or near-normal pure tone thresholds. The teachers, mostly regarded as a group

  4. Improvement in hearing after chiropractic care: a case series

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    Di Duro Joseph O

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The first chiropractic adjustment given in 1895 was reported to have cured deafness. This study examined the effects of a single, initial chiropractic visit on the central nervous system by documenting clinical changes of audiometry in patients after chiropractic care. Case presentation Fifteen patients are presented (9 male, 6 female with a mean age of 54.3 (range 34–71. A Welch Allyn AudioScope 3 was used to screen frequencies of 1000, 2000, 4000 and 500 Hz respectively at three standard decibel levels 20 decibels (dB, 25 dB and 40 dB, respectively, before and immediately after the first chiropractic intervention. Several criteria were used to determine hearing impairment. Ventry & Weinstein criteria of missing one or more tones in either ear at 40 dB and Speech-frequency criteria of missing one or more tones in either ear at 25 dB. All patients were classified as hearing impaired though greater on the right. At 40 dB using the Ventry & Weinstein criteria, 6 had hearing restored, 7 improved and 2 had no change. At 25 dB using the Speech-frequency criteria, none were restored, 11 improved, 4 had no change and 3 missed a tone. Conclusion A percentage of patients presenting to the chiropractor have a mild to moderate hearing loss, most notably in the right ear. The clinical progress documented in this report suggests that manipulation delivered to the neuromusculoskeletal system may create central plastic changes in the auditory system.

  5. General Characteristics and Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Disease among Interstate Bus Drivers

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    Raquel Pastréllo Hirata

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Workers in the transportation industry are at greater risk of an incorrect diet and sedentary behavior. The aim of our study was to characterize a population of professional bus drivers with regard to clinical and demographic variables, lipid profile, and the presence of cardiovascular risk factors. Data from 659 interstate bus drivers collected retrospectively, including anthropometric characteristics, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, lipid profile, fasting blood glucose, meatoscopy, and audiometry. All participants were male, with a mean age of 41.7±6.9 years, weight of 81.4±3.3 kg, and BMI 27.2±3.3 Kg/m2; the mean abdominal and neck circumferences were 94.4±8.6 cm and 38.9±2.2  cm; 38.2% of the sample was considered hypertensive; mean HDL cholesterol was 47.9±9.5 mg/dL, mean triglyceride level was 146.3±87.9 mg/dL, and fasting glucose was above 100 mg/dL in 249 subjects (39.1%. Drivers exhibited reduced audiometric hearing at 4–8 kHz, being all sensorineural hearing loss. The clinical characterization of a young male population of interstate bus drivers revealed a high frequency of cardiovascular risk factors, as obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and hyperglycemia, as well as contributing functional characteristics, such as a low-intensity activity, sedentary behavior, long duration in a sitting position, and high-calorie diet, which lead to excessive weight gain and associated comorbidities.

  6. Correlation of hearing function findings in patients suffering from diabetes mellitus type 1 in regard to age and gender

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    Pudar Goran

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Ageing of an individual affects hearing impairment and associated diseases can have a cumulative affect. In 50 examined subjects suffering from Diabetes Mellitus type 1, who were divided into groups according to age, gender and disease duration, auditory function was tested by analyzing results of pure-tone audiometry and brainstem auditory evoked potentials. The obtained results were correlated with the results of 30 healthy controls adequately represented by age and gender. Starting from the age group 30-39 we noticed a significant reduction in the percentage of regular findings in comparison with the control group, as well as an increase in the percentage of sensorineural hearing impairment and mean values of hearing impairment (-dB. In regard to gender, we found a continuing and significant increase in sensorineural hearing impairment in the examined male subjects from the group with the disease. The analysis and correlation of brainstem auditory evoked potentials regarding the age of the examinees did not show any significant impact on the increase in the mean values of the diseased and the controls, whereas regarding the gender, we noticed a significant impact on the increase in the mean values of absolute latencies II (Fd/l=5.1249/9.8144, III (Fd/l=14.0413/9.3169, IV (Fd/l=7.1413/6.3410 and V (Fd/l=12.8753/6.1208 waves as well as of interwave latencies I-III (Fd/l=5.2193/4.9628 mutually in the male examinees. In the diseased group there were significant differences of interwave latencies I-III in men and women both on the left and the right side, where the values in the female subjects were significantly shorter than in the males.

  7. Does health promotion work in relation to noise?

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    Borchgrevink, H M

    2003-01-01

    Noise is a health risk. The only scientifically established adverse health effect of noise is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Besides noise may affect quality of life and cause annoyance and sleep disturbance. The present scientific evidence of potential non-auditory effects of noise on health is quite weak. Whether health promotion works in relation to noise may be reflected by permanent hearing threshold shift development in population studies. Hearing impairment continues to be the most prevalent disability in Western societies. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) still rates noise induced hearing loss among the top ten work-related problems. Recent studies report that employees continue to develop noise induced hearing loss although to a lesser extent than before, in spite of occupational hearing conservation programmes. Besides socio-acusis and leisure noise seem to be an increasing hazard to hearing, also in young children and adolescents. This seems partly related to acute leisure noise exposure (e.g. toy pistols, amplified music). However, population studies increasingly find non-normal high-frequency hearing including the characteristic NIHL-"notch" around 6 kHz also in subjects who do not report noise exposure incidents or activities. Today 12.5% of US children 6-19 years show a noise-"notch" in one or both ears (n= 5249, Niskar et al 2001). A Norwegian county audiometry survey on adults >/= 20 years n=51.975) showed mean unscreened thresholds +10 dB at 6 kHz for both genders even or the youngest age group 20-24 years (Borchgrevink et al 2001). Accordingly, the present health promotion initiatives seem insufficient in relation to noise and noise-induced hearing loss. PMID:12631433

  8. Intercorrência audiológica em músicas após um show de rock Hearing incidents in musicians after a rock concert

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    Marcela Pfeiffer

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar mudança temporária do limiar de audição de músicos, após exposição a níveis de pressão sonora elevados de um show de rock. MÉTODOS: foi utilizada uma amostra com seis músicos componentes da banda. Foram feitos: anamnese ocupacional, determinação dos níveis mínimos de audição e reflexos acústicos, antes e após o show de rock. A mensuração do ruído da sala do exame e do palco foi realizada por meio de um dosímetro. Os resultados foram comparados e analisados estatisticamente, utilizando-se o teste t Student, com critério para determinação de significância de p maior do que 0,05. RESULTADOS: para a dosimetria, foi encontrada a exposição ao ruído do show com valor de LAVG igual a 98,5 dB. Dentre os aspectos comportamentais relacionados ao ruído, o zumbido foi a queixa mais presente entre os integrantes. Na audiometria tonal, as maiores diferenças pré e pós-exposição, foram encontradas nas freqüências altas, sendo a orelha direita a que apresentou maiores mudanças temporárias de limiar. Os resultados foram significantes nas freqüências de 2000, 3000, 4000 e 6000 Hz, na orelha direita (p=2,7; p=2,59; p=3,7 e p=2,86 e, na freqüência de 4000 Hz, na orelha esquerda (p=2,87. Na medida do reflexo acústico após o show, a orelha direita obteve o maior índice de ausência de reflexo, com o índice de 40%; entretanto, foram encontradas diferenças estatisticamente significantes, na presença de reflexo acústico na comparação pré e pós-exposição, apenas na orelha esquerda (p=3,64. CONCLUSÃO: músicos expostos a níveis de pressão sonora intensos apresentaram alteração temporária do limiar e alteração do reflexo acústico.PURPOSE: verifying the temporary threshold shift in musicians after a high sound pressure level music exposure in a rock concert. METHODS: the sample has been made up of six band's musicians, who underwent an occupational anamnesis, pure tone audiometry and

  9. Design and Preliminary Assessment of a Portable Self-Hearing-Monitoring System%便携式听力自我监测系统的研发和初步评估

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    冀飞; 刘岩; 李倩; 李娜; 于澜; 王大勇; 周其友; 王秋菊

    2014-01-01

    Objective To design a portable self-hearing-monitoring system and to evaluate its reliability. Methods A portable self-hearing-monitoring system was composed using a ThinkPad laptop computer, Creative soundcard, ER3A insert phones and custom audio convertor. Custom software was developed and the test signals were calibrated. The original prototype was tested in small-sampled pre-assessment for major hardware or software flaws and led to revision of both software and hard-ware. A test-reliability assessment was then done in 18 normal hearing people (36 ears). Hearing thresholds in each subject were tested by regular pure tone audiometry in sound proof booth and by self hearing test as well. The thresholds at all frequen-cies from both methods were compared for differences. Results A prototype portable self-hearing-monitoring system was esteb-lished. Thresholds obtained by the self-hearing-monitoring system and pure tone audiometry fit well with each other between 250 Hz and 4 kHz (the difference was-1.81±8.29,-1.81±7.09, 0.56±6.95, 3.33±5.35, 1.94±6.68 and 3.47±5.71 dB, respec-tively), although discrepancy was noticed at 125 Hz (-6.11 ± 8.29 dB), 6 k Hz (-5.28 ± 6.54 dB) and 8 k Hz (-3.33 ± 6.87 dB). Ambient noise seemed to affect the test results of the system. Conclusions The portable self-hearing-monitoring system pro-vides a new convenient method for automatic audiometry. Test reliability of this system should be further evaluated.%目的:开发一种便携式自我听力监测系统,并进行了初步临床评估。方法采用ThinkPad笔记本电脑、Cre-ative声卡、ER3A插入式耳机以及自制音频转换器建立起便携式听力自我监测系统。开发配套系统软件并校准信号输出强度。系统建立后,首先通过小样本正常人预实验发现系统设计中存在的重大问题并进行调整。系统经过改进和调整后,在18例(36耳)听力正常人中进行纯音测听听阈与自测听阈的对比。

  10. Validity of self-reported hearing loss in adults: performance of three single questions Validez de la pérdida auditiva auto-referida en adultos: desempeño de tres preguntas únicas Validade da perda auditiva auto-referida em adultos: desempenho de três perguntas únicas

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    Silvia Ferrite

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To estimate the validity of three single questions used to assess self-reported hearing loss as compared to pure-tone audiometry in an adult population. METHODS: A validity study was performed with a random sub-sample of 188 subjects aged 30 to 65 years, drawn from the fourth wave of a population-based cohort study carried out in Salvador, Northeastern Brazil. Data were collected in household visits using questionnaires. Three questions were used to separately assess self-reported hearing loss: Q1, "Do you feel you have a hearing loss?"; Q2, "In general, would you say your hearing is 'excellent,' 'very good,' 'good,' 'fair,' 'poor'?"; Q3, "Currently, do you think you can hear 'the same as before', 'less than before only in the right ear', 'less than before only in the left ear', 'less than before in both ears'?". Measures of accuracy were estimated through seven measures including Youden index. Responses to each question were compared to the results of pure-tone audiometry to estimate accuracy measures. RESULTS: The estimated sensitivity and specificity were 79.6%, 77.4% for Q1; 66.9%, 85.1% for Q2; and 81.5%, 76.4% for Q3, respectively. The Youden index ranged from 51.9% (Q2 to 57.0% (Q1 and 57.9% (Q3. CONCLUSIONS: Each of all three questions provides responses accurate enough to support their use to assess self-reported hearing loss in epidemiological studies with adult populations when pure-tone audiometry is not feasible.OBJETIVO: Estimar la validez de tres preguntas únicas utilizadas para evaluar la pérdida auditiva auto-referida en comparación con la audiometría de sonidos puros en una población adulta. MÉTODOS: Estudio de validez realizado con una sub-muestra aleatoria de 188 individuos, con edad entre 30 y 65 años, seleccionados de la cuarta fase (2006 de un estudio de cohorte de base poblacional conducido en Salvador, noreste de Brasil. Datos fueron colectados en entrevistas domiciliares utilizándose cuestionarios

  11. High frequency hearing loss in students used to ear phone music: A randomized trial of 1,000 students

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    Kiran Naik

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Hearing loss is often thought of as a natural phenomenon of the aging process. However, studies are beginning to show that hearing loss is becoming increasingly more common amongst younger people. Approximately, 20-30 million people between the ages of 20 and 69 years have high frequency hearing loss due to chronic exposure to loud noise above 90 decibels (dB thanks to the advent of MP3 players and cellphones, according to the National Institute of Deafness. [1] If you are one of the millions who enjoys listening to a MP3 player or cellphone music to allay boredom or to pass time, then you might be at risk for hearing loss from headphones or earphones. Studies have shown that most MP3 players today can produce sounds up to 120 dB and that long-term cell phone use to hear music may cause damage in the inner ear. In today′s society, these devices are indispensible and are part of day-to-day life. Hence, this study was conducted to create awareness regarding prolonged exposure to loud noise either through an MP3 player or cell phone music. Materials and Methods: A total of 1,000 students from Shri Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology and Adichunchanagiri Pre-university College were chosen as part of the study. They were divided into four groups, Group A comprising 250 students who had a habit of listening to music through ear phones at least 2 h a day, Group B comprising 250 students who are used to earphone music less than 1 h per day and Group C comprising of 250 students who very occasionally use ear phones, but hear music mostly through speakers and Group D comprising of 250 students who are usually unaware of ear phone music and are not used to it. All the groups were subjected to pure tone audiometry and the audiogram obtained. Results and Observations: The study revealed high frequency hearing loss in 8% of Group A and 2% in Group B; whereas, in there were no hearing

  12. A PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF PREVALENCE OF VARIOUS CAUSES IN PATIENTS PRESENTING WITH CONDUCTIVE TYPE OF HEARING IMPAIRMENT

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    Naga Manohar

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Deafness is the most common presenting complaint in patient presenting to ENT OPD with complaints of ear. Deafness is a potentially morbid condition causing significant problem to the patient in their day-to-day life and livelihood. AIM: This study was undertaken to know the incidence of various diseases presenting as deafness, so that, epidemiological data can be secured and it is helpful to channel the resources and treatment modalities in the right direction. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: The study was carried out in a Teritiary hospital, in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. It is a prospective study, undertaken to know the prevalence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients presenting to ENT OPD from Sept 2012 to Sept 2014, with a chief complaint of deafness were included in this study. All the Patients were subjected to thorough clinical examination, necessary investigations, viz. pure tone audiometry, Examination under microscopy and wet mopping by way of syringing. RESULTS: Out of the 400 patients included for this study, 272 patients (68% were found to be suffering from Conductive hearing loss; whereas 138 patients (34.5% were found to be suffering from Sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss was most common in 20-30 age group in males and 30-40 age group in females; that too middle ear disease were more common than external ear; i.e. 175 patients out of 262 (66.7% had a disease in the middle ear, 87 patients (33.2% had a external ear pathology. External ear disease was earwax or keratosis obturans, (55.1%, the rest contributed by Otomycosis (34.4% and malformed ears (10.3%. Diseases of middle ear were distributed as Acute otitis media (17.7%, Chronic otitis media (28%, Otitis media with effusion (50.2%, Fixation pathology (15.4%, Other causes (5.1%. CONCLUSION: Conductive hearing loss was most common in the middle age groups, between 20-40 yrs of age, females, and more commonly due to a pathology in the middle ear, Otitis media

  13. Auditory Neuropathy in Two Patients with Generalized Neuropathic Disorder: A Case Report

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    P Ahmadi

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Although it is not a new disorder, in recent times we have attained a greater understanding of auditory neuropathy (AN. In this type of hearing impairment, cochlear hair cells function but AN victims suffer from disordered neural transmission in the auditory pathway. The auditory neuropathy result profile often occurs as a part of that of the generalized neuropathic disorders, indicated in approximately 30-40% of all reported auditory neuropathy/auditory dyssynchrony (AN/AD cases, with approximately 80% of patients reporting symptom onset over the age of 15 years. In the present report, the results of audiologic tests (behavioral, physiologic and evoked potentials on two young patients with generalized neuropathy are discussed.Case report: Two brothers, 26 and 17 years old, presented with speech perception weakness and movement difficulties that started at 12 years of age and progressed as time passed. In their last examination, there was a moderate to severe flat audiogram in the older patient and mild low tone loss in the younger one. The major difficulty of the patients was severe speech perception impairment that was not compatible with their hearing thresholds. Paresthesia, sural muscle contraction and pain, and balance disorder were the first symptoms of the older brother. Now he can only move with crutches and his finger muscle tonicity has decreased remarkably, with marked fatigue after a short period of walking. Increasing movement difficulties were noted in his last visit. Visual neuropathy had been reported in repeated visual system examinations for the older brother, with similar, albeit less severe, symptoms in the younger brother.In the present study of these patients, behavioral investigations included pure-tone audiometry and speech discrimination scoring. Physiologic studies consisted Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emission (TEOAE and acoustic reflexes. Electrophysiologic auditory tests were also performed to determine

  14. Childhood dysphasias in patients with late sequelae of perinatal central nervous system lesion

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    S.Yu. Lavrick

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to explore condition of the nervous system in different types of childhood dysphasia (CD, to compare the brain bio-electric activity to the level of cerebral blood flow, severity of neurological disorders, and neuropsychophysiological parameters, to identify the intact links of brain organization in children with minimal brain dysfunction (MBD, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL, and spastic forms of infantile cerebral palsy (ICP. Patients and methods. 505 Children aged 4–8 years were examined: 218 with MBD, 73 with SNL, and 214 with spastic forms of ICP. The patients were divided into two groups: preschool age, 4–6 years (110 children with MBD, 29 with SNHL, and 116 with ICP and early school age, 7–8 years (108 children with MBD, 44 with SNHL, and 98 with ICP. The group of preschool age children with spastic forms of ICP comprised 42 children with double hemiplegia (DHP, 36 with spastic hemiplegia (SHP, and 38 with spastic diplegia (SDP. The early school age group comprised 32 children with DHP, 37 with SHP, and 29 with SDP. All children underwent general clinical and neurological examination, computerized electroencephalography (EEG, neuropsychophysiological and speech testing, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, and if required, computed tomography (CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the brain. To clarify the mechanisms of cerebral disintegration in children with signs of epileptiform activity, in the day-time EEG recording, extended video-EEG monitoring was performed for 12–14 h with mandatory recording of nocturnal sleep. Condition of the audio-verbal sphere in children with SNL was examined using an original computer program, Speech_Audiometry.Results and discussion. The rate of the motor type CD upon MBD was demonstrated to be 77.6%; the mixed type CD predominated in children with SNHL and ICP: 82.2 and 66.2%, respectively. Upon spastic forms of ICP, a combination of CD with symptoms of dysarthria

  15. Health problems in Turner syndrome

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    BACKGROUND: Although cardiovascular malformations are well-recognized congenital anomalies in Turner syndrome (TS, other clinical features and a great variety of dysmorphic signs can also be observed. There are few studies about different medical problems in pre-selected groups of patients with Turner syndrome. Therefore, in this study we aimed to assess the prevalence of some medical problems in Turner syndrome.

    METHODS: This was a case series from April to October 2005. We studied 40 patients with TS who attended the Endocrine and Metabolic Research Center. Audiometry, echocardiography, ultrasonography of kidneys and urinary tracts, thyroid function tests, fasting blood sugar, lipid profile as well as anthropometric and blood pressure measurements were assessed in all patients and collected data were analyzed by SPSS version 10.

    RESULTS: Of the 40 subjects 62.5% (n = 25 had cardiac anomalies, 20% (n = 8 had high blood pressure, about 60% (n = 24 suffered from hearing loss and 15% (n = 6 suffered from duplication or dilatation of urinary collecting system. The relative frequency of hypothyroidism, hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia was 25% (n = 10, 30% (n = 12 and 32.5% (n = 13, respectively.

    CONCLUSIONS: Medical problems are common in TS patients and the routine screening of their health conditions should be performed at the time of diagnosis and at

  16. Prevalence of permanent hearing threshold shift among workers of Indian iron and steel small and medium enterprises: A study

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    Lakhwinder Pal Singh

    2012-01-01

    complete hearing conservation programme, including training, audiometry, job rotation, and the use of hearing protection devices, is the most feasible method for the protection of industrial workers from prevailing noise in workplace environments in the developing countries.

  17. The association of obesity with hearing thresholds in women aged 18-40 years.

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    Üçler, Rıfkı; Turan, Mahfuz; Garça, Fatih; Acar, İsmail; Atmaca, Murat; Çankaya, Hakan

    2016-04-01

    An elevation in hearing thresholds and decrease in hearing sensitivity in adults, particularly due to aging, are quite common. Recent studies have shown that, apart from aging, various other factors also play a role in auditory changes. Studies on the association of hearing loss (HL) with obesity are limited in advanced age cases and present contradictions. In this study, the association between obesity and hearing thresholds in women aged 18-40 years has been assessed. Forty women diagnosed with obesity (mean age, 31.8 years) and 40 healthy non-obese female controls (mean age, 30.5 years) were included in this prospective study. Each subject was tested with low (250, 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz) and high (4000, 6000 and 8000 Hz) frequency audiometry. In the case and control groups, the average hearing thresholds at low frequencies were 16.03 ± 4.72 and 16.15 ± 2.72 (p = 0.885) for the right ear, respectively, and 16.15 ± 5.92 and 14.71 ± 3.18 (p = 0.180) for the left ear, respectively. The average hearing threshold levels at high frequencies were 20.70 ± 10.23 and 15.33 ± 3.87 (p = 0.003), respectively, for the right ear, and 22.91 ± 15.54 and 15.87 ± 4.35 (p = 0.007), respectively, for the left ear with statistical significance. This is the first report on the association of obesity with hearing threshold in women aged 18-40 years. We have demonstrated that obesity may affect hearing function, particularly that related to high frequencies. Hearing loss can be prevented by avoidance or control of obesity and its risk factors. Moreover, an auditory screening of obese cases at an early stage may provide early diagnosis of HL and may also contribute to their awareness in the fight against obesity. PMID:26429780

  18. Sensorineural hearing loss in high school teenagers in Mexico City and its relationship with recreational noise Las alteraciones auditivas de escolares adolescentes en la Ciudad de México pueden estar relacionadas al ruido recreativo

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    María del Consuelo Martínez-Wbaldo

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to measure the frequency of hearing loss in a sample of typical public high-school students exposed to recreational noise, and determine associated risk factors. The sample was made up of 214 teenagers from a high-school in Mexico City; subjects were selected randomly per strata. We applied a questionnaire to identify risk factors for hearing loss and performed a battery of audiologic tests consisting of otoscopy, tympanometry, and pure-tone audiometry. The mean age of the sample was 16 ± 1.07 years; 73% were male and 27%, female. Hearing loss was found in 21% of students. The main hearing loss-related risk factor was exposure to recreational noise: frequent attendance at discotheques and pop-music concerts; use of personal stereos; and noise exposure in school workshops. The high frequency of hearing loss in high school students from one Mexico City school (nearly one fifth of the sample was found to be related to noise exposure mainly during recreational activities.El objetivo de este estudio fue medir la frecuencia de alteraciones auditivas en una muestra de escolares de educación media superior expuestos a ruido recreativo y determinar algunos factores de riesgo asociados. La muestra estuvo constituida por 214 adolescentes de una escuela de la Ciudad de México. Los sujetos fueron seleccionados al azar por medio de una computadora. Se aplicaron cuestionarios con el objeto de identificar los factores de riesgo para alteraciones auditivas y se les practicaron diversos estudios audiológicos consistentes en: otoscopía, timpanometría y una audiometría a tonos puros. La edad media de la muestra fue de 16 ± 1,07 años, 73% fueron del sexo masculino y 27% femenino. Se encontraron alteraciones auditivas en 21% de los estudiantes. Los principales factores de riesgo asociados a alteraciones auditivas fueron: exposición al ruido recreativo al asistir a discotecas, conciertos de música popular, el uso de equipos de

  19. Hearing loss in Diabetes Mellitus

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    Pemmaiah K.D

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The complex arrangement of inner ear makes it potential target of hyperglycaemic damage. A study was conducted to identify the probable occurrence of hearing loss as a complication of Diabetes Mellitus (DM.Aims and objective:· To assess the hearing loss in type 2 diabetic patients and correlate with age, duration of diabetes, HbA1C.· To correlate hearing loss with nerve conduction study.Design: Cross sectional study was done involving randomly 110 Type 2 DM patients. Data regarding their age and duration of diabetes was collected. Pure tone Audiometry and Nerve conduction study was done. HbA1c level determined. Data statistically analysed using Pearson correlation coefficient.Results: Out of 110 patients 48 patients (43.6% had bilateral Sensorineural hearing in higher frequency (2000hz, 4000hz. Among them Severe hearing loss (71 dB to 90dB was seen in 7 patients (6.36%, moderately severe hearing loss (61dB to 70dB in 16 patients (14.54% and moderate hearing loss(30dB to 60 dB in 25 patients (22.7%. Among 47 patients who had diabetes for more than 10 years, 29 patients (61.7% showed at least mild hearing loss. Duration of DM and sensorineural hearing loss at 2000Hz and 4000Hz showed statistically significant correlation (Pearson coefficient r= 0.561 and r= 0.727 respectively at 0.01 level. In other frequencies no significant correlation was found. Coefficient of determination was r2=0.31(31% and r2=0.52(52% respectively between duration of DM and hearing loss at 2000Hz and 4000Hz. The correlation of hearing loss in lower frequency with HbA1c did not show any statistical significance. However HbA1c and hearing loss in higher frequency (2000 hz and 4000hz showed statistically significant correlation (Pearson coefficient r= 0.282 and r= 0.385 respectively. The correlation of hearing loss with Nerve conduction study did not show any statistical significance.

  20. The Clinical Study of Hyperbaric Oxygen in the Treatment of Sudden Deafness%高压氧治疗突发性耳聋的临床效果研究

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    罗红灿; 高文达; 黄玉芳

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To study the clinical effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden deafness.Method:80 cases who was got sudden hearing loss and hospitalization in our hospital were selected and randomly divided into two groups.The control group was treated with conventional neurotrophic drugs,vitamins, hormones and other treatment.The experimental group with hyperbaric oxygen therapy on the basis of the control group.They were treated two courses,each course of 10 days.The high-frequency pure tone audiometry hearing evaluation before and after treatment was used and the data was collected for statistical analysis. Result:Compare with the control group,higher cure rate in the experimental group,the difference was statistically significant(P<0.01).Conclusion:Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can significantly improve the treatment of sudden deafness,which with higher cure rates and better treatment.%目的:评价高压氧治疗突发性耳聋的疗效。方法:将80例突发性耳聋患者随机分为两组,每组40例。对照组常规使用营养神经药物、维生素、激素等治疗。试验组在对照组的基础上配合高压氧治疗。两组均治疗两个疗程,每个疗程10 d。运用高频纯音测听评价两组治疗前后听力变化结果,收集数据进行统计学分析。结果:与对照组相比,试验组治愈率较高,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论:高压氧治疗可明显提高突发性耳聋治疗效果。

  1. Predictors of hearing loss in school entrants in a developing country

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    Olusanya Bola

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hearing loss is a prevalent and significant disability that impairs functional development and educational attainment of school children in developing countries. Lack of a simple and practical screening protocol often deters routine and systematic hearing screening at school entry. Aim: To identify predictors of hearing loss for a practical screening model in school-aged children. Settings and Design: Community-based, retrospective case-control study of school entrants in an inner city. Methods: Results from the audiologic and non-audiologic examination of 50 hearing impaired children in randomly selected mainstream schools were compared with those of a control group of 150 normal hearing children, matched for age and sex from the same population. The non-audiologic evaluation consisted of medical history, general physical examination, anthropometry, motor skills, intelligence and visual acuity while the audiologic assessment consisted of otoscopy, audiometry and tympanometry. Statistical Analysis: Multiple logistic regression analysis of significant variables derived from univariate analysis incorporating student t-test and chi-square. Results: Besides parental literacy (OR:0.3; 95% CI:0.16-0.68, non-audiologic variables showed no association with hearing loss. In contrast, most audiologic indicators, enlarged nasal turbinate (OR:3.3; 95% CI:0.98-11.31, debris or foreign bodies in the ear canal (OR:5.4; 95% CI:1.0-36.03, impacted cerumen (OR:6.2; 95% CI:2.12-14.33, dull tympanic membrane (OR:2.2; 95% CI:1.10-4.46, perforated ear drum (OR:24.3; 95% CI:2.93-1100.17 and otitis media with effusion OME (OR:14.2; 95% CI:6.22-33.09, were associated with hearing loss. However, only parental literacy (OR:0.3; 95% CI:0.16-0.69, impacted cerumen (OR:4.0; 95% CI:1.66-9.43 and OME (OR:11.0; 95% CI:4.74-25.62 emerged as predictors. Conclusion: Selective screening based on the identification of impacted cerumen and OME will facilitate the

  2. Prevalence and risk factors of chronic otitis media: the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2010-2012.

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    Mina Park

    Full Text Available The performance of nationwide studies of chronic otitis media (COM in adults has been insufficient in Korea. We evaluated the prevalence and risk factors of COM in Korea.This study was conducted using data from the fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (n = 23,621. After excluding the subjects under 20 year old and suffered from cancers, 16,063 patients were evaluated for COM. Participants underwent a medical interview, physical examination, endoscopic examination, and blood and urine test. COM was diagnosed by trained residents in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology using an ear, nose, and throat questionnaire and otoendoscopy findings. Data on the presence and absence of COM were collected. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to identify its risk factors.Of the 16,063 participants aged above 20 year old, the weighted prevalence of COM was 3.8%. In the multivariate analyses, the following factors showed high odds ratios (ORs for COM: pulmonary tuberculosis (adjusted OR, 1.78; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.06-3.01, chronic rhinosinusitis (adjusted OR, 1.87; 95% CI, 1.17-2.98, mild hearing impairment (adjusted OR, 1.95; 95% CI, 1.34-2.85, moderate hearing impairment (adjusted OR, 4.00; 95% CI, 2.21-7.22, tinnitus (adjusted OR, 1.82; 95% CI, 1.34-2.49, increased hearing thresholds in pure tone audiometry in the right ear (adjusted OR, 1.02; 95% CI, 1.01-1.03, and left ear (adjusted OR, 1.03; 95% CI, 1.02-1.04. The following factors showed low odds ratios for COM: hepatitis B (adjusted OR, 0.28; 95% CI, 0.08-0.94 and rhinitis (adjusted OR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.42-0.88. In addition, high levels of vitamin D, lead, and cadmium, EQ-5D index; and low red blood cell counts were associated with development of COM (Student's t-test, P < 0.01.Our population-based study showed that COM is not rare in Korea, and its development may be associated with various host and environmental factors. Further research on its

  3. Effects of acute thyroxine depletion on hearing in differentiated thyroid carcinoma patients

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    Zekiye Hasbek

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Radioiodine ablation refers to the destruction of functioning remnants of normal thyroid tissue or metastatic foci remaining after thyroidectomy. Effective thyroid ablation requires adequate stimulation of thyroid-stimulating hormone. Our aim in this study was to evaluate the hearing changes of patients before ablation therapy in the iatrogenic hypothyroid period, which has been constituted with the purpose of treatment success and following the ablation therapy in the euthyroid period 1 month after the thyroid hormone (TH replacement therapy was initiated. Materials and Methods: Patients who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, treated with total/near-total thyroidectomy and referred for 131 I therapy or low-dose 131 I whole body scan were included in our study. Hearing tests as high-frequency audiometry, autoacoustic emission and tympanometry were made during hypothyroid and euthyroid periods on all the patients included in the study. Results: In the present study were enrolled 75 patients with a mean age of 46.6 ± 12 years (range: 19-69 years. In hypothyroid period, while there was not any hearing-loss in 124 of 150 (82.7% ears of 75 patients; mild hearing-loss in 18 (12% ears, moderate hearing-loss in 7 (4.7% ears and severe hearing-loss in 1 (0.07% ear were detected. In euthyroid period, while there was not any hearing-loss in 132 of 150 (88% ears; there were mild hearing-loss in 11 (7.3%, moderate hearing-loss in 6 (4%, and severe hearing-loss in 1 (0.07% ear. However, there could not be found any significant difference between hearing levels of patients before and after treatment (P = 0.317. Conclusion: Although THs play an important role in the physiology of hearing, the hypothyroidism made in 4 weeks period causes serious damages on hearing functions of patients. However, with regard to temporary hearing losses that hearing levels could improved with treatment, we believe that hearing should also be questioned in the

  4. Eficácia da escolha do protetor auditivo pequeno, médio e grande em programa de conservação auditiva Efficacy in the choice of small, medium or large auricular protector under auditive conservation program

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    Marleide Aparecida Griggio Rodrigues

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar a eficácia da escolha do protetor auditivo por tamanhos Pequeno, Médio, Grande em um programa de conservação auditiva. MÉTODO: fizeram parte do estudo 30 indivíduos com audição normal previamente avaliados, de 18 a 45 anos de idade, sendo 15 do gênero feminino e 15 do gênero masculino, de Indústria Moveleira. Os sujeitos foram submetidos à avaliação audiológica convencional, audiometria em campo livre sem protetor auricular de inserção, com protetor tamanho universal e com tamanho adequado a cada indivíduo. Para análise estatística foi aplicado teste T Paramétrico para análise das diferenças. RESULTADOS: O teste T Paramétrico pareado, mostrou significância, na comparação dos protetores auriculares na freqüência de 4KHz. CONCLUSÃO: os resultados mostraram eficácia dos protetores auriculares pequeno e grande sobre os protetores tamanho universal em um programa de conservação auditiva.PURPOSE: to check the efficacy in the choice of small, medium or large auricular protector under auditive conservation program. METHODS: 30 individuals, between 18 to 45-year old, with normal hearing, were part of the study previously evaluated: 15 women and 15 men, all working in a furniture industry. The individuals were submitted to the conventional audiological evaluation, audiometry in free field without auricular insertion protector, with universal size protector and with size adequate to each individual. For statistical analysis we used Parametric T test for analyzing the differences. RESULTS: the Parametric T test showed significance, during the comparison of the auricular protectors in the frequency of 4KHz. CONCLUSION: these results demonstrate efficacy in choice of small, medium or large auditive protector, under auditive conservation program.

  5. 平衡针刺配合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋疗效观察%Observations on the Efficacy of Balancing Acupuncture plus Hyperbaric Oxygen in Treating Sudden Deafness

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    韩扬

    2011-01-01

    目的 观察平衡针刺配合高压氧治疗突发性聋的临床疗效,探索突发性聋综合治疗新模式.方法 将219例突发性聋患者随机分为治疗组67例和对照组152例.治疗组采用平衡针刺配合高压氧治疗,对照组采用单纯高压氧治疗.两组患者均于治疗前后接受电测听检查,治疗2个疗程后判定疗效.结果 治疗组总有效率为86.6%,对照组为69.7%,两组比较差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05),且带针感进舱能强化平衡针刺的针感及增强高压氧疗效.结论 平衡针刺配合高压氧治疗突发性聋是一种疗效较好的组合治疗模式.%Objective To investigate the clinical efficacy of balancing acupuncture plus hyperbaric oxygen in treating sudden deafness and seek after a new mode of composite treatment for it. Methods Two hundred and nineteen patients with sudden deafness were randomly allocated to a treatment group of 67 cases and a control group of 152 cases. The treatment group received balancing acupuncture plus hyperbaric oxygen and the control group, hyperbaric oxygen alone. Electric response audiometry was performed in both groups of patients before and after treatment. The therapeutic effects were evaluated after two courses of treatment Results The total efficacy rate was 86.6% in the treatment group and 69.7% in the control group. There was a statistically significant difference between the two groups (P<0.05). Entering a hyperbaric oxygen chamber with a needing sensation strengthened balancing acupuncture-produced needing sensation and improved the therapeutic effect of hyperbaric oxygen. Conclusion Balancing acupuncture plus hyperbaric oxygen is a combined mode of treating sudden deafness with a better effect.

  6. Avaliação audiométrica de pacientes em tratamento para tuberculose pulmonar Audiometric evaluation of patients treated for pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Karla Anacleto de Vasconcelos

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a condição auditiva de uma população em tratamento para tuberculose pulmonar em dois hospitais de referência no Brasil. MÉTODOS: Estudo descritivo envolvendo 97 pacientes de ambos os sexos, com idade entre 18 anos e 60 anos, que estivessem em tratamento para tuberculose pulmonar ativa, internados ou em acompanhamento ambulatorial em dois hospitais de referência no estado do Rio de Janeiro. Os participantes foram entrevistados e realizaram audiometria tonal liminar. RESULTADOS: Na população estudada, 65 pacientes (67% eram homens, 52 (54% estavam em tratamento de primeira linha e 45 (46% estavam em tratamento de segunda linha, o qual incluía aminoglicosídeos. Tabagismo, uso de bebidas alcoólicas, exposição a ruído e uso de medicamentos ototóxicos foram identificados respectivamente em 65 (67%, 51 (53%, 53 (55% e 45 (46,4% pacientes. As queixas auditivas e vestibulares mais frequentemente mencionadas foram tontura, em 28 (28,8%; zumbido, em 27 (27,8%; e hipoacusia, em 23 (23,7%. CONCLUSÕES: Devido ao elevado número de casos de perda auditiva encontrado neste estudo, recomenda-se que todos os pacientes em tratamento para tuberculose sejam submetidos a monitoramento auditivo.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hearing status of patients being treated for pulmonary tuberculosis at referral hospitals in Brazil. Methods: This was a descriptive study involving 97 male and female inpatients/outpatients between 18 and 60 years of age who were undergoing treatment for active pulmonary tuberculosis at one of two referral hospitals in the state of Rio de Janeiro. After being interviewed, all of the patients underwent pure tone audiometry. Results: Of the 97 patients studied, 65 (67% were male, 52 (54% were receiving first-line treatment, and 45 (46% were receiving second-line treatment, which included aminoglycosides. Smoking, alcohol consumption, exposure to noise, and ototoxic medication use were identified in 65 (67%, 51 (53

  7. Symphony orchestra musicians′ use of hearing protection and attenuation of custom-made hearing protectors as measured with two different real-ear attenuation at threshold methods

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    K H Huttunen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite a high level of sound exposure and a fairly large selection of earplugs available, musicians have often been reported to use personal hearing protectors only seldom. For better hearing conservation, it is important to identify and eliminate the causes for the low motivation to use hearing protection. We explored the usage rate of custom-molded musician′s earplugs (ER-15 among 15 symphony orchestra musicians with a questionnaire, and measured the attenuation properties of their earplugs with a Real-Ear Attenuation at Threshold (REAT procedure in a sound field. Earplug use was found to be low, and the musicians reported that earplugs hampered listening to their own and their colleagues′ playing; earplugs affected either timbre or dynamics, or both. Additionally, several reasons related to discomfort of use were itemized, but the musicians who consistently used their earplugs did so in spite of problems with use. The REAT values obtained in sound field were relatively close to the manufacturer′s nominal specifications, being 13.7 dB, on average. In the frequency range studied (0.125-8 kHz, individual variation in REAT was, however, up to 15 dB across the measured frequencies. Fluctuation in attenuation might be related to low use of hearing protectors, and REAT measured at fixed center frequencies may be too robust a method to uncover it. We therefore tested 10 additional subjects to find out whether a sweeping signal used in Bιkιsy audiometry would bring more detailed information on earplug attenuation. Mean attenuation was found to be somewhat closer to the nominal attenuation of the ER-9 and ER-15 earplugs up to about 1 kHz, whereas REAT measurements in sound field revealed more even attenuation at frequencies between 1 and 6 kHz. No significant association was found between earplug attenuation properties and earplug use. It was concluded that support and determination to get accustomed to hearing protector use are important

  8. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH: study protocol

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aboriginal Australians have a life expectancy more than ten years less than that of non-Aboriginal Australians, reflecting their disproportionate burden of both communicable and non-communicable disease throughout the lifespan. Little is known about the health and health trajectories of Aboriginal children and, although the majority of Aboriginal people live in urban areas, data are particularly sparse in relation to children living in urban areas. Methods/Design The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH is a cohort study of Aboriginal children aged 0-17 years, from urban and large regional centers in New South Wales, Australia. SEARCH focuses on Aboriginal community identified health priorities of: injury; otitis media; vaccine-preventable conditions; mental health problems; developmental delay; obesity; and risk factors for chronic disease. Parents/caregivers and their children are invited to participate in SEARCH at the time of presentation to one of the four participating Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations at Mount Druitt, Campbelltown, Wagga Wagga and Newcastle. Questionnaire data are obtained from parents/caregivers and children, along with signed permission for follow-up through repeat data collection and data linkage. All children have their height, weight, waist circumference and blood pressure measured and complete audiometry, otoscopy/pneumatic otoscopy and tympanometry. Children aged 1-7 years have speech and language assessed and their parents/caregivers complete the Parental Evaluation of Developmental Status. The Study aims to recruit 1700 children by the end of 2010 and to secure resources for long term follow up. From November 2008 to March 2010, 1010 children had joined the study. From those 446 children with complete data entry, participating children ranged in age from 2 weeks to 17 years old, with 144 aged 0-3, 147 aged 4-7, 75 aged 8-10 and 79 aged 11

  9. Observation of diplopore puncture of tympanum efficacy in the treatment of acute secretory otitis media%双孔法鼓膜穿刺治疗急性分泌性中耳炎的疗效观察

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    俞春海; 茅晓时

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the method of diplopore puncture of tympanum in the treatment of acute secretory otitis media(ASOM) .Methods: 184 cases with ASOM were divided into two groups randomly,with 90 cases (102 ears) in study group and 94cases(104 ears) in control group . Al of them are given the same routine treatment . The study group was treated with diplopore puncture of tympanum and intratympanic dexamethasone ,the control group was treated with haplopore punctureof tympanum . Al patients accepted 1 to 3 courses of treament ,and were observed 1 month after treatment. Results: There was an significant difference in speech frequency audiometry, acoustic impedance and the total effective rate between the study group and the control group(P<0.05). Conclusion: Diplopore puncture of tympanum is a safe, reliable and effective treatment for patients with ASOM, and it’s worthy of promotion in the primary hospital.%  目的:评估双孔法鼓膜穿刺在治疗急性分泌性中耳炎方面的疗效。方法:将184例急性分泌性中耳炎患者随机分为研究组(90例,102耳)和对照组(94例,104耳),两组辅以相同的常规治疗下,研究组予以双孔法鼓膜穿刺抽液并鼓室注射地塞米松;对照组予以单纯鼓膜穿刺抽液。治疗1~3个疗程。治疗结束后随访1个月。结果:研究组言语频率电测听、声阻抗改善情况及总有效率较对照组有显著提高。结论:双孔法鼓膜穿刺治疗急性分泌性中耳炎是一

  10. 探讨早期护理干预对ICU患者下肢深静脉血栓形成的预防效果

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    包惠荣

    2014-01-01

    Objective: to analyze the clinical manifestations of patients with tinnitus and hearing change, wil be a variety of tinnitus masking test and individualized treatment. Methods: 86 patients with subjective tinnitus, do pure tone audiometry, acoustic emission, tinnitus detection and masking test, the test results of the clinical manifestations of the disease and al kinds of tinnitus masking analysis. Results: the incidence of tinnitus male 48%, female 52%, appear on the left of tinnitus is most common, accounting for 42%, folowed by bilateral tinnitus tinnitus in 30%, right side for a minimum of 28%, the city population and mental workers accounted for 77% of the total cases and 68% chronic patients, in the course of tinnitus patients more than 1 years accounted for 46%, the high and low frequency tinnitus masking therapy the patient better, effective rate were 71.6% and 71.8%, while the intermediate frequency tinnitus masking therapy showed only 51.7% efficiency. Conclusion: Patients with tinnitus, tinnitus masking test various features and frequency of great relevance, Feldman curve type has great value in clinical diagnosis, treatment of tinnitus, are important indexes for forecasting of tinnitus masking is effective and individualized treatment of tinnitus.%目的:对ICU患者下肢深静脉血栓(deep venous thrombosis,DVT)采取早期护理干预所起到的预防效果的探讨。方法:随机抽取120例ICU患者,将其分为两组,其中一组采取系统的早期护理干预措施,命名为实验组,另一组则采取常规的ICU护理,命名为对照组。观察两组患者的下肢肿胀率和DVT的发生率,并进行对比。结果:DVT发生率和下肢肿胀率实验组患者都比对照组患者要低,其差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:系统的早期护理干预措施对减少和预防ICU患者DVT发生率有显著效果,并且可以有效的提高下肢的静脉血流速度。

  11. Auto-avaliação da audição em idosos Self-evaluation of hearing in elderly

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    Lívia Maria Santiago

    2009-01-01

    noted hearing complaints in daily activities of elderly, which could not be investigated with routine health assessments, not even with audiometry. These results were significant, mainly because we used a specific group, that included "young elderly" (60-69-year old, facts that could decrease the number of complaints.

  12. Resultados a longo prazo da cirurgia da otosclerose Long term outcome of otosclerosis surgery

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    Maria Teresa Bernardo

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available O tratamento da otosclerose é preferencialmente cirúrgico e consiste na estapedotomia/estapedectomia, cujos bons resultados imediatos estão bem documentados. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar os resultados audiométricos da cirurgia da otosclerose a longo prazo. Desenho: Estudo retrospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Incluíram-se os doentes submetidos à estapedotomia/estapedectomia parcial no nosso Serviço e melhoria da audição pós-operatória comprovada. Convocaram-se os doentes para reavaliação audiométrica e compareceram 41 (47 ouvidos. Compararam-se os valores obtidos com os prévios à cirurgia e do pós-operatório imediato. RESULTADOS: A mediana do seguimento tardio foi de 11 anos. Nesta data, 49% dos doentes tinham audição normal ou um grau de hipoacusia ligeira. Os valores médios dos PTA (Pure Tone Average aéreo e ósseo, pré, pós e pós-operatório tardio foram 64,4 e 27,0 dB, 35,6 e 22,3 dB e 44,1 e 29,5 dB, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: A cirurgia da otosclerose tem bons resultados a longo prazo porque, apesar do agravamento dos limiares, o grau de hipoacusia, 10 anos depois, é inferior ao pré-operatório.The treatment of otosclerosis is eminently surgical. Good immediate results have been well documented when stapedotomy or stapedectomy are chosen. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess long term audiometric performance after otosclerosis surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: this retrospective study enrolled stapedotomy and partial stapedectomy patients seen at our service with proven hearing improvement after surgery. Forty-one patients (47 ears accepted the invitation to be reassessed. Audiometry results before and immediately after surgery were compared. RESULTS: the median late follow-up was 11 years. To this date, 49% of the patients had normal hearing or mild dysacusis. Preoperative, postoperative, and late postoperative bone and air pure tone averages were 64.4 and 27.0 dB, 35.6 and 22.3 dB, and 44.1 and 29.5 dB respectively

  13. Clinical Features and Prognosis of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss Secondary to Intralabyrinthine Hemorrhage

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    Lee, Jae Woo; Park, Yoon Ah; Park, Sang Man; Kong, Tae Hoon; Park, Sang Yoo; Bong, Jeong Pyo; Park, Dong-Joon

    2016-01-01

    Background and Objectives A number of etiologies of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) have been proposed, including viral infection, vascular disturbance, and immune-mediated mechanisms. Intralabyrinthine hemorrhage (ILH) as a cause of SSNHL is extremely rare, and there have been no studies defining the characteristics of hearing impairment and prognosis in patients with ISSNHL due to ILH. This study aimed to investigate the difference in impaired hearing patterns and prognosis for hearing recovery between patients with ISSNHL due to ILH confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and sex- and age-matched patients with ISSNHL due to causes other than ILH. Subjects and Methods We compared the results of audiometry and MRI in 12 patients who had ILH on MRI (hemorrhage group) and in 23 sex- and age-matched controls without abnormal findings related to their hearing loss on MRI (non-hemorrhage group). Initial hearing impairment, progression, and recovery of hearing loss were compared between the two groups. Results A majority of patients (92%) in the hemorrhage group complained of dizziness. Initial hearing impairment was more frequent in the hemorrhage group than in the non-hemorrhage group (94.09±35.9 vs. 66.66±30.1, p-value=0.036). The final recovery threshold in the hemorrhage group was worse (78.19±46.26 vs. 37.17±31.96, p-value=0.014) than that in the non-hemorrhage group. In the hemorrhage group, hearing recovery seemed to occur less often at high frequencies (2,000, 4,000, and 8,000 Hz) than at low frequencies (250, 500, and 1,000 Hz). Conclusions The presence of ILH was associated with poor hearing prognosis and the occurrence of vertigo. The abrupt onset of hearing loss associated with vertigo and the presence of hyperresonance on fat-suppressed T1-weighted MRI images of labyrinthic fluid strongly suggests acute intralabyrinthine hemorrhage, and is predictive of considerable hearing impairment and poor prognosis. PMID:27144231

  14. 职业性噪声聋患者听觉诱发电位的初步研究%Study on brainstem auditory evoked potentials of patients with occupational noise deaf

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    邓龙刚; 杨寅秋; 李美娟; 何烈纯; 侯旭东

    2012-01-01

    Objective To study the correlation between auditor}1 evoked potential (AEP) and occupational noise deaf. Methods 45 cases of patients with occupational noise deaf (24 case with mild deafness, 21 cases with moderate deafness) and 25 individuals with normal healing (control group) were detected by pure tone audiometry (PTA), auditory sieady-siate evoked responses (ASSR), bralnstem auditor)" evoked potentials (BAEP) and 40 Hz auditory event-related potentials (40 Hz AEP) test. The tests results of the two groups were compared. Results There were significant difference in PTA, ASSR, BAEP and 40 Hz AEP test results between the control group and mild, moderate deafness group (P < 0.05); PTA was positively correlated with AEP reacting values (r - 0.722, 0.670, 0.835). Conclusion ASSR, BAEP, 40 Hz AEP tests can provide objective and impartial basis for the diagnosis of occupational noise deaf.%目的 探讨听觉诱发电位与噪声性聋易感性的关系.方法 使用纯音测听(PTA)、多频稳态诱发电位(ASSR)、脑干诱发电位(BAEP)、40 Hz听觉诱发电位(40 Hz AEP)检测45例职业性噪声聋患者(轻度聋24例,中度聋21例)和25例听力正常者(对照组),对PTA结果与ASSR、BAEP、40 Hz AEP反应阈检测结果进行对比研究.结果 对照组PTA、ASSR、BAEP、40 Hz AEP值与轻度和中度噪声聋比较,差异均有统计学意义(均P<0.05),FTA阈值与各听觉诱发电位反应值均存在正相关关系(r=0.722、0.670、0.835).结论 ASSR、BAEP、40 Hz AEP检测能为职业性听力损伤的诊断提供客观、公正的依据.

  15. Análise da correlação entre limiares auditivos, questionários validados e medidas psicoacústicas em pacientes com zumbido Correlation analysis of hearing thresholds, validated questionnaires and psychoacoustic measurements in tinnitus patients

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    Ricardo Rodrigues Figueiredo

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Uma das principais dificuldades nos estudos clínicos sobre zumbido reside na falta de consenso sobre os métodos de mensuração. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a correlação entre os limiares audiométricos, pitch matching (PM, minimum masking level (MML, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI e o Inventário de Depressão de Beck (BDI em pacientes com zumbido. MODELO DE ESTUDO: Prospectivo, coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: 48 pacientes com zumbido como queixa principal foram submetidos aos testes audiométricos e questionários acima descritos. Os dados foram comparados estatisticamente para as correlações entre os métodos. RESULTADOS: Não houve correlação estatisticamente significativa entre o THI e MML, tanto em pacientes com BDI acima e abaixo de 14 pontos, bem como entre a frequência de pior limiar auditivo e o Pitch matching e entre a frequência de "cut-off" e o PM nos pacientes com curvas descendentes em rampa. CONCLUSÕES: Não existe correlação estatisticamente significativa entre as medidas psicoacústicas do zumbido, os limiares audiométricos e os questionários de avaliação. O zumbido é um sintoma muito complexo e avaliações isoladas pelos métodos acima não são satisfatórias.One of the most criticized points in tinnitus clinical studies arise from the lack of consensus about measurement methods. AIM: To evaluate the correlation between audiometric thresholds, pitch matching (PM, minimum masking level (MML, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI in tinnitus patients. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, cross-sectional. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subjects were submitted to tonal audiometry, PM and MML for tinnitus. They also filled out the THI and BDI. Data was statistically compared for correlation purposes between audiometric thresholds, psycho-acoustic measures and questionnaires. RESULTS: There was no statistically significant correlation between THI and MML, both in patients with BDI scores under and

  16. SURVEILLANCE OF HEARING IMPAIREMENT IN SCHOOL CHILDREN OF SLUM AREAS OF KURNOOL CITY; A.P

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available : INTRODUCTION: For a child, hearing and speech are essential tools of learning, playing and developing social skills. External sound and speech is used by infants and children to learn their communicating skills by imitation. In absence of perception of this external stimulus, they cannot develop speech and language. This results in delayed speech/language development, social problems and academic difficulty. Hearing loss, in varying degrees, affects two in every 100 children under the age of 18. The most effective treatment is achieved through diagnosis, early intervention by fitting suitable hearing aids. An early start on special education programs helps maximize a child's hearing which will give the child best of chances for successful speech and language development. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study carried out to determine the hearing level, prevalence of loss of hearing and to identify its causes in schools of slums of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India where the population is homogeneous in terms of occupation, socio-economic status, literacy, food habits and health related beliefs and practices. The children were of 5yrs to 15yrs in age. Totally 1041 children constituted the sample frame and underwent clinical examination and audiometry. OBSERVATIONS: Out of 440 students examined for HL 102 were had different causes for HL. 22.5% of children belonged to the age group of 5 to 8 ears. Presence of wax10.2%, ASOM 5.68%, Glue ear 3.4%, CSOM 3.4% were among the common causes. 39.09% children showed a loss of more than 25dB. 66.74% of the causes were preventable and curable at a district level Hospital. CONCLUSION: Analysis showed that 16.3% of these children have low-frequency or high-frequency hearing loss of at least 20dB hearing level in 1 or both ears. Among children in elementary, middle, and high school, audiometric screening should include low-frequency and high-frequency testing to detect hearing loss. As more than 50% of the causes of

  17. Clinical and audiological features of a syndrome with deterioration in speech recognition out of proportion to pure hearing loss

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    Abdi S

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: The objective of this study was to describe the audiologic and related characteristics of a group patient with speech perception affected out of proportion to pure tone hearing loss. A case series of patient were referred for evaluation and management to the Hearing Research Center.To describe the clinical picture of the patients with the key clinical feature of hearing loss for pure tones and reduction in speech discrimination out of proportion to the pure tone loss, having some of the criteria of auditory neuropathy (i.e. normal otoacoustic emissions, OAE, and abnormal auditory brainstem evoked potentials, ABR and lacking others (e.g. present auditory reflexes. Methods: Hearing abilities were measured by Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA and Speech Discrimination Scores (SDS, measured in all patients using a standardized list of 25 monosyllabic Farsi words at MCL in quiet. Auditory pathway integrity was measured by using Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR and Otoacoustic Emission (OAE and anatomical lesions Computed Tomography Scan (CT and Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI of brain and retrocochlea. Patient included in the series were 35 patients who have SDS disproportionably low with regard to PTA, absent ABR waves and normal OAE. Results: All patients reported the beginning of their problem around adolescence. Neither of them had anatomical lesion in imaging studies and neither of them had any finding suggestive of conductive hearing lesion. Although in most of the cases the hearing loss had been more apparent in the lower frequencies (i.e. 1000 Hz and less, a stronger correlation was found between SDS and hearing threshold at higher frequencies. These patients may not benefit from hearing aids, as the outer hair cells are functional and amplification doesn’t seem to help; though, it was tried for all. Conclusion: These patients share a pattern of sensory –neural loss with no detectable lesion. The age of onset and the gradual

  18. A study on hearing evaluation in patients of chronic renal failure

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate hearing threshold and the severity of hearing loss at different frequencies (250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, 3000Hz, 4000Hz, 6000Hz, and 8000Hz in patients of chronic renal failure (CRF, and to analyze the role of duration of disease on hearing threshold in patients of CRF. Materials and Methods: Fifty two patients of CRF were evaluated in Nephrology unit and ENT OPD. Cases with middle ear involvement were not included in the study. Pure tone audiometry was done in all cases to establish hearing threshold at different frequencies. Cases with hearing loss were classified according to the severity of hearing loss. In patients with sensorineural hearing loss, mean hearing threshold was calculated. Cases were classified in two groups on the basis of duration of disease (less than two years and more than two years and the mean hearing thresholds were calculated. The significant differences between the mean hearing thresholds of these two groups were assessed using student′s t test for unequal samples. Results : A total of 52 patients (28 males and 24 females were included in the study. Majority of the patients were in 21 to 40 year age group (mean age 36.84 years. Of the 104 ears, 76 ears (73.07% had sensorineural hearing loss and 28 ears (26.93% had normal hearing. Majority of the ears with hearing loss had mild (44.73% or moderate (42.11% sensorineural hearing loss. Mean hearing threshold was higher at low frequencies and high frequencies with a relative sparing of mid frequencies. Comparison of the mean hearing threshold in patients of Group I (duration of disease less than two years - 42 ears and Group II (duration of disease more than two years - 34 ears showed a statistically significant difference (P<0.05 in mean hearing threshold at 250 Hz. Conclusion: Hearing loss is present in majority of the patients of CRF. Most of the cases have mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing

  19. Atenuação interaural: estudo comparativo com dois tipos de transdutores Interaural attenuation: comparative study with two types of transducers

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    Juliana Maria Pires Ramos

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar os valores da atenuação interaural em um grupo de indivíduos com anacusia unilateral utilizando os fones de inserção e os supraaurais. MÉTODOS: Quinze indivíduos com anacusia unilateral foram submetidos à pesquisa do limiar de detecção de voz e à audiometria tonal liminar com os diferentes transdutores: fones TDH39 supraaurais e os fones de inserção ER-3A. Estes procedimentos foram realizados sem mascaramento contralateral. A subtração entre o limiar da melhor orelha e o limiar não mascarado da orelha anacúsica forneceu o tamanho da atenuação interaural para as frequências de 250 a 8000 Hz e para os estímulos de fala. RESULTADOS: Em todas as frequências e para os estímulos de fala, houve diferença significativa favorecendo o ER-3A. Não houve diferença significativa entre sexo e grupo etário. CONCLUSÃO: Os fones de inserção forneceram maior atenuação interaural quando comparados aos supraaurais. Esta maior atenuação pode ser muito útil na prática da audiologia, especialmente em relação ao uso do mascaramento.PURPOSE: To compare interaural attenuation values in a group of individuals with unilateral anacusis using supra-aural earphones and insert earphones. METHODS: Fifteen subjects with complete unilateral deafness underwent pure-tone audiometry and determination of speech detection threshold with two different transducers: TDH-39 supra-aural earphones, and ER-3A insert earphone. These procedures were carried out without contralateral masking. Interaural attenuation effects for the frequencies ranging from 250 to 8000 Hz were obtained by subtracting the unmasked threshold of the deaf ear from the threshold obtained for the normal ear. RESULTS: Interaural attenuation values were significantly greater when obtained with ER-3A earphones, for all frequencies and for speech stimuli. No differences were found between genders and age ranges. CONCLUSION: Insert earphones provided greater interaural

  20. [Unilateral auditory hallucinations due to left temporal lobe ischemia: a case report].

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    Anegawa, T; Hara, K; Yamamoto, K; Matsuda, M

    1995-10-01

    . The Wechsler adult intelligence scale revealed a verbal IQ of 91 and a performance IQ of 100. Pure tone audiometry revealed bilateral, mild peripheral sensorineural hearing loss. Brainstem auditory evoked potentials were unrevealing. The EEG showed slow activities in the left temporoparietal region. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain failed to reveal any relevant abnormalities except for an old hemorrhagic parietal infarct. The SPECT with Tc99m-HMPAO, however, showed reduced blood flow in the left temporal lobe including the first temporal convolution as well as in the left parietal lobe. Based on the SPECT findings, unilateral auditory hallucinations in our patient are considered to have resulted from the left temporal lobe ischemia. Our case indicates that unilateral auditory hallucinations may have a clinicoanatomical correlation with contralateral temporal lobe lesions. PMID:8821499

  1. Resultados da cirurgia para otospongiose com dois tipos de prótese em procedimentos realizados por residentes Results of stapes surgery for otosclerosis with two kinds of prothesis in residency training

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    Celso Dall'Igna

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A cirurgia do estapédio é um dos tratamentos indicados para a melhora da surdez condutiva secundária à otospongiose. O procedimento requer habilidade e experiência do cirurgião e faz parte do treinamento durante a residência médica. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar qual tipo de prótese (teflon ou mista de metal e aço apresenta melhores os resultados auditivos em cirurgias realizadas por residentes e a incidência de complicações. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Foram avaliadas retrospectivamente 189 intervenções cirúrgicas que tiveram participação ativa de residentes, comparando-se os dois tipos de prótese utilizados. Os resultados audiométricos foram analisados conforme orientação do Committee on Hearing and Equilibrium e segundo o Amsterdam Hearing Evaluation Plots. RESULTADOS: O gap aéreo-ósseo diminuiu em média 21,90 dB (pStapes surgery is one of the approaches indicated to treat conductive hearing loss secondary to otosclerosis. The procedures requires skill and experience from the surgeon and is part of medical residency training. AIMS: To assess which type of prosthesis (Teflon or metal/steel presents the best results in surgeries performed by residents and the incidence of complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: we retrospectively assessed 189 interventions that counted on the active participation of resident physicians, and we compared the two types of prosthesis used. Audiometric results were analyzed following the guidelines from the Committee on Hearing and Equilibrium and also according to the Amsterdam Hearing Evaluation Plots. RESULTS: Bone-air gap reduced in an average value of 21.90 dB (p<0.05 after the surgery in the group that received the Teflon prosthesis and 21.37 dB (p<0.05 in the group that received the mixed prosthesis, and gain in SRI was of 22.33 and 26.10 dB (p<0.05, and the air-bone gap was below 20 dB in 80.6% and 85.04%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: We did not see differences in the audiometry and in the incidence of

  2. A school-aged child with delayed reading skills.

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    Stein, M T; Zentall, S; Shaywitz, S E; Shaywitz, B A

    1999-10-01

    During a health supervision visit, the father of a 7.5-year-old African American second-grader asked about his son's progress in reading. He was concerned when, at a recent teacher-parent conference to review Darren's progress, the teacher remarked that Darren was not keeping up with reading skills compared with others in his class. She said that he had difficulty sounding out some words correctly. In addition, he could not recall words he had read the day before. The teacher commented that Darren was a gregarious, friendly child with better-than-average verbal communication skills. His achievement at math was age-appropriate; spelling, however, was difficult for Darren, with many deleted letters and reversals of written letters. A focused history did not reveal any risk factors for a learning problem in the prenatal or perinatal periods. Early motor, language, and social milestones were achieved on time. Darren had not experienced any head injury, loss of consciousness, or chronic medical illness. He had several friends, and his father denied any behavioral problems at home or at school. His teacher completed a DSM-IV-specific behavioral survey for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It did not show any evidence of ADHD. Darren's father completed 1 year of college and is currently the manager of a neighborhood convenience store. His mother had a high school education; she recalled that she found it difficult to complete assignments that required reading or writing. She is employed as a waitress. Darren does not have any siblings. The pediatrician performed a complete physical examination, the results of which were normal, including visual acuity, audiometry, and a neurological examination. It was noted that Darren seemed to pause several times in response to questions or commands. On two occasions, during finger-nose testing and a request to assess tandem gait, directions required repetition. Overall, he was pleasant and seemed to enjoy the visit. His

  3. 低能量激光照射加耳穴贴压治疗中重度突发性耳聋%Moderate and severe sudden deafness treated with low-energy laser irradiation combined with auricular acupoint sticking

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    周国赢

    2012-01-01

    Objective To test the therapeutic effect on moderate and severe sudden deafness treated with lo-wenergy laser irradiation on acupoint and external auditory canal combined with auricular point sticking (APS) and as compared with electroacupuncture. Methods Two hundred and fifty-eight cases of moderate and severe sudden hearing loss were randomly divided into an observation group 1, an observation group 2 and a control group, 86 cases in each group. In three groups, 10% low molecular Dextran 500 mL were used for intravenous infusion. Based on the above treatment, the observation group 1 was treated with low-energy laser irradiation on acupoinr and external auditory canal (such as ErmenCTE 21). Tinggong(SI 19) and TinghuiCGB 2)), combined with APS at Gan (liver) , Shen(kidney) and Neifenmi (endorine) ,etc. The observation group 2 was treated with electroacupuncture at the same acupoints as those point irradiation in observation group 1. Fifteen days made one session. The therapeutic effects were evaluated after one and two sessions. Results After two sessions, The cured rate was 40. 7% (35/86) in observation group 1 and 38. 4%(33/86) in observation group 2,which were superior to 25. 6%(22/86) in control group(both P<0. 05). Compared with one session, the therapeutic effects after two sessions were better in two observation groups(both P<0.05), but there was no significant difference between two groups(both P> 0.05). In comparison of the improvements of frequency audiometry and auditory function, the two observation groups were better than those in control group(P<0. 05 ,P<0. 01), and the improvements after two sessions were better in two observation groups(both P<0. 01). Conclusion Both of low-energy laser irradiation on acupoint and external auditory canal combined with APS and electroacupuncture are able to decrease frequency audiometry, improve auditory function, and the therapeutic effects are better with prolongation of treatment time. The clinical

  4. Application of Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB)in patients with congenital deformation of middle and outer ears%振动声桥在先天性中外耳畸形患者的应用

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    邹艺辉; 李佳楠; 陈爱婷; 戴朴; 韩东一; 刘会占; 杨仕明

    2012-01-01

    Objective To report application of the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) in patients with congenital deformation of the middle and outer ears and investigate its indications for this patient population. Method Four patients with congenital deformation of middle and outer ears underwent VSB implantation. All were male (aged 3-18 years, average 13.5 years) and operated on the left side., Malformation was bilateral in 3 patients and unilateral in 1 patient. Surgical techniques were modified to accommodate each patient' s unique conditions. The middle ear space was approached via the facial recess in 3 patients and through a post-facial nerve route in 1 patient. The VSB implant was connected to either the stapes (2 cases) or the round window (2 cases). Pure tone and speech audiometry results and daily communication before and after VSB activation were compared. Results The operations were successful in all patients, with no complications. The patient communication level improved significantly after VSB activation. Average air conduction pure tone threshold or conditioned reflex audiometry improved by 35dB in the 0.25-4 kHz range from 69 dB HL before VSB activation to 34 dB HL after. In quiet, the sentence recognition rate at 65 dB SPL went up to 86% from 0% without VSB for patients with bilateral deformation and remained at 100% for the patient with unilateral deformity. However, for the latter patient, the rate improved to 20% from 0% without VSB in noise (-8 dB SNR). Conclusion VSB is a good solution for improving hearing in patients with congenital deformation of middle and outer ears. Operation can be completed and good results can be achieved even in patients with unique conditions.%目的 报道振动声桥在先天性中外耳畸形患者(尤其有特殊情况者)的应用,探索其在该类患者的适应症.方法 对4例先天性中外耳畸形患者行振动声桥植入术,均为男性,年龄3-18岁(平均13.5岁),3例双耳畸形,1例单耳畸形,均为左侧植

  5. Habilidades comunicativas receptivas em criança com bilingüismo português-japonês e paralisia cerebral: relato de caso Communicative receptive ability in a child with cerebral palsy who is bilingual in portuguese -japanese: case report

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    Roberto Minoru Yoshimura

    2006-12-01

    proposed activities, Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese were used. A hearing assessment was also performed, consisting of acoustic immittance measures and pure tone audiometry. Results: the results of the hearing assessment were within normal standards. In the communicative activities, the child seemed to comprehend simple commands in daily contexts, with references present or absent, in both languages. Despite the severity of the neuromotor conditions the child presented, added to the fact that the child did not communicate orally, concept comprehension in both languages was considered satisfactory, showing that receptive abilities were preserved. Environmental experimentation and family stimulation furthered the development of receptive abilities. Conclusions: Despite the gravity of motor alterations, this child's intrinsic capabilities, her sensorial-perceptive potentiality and environmental stimulation enhanced her receptive performance of both the Portuguese and Japanese languages.

  6. Avaliação prospectiva de 11 pacientes brasileiros com mucopolissacaridose II Prospective study of 11 Brazilian patients with mucopolysaccharidosis II

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    Louise L. C. Pinto

    2006-08-01

    Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. The initial assessment and the assessment at 12 months included: anamnesis, physical examination, abdominal nuclear magnetic resonance, echocardiogram, 6-minute walk test, audiometry, serum biochemical tests and urinary glycosaminoglycan concentration. RESULTS: The major findings after comparing the assessments were: 1 two patients had growth retardation; 2 two patients showed negative weight change; 3 one patient went from obese to overweight; 4 three patients revealed left ventricle hypertrophy; of these, two increased the number of cardiac valve lesions; 5 there was no statistically significant difference between the mean distances obtained on the 6-minute walk test; 6 there was splenic enlargement; 7 there was an increase in gamma-glutamyltransferase levels; 8 the urinary concentration of glycosaminoglycans remained unchanged. CONCLUSIONS: In general, echocardiographic findings were the only variable with deterioration and possible immediate clinical consequences. Although a 12-month period is too short to detect changes in most variables related to mucopolysaccharidosis II, its progressive nature should be taken into account when evaluating the efficiency of treatment protocols.

  7. Estudo audiometrico de alta fraquência em pacientes curados de câncer tratados com cisplatina High frequency audiometric study in cancer-cured patients treated with cisplatin

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    Elizabeth Oliveira Crepaldi de Almeida

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Alterações auditivas têm sido encontradas em pacientes submetidos à quimioterapia devido à ototoxicidade, daí a importância da investigação audiológica nesses casos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os limiares de audibilidade nas altas freqüências em indivíduos curados de câncer, tratados com cisplatina e associações, para verificar possível perda auditiva como seqüela do tratamento. Local e data do estudo: Campinas - SP, em 2006. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Roteiro de anamnese, otoscópio e audiômetro. Dez voluntários, entre 5 a 27 anos, foram submetidos a anamnese; meatoscopia; audiometria tonal convencional e de altas freqüências. Forma de Estudo: Clínico experimental. RESULTADOS: O kappa ponderado evidenciou diferença significativa entre as orelhas em 50% das 14 freqüências avaliadas. Oito participantes apresentaram perda auditiva. O acometimento iniciou-se em 1 kHz, com crescimento acentuado a partir de 6kHz. O Teste Exato de Fisher evidenciou associação significativa apenas para dose e orelha direita nas altas freqüências. CONCLUSÃO: É possível que as perdas auditivas detectadas devam-se, pelo menos parcialmente, à ototoxicidade dos antineoplásicos utilizados, a qual pode ocorrer mesmo após a interrupção do tratamento. Sugere-se estabelecer protocolo de acompanhamento audiológico no tratamento quimioterápico.Hearing loss has been described in patients undergoing chemotherapy, given the ototoxic nature of these drugs. An audiological investigation is relevant in such cases. AIM: to assess audibility thresholds at high frequencies in individuals with cancer that was treated successfully with cisplatin and its associations, to verify possible hearing loss as a side effect of therapy. Site and date of the study: Campinas, Sao Paulo, in 2006. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Ten volunteers aged between 5 and 27 years were assessed by a clinical history, otoscopy, and conventional and high frequencies audiometry in this clinical and

  8. Efeitos auditivos da exposição combinada: interação entre monóxido de carbono, ruído e tabagismo Auditory effects of combined exposure: interaction between carbon monoxide, noise and smoking

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    Débora Gonçalves Ferreira

    2012-12-01

    environmental risks (CO and noise and the file information related to auditory health and to the biological concentrations of CO in the blood (CPHb. The first and the last pure-tone audiometry results were analyzed considering the smoking habits, the type of exposure (CO and noise or noise only, the time of exposure, the level of noise, and age. RESULTS: Both the CO concentration and the noise levels were above the tolerance limits provided by the regulatory norm number 15 of the Ministry of Labor and Employment. The group of workers exposed to CO and noise presented a higher rate of noise-induced hearing loss (22.5%, when compared to the group exposed only to noise (7.5%, as well as significant worsening of the hearing thresholds of 3, 4 and 6 kHz. Age, time of exposure, type of exposure, level of noise, and smoking habit significantly influenced the auditory threshold of the participants. Smoking enhanced the effects of both CO and noise on the auditory system. CONCLUSION: The occupational exposure to noise and CO resulted in significant effects on the auditory system of workers from a steel industry.

  9. A habilidade de atenção auditiva sustentada em crianças com fissura labiopalatina e transtorno fonológico Sustained auditory attention ability in children with cleft lip and palate and phonological disorders

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    Tâmyne Ferreira Duarte de Moraes

    2011-12-01

    groups: GI (with phonological disorder and GII (absence of phonological disorder. Audiometry and tympanometry were carried out to detect hearing problems. To diagnose phonological disorder, the following instruments were used: Child Language Test, and Phonological Awareness: Instrument of Sequential Assessment. The ability of auditory attention was assessed using the Test of Sustained Auditory Attention Ability. RESULTS: From seven children with phonological disorder (41%, two (29% had altered results in the Test of Sustained Auditory Attention Ability. There was no difference between children with cleft lip and palate and phonological disorder and children with cleft lip and palate and absence of phonological disorder regarding the results of the Test of Sustained Auditory Attention Ability. CONCLUSION: The sustained auditory attention ability in children with cleft lip and palate and phonological disorder do not differ from the sustained auditory attention ability of children with cleft lip and palate without phonological disorder.

  10. Síndrome de Goldenhar asociado a fisura labio alveolo palatina. Reporte de un caso

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    Nayaret Soto

    2012-12-01

    provide adequate treatment. Case report: To the Service of Orthodontics, Las Higueras Hospital was derived a female patient, born on June 22th, 2012. Clinical diagnosis was cleft lip and full cracked palate with a GAP of 17mm, left and right macrostomia, malformed ears, epibulbar cyst in left eyeball, serie of oral papillomas and headphone level, apparently associating this condition to some kind of syndrome. It was made an acrylic plate for the patient can feed and initiates the treatment presurgical orthopedics. The mother recounts in the clinical History suffer diabetes, one of his sons has cognitive delay, not associated to syndrome. Imaging test shows mild hydrocephalus, jaw fully formation, normal audiometry. All changes are in facial area at the rest of the body is shown within normal parameters.Was performed a complete clinical and imaging examination and request help from geneticist, who collected all the facts confirm the presumptive diagnosis of Goldenhar syndrome.Many syndromes that manifest cleft palate are associated with genetic component, except that even Goldenhar syndrome of unknown cause.It is important to note that there are syndromes expressing varying degrees of severity of cracked palate to also give the patient a full treatment.

  11. Conforto acústico na percepção de escolares alfabetizados Acoustical comfort in the perception of literate school children

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    Juliana Feitosa dos Santos

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar o conforto acústico de alunos alfabetizados. MÉTODOS: Participaram da pesquisa 82 crianças, de 8 a 10 anos, alunos do terceiro e do quarto ano do Ensino Fundamental, de quatro escolas municipais de Santa Maria. Dividiu-se a amostra em dois grupos - expostos e não expostos a níveis maiores que 80 dB(A. Para a seleção da amostra realizou-se inspeção visual do meato acústico externo, audiometria tonal e vocal e timpanometria. Para a pesquisa do conforto acústico foi aplicado um questionário baseado no modelo de escala somatória Likert, com a finalidade de avaliar as atitudes em relação ao conforto acústico. Foram executadas mensurações acústicas nas salas de aula, por meio de dosímetro. Os resultados foram analisados estatisticamente. RESULTADOS: O nível sonoro médio obtido por sala de aula variou de 51,9 dB(A à 114 dB(A. Do total de 82 crianças, 20,7% estavam expostas a níveis mais elevados que 80 dB(A. O desconforto relatado pelas crianças apresentou um percentual de 46,3% dentre o grupo total. O maior percentual de desconforto (51,23% foi verificado para a afirmativa que investiga se o barulho atrapalha a leitura e a escrita. Em relação à inteligibilidade de fala, prevaleceu a atitude de conforto. Quanto à dificuldade na leitura e escrita, foi verificado o maior percentual de desconforto indicado entre os respondentes. CONCLUSÃO: A sensação de desconforto predominou em ambos os grupos estudados.PURPOSE: To verify the acoustic comfort of literate Primary School children. METHODS: Participants were 82 children ranging from 8 to 10 years of age, in their third and fourth year of four public Primary Schools in the city of Santa Maria (RS, Brazil. The sample was divided into two groups - exposed and not exposed to sound levels over 80 dB(A. Visual inspection of the external auditory canal, tonal audiometry thresholds, speech recognition tests and acoustic immittance measures were used to select the

  12. Noise current workers' hearing loss of high frequency longitudinal analysis%噪声场所流动作业工人听力高频损失纵向分析

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    李淑华; 彭成丛

    2014-01-01

    目的:了解噪声对高含硫天然气净化车间流动作业工人听力的影响状况。方法采用定群、纵向研究分析138名噪声职业接触者在岗连续4年的纯音听阈测试结果。结果未检出语频听损者;除2010年外,各年度观察对象增加显著多于岗前(χ2=10.38,P<0.01;χ2=6.31,P<0.05;χ2=7.35, P<0.01),各年度各频段平均听阈显著高于岗前(t=11.52,P<0.01;t=3.83,P<0.05;t=37.98;P<0.01;t=15.13;P<0.01);4次在岗体检3000Hz、4000Hz、600OHz处听损耳次三频段之间比较(χ2=167.95,P<0.01)、各频段两两相比(χ2=165.8,χ2=56.42,χ2=40.09,P<0.01),差异均有统计学意义。结论各年度听损耳数和观察对象数目前未呈现逐年递增趋势,时间累积效应关系尚不稳定,该车间噪声危害目前可控。%Objective To investigate the effect of flow noise purification workshop workers hearing on high sour natural gas. Methods Of longitudinal cohort study, the results of 138 noise occupation contact in 4 consecutive years of pure tone audiometry adopts. Results The were not detected in speech frequency hearing loss; except for 2010, the annual observation object increased significantly than before (χ2=10.38,P<0.01;χ2=6.31,P<0.05;χ2=7.35,P<0.01), the annual average hearing threshold was significantly higher than that before each frequency band (t=11.52,P<0.01;t=3.83,P<0.05;t=37.98;P<0.01;t=15.13;P<0.01);4 on-the-job check-up 3000Hz, 4000Hz, 600OHz between listening to the lug time tri band comparison (χ2=167.95,P<0.01), compared to the band two two (χ2=165.8, χ2=56.42,χ2=40.09,P<0.01), the difference was statistically significant. Conclusion The annual number of hearing loss ears and the observed number at present did not show an increasing trend year by year, 1the cumulative effect of time relation is not stable, controllable hazard at the workshop noise.

  13. Hearing Survey of Noise Exposed Workers in A Steel Cord Products Factory in Jiangyin City%江阴市某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员听力调查

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    张捷; 冯鸿义; 徐秀芬; 陈婷; 金宇星

    2011-01-01

    目的 了解某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员听力损失状况,为采取有效的职业病危害防护措施提供依据.方法 测试某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员双耳气导听阈,结果按GB/T 7582标准对听阈作年龄和性别修正,按年龄、接害工龄分组分析听力损失状况.结果该厂79个噪声监测点中,除7个点合格外,其余均不同程度超过GBZ 2.2 - 2007的要求;调查对象1 040人中,23人双耳高频平均听阈≥40 dB(HL)为观察对象,占总调查人数的2.21%;疑似职业性听力损伤18人.在同一年龄组,随接害工龄增长职业性听力损伤检出率有增高的趋势.结论 钢帘线制品行业中,生产性噪声对作业人员听力损害较大,应控制生产环境噪声强度,做好作业人员个体防护及职业健康检查.%[Objective]To understand the hearing loss of noise exposed workers in a steel cord products factory, and provide evidence for adopting effective protection measures against occupational hazards. [ Methods ] Binaural air conduction audiometry was performed on noise exposed workers,hearing results were modified according to age and sex with CB/T 7582 standard,analysis of hearing loss was based on age groups and service length groups. [ Results]7 out of 79 noise monitoring sites points were qualified,the other exceeded national health standards CBZ 2.2 -2007. Of 1 040 noise exposed workers,23 workers' binaural high frequency average hearing threshold ≥40dB( HL),occupied 2.21% of total workers. 18 were detected suspected occupational hearing loss. Occupational hearing loss showed a growing trend in detection rates increasing with the service length in the same age group. [ Conclusion] It is important to control noise intensity in workplace and strengthen the personal protection of workers and occupational health examination, because great degree of hearing loss for noise is found in the steel cord products industry.

  14. Síndrome de Usher: características clínicas Usher's syndrome: clinical characteristics

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    Josilene de Carvalho Soares Liarth

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Descrever e analisar as manifestações clínicas da síndrome de Usher bem como, estudar o padrão hereditário da doença nos pacientes examinados. Métodos: Foram estudados quatro pacientes, com diagnóstico de síndrome de Usher, na clínica oftalmológica de um hospital geral universitário, no período de dezembro de 1997 a março de 1999. Os pacientes foram submetidos a exames de acuidade visual, refração, biomicroscopia, oftalmoscopias direta e indireta, tonometria, retinografia, campo visual com perímetro de Goldman e audiometria. Foi desenhado o heredograma da família e realizado anamnese e oftalmoscopia binocular indireta de 63 familiares. Resultados: Dos quatro pacientes com síndrome de Usher, 1 foi do tipo I e 3 do tipo II. A acuidade visual dos pacientes variou de 20/100 a 20/400 e a disacusia de moderada a grave. Todos apresentaram retinose pigmentar típica e campo visual tubular. Não foram detectados outros casos de associação de retinose pigmentar e surdez dentre os familiares examinados. Conclusão: É importante enfatizar ao oftalmologista, o diagnóstico de síndrome de Usher, diante de um caso de retinose pigmentar, chamando atenção para o seu padrão de herança autossômica recessiva, assim como para a orientação ao paciente sobre as manifestações clínicas da doença e importância do acompanhamento oftalmo-otorrinolaringológico.Purpose: To describe and analyze the clinical manifestation of Usher's syndrome and to study their hereditary standard as well. Methods: Four patients with Usher's syndrome were studied at Ophthalmologic Clinic of the Getúlio Vargas Hospital, in Teresina-PI, between December, 1997 and March, 1999. The patients were scheduled for tests of visual acuity, refraction, biomicroscopy, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, retinography, visual field with Goldman perimeter and audiometry. Family's pedigree was built and an anamnesis and indirect binocular

  15. Estudo da audição e da qualidade de vida em motoristas de caminhão Study of hearing and quality of life in truck drivers

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    Gabriela Lopes

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: estudar a audição e a sua relação com a qualidade de vida em motoristas de caminhão. MÉTODOS: realizou-se um estudo epidemiológico do tipo transversal de inquérito. Estudou-se 75 motoristas de caminhão, que responderam a anamnese, preencheram o questionário sobre Qualidade de vida (WHOQOL-bref e se submeteram a audiometria tonal liminar e logoaudiometria. Classificou-se a Perda Auditiva Induzida por Ruído (PAIR, segundo o critério utilizado por Fiorini (1994. RESULTADOS: dos 75 audiogramas analisados, 50 sujeitos (66,7% apresentaram audição dentro dos padrões de normalidade (Grupo 1 e 25 sujeitos (33,3% apresentaram audiogramas com alterações: 20 (80,0% foram classificados como sugestivos de PAIR (Grupo 2 e cinco (20,0% foram sugestivos de outras causas (Grupo 3. Houve associação e/ou dependência entre os Grupos e a Idade (p=0,007 e entre os Grupos e os Anos de Profissão (p = 0,049. No Grupo 1 - Normalidade, houve correlações estatisticamente significantes para os domínios: Físico x Psicológico (pPURPOSE: to study hearing in relation to the quality of life in truck drivers. METHODS: an inquiring transversal epidemiological study was realized in 75 truck drivers, who answered to anamnesis and filled the World Health Organization questionnaire on quality of life - WHOQOL-bref, and underwent pure tone and speech audiometry. Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL was classified, according to Fiorini's (1994 criterion. RESULTS: out of 75 evaluated audiograms, 50 subjects (66.7% showed normal hearing (Group 1 and 25 subjects (33.3% showed altered audiograms, being 20 (80.0% classified as suggestive of NIHL (Group 2 and 5 (20,0% were suggestive of other causes (Group 3. There was an association and/or dependence between groups and age (p=0,007 and between groups and years in the profession (p = 0.049. In Group 1 - Normal, there were statistically significant correlations for the domains: Physical x Psychological (p<0

  16. Portadores de vitiligo: estudo das emissões otoacústicas e efeito de supressão A study on otoacoustic emissions and supression effects in patients with vitiligo

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    Rosanna Mariangela Giaffredo Angrisani

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Vitiligo é uma doença cutânea, caracterizada pela ausência da melanina, por destruição de melanócitos. OBJETIVO: Verificar a ocorrência de alteração auditiva em indivíduos com vitiligo. MÉTODO: Avaliação audiológica, pesquisa das emissões otoacústicas evocadas transientes e do efeito de supressão em estudo prospectivo de 24 pacientes com vitiligo. A faixa etária variou de 15 a 45 anos. RESULTADOS: 21 pacientes (87.5% apresentaram audiometria normal; dois apresentaram perda auditiva unilateral em freqüências altas e um apresentou perda coclear de grau moderado à esquerda. Destes 21 sujeitos, 66,7% tiveram ausência de emissões, sugerindo disfunção coclear. As emissões estiveram presentes em todas as bandas de freqüência em apenas 7 pacientes (29,2% e ausentes em 17 (70,8%, com maior ocorrência de falha no sexo masculino, na orelha direita. Na pesquisa da supressão, seis indivíduos falharam, todos do sexo feminino, sendo a orelha esquerda a mais afetada. CONCLUSÃO: Pela análise das emissões otoacústicas verificou-se que os portadores de vitiligo possuem maior predisposição à disfunção coclear, com maior ocorrência no sexo masculino na orelha direita. Quanto ao efeito de supressão, houve maior alteração no sistema eferente em mulheres, com maior ausência à esquerda. As alterações auditivas não diferiram quanto à idade, tipo de vitiligo e tempo de evolução da doença.Vitiligo is a skin disease characterized by absence of melanin due to melanocytes destruction. AIM: to study the incidence of hearing alterations in patients with vitiligo. METHOD: prospective audiological evaluation, transient-evoked otoacoustic emission recordings and study the effects of suppression in 24 patients with vitiligo. Their ages ranged from 15 to 45 years. RESULTS: 21 patients (87.5% had normal audiometry; 2 had unilateral hearing loss in the high frequencies and 1 had cochlear moderate hearing loss in the left ear. Of

  17. 中耳胆脂瘤听骨链破坏与传导性听力损失的关系%The relationship between ossicular status and conductive hearing loss in cholesteatoma

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    叶放蕾; 赵堃; 陈蓓; 高佩; 王晓东

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To investigate and analyze the characteristic of destructive ossicular chain and it's impact on air-bone gap(ABG) among patients with cholesteatoma.Method:Data from 204 cases(213 ears) undergoing an initial surgery for cholesteatoma were retrospectively reviewed to evaluate the relationships between preoperative pure tone audiometry data and intraoperative assessment of individual ossicular destruction.Result:Incus was the most significantly affected ossicle.Furthermore,the destruction of malleus and stapes was often accompanied by the destruction of incus.A partially eroded incus caused significantly increase in ABG from that of an intact incus with cholesteatom aabutting(P<0.05).A partially eroded incus and a partially eroded stapes caused significantly increase in ABG compared to a partially eroded incus(P<0.05).A completely eroded incus caused significantly increase in ABG compared to a partially eroded incus(P<0.05).False fibre-connected would significantly influence on ABG in some ossicular chain erosion patterns(P<0.05).Cholesteatoma abutting an intact ossicle significantly altered average ABG compared to a normal ossicle(P<0.01).Conclusion:Different ossicular chain erosion pattern caused different degrees of ABG.%目的:探讨中耳胆脂瘤患者听骨链病变特点及其与传导性听力损失的关系.方法:回顾性分析204例(213耳)中耳胆脂瘤患者的临床资料,分析术中显微镜下听骨病变特点及其与术前纯音听阈测定结果的关系.结果:中耳胆脂瘤患者砧骨破坏最常见,锤骨、镫骨的破坏往往伴随着砧骨的破坏,砧骨破坏较听骨仅接触胆脂瘤的气骨导差更大(P<0.05),砧镫骨均有破坏较仅有砧骨破坏的气骨导差更大(P<0.05),砧骨完全缺失较仅有部分破坏气骨导差更大(P<0.05).软连接可在部分听骨链破坏类型中发挥传导声能的作用(P<0.05).胆脂瘤接触听骨将影响听力(P<0.01).结论:听骨链不同的

  18. Inteligibilidade de fala com e sem ruído em indivíduos expostos à música eletrônica Speech intelligibility with and without noise in individuals exposed to electronic music

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    Jéssica Kuchar

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A audiometria é o principal meio pelo qual se avalia a audição, pois é um teste universal e padronizado. Os testes de fala são de difícil padronização devido às variáveis envolvidas, sendo de grande importância a aplicação destes na presença de ruído competitivo. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar a inteligibilidade de fala no silêncio e na presença de ruído competitivo, em indivíduos expostos à música eletronicamente amplificada. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foi realizado com 20 estudantes universitários apresentando limiares auditivos normais. O índice de reconhecimento de fala (IPRF foi realizado com quatorze horas de repouso acústico, logo após a exposição à música eletronicamente amplificada e novamente após repouso acústico, sendo obtido em três etapas: sem ruído competitivo, com a presença de ruído competitivo tipo Babble, em escuta monótica, na relação sinal-ruído de + 5 dB e com a relação sinal-ruído - 5 dB. RESULTADOS: Houve maior prejuízo no IPRF logo após a exposição à música e com ruído competitivo, e conforme a relação sinal/ruído diminui, houve piora no desempenho dos indivíduos no teste. CONCLUSÃO: A inclusão do uso de ruído competitivo nos testes de fala na rotina audiológica é importante, pois representa a real desvantagem vivenciada pelos indivíduos na escuta cotidiana.Audiometry is the main way with which hearing is evaluated, because it is a universal and standardized test. Speech tests are difficult to standardize due to the variables involved, their performance in the presence of competitive noise is of great importance. AIM: To characterize speech intelligibility in silence and in competitive noise from individuals exposed to electronically amplified music. MATERIAL AND METHOD: It was performed with 20 university students who presented normal hearing thresholds. The speech recognition rate (SRR was performed after fourteen hours of sound rest after the exposure to electronically

  19. Incidence of tinnitus in mp3 player users Incidência de zumbido em usuários de estéreos pessoais

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Exposure to loud noise is one of the main causes of tinnitus. AIM: To analyze the incidence of tinnitus in mp3 player users and non-users. MATERIAL AND METHOD: One hundred subjects aged from 15 to 30 years were enrolled, 54 of them were regular mp3 player users and 46 were not. Patients with continuous tinnitus for at least 6 months completed the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI and were tested with high frequency audiometry and transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TAOE. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional cohort study. RESULTS: The incidence of tinnitus in non-users was about 8 %; in mp3 player users it was about 28 %, a statistically significant difference. Hearing thresholds at 8kHz were significantly higher in tinnitus patients that used mp3 portable players.TAOE were reduced at 2 kHz in the users group. No statistically significant difference was found in the THI scores between the two groups. CONCLUSION: Tinnitus was more frequent in teenagers and young adults who regularly listen to mp3 music in players. Moreover, the incidence of tinnitus among mp3 player users was associated with higher hearing thresholds at 8 kHz and lower TOAE at 2 kHz.Uma das principais causas de zumbido é a exposição a ruído. OBJETIVO: Comparar a incidência de zumbido entre usuários e não usuários de estéreos pessoais. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Cem indivíduos entre 15 e 30 anos foram recrutados, 54 deles usuários regulares de estéreos pessoais e 46 não-usuários. Pacientes com zumbido preencheram a versão validada para o português brasileiro do Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI. Todos foram submetidos à audiometria de altas frequências (AAF e otoemissões acústicas transientes (OEAT. DESENHO CIENTÍFICO: Estudo de coorte contemporânea com corte transversal. RESULTADOS: A incidência de zumbido entre os usuários de estéreos pessoais foi significativamente maior (aproximadamente 28% x 8%. Os limiares auditivos em 8 kHz foram maiores nos portadores de

  20. Auditoria dos programas de prevenção de perdas auditivas em Curitiba (PPPA Hearing loss prevention programs control of Curitiba (HLPP

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    Regina C.M. Cavalli

    2004-06-01

    Curitiba area are meeting legal requirements and scientific recommendations. STUDY DESIGN: Transversal cohort. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A questionnaire prepared by the American National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, in 1996, for auditing hearing loss prevention programs (HLPP was used as an instrument for data collection. This instrument has 89 questions, divided in eight themes about the following aspects of HLPP programs: training and education, supervisor involvement, noise measurement, engineering and administrative controls, monitoring audiometry, record keeping, referrals, hearing protections devices and administrative aspects. The data was collected through interviews with occupational physicians, engineers and/or safety technicians. The industries were divided in two groups: one composed of industries with HLPPs and another without HLPPs. CONCLUSION: No significant difference was observed between groups and both meet, in part, the legal requirements for hearing loss prevention. Questions about practices that exceed the legal requirements indicated that industries with HLPPs dedicated greater efforts to hearing loss prevention. Through the data analysis, we could identify the strengths and weaknesses of the HLPP programs in this region of Brazil. This information can lead to the proposal of more effective preventive measures and legislation revisions.

  1. Efeitos do ruído de impacto na audição de militares Effects of impact noise on the hearing of military personnel

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    Adriana Betes Heupa

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A prática de tiro é uma atividade que expõe o policial militar ao ruído de impacto, o que pode causar efeitos irreversíveis na audição. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o conhecimento sobre o ruído e os efeitos do ruído de impacto entre policiais militares que fazem prática de tiro. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Caso controle retrospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Participaram 115 militares, sendo 65 expostos ao ruído de impacto e 50 não expostos. Foi realizada a avaliação do nível de ruído das armas de fogo, aplicado um questionário, realizada audiometria tonal limiar e teste de emissões otoacústicas transiente e produto de distorção. RESULTADOS: O nível médio de ruído foi de 125Db (C, a maioria (78% acredita que o ruído pode causar perda auditiva, 92,3% utilizam protetor auricular nas práticas de tiro, mas grande parte (32,3% nunca recebeu orientação quanto ao seu uso, o sintoma mais referido foi o zumbido (23% e 25% dos expostos apresenta perda auditiva sugestiva de induzida por ruído. Houve diferença significativa entre os grupos em relação às alterações auditivas. CONCLUSÃO: Os militares expostos ao tiro são mais suscetíveis a desenvolver perdas auditivas. Há necessidade do desenvolvimento de Programas de Preservação Auditiva nesta população.Shooting is an activity that exposes military personnel to noise impact, which may cause irreversible effects on hearing. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate impact noise on the hearing of military personnel that practice shooting. STUDY DESIGN: A case-control retrospective study. METHODS: 115 military personnel were enrolled; 65 had been exposed to impact noise and 50 were non-exposed. Firearm noise levels were evaluated, subjects answered a questionnaire and underwent threshold tonal audiometry and otoacoustic emissions testing. RESULTS: The average noise level was 125dB(C. Most subjects (78% believe that noise may cause hearing loss; nearly all (92.3% used ear noise protectors while shooting, but most

  2. Avaliação audiológica em pacientes portadores de hipotireoidismo Audiologic evaluation in patients with acquired hypothyroidism

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    Karlos Thiago Pinheiro dos Santos

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Surdez no hipotireoidismo já foi descrita por diversos autores, porém a fisiopatologia é incerta. OBJETIVOS: Realizar avaliações audiológicas de pacientes com hipotireoidismo adquirido. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Grupos de estudo: hipotireoidismo (GH, n-30 e controle (GC, n-30. Parâmetros estudados: gênero, tempo do hipotireoidismo, co-morbidades, sintomas cócleo-vestibulares, exames bioquímicos e hormonais, limiares audiométricos, PEATE e EOAT. RESULTADOS: Todos os participantes eram mulheres; em GH 70% dos pacientes apresentavam tireoidite de Hashimoto e 60% tinham diagnóstico de hipotireoidismo há mais de 5 anos. Depressão e hipertensão foram as principais co-morbidades do grupo GH. Todos os pacientes de GH tinham valores elevados de TSH e 50% deles apresentavam diminuição de T4 livre. Surdez neurossensorial foi detectada em 22 orelhas de GH e em 7 de GC. PEATE mostrou-se normal nos participantes do GC e alterado em 10 orelhas do GH, havendo predomínio do aumento de L-V. EOAT estiveram ausentes em 12 orelhas de GH e em 4 de GC. CONCLUSÕES: Os pacientes com hipotireoidismo apresentaram mais sintomas cócleo-vestibulares, limiares audiométricos mais elevados, prolongamento das latências absolutas de L-V no PEATE e ausência ou redução as amplitudes das emissões otoacústicas. Tais alterações não estavam associadas aos níveis de TSH e T4 livre.Hearing loss in hypothyroidism has been reported by many authors but its pathophysiology is unclear. AIMS: to study the audiological evaluation of patients with acquired hypothyroidism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: two groups were included: a hypothyroidism group (HG, n-30, and a control group (CG, n-30. Parameters studied: gender, time of hypothyroidism, comorbidities, cochleovestibular symptoms, biochemistry and hormonal exams (TSH, T4, tonal audiometry, TOAEs and BERA. RESULTS: all participants were women, 70% of the HG had Hashimoto thyroiditis, 60% of the HG had had the diagnostic of

  3. Evolução clínica de pacientes com doença de Ménière The outcome of patients with ménière’s disease

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    Adriana Gonzaga Chaves

    2007-06-01

    -otology referral centre. Patients underwent a clinical examination, audiometry and bilateral transtympanic electrocochleography. Patients were separated into 2 groups: bilateral Ménière`s disease and unilateral Ménière`s disease. RESULTS: The mean age was 42.9 years; 72.5% were female. Fluctuation of hearing loss occurred in 54.5% of cases, and 65.7% had frequent attacks of vertigo. Bilateral disease was observed in 33.3%. The onset of the disease was earlier in the bilateral group (33.7 years compared to the unilateral group (p= 0.0013. Duration of disease, tinnitus, hearing loss and aural fullness were similar between groups. CONCLUSION: Patients with bilateral Ménière`s disease had symptoms earlier than patients with unilateral disease. There was no difference between the groups in duration of disease and associated symptoms.

  4. Vertigo Imaging; Clinical Radiology'

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    2009-01-01

    ;' and anxiety in psychiatry. "n- Clinical differentiating of peripheral and central vestibular lesion should be done by separating harmonic and disharmonic vestibular syndrome. "n- Examination of the patient with vertigo '' laboratory and imaging'' "n•Electronystagmography "n•Video-oculography "n•Audiometry "n•BAEP "n•CT "n•MRI "n - Common cause of vertigo '' all by image '' "nPeripheral: Physiological '' motion sickness'', benign paroxysmal positional vertigo , vestibular neuronitis , labyrinthitis , meniere disease , perilymph fistula. "nCentral: Brain stem TIA/infarct , post. fossa tumors , M.sclerosis, syringobulbia ,Arnold -chiari , temporal lobe epilepsy and basilar migraine. "nOthers: Cardiac , GI , psycogenic , mediacations , anemia and  hypotension , toxin and drugs: "n''aminoglycoside antibiotics,anticonvulsants,salycilates , alcohol , sedatives , antihistamins , antidepressants '' , cervical spondylosis , sensory deprivation ''neuropathy , visual impairment '',anemia , hypoglycemia , orthostatic hypotension and hyperventilation.  

  5. Achados audiológicos e eletrofisiológicos de indivíduos com a síndrome G/BBB Auditory findings and electrophysiologics in individuals with G/BBB syndrome

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    Tatiana Vialôgo Cassab

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome G/BBB é uma condição rara, caracterizada por hipertelorismo, fissura de lábio e palato e hipospádia. Não foram encontrados trabalhos sobre a audição em indivíduos com esta síndrome. OBJETIVO: Investigar a função auditiva em pacientes com síndrome G/BBB quanto à ocorrência ou não de perda auditiva e a condução nervosa auditiva periférica e central. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Catorze pacientes de 7 a 34 anos, do gênero masculino, com a síndrome G/BBB, foram avaliados por meio de otoscopia, audiometria, timpanometria e potenciais evocados auditivos de tronco encefálico (PEATE. Forma de Estudo: Estudo de série clínico prospectivo. RESULTADOS: Limiares audiométricos normais em 12 (66,7% pacientes da amostra e alterados em dois (33,3%, sendo um com perda condutiva e um neurossensorial. Quanto ao PEATE, foram encontrados: latências absolutas da onda I normais em todos os pacientes, aumento das latências absolutas da onda III e V em dois e seis pacientes respectivamente; latências interpicos I-III, III-V e I-V aumentadas em quatro, três e oito pacientes, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: Perdas auditivas periféricas podem ocorrer na síndrome G/BBB. Há evidências de comprometimento das vias auditivas centrais em nível do tronco encefálico. Estudos com exames de imagem são necessários para maior clareza dos achados clínicos.The G/BBB syndrome is a rare condition characterized by hypertelorism, cleft lip and palate, and hypospadias. No studies were found on the hearing of individuals with this syndrome. AIM: To investigate the auditory function in patients with G/BBB syndrome, such as the occurrence of hearing loss, and central and peripheral auditory nerve conduction. METHODS: Fourteen male patients aged 7-34 years with the G/BBB syndrome were assessed by otoscopy, audiometry, tympanometry and evoked auditory brainstem response (ABR. Model: A retrospective clinical series study. RESULTS: Audiometric thresholds were

  6. 凯时注射液联合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋患者的疗效观察%Observation of curative effects of Kaishi injection combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treatment of sudden deafness

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    王郁

    2016-01-01

    目的::观察凯时注射液联合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋患者的临床疗效。方法:以收治的80例突发性耳聋患者为研究对象,随机双盲法将其分为对照组和观察组,每组各40例。对照组患者采取常规治疗(即给予患者血管扩张剂、营养神经剂等);观察组患者在对照组基础上行凯时注射液联合高压氧治疗,比较两组患者治疗前后纯音听力水平。结果:观察组患者的治疗总有效率85.0%(34/40)高于对照组的65.0%(26/40),差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。治疗后,观察组患者纯音测听气导为(29.1±2.0) dB明显低于对照组的(36.3±2.4) dB,差异有显著性(P<0.01)。结论:在常规治疗基础上,凯时注射液联合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋患者的疗效优于单纯常规治疗。%Objective:To observe clinical curative effects of Kaishi injection combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treat-ment of sudden deafness. Methods:80 patients with sudden deafness were taken as the research objects and were divided into two groups by randomized double blind method with 40 cases in each group. The control group was treated with conventional therapy ( vaso-dilators and nerve nutrition agetns, etc. ) , while the experimental group with Kaishi injection combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy based on the treatment of the control group. The pure tone hearing levels of the two groups before and after the treatment were com-pared. Results:The total effective rate of the experimental group was 85% (34/40), that of the control group was 65. 0% (26/40), and the difference was statistically significant (P<0. 05). The air conduction of pure tone audiometry of the experimental group after the treatment was (29. 1±2. 0) dB, compared with (36. 3±2. 4)dB of the control group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0. 01). Conclusions:The curative effects of Kaishi injection combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy based on the conventional

  7. Gamma knife radiosurgery of acoustic neurinomas

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    The authors report on their series of 40 patients with 41 acoustic neurinomas (ACNs), including one patient with bilateral acoustic neurinomas suffering from neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF II) who were treated with the gamma knife unit at their institution between August 1992 and October 1995. Of these 41 tumours, 21 ACNs had been operated on before (l to 4 times), 20 ACNs were exclusively treated by gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS). The maximal axial tumour diameter ranged from 6 to 33 mm (median: 25 mm), the maximal transverse tumour diameter ranged from 7 mm to 36 mm (median: 16 mm). The dose distributed to the tumour margin was 10 to 17 Gy (median: 12 Gy) by enclosing the tumour with the 40 % to 95 % isodose line (median: 50 % isodose line) and using 1 to 12 isocenters (median: 5 isocenters). Central loss of contrast enhancement was observed in 78 % of the patients within six to 12 months after radiosurgery. Thirty-two patients were observed over a minimum follow up period of at least 36 months, 9 patients were lost to follow up as they died of unrelated causes or refused further check-ups. Within the follow up period of up to seven years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) control scans revealed the tumour diameter stable or decreased in 29 cases and increased in three tumours. Of 14 patients with useful hearing before treatment, 9 patients were examined in addition to pure tone audiogramm by measurement of brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEPs) one to four years after radiosurgery. None of three patients showed a postoperative loss of the cochlea function. According to slight alterations of the cochlea function (cochlea summating action potential), pure tone audiometry of those patients revealed only slight changes of the hearing level (HL) within a maximum range of ±15 Decibel (dB). The hearing threshold improved in two, was stable in four and deteriorated in three patients, respectively. We observed postradiosurgical aggravation of a pre-existing facial

  8. Avaliação audiométrica após estapedotomia com prótese de titânio do tipo Fisch Audiometric evaluation after stapedotomy with Fisch titanium prosthesis

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    Andre Luiz de Ataide

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Otosclerose é uma doença que provoca fixação do estribo, levando à perda auditiva tipicamente condutiva, corrigida com aparelhos auditivos ou cirurgia de estapedotomia, substituindo o estribo doente por uma prótese. O material mais recentemente utilizado é o titânio e no Brasil há apenas duas próteses comercialmente disponíveis. A prótese de pistão tipo Fisch, da Storz, não possui resultados relatados na literatura. OBJETIVO: Estudo retrospectivo avaliando resultado auditivo após estapedotomia com uso desta prótese. MÉTODO: Usando critérios da Academia Americana de Otorrinolaringologia, comparou-se o gap nas audiometrias pré e pós-operatórias, avaliando-se melhora auditiva. RESULTADOS: O gap pós-operatório em baixas frequências teve média de 12,9 dB, em altas frequências de 5,2 dB (média 9,1 dB, mediana 8,8 dB, mínimo 1,3 dB e máximo 21,6 dB, desvio padrão 5,7 e p Otosclerosis causes the fixation of the stapes and conductive hearing loss, usually corrected with the use of hearing aids or through stapedotomy and the replacement of the involved stapes with a prosthesis. Titanium has been the most recently used material of choice in stapedotomy prostheses. Only two prostheses are commercially available in Brazil. There are no reports in the literature on the Fisch-type Storz titanium stapes piston prosthesis. OBJECTIVE: This retrospective study aims to look into the auditory outcomes of patients submitted to stapedotomy and titanium stapes piston prosthesis implantation. METHOD: The criteria described by the American Academy of Otolaryngology were used to compare pre and postoperative air-bone gaps seen in audiometry tests. RESULTS: The mean low-frequency postoperative air-bone gap was 12.9 dB; the mean high-frequency air-bone gap was 5.2 dB (mean 9.1 dB; median gap was 8.8 dB, with a minimum of 1.3 dB and a maximum of 21.6 dB; standard deviation was 5.7 dB, and p < 0.001. Twenty-five (75.8% patients had air-bone gaps

  9. Perfil audiométrico de trabalhadores do distrito industrial de Maracanaú - CE Audiometric profile of Maracanaú's industrial district workers

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    Renata de Mesquita Teles

    2007-09-01

    the 47 (52,80% companies that authorized the study. The studied variables were: age range, total period of exposition to noise, auditory acuity status, type of hearing loss, hearing loss laterality and audiometric configuration suggestive of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL in workers, economic activity trade and size of the company. RESULTS: It was observed that 19% of the studied population presented alterations, with predominance of sensory neural hearing loss (SNHL in 90.67% of the cases. In 12.71% of the population suggestive signs of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL were observed, and in 71.77% of the population with SNHL there were signs of NIHL. Regarding laterality of the hearing loss, 39.09% was unilateral, from which 24.03% was on the left ear. CONCLUSION: Although the results do not represent the total prevalence of hearing loss in the District, they point out to the necessity not only to perform occupational audiometry, but also to longitudinally monitor the hearing of these workers as part of a hearing conservation program.

  10. Percepção e o impacto da música na audição de integrantes de banda militar Perception and the impact of music in the hearing of military band musicians

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    Cláudia Giglio de Oliveira Gonçalves

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a exposição à música elevada, a percepção da sua intensidade e seu impacto na audição em integrantes de uma banda militar. MÉTODOS: Investigou-se os níveis de pressão sonora no local de ensaio da banda, aplicou-se um questionário e efetuou-se a avaliação auditiva (medidas de imitância acústica e audiometria tonal. Participaram da pesquisa 50 integrantes da banda militar do exército do Paraná, todos do sexo masculino, com média de idade de 34,9 anos e tempo médio de atuação na banda de 14,2 anos. RESULTADOS: Quarenta e dois por cento dos sujeitos consideraram que os sons nos ensaios são de intensidade elevada; 76% apresentaram zumbido e 54% dificuldade para ouvir; 58% consideram que a música intensa pode prejudicar a audição; 32% apresentaram alteração auditiva. Os níveis de pressão sonora no ensaio variaram de 90,1 a 110,3 dB(A. CONCLUSÃO: Os músicos estudados eram expostos diariamente a NPS elevados, que podem desencadear problemas na sua saúde, tais como zumbido e alterações auditivas. Apesar de considerarem a intensidade da música como elevada, não se protegiam dela nos ensaios.PURPOSE: To evaluate the exposition to loud music, the perception of its intensity and its impact in the hearing of integrants of a military band. METHODS: Sound pressure levels (SPL at the place where the band rehearsed were measured, a questionnaire was applied, and an audiological assessment was carried out (acoustic immittance measures and pure-tone audiometry. The participants were 50 musicians of the military band of the Paraná (Brazil army, all male, with mean age of 34.9 years and mean exposure duration of 14.2 years. RESULTS: Forty two percent of the participants considered that the sound pressure levels at rehearsals are very high; 76% reported to have experienced tinnitus and 54% had had hearing difficulties; 58% consider that intense music might harm hearing abilities; 32% had hearing loss. The sound

  11. Dados clínicos e da audição em indivíduos com Síndrome de Alport Clinical data and hearing of individuals with Alport syndrome

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    Fatima Regina Abreu Alves

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome de Alport (SA é uma desordem hereditária, caracterizada por nefropatia, muitas vezes, com perda auditiva sensorioneural e com defeitos oculares. OBJETIVO: Analisar os dados clínicos e da audição em indivíduos com SA, com ênfase na correlação entre alteração renal e perda auditiva (PA. FORMA DE ESTUDO: clínico prospectivo com coorte transversal. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: 37 indivíduos realizaram avaliação otorrinolaringológica e testes audiológicos. Foram considerados para a análise estatística da PA os resultados das audiometrias de tons puros. RESULTADOS: Nos 28 indivíduos que apresentavam alterações clínicas foram encontrados 46,4% de DLX e 53,6% de AD. A PA ocorreu em 46,1% dos avaliados. 12 pacientes tinham PA no exame audiométrico 11,5%, leve e 34,6%, moderada. Comparados os familiares normais aos que tinham alteração renal, todos os que apresentavam PA mostravam comprometimento renal. Em 30,8% a configuração era descendente suave em agudos e em 11,5% era plana. CONCLUSÕES: A distribuição dos padrões de herança não coincide com o descrito na literatura. A PA é um achado extra-renal freqüente. Existe associação entre acometimento renal e PA (p= 0,009. As configurações mais freqüentes foram: descendente suave em agudos e plana. Não há associação entre a PA e a idade. Não existe correlação entre PA e sexo neste grupo.Alport Syndrome (AS is a hereditary disease, characterized by nephropathy, often times with sensorineural hearing loss and ocular defects. AIM: to analyze the clinical and hearing information from individuals with AS, more specifically the correlation between renal disorder and hearing loss (HL. STUDY DESIGN: clinical prospective with cross-sectional cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 37 individuals underwent otorhinolaryngological evaluation and were submitted to audiologic tests. For HL statistical analysis we considered only the results from the pure tone audiometries

  12. 龙胆泻肝汤合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋临床观察%Clinical Observation of Sudden Deafness Treated with Longdan Xiegan Decoction and Hyperbaric Oxygen

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    封彦蕾; 吴延涛; 罗丽丽; 梁月俏; 张育丹

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨龙胆泻肝汤合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋的疗效.方法 110例突发性耳聋患者,随机分为两组,治疗组65例,对照组45例,对照组采用高压氧治疗,治疗组采用龙胆泻肝汤合高压氧治疗,两组均以10 d为1个疗程,共观察2个疗程,每个疗程结束时复查一次电测听和安全性检测.观察两组临床疗效和不良反应.结果 治疗组65例(70耳)治疗后治愈19耳,显效27耳,有效21耳,无效3耳,总有效率为95.7%;对照组45例(48耳)治疗后治愈4耳,显效13耳,有效18,无效13耳,总有效率为72.9%,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),治疗组较对照组疗效好,两组患者治疗后均未出现不良反应.结论 龙胆泻肝汤合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋较单用高压氧疗效好,安全性高,值得临床推广.%Objective To explore the efficacy on sudden deafness treated with longdan xiegan decoction and hyperbaric oxygen( HBO ). Methods 110 cases of sudden deafness were randomized into two groups,a treatment group( 65 cases )and a control group( 45 cases ). In the control group,HBO was adopted. In the treatment group, longdan xiegan decoction and HBO were applied in combination. 10 - day treatment made 1 session in either group. Totally 2 sessions of treatment were required for observation. At the end of each session treatment,the electric response audiometry was re - checked and the safety was detected. The clinical efficacy and the adverse reaction were observed in two groups. Results Of 65 cases( 70 ears )in the treatment group, 19 ears were cured,27 ears effective remarkably,21 ears effective and 3 ears failed after treatment;the total effective rate was 95. 7% . Of 45 cases( 48 ears )in the control group,4 ears were cured, 13 ears effective remarkably, 18 ears effective and 13 ears failed after treatment; the total effective rate was 72. 9%. The differences were significant statistically between two groups( P < 0. 05 ). The efficacy in the treatment group

  13. Observation of the Therapeutic Effect of Ginaton with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Sudden Deafness in 42 Cases%金纳多配合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋42例疗效观察

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    谢绍欣

    2011-01-01

    目的 观察金纳多配合高压氧治疗突发性耳聋的疗效.方法 将我院83例突发性耳聋患者随机分为两组,对照组:10%低分子右旋糖酐注射500 mL+地塞米松10 mg+能量合剂,静脉滴注,1次/d.同时辅以高压氧治疗60 min,1次/d.口服谷维素片、西比灵各2片,3次/d,20 d为1个疗程.治疗组:在对照组治疗的基础上加用金纳多注射液17.5 mg×5支加入5%葡萄糖液250 mL,静脉滴注,1次/d,20 d为1个疗程.观察治疗前后两组患者耳聋、耳鸣、眩晕好转程度及纯音测听复查情况,并进行比较.结果 治疗组临床有效率为90.48%,对照组为68.29%.两组疗效比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 金纳多配合高压氧治疗突发性聋疗效好,患者耳聋、耳鸣、眩晕明显得到改善,值得临床上推广使用.%Objective To observe the therapeutic effect of ginaton with hyperbaric oxygen treatment for sudden deafness. Methods 83 cases of sudden deafness accepted in our hospital were randomly divided into two groups, control group :41 cases, treated with 10% dextran injection 500 mL + dexamethasone 10 mg + energy mixture,ntravenous infusion, 1 time/d,supplemented by high-pressure oxygen treatment 60 min,l time/ d,oral-taken oryzanol,flunarizine two pills each time respectively,3 times/ d,20 days as a treatment course. Treatment group:on the basis of control group plus ginaton injection 17.5 mg x5 in 5% glucose 250 mL,intravenous infusion, 1 time/d,20 days as a treatment course. The two groups were observed before and after treatment in terms of deafness,tinnitus,vertigo improved degree and pure tone audiometry review. Results Clinical efficacy of the treatment group was 90.48% ,and68.29% of the control group, which was statistically significant( P <0.01 ). Conclusion Ginaton with hyperbaric oxygen treatment for sudden deafness is effective ,where obvious improvement in deafness, tinnitus and vertigo is observed, which is worthy of clinical popularization.

  14. Medical Surveillance for Former Workers

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    Tim Takaro

    2009-05-29

    . After excluding current workers, construction workers, and deceased workers, the total estimated number of former workers eligible for screening was 72,611. By September, 2006, 53,010 workers had been contacted, 20,298 responded, 2,835 were eligible and authorized, and 2,773 workers were ultimately screened. The cohort was 80% male, 85% white, and had a mean age of 63 years (range 24-96 years) at the time of first exam. Participants completed an occupational health history survey prior to the medical exam. Former Hanford workers were considered eligible for an exam if they reported exposure to asbestos, beryllium, or noise, or if a review of their Hanford work history indicated possible or probable exposure to one of these three hazards. We also invited any former Hanford worker who requested an exam to participate, regardless of documentation of exposure. The screening exam included a problem-focused physical exam, along with screening tests for one or more of three specific medical conditions: asbestosis (chest X-ray and spirometry), berylliosis (chest X-ray, spirometry, and beryllium-induced lymphocyte proliferation test), and NIHL (audiometry). We assisted ill workers in filing appropriate workers’ compensation claims, and facilitated appropriate follow-up medical care. This program has made an important contribution to the health of former DOE contractor workers at the Hanford defense nuclear site.

  15. Correlação entre dados audiométricos e mutação 35delG em dez pacientes Correlation between audiometric data and the 35delG mutation in ten patients

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    Vânia Belintani Piatto

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Mutações no gene da conexina 26 parecem ser extremamente comuns na gênese da surdez hereditária não-sindrômica, especialmente, a mutação 35delG, mas ainda há poucos estudos que descrevem as características audiométricas dos pacientes portadores dessas mutações. OBJETIVO: Analisar as características audiométricas em pacientes com mutações no gene da conexina 26 para se delinear uma correlação genótipo-fenótipo. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: Foram avaliadas audiometrias tonal de 33 casos-índice com surdez sensorioneural não-sindrômica e de 8 familiares afetados. Testes moleculares específicos foram realizados para analisar mutações no gene da conexina 26. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Estudo de casos, retrospectivo, em corte transversal. RESULTADOS: Foram encontradas as prevalências de 27,3% da mutação 35delG nos casos-índice e de 12,5% nos familiares afetados. Em relação aos graus de perda, foram encontrados, 41,5% dos pacientes com grau profundo, 39,0% com grau grave e 19,5% com grau moderado com, os pacientes homozigotos e heterozigotos para 35delG, predominando nos graus moderado-grave. CONCLUSÃO: Estes resultados sugerem que os dados audiométricos, associados ao diagnóstico molecular para a surdez, permitiram delinear uma correlação genótipo-fenótipo em dez pacientes com a mutação 35delG. Mas é necessário estudo multicêntrico para se verificar a real expressão fenotípica na população brasileira relacionada à mutação 35delG.Mutations in the connexin 26 gene seem to be extremely common in non-syndromic hereditary deafness genesis, especially the 35delG, but there are still only a few studies that describe the audiometric characteristics of patients with these mutations. AIM: to analyze the audiometric characteristics of patients with mutations in the connexin 26 gene in order to outline genotype-phenotype correlation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Tonal audiometries of 33 index cases of non-syndromic sensorineural

  16. Desempenho nas habilidades auditivas de atenção seletiva e memória auditiva em um grupo de idosos protetizados: influência de perda auditiva, idade e gênero Performance in the auditory abilities of selective attention and hearing memory in a group of elderly with hearing aids: Influence of hearing loss, age and gender

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    Leonardo Henrique Buss

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: verificar o desempenho nas habilidades auditivas de atenção seletiva e memória auditiva de idosos protetizados e relacioná-lo com o grau e configuração de perda auditiva, o gênero e a idade. MÉTODO: foram avaliados 29 idosos de 60 a 84 anos, sendo 17 (58,62% do gênero feminino e 12 (41,38% do gênero masculino. As avaliações realizadas incluíram meatoscopia, audiometria tonal liminar e aplicação do teste SSW em português. RESULTADOS: a análise dos dados permitiu verificar que, neste grupo de indivíduos, a idade e o grau de perda auditiva influenciaram significantemente nos escores obtidos na avaliação do processamento auditivo, diferentemente das demais variáveis. Os idosos que apresentaram perda auditiva de grau leve com configuração horizontal obtiveram escores significantemente superiores na avaliação do processamento auditivo comparados com os portadores de perda auditiva de grau moderado com configuração horizontal ou grau moderado com configuração descendente. Idosos pertencentes a faixa etária de 60-69 obtiveram desempenho superiormente significante comparado com idosos na faixa etária de 80-89 CONCLUSÃO: concluiu-se que o grau de perda auditiva e a idade influenciam nos resultados da avaliação do processamento auditivo. O gênero e a configuração de perda auditiva não foram fatores determinantes na avaliação do processamento auditivo.PURPOSE: to verify the performance in the auditory abilities of selective attention and hearing memory of elderly with prosthesis and relate it to the degree and the configuration of hearing loss, the gender and the age. METHOD: 29 elderly people from 60 to 84 years old were evaluated, 17 of them (58,62% females and 12 (41,38% males. The evaluations carried out included meatoscopy, audiometry evaluation and the use of the SSW test in Portuguese. RESULTS: the analysis of the data showed that, in this group of individuals, the age and the degree of auditory loss

  17. NOISE INDUCED HEARING LOSSIN HEAVY METAL INDUSTRIAL WORKERS

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Today the world is facing with number of serious problems, which are challenging the humanity for its survival. “The present generation and the future generations have to solve at least three grave problems, namely, population, poverty and pollution if they have to survive”. Pollution is of many types li ke sound pollution, air pollution, and noise pollution. Workers who are exposed to heavy noise at industries are at higher risk of getting severe health problems especially the hearing loss which can be prevented when necessary precautions are taken. AIM: The study consists of ‘Noise Induced Hearing Loss’ (NIHL that may be present in the heavy metal industrial workers exposed to high levels of noise at the work place and compared with the control group and also to find out which frequencies are effected mo re. SETTING: The study was carried out in a nearby heavy metal industry, by taking different departments with varying noise range from (83 - 105 dB are as follows: 1 . Shells (90 - 92dB, 2. Press Shop (94 - 96 dB, 3. Cryogenic Production (85 - 86 dB, 4. Heat Ex changers (95 - 105dB, 5. Pressure Vessels (88 - 90 dB, 6. Tool Manufacturing Section (88 - 92 dB, 7. Welding (90 - 92 dB, (8. Training Section (87 - 88 dB, 9. Quality Control (83 - 85 dB, 10. Garage (86 - 88 dB . MATERIALS & METHODS : The study population included all 200 male subjects with 100 test group and 100 control group. All are subjected to thorough clinical examination, hearing tests in the department of physiology and pure tone audiometry at Visakhapatnam, from January 2014 to January 2015. The parameters studied were age, duration of exposure and years of service and intensity of exposure to noise. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: In this study statistical analysis is Chi square analysis for estimation of p value which is <0.05. RESULTS: The case sheets analyzed wer e total 200. Test group which include100 and control group 100. Among test group almost all of them

  18. The effect of tympanoplasty on tinnitus and analysis of possible influencing factors in patients with chronic otitis media%慢性中耳炎患者鼓室成形术后耳鸣变化及影响因素

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    郭平; 王武庆

    2014-01-01

    目的:了解慢性中耳炎患者鼓室成形术后耳鸣改变情况,分析慢性中耳炎患者术后听力提高程度、中耳炎分型与术后耳鸣改变的关系。方法记录106例慢性中耳炎病人术前及术后6个月的耳鸣严重程度的变化及听力改变情况,分析耳鸣改变与中耳炎分型以及听力提高的关系。使用配对t检验、独立样本t检验、卡方检验和确切概率法进行统计分析。结果慢性中耳炎患者的耳鸣发生率为46%。术前伴有耳鸣的40例病人,术后有15例病人的耳鸣治愈;18例病人耳鸣治疗有效;7例耳鸣治疗无效,鼓室成形术对耳鸣治疗有效率为82%;术后有1例新发耳鸣。术后耳鸣改善明显组的气导听力提高较耳鸣改善不良组的明显(p0.05)。结论对慢性中耳炎伴耳鸣的患者,手术可使多数患者耳鸣缓解。其中低频气导听力的提高对其耳鸣的缓解作用较显著,鼓室成形术诱发新的耳鸣不常见。%Objective The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of tympanoplasty on tinnitus in patients with chronic otitis media(COM), and to determine the effect of audiologic outcome, different types of chronic otitis media influenc-ing on tinnitus changes. Methods Our study consisted of 106 patients who were operated between March 2012 and January 2013. Audiologic evaluation by pure tone audiometry and assessment of tinnitus scores were conducted 3 months before and after surgery. We analysed the data with Paired t test, Student’s t test and Fisher's exact test by stata software. Results The pre-operative incidence of tinnitus in patients with chronic otitis media was 46%. After tympanoplasty, tinnitus reduced in 82%of patients. There was a very significant difference between audiological gain and reduced tinnitus scores (p0.05). There was one patient having new tinnitus after surgery. Conclusions Following tympanoplasty, most patients experienced a reduction in

  19. 86例主观性耳鸣的临床治疗体会

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    黄振宁

    2014-01-01

    Objective: to analyze the clinical manifestations of patients with tinnitus and hearing change, wil be a variety of tinnitus masking test and individualized treatment. Methods: 86 patients with subjective tinnitus, do pure tone audiometry, acoustic emission, tinnitus detection and masking test, the test results of the clinical manifestations of the disease and al kinds of tinnitus masking analysis. Results: the incidence of tinnitus male 48%, female 52%, appear on the left of tinnitus is most common, accounting for 42%, folowed by bilateral tinnitus tinnitus in 30%, right side for a minimum of 28%, the city population and mental workers accounted for 77% of the total cases and 68% chronic patients, in the course of tinnitus patients more than 1 years accounted for 46%, the high and low frequency tinnitus masking therapy the patient better, effective rate were 71.6% and 71.8%, while the intermediate frequency tinnitus masking therapy showed only 51.7% efficiency. Conclusion: Patients with tinnitus, tinnitus masking test various features and frequency of great relevance, Feldman curve type has great value in clinical diagnosis, treatment of tinnitus, are important indexes for forecasting of tinnitus masking is effective and individualized treatment of tinnitus.%目的:分析耳鸣病人的临床表现和听力学改变,将多种耳鸣进行掩蔽试验并探讨个性化治疗方式。方法:选择主观性耳鸣病人86例,做纯音测听、耳声发射、耳鸣检测及掩蔽试验,对该病的临床表现和各类耳鸣掩蔽试验结果进行分析。结果:耳鸣男性发病率为48%,女性为52%,出现于左侧的耳鸣最多见,占42%,其次是双侧耳鸣30%,右侧耳鸣最低为28%,城市人群及脑力劳动者占总发病数的77%和68%,病程中耳鸣发病超过1年的慢性病人占46%,高频和低频耳鸣病人的掩蔽治疗结果较好,有效率分别为71.6%及71.8%,而中频耳鸣掩蔽

  20. Estudo dos efeitos auditivos e extra-auditivos da exposição ocupacional a ruído e vibração Auditory and extra-auditory effects of occupational exposure to noise and vibration

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    Márcia Fernandes

    2002-10-01

    compact hydraulic excavators. The 73 participants underwent an interview, otoscopy, and pure-tone audiometry. Regarding general health, group 2 workers, exposed to whole-body vibration presented the highest number of complaints. Results: All the participants from group 1 use hearing protectors and 11% of them complained about tinnitus. Not all workers from group 2 use hearing protectors and 17% of them 2 reported tinnitus. However, group 1 workers, exposed to hand-arm vibration was the group with the highest percentage of abnormal audiograms. Conclusion: This study revealed a series of weaknesses in the health surveillance of these populations and indicated the need for the implementation of preventive programs focusing on their exposures to noise and vibration.

  1. Differential pathologies resulting from sound exposure: Tinnitus vs hearing loss

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    Longenecker, Ryan James

    the acoustic startle reflex show that after sound exposure the magnitude of startle responses decrease in most mice, to varying degrees. Lastly, PPI audiometry was able to detect specific behavioral threshold deficits for each mouse after sound exposure. These deficits persist past initial threshold shifts and are able to detect frequency specific permanent threshold shifts. The third specific aim examined hyperactivity and increased bursting activity in the inferior colliculus after sound exposure in relation to tinnitus and hearing loss. Spontaneous firing rates were increased in all mice after sound exposure regardless of behavioral evidence of tinnitus. However, abnormal increased bursting activity was not found in the animals identified with tinnitus but was exhibited in a mouse with broad-band severe threshold deficits. CBA/CaJ mice are a good model for both tinnitus development and noise-induced hearing loss studies. Hyperactivity which was evident in all exposed animals does not seem to be well correlated with behavioral evidence of tinnitus but more likely to be a general result of acoustic over exposure. Data from one animal strongly suggest that wide-spread severe threshold deficits are linked to an elevation of bursting activity predominantly ipsilateral to the side of sound exposure. This result is intriguing and should be followed up in further studies. Data obtained in this study provide new insights into underlying neural pathologies following sound exposure and have possible clinical applications for development of effective treatments and diagnostic tools for tinnitus and hearing loss.

  2. Effects of cochlear implantation on ipsilateral tinnitus%人工耳蜗植入对成人语后聋患者同侧耳鸣的影响

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    陶朵朵; 陈兵

    2012-01-01

    Objective Cochlear implantation is the current standard of care in patients with significant sensorineural hearing loss.The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of cochlear implantation on ipsilateral tinnitus.Methods With standard assessment table and standard testing program,48 postlingual hearing-impaired adults aged 18 -62 years(mean age at implantation:35.0)were operated at 5 clinical centers from June 2009 to March 2010.There were 23 males(47.9%)and 25 females (52.1%).We evaluated the pre- and post-implantation degrees of tinnitus,performed free sound field audiometry and scored speech perceptiou during different periods.Secondary analyses were conducted to examine the correlation between the effects of implantation on tinnitus and hearing or speech perception rehabilitation.Results Before implantation,there were 16 cases with ipsilateral tinnitus and 32 cases without tinnitus.After implantation,among 16 cases,the outcomes were recovery(n =6),tinnitus suppression(n =1)and no change in symptoms(n =9).The total effective rate was 43.8%.Among another 32 cases without preoperative tinnitus,2 cases developed tinnitus after implantation.The effects of cochlear implantation on tinnitus were negatively correlated with the course of tinnitus.There was no more correlation with other factors.Conclusion Cochlear implants have significant therapeutic effects on tinnitus in 43.8% of implant users.Better efficacies are correlated with a shorter course of tinnitus.However,tinnitus suppression using electrical stimulation via cochlear implantation for deafness needs to be further evaluated.%目的 观察人工耳蜗植入者手术前后同侧耳鸣变化情况,评估人工耳蜗植入对耳鸣的影响.方法 对48例在国内5个三甲医院行REZ-1人工耳蜗植入者进行手术前后耳鸣程度评估,根据疗效评定标准评价人工耳蜗植入对耳鸣的干预作用,并对可能影响干预作用的相关因素进行统计分析.结果 48例人

  3. Aceitação de protetores auditivos pelos componentes de banda instrumental e vocal Acceptance of hearing protection aids in members of an instrumental and voice music band

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    Maria Helena Mendes

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Existem barreiras para a efetiva proteção auditiva entre músicos. OBJETIVO: Verificar a aceitação de protetor auditivo pelos componentes de banda instrumental e vocal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo realizado com a Banda Municipal de Indaial, em 2005. O grupo de estudo consistiu de 34 componentes. Os níveis de pressão sonora foram mensurados durante um ensaio. Os sujeitos responderam questionários e realizaram audiometria tonal. Os limiares tonais dos componentes da banda foram comparados a um grupo controle. Ministrado palestra e distribuído protetores auditivos por 3 meses. RESULTADOS: Os níveis de pressão sonora variaram de 96,4 dB(A a 106,9 dB(A. As maiores queixas foram: incômodo a sons 58,8% e zumbido 47%. Ao compararmos a mediana dos limiares auditivos dos músicos com o grupo controle observou-se diferença significativa à direita nas freqüências de 4 e 6 kHz, e à esquerda nas freqüências de 3, 4 e 6 kHz. 77,1% referiram que a música pode ocasionar prejuízo auditivo. 56,2% referiram não ter gostado do protetor, 43,7% referiram ter gostado. CONCLUSÃO: Os sujeitos têm a informação sobre o risco, mas não há prevenção em relação aos efeitos auditivos, sugerindo a necessidade de campanhas periódicas e legislação específica aos profissionais ligados à música.There are barriers to effective hearing protection among musicians. AIM: To investigate the acceptance of hearing protection aids in members of an instrumental and voice music band. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A prospective study of 34 members of the Municipal Indaial Band. Sound pressure levels were measured during a rehearsal, indicating mean levels ranging from 96.4 dB(A to 106.9 dB(A. Subjects answered questionnaires and underwent audiometry. They attended a lecture in which folders and hearing protection aids were provided; subjects were asked to try using the protectors for 3 months. RESULTS: At the end of the study period, 56.2% reported not

  4. Avaliação do processamento auditivo em idosos que relatam ouvir bem Auditory processing assessment in older people with no report of hearing disability

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    Maura Ligia Sanchez

    2008-12-01

    , otorhinolaryngological exam, threshold tonal audiometry, speech recognition threshold, speech recognition index, immittance measures, stapes reflex study, synthetic phrases identification test with ipsilateral competitive message, frequency pattern test and alternate twin-syllable test through dichotic task; age range and hearing loss influenced results from the phrases identification with ipsilateral competitive message. Percentages of right answers below normal standards were seen in the three tests that assessed the central auditory functions. CONCLUSION: Elderly individuals who did not complain of hearing presented relevant prevalence of signs of central auditory function inefficiencies.

  5. Estudo da ototoxicidade em trabalhadores expostos a organofosforados Ototoxicity study in workers exposed to organophosphate

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    Ana Cristina Hiromi Hoshino

    2008-12-01

    from Teresópolis, RJ. Age ranged between 16 and 59 years, with a mean value of 39.6 years, 5 were males and 13 females. We used three questionnaires with questions associated with general and auditory health, and more specific questions about dizziness and its association with work. All workers underwent clinical evaluation, audiometry and vectoelectronystagmography. RESULTS: results showed that 16 workers had irritative peripheral body balance disorder and 7 workers had sensorineural hearing loss, thus suggesting that agricultural pesticides cause vestibular alterations through a slow and silent intoxication. CONCLUSIONS: medical care for this population exposed to neurotoxic substances require an interdisciplinary approach, to guarantee efficient preventive and therapeutic measures.

  6. Caracterização do zumbido em idosos e de possíveis transtornos relacionados Characterization of tinnitus in the elderly and its possible related disorders

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    Lidiane Maria de Brito Macedo Ferreira

    2009-04-01

    alone 83%;32,5% had emotional disorders, 31.8% had sleep disorders, 22.5% had difficulties concentration and 13.2% had social problems; 39% classified their tinnitus in moderate; 35% had intense tinnitus and 26% considered it a mild one: as to comorbidities: relation with neurotology symptoms and hypertension; as for associations with audiometry findings: descending, sensorineural and symmetrical curves prevailed. CONCLUSIONS: Tinnitus has a relevant impact on the lives of the elderly; there was no correlation between the level of hearing loss and the level of patient dissatisfaction caused by tinnitus; and presbycusis was the most common finding in the audiometric tests.

  7. Prospective study of inner ear radiation dose and hearing loss in head-and-neck cancer patients

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    Purpose: To determine the relationship between the radiation dose to the inner ear and long-term hearing loss. Methods and Materials: Eligible patients included those receiving curative radiotherapy (RT) for head-and-neck cancer. After enrollment, patients underwent three-dimensional conformal RT planning and delivery (180-200 cGy/fraction) appropriate for their disease site and stage. The inner ear was contoured on axial CT planning images. Dose-volume histograms, as well as the mean and maximal dose for each structure, were calculated. Patients underwent pure tone audiometry at baseline (before treatment) and 1, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months after RT. The threshold level (the greater the value, the more hearing loss) in decibels was recorded for 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, and 8000 Hz. For patients receiving predominantly unilateral RT, the contralateral ear served as the de facto control. The differences in threshold level between the ipsilateral and contralateral ears were calculated, and the temporal pattern and dose-response relation of hearing loss were analyzed using statistical methods that take into account the correlation between two ears in the same subject and repeated, sequential measurements of each subject. Results: Of the 40 patients enrolled in this study, 35 qualified for analysis. Four patients who received concurrent chemotherapy and RT were analyzed separately. The 31 unilaterally treated patients received a median dose of 47.4 Gy (range, 14.1-68.8 Gy) to the ipsilateral inner ear and 4.2 Gy (range, 0.5-31.3 Gy) to the contralateral inner ear. Hearing loss was associated with the radiation dose received by the inner ear (loss of 210dB was observed in ears receiving ≥45 Gy) and was most appreciable in the higher frequencies (≥2000 Hz). For a 60-year-old patient with no previous hearing loss in either ear, after receiving 45 Gy, the ipsilateral ear, according to our clinical model, would have a 19.3-dB (95% confidence interval [CI], 15

  8. Presença de microfonismo coclear no peate-clique: diagnóstico diferencial entre espectro da neuropatia auditiva e perdas auditivas cocleares descendentes em crianças Presence of cochlear microphonics in click-ABR: differential diagnosis between auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder and steeply sloping cochlear hearing loss in children

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    Gabriela Ribeiro Ivo Rodrigues

    2010-12-01

    of cochlear microphonics for click-ABR. The children are assessed by click-ABR, otoacoustic emissions and pure tone audiological evaluation, using the Visual Reinforcement Audiometry technique. RESULTS: the test battery showed that children have sensorineural hearing loss (cochlear with steeply sloping configuration, so that the presence of cochlear microphonics in the click-ABR was probably generated by the preservation of the cochlea in the low frequencies. CONCLUSION: the cases demonstrated that the absence of the otoacustic emissions, and presence of cochlear microphonics should not be interpreted as Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, since that these conditions are similar to steeply sloping cochlear hearing loss.

  9. Efeito de fármacos ototóxicos na audição de recém-nascidos de alto risco Effects of ototoxic drugs in the hearing of high risk newborns

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    Marília Fontenele e Silva Câmara

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Calcular a incidência da perda auditiva sensorioneural (PASN em recém-nascidos de alto risco, verificar se existe associação causal entre o uso de fármacos ototóxicos em neonatos de alto risco e a PASN e estabelecer a frequência das mutações genéticas relacionadas à PASN em neonatos de alto risco. MÉTODOS: A pesquisa foi uma coorte retrospectiva e prospectiva realizada em 250 crianças. Foi realizada coleta de dados em prontuários e com os responsáveis, triagem auditiva por emissões otoacústicas-produto de distorção, timpanometria, audiometria com reforço visual, potencial evocado auditivo de tronco encefálico e emissões otoacústicas transientes. A pesquisa das mutações genéticas 35delG e mitocondriais A1555G e A7445G, foi fundamental para avaliar a possibilidade da PASN ser de origem genética não-sindrômica. RESULTADOS: A incidência da PASN foi de 11,6%, as associações causais entre a PASN e os fármacos administrados foram: amicacina e cefotaxima (OR 5,35, cefotaxima e furosemida (OR 7,02, ceftazidima e vancomicina (OR 9,12. A frequência da mutação 35delG foi de 0,8% e para as mutações mitocondriais A1555G e A7445G foi 0%. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência de PASN em recém-nascidos de alto risco foi alta, apresentando importante relação causal com o uso de medicamentos e pequena relação com mutações genéticas.PURPOSE: To calculate the incidence of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL, to verify if there is a causal association between the use of ototoxic drugs and SNHL, and to establish the frequency of genetic mutations related to SNHL in high risk newborns. METHODS: The study was a retrospective and prospective cohort research with 250 children. Data was gathered from subjects' charts and with their caregivers. Moreover, subjects were submitted to auditory evaluation with distortion product otoacoustic emissions, timpanometry, visual reinforcement audiometry, auditory brainstem response and

  10. Dificuldades na comunicação em normo-ouvintes: estudo comportamental e eletrofisiológico Communication disorders in subjects with normal hearing: a behavioral and electrophysiological study

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    Marta Regueira Dias Prestes

    2013-02-01

    communication difficulties was recorded during speech recognition tests run in quiet and noisy conditions, audiometry, and auditory evoked brainstem potential testing. RESULTS: Case group subjects differed statistically from controls only in self-reported scores of hearing impairment. The groups did not differ in the other ratings. A positive correlation was found between hearing thresholds and scores on self-reported impairment. CONCLUSION: The combination of hearing complaints and unaltered audiograms was not correlated with differences in performance in speech recognition testing in noisy conditions or in the remaining evaluations. Correlation analysis showed that the higher the pure tone thresholds, the greater were the reported communication difficulties, even in thresholds between 0 and 25 dB.

  11. Zumbido em indivíduos sem perda auditiva e sua relação com a disfunção temporomandibular Tinnitus in individuals without hearing loss and its relationship with temporomandibular dysfunction

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    Aline Albuquerque Morais

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisas apontam que disfunções da articulação temporomandibular estão freqüentemente associadas ao zumbido. OBJETIVO: caracterizar o zumbido de indivíduos com audição normal e buscar possível relação com a Disfunção Temporomandibular (DTM. Forma do estudo: prospectivo tranversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: participaram 20 adultos de ambos os sexos com queixa de zumbido e limiares auditivos dentro da normalidade à audiometria convencional. Foi realizada a pesquisa das características psicoacústicas do zumbido, aplicação do checklist de sinais e sintomas de DTM e aplicação do Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI. RESULTADOS: o zumbido de pitch agudo, contínuo e bilateral foi o mais freqüente. À acufenometria, o pitch médio do zumbido referido pelos indivíduos foi de 8,6 kHz e a loudness média foi de 14,1 dBNS. O grau do incômodo causado pelo zumbido foi leve. Observou-se que quanto mais agudo o pitch, menor foi a loudness e maior a pontuação no THI. Verificou-se que 90% dos indivíduos apresentaram pelo menos um sinal ou sintoma de DTM. CONCLUSÕES: o tipo de zumbido mais frequente é o de pitch agudo, contínuo e bilateral, 90% dos indivíduos apresentaram pelo menos um sinal ou sintoma de DTM e não há correlação do zumbido com a acufenometria, THI e checklist para DTM.Research has shown that dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint is often associated with tinnitus. AIM: to characterize tinnitus in individuals with normal hearing and search for a possible relationship with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD. Study design: prospective and cross-sectional. MATERIALS AND METHODS: the participants included 20 adults of both genders with tinnitus and normal hearing thresholds on audiometry. We studied tinnitus psychoacoustic characteristics and employed the checklist of TMD signs and symptoms from the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI. RESULTS: the high pitch, continuous and bilateral tinnitus was the most frequent. Upon

  12. Relação da presença de hiperacusia em pacientes com paralisia facial periférica de Bell Relation of hyperacusis and peripheral facial paralysis - Bell's palsy

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    Raquel Ysabel Guzmán Liriano

    2004-12-01

    patients with Bell's palsy. AIM: The objective of the present study was to check if patients with Bell's palsy present hyperacusis. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical prospective. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Eighteen patients with peripheral facial paralysis were randomly selected and examined. Complete ENT evaluation was performed, including Hilger facial nerve stimulator, Schirmer's test, electrogustometry, pure tone testing, speech audiometry, immittance testing and discomfort loudness levels. The group aged 31-40 years was the most affected by peripheral facial paralysis in this sample. RESULTS: The incidence was higher in females (61%. The right side of the face was involved in 56% of patients. As to local involvement, grade IV was observed in 44% of cases and grades III and V in 28% of patients each. Only one patient (5.5% complained of hyperacusis. All studied patients presented reduced tolerance threshold in the audiometric graphs, and stapedius reflex protects these patients by 16dB on average. CONCLUSION: Therefore, we could conclude that the frequency of complaints of hyperacusis in patients with Bell's palsy was similar to that of the general population; however, in audiometric terms, the tolerance threshold in the paralyzed side was lower when compared with the normal side.

  13. Secreção na orelha média em lactentes - ocorrência, recorrência e aspectos relacionados Secretion of middle ear in infants - occurrence, recurrence and related factors

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    Sandra de O. Saes

    2005-04-01

    Universidade do Sagrado Coração. METHODS: Newborns and infants were monthly submitted to anamneses, otoscopy, behavioral hearing assessment using sound instruments and pure tones (pediatric audiometry and tympanometry. RESULTS: The results revealed that 68.4% of infants presented one or more episodes of middle ear secretion during their two first years, with more recurrence among males. Peak occurrence was between four and 12 months of age and, the earlier the first episode, the higher the probability of recurrence. Greatest incidence was during May and August. It was found that, of the variables investigated, the period of exclusive breastfeeding actuated as a protector factor. With respect of risk factors, it was observed that passive smoking, gastro-esophageal reflux and respiratory allergy were related with the recurrences of effusion. CONCLUSION: Findings revealed the importance of periodic auditory follow-up for infants during their first two years of life, considered to be the critical period of auditory system maturation, during which sensory deprivation can be responsible for damage to the development of speech, language and other auditory abilities.

  14. Common Deafness Genes Mutations in Non-Syndromic Deafness Patients%非综合征型聋患者常见耳聋基因突变分析

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    胡煜; 孙敬武; 孙家强; 侯晓燕; 罗静; 罗彬

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate common deafness genes mutations in patients with severe and profound non-syn⁃dromic deafness in order to understand their hereditary etiologies and characteristics at the molecular level and provide evi⁃dence and strategies for prevention and treatment. Methods A deafness gene test chip was used to examine 9 hot mutations in the GJB2, GJB3, SLC26A4 and mitochondrial 12S rRNA genes in 179 patients with non-syndromic deafness. Other ex⁃aminations included deafness etiology questionnaires, pure tone audiometry, auditory brainstem response, tympanometry and temporal bone CT . Results Various types of gene locus mutations were seen in 79 of the 179 patients, with 3 showing double gene locus mutations:①GJB2 gene mutations (n=42) included 175 del 16 heterozygosity mutation (n=2), 176 del 16 homozygous mutation (n=1), 235 del C heterozygous mutation (n=9), 235 del C homozygous mutation (n=17), 299 del AT het⁃erozygous mutation (n=2), 235 del C/299 del AT mutation (n=7), 235 del C/176 del 16 heterozygous mutation (n=4) and no 299 del AT homozygous mutation; ② SLC26A4 gene mutations (n=37) included 2168 A>G heterozygous mutation (n=4), IVS7-2A>G homozygous mutation (n=13), IVS7-2A>G heterozygous mutation (n=17), and 2168 A>G/IVS7-2 A>G muta⁃tion (n=3);③mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene mutations (n=3) included 1555 A>G homogeneous mutation (n=2) and 1494 C>T homogeneous mutation (n=1);④GJB3 gene mutation was not found. Genetic deafness was confirmed at the gene level in 48 cases (26.8 %) and 31 patients (17.32 %) were diagnosed as carriers of genetic deafness gene mutations.Conclusion GJB2 and SLC26A4 gene mutations are the main mutation types in severe and profound non-syndromic deafness patients in Anhui province, followed by mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene mutation. Genetic screening can help determine the cause of some non-syndromic deafness and provide targeted genetic counseling and guidance for patients and their families. It is al

  15. 普通话言语测听单音节词表在山西方言人群中的应用%Application of Monosyllable List of Mandarin Speech Test in Population Speaking Shanxi Dialect

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    周凯; 张燕霞; 张芩娜

    2014-01-01

    , except of the Bingzhou dialect area. The initial test score was 65.0%± 14.6%, and the retest scores was 67.2%± 12.1%for the dialect groups, showing an overall critical difference of 15.9% and various critical differences of 12.9%-17.8% across the dialect groups. Conclusions Mandarin crowd test results of this set of monosyllabic lists cannot be directly applied to populations speaking Shanxi dialects. Only when dialect speaking population test-retest results difference exceeds the critical difference, can audiology intervention be considered effective. The learning effect can also influence the result of speech audiometry.

  16. Self-reported hearing performance in workers exposed to solvents Autoevaluación de funciones auditivas en trabajadores expuestos a solventes Autoavaliação de funções auditivas em trabalhadores expostos a solventes

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    Adrian Fuente

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To compare hearing performance relating to the peripheral and central auditory system between solvent-exposed and non-exposed workers. METHODS: Forty-eight workers exposed to a mixture of solvents and 48 non-exposed control subjects of matched age, gender and educational level were selected to participate in the study. The evaluation procedures included: pure-tone audiometry (500 - 8,000 Hz, to investigate the peripheral auditory system; the Random Gap Detection test, to assess the central auditory system; and the Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap, to investigate subjects' self-reported hearing performance in daily-life activities. A Student t test and analyses of covariance (ANCOVA were computed to determine possible significant differences between solvent-exposed and non-exposed subjects for the hearing level, Random Gap Detection test and Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap. Pearson correlations among the three measures were also calculated. RESULTS: Solvent-exposed subjects exhibited significantly poorer hearing thresholds for the right ear than non-exposed subjects. Also, solvent-exposed subjects exhibited poorer results for the Random Gap Detection test and self-reported poorer listening performance than non-exposed subjects. Results of the Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap were significantly correlated with the binaural average of subject pure-tone thresholds and Random Gap Detection test performance. CONCLUSIONS: Solvent exposure is associated with poorer hearing performance in daily life activities that relate to the function of the peripheral and central auditory system.OBJETIVO: Comparar el desempeño de las actividades diarias relacionadas a funciones del sistema auditivo periférico y central entre trabajadores expuestos y no expuestos a solventes. MÉTODOS: Participaron del estudio, 96 trabajadores, siendo 48 expuestos a solventes y no expuestos, pareados

  17. Saúde auditiva de trabalhadores expostos a ruído e inseticidas Hearing health of workers exposed to noise and insecticides

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    Cleide Fernandes Teixeira

    2003-08-01

    prevalence study examined a population of 98 individuals who sprayed insecticides in campaigns for the prevention of Dengue, Chagas disease and Yellow fever. The sampling approach was finalistic, and included the workers in a health district of Pernambuco, during the year 2000. A questionnaire was used to collect data on occupational and non-occupational risks, safety measures utilized, family history of auditory problems and health symptoms. Previous noise exposure history was also investigated, since noise can be a confounding factor for hearing loss. Hearing sensitivity and middle ear function were assessed by pure tone audiometry. RESULTS: Among those exposed to insecticides, 63.8% demonstrated a hearing loss. For the group of workers exposed to both noise and insecticides, hearing loss was observed in 66.7% of the cases. The median exposure time necessary to detect high-frequency losses was 3.4 years for workers exposed to both agents and 7.3 years for workers exposed to insecticides only. Hearing thresholds were poorest among workers exposed to both agents. Auditory damage for those with combined exposures to the two factors was more severe than the hearing losses observed among those exposed only to insecticides. CONCLUSIONS: There is evidence that exposure to insecticides was associated with peripheral sensorioneural hearing loss and that noise exposure can potentiate the ototoxic effects of insecticides. It is necessary to evaluate this possible association through epidemiological studies.

  18. 血浆纤维蛋白原水平对溶栓治疗突发性聋疗效评价%Plasma fibrinogen level on fibrinolytic therapy effect assessment sudden deafness

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    2012-01-01

    Objective To observe the level of plasma fibrinogen (FIB) for thrombolytic treatment of sudden deafness treatment of patients with sudden deafness evaluate the effect of its importance, and thus promote the clinical treatment of sudden deafness progress. Methods 108 patients in our hospital from March 2007 to March 2010 were treated with sudden deafness, and were divided into normal plasma fibrinogen group (fibrinogen ≤3.5 g/L, 54 ears) and elevated plasma fibrinogen group (fibrinogen>3.5 g/L, 54 ears) respectively according to plasma fibrinogen levels. Of the 54 cases, two groups of patients were also given Batroxobin thrombolytic infusion therapy. Before treatment and 7 days after treatment, the pure tone audiometry of patients was detected. The results of two groups before and after treatment were analyzed and compared. During the course of close observation of the patient's skin or mucous membranes at whether there was bleeding. Results After the end of treatment, plasma fibrinogen levels in patients with normal group, by thrombolytic therapy were cured in 1case, excellent in 3 cases, effective in 9 cases, invalid in 41 cases, the total efficiency of 24.1%, plasma fibrinogen elevated levels of the original group of patients cured in 6 cases, excellent in 15 cases, effective in 23 cases, invalid in 10 cases, the total efficiency of 81.5%. Elevated level of plasma fibrinogen treated group was significantly higher than normal plasma fibrinogen group, and the difference was statistically significant. Conclusion For the plasma fibrinogen level in patients with sudden deafness, the use of fibrinolytic thrombolytic treatment is more effective, efficient. And for normal levels of plasma fibrinogen in patients with sudden deafness, they should be adopted in other therapy, so as not to delay the disease.%目的 观察血浆纤维蛋白原水平(FIB)对溶栓治疗突发性聋患者的疗效影响,评价其重要性,进而推进临床上对突

  19. Investigation and analysis of noise-induced hearing impairment of carpenter in wood furniture industry%木质家具企业噪声对木工听力损害状况的调查分析

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    杨飞; 刘忠; 周意

    2015-01-01

    were select-ed as the control group, excluding the non-noise-induced hearing loss and un-noisy environment workers. The health status and pure tone audiometry of workers were examined, and information on occupational health checks was col-lected. A comparative analysis between the different length of service and age group was conducted. Results Noise intensity of 132 job positions was measured, and the qualified rate was 49.24%(65/132). The operating point of exces-sive noise intensity focused on saws, planer, drill press, sanding, and painting. Thirty-seven workers with non-noise-in-duced hearing loss and 251 un-noisy environment workers were excluded in investigation group, and the remaining 345 workers were included. The hearing loss occurred in the high frequency band firstly, then language band involve-ment. In the investigation group, there were 93 workers of mild high-frequency hearing loss (26.96%), 18 workers as noise observed objects (5.22%), 2 workers of mild noise-induced hearing loss (0.58%), and 1 worker of moderate noise-induced hearing loss (0.29%). In the control group, there were 11 workers of mild high-frequency hearing loss (7.86%), 4 workers as noise observed objects (2.86%). The detection rates of mild high-frequency hearing loss and noise observed objects in investigation group were significantly higher than those in the control group (P<0.05). The detection rate of hearing loss showed statistically significant differences in different ages, length of service and profes-sion (P<0.05). Conclusion The high-frequency hearing loss in noise exposed workers is significantly higher than those of non-noise exposed workers. The noise-induced hearing loss is increased gradually with age, length of service, and the strength of noise exposure. The focused protection should be combined with occupation.

  20. Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome

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    2008-12-01

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    PURPOSE: To determine hearing thresholds at sound frequencies important for speech comprehension in subjects with ocular pseudoexfoliation (PXF and to compare them with that of controls without PXF. METHODS: Eighty-three subjects with ocular PXF and 83 age and sex matched controls without PXF were enrolled in this case-control study. Pure tone audiometry (bone conduction was performed at 1, 2 and 3 kilohertz (KHz in all subjects. Thresholds were compared to an age and sex stratified standard (ISO7029 and between study groups. Hearing loss was defined as sum of tested hearing thresholds (HTL-1,2,3 lower than the ISO7029 standard median. RESULTS: The study included 60 male and 23 female subjects in each group. Hearing loss was present in 147 of 166 (88.6% of examined ears in the case group vs 89 of 166 (53.6% in the control group (P < 0.001; odds ratio [OR] = 6.69; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.49-11.79. Overall 78 subjects (94.0% in the case group vs 58 subjects (69.9% in the control group had hearing loss in one or both ears (P < 0.001; OR=6.72; 95%CI, 2.42-18.62. Hearing thresholds at each of the examined frequencies and the HTL-1,2,3 were also significantly higher in individuals with PXF. Although glaucoma was significantly more common in subjects with PXF (51.8% vs 22.9%, P < 0.001, it was not associated with hearing

  1. 梅尼埃病患者耳鸣疗效分析%The Treatment Outcome of Tinnitus in Patients with Ménière's Disease

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    陈晓鸿; 吴子明; 张素珍; 刘兴健; 隆琰; 林春招; 黄秋平

    2012-01-01

    目的 分析梅尼埃病患者药物治疗前后耳鸣疗效与梅尼埃病分期、耳鸣病程分期、眩晕疗效及听力疗效等的相关性.方法 24例(29耳)梅尼埃病患者给予药物治疗膜迷路积水,并进行为期6个月的随访.29耳均行纯音测听,了解患者治疗前后6个月最差听力损失情况,以分析梅尼埃病临床分期、耳鸣病程分期、眩晕疗效、听力疗效与耳鸣疗效的关系.结果 入选的24例(共29耳)患者中,梅尼埃病早期10耳,中期19耳,晚期0耳.耳鸣分期:急性7耳,亚急性3耳,慢性19耳.耳鸣疗效:痊愈9耳,显效7耳,有效6耳,无效7耳.眩晕疗效:完全控制9耳,基本控制14耳,部分控制3耳,未控制0耳,加重3耳.听力疗效:显效3耳,有效4耳,无效14耳,恶化8耳.结论 通过药物可控制梅尼埃病眩晕发作,但该药物治疗耳鸣的疗效与梅尼埃病分期、耳鸣病程分期、眩晕疗效及听力疗效之间无相关性.%Objective To analyze the effects of medication on the tinnitus of patients with Ménière's disease and the correlation between treatment outcome and the stage of Ménière's disease, the duration of tinnitus and the treatment outcome of vertigo and hearing loss. Methods The medical treatment was performed in 24 patients (29 ears) with Ménière's disease and the follow-up duration was 6 months. The pure-tone audiometry was carried out in all patients to evaluate the worst level of hearing loss before the treatment and during the follow-up period respectively. Results Of the 29 ears with Ménière's disease, there were 10 ears at the early stage, 19 ears at the mid-stage and no ear at the late stage. There were 7 ears with acute tinnitus, 3 ears with subacute tinnitus and 19 ears with chronic tinnitus. As for the tinnitus treatment outcome, 9 ears were cured, 7 ears markedly effective, 6 ears effective and 7 ears ineffective. As for the treatment outcome of vertigo, 9 ears were completely controlled, 14 ears generally

  2. Auditory steady-state evoked response in diagnosing and evaluating hearing in infants

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    Fei Mai; Xiaozhuang Zhang; Qunxin Lai; Yanfei Wu; Nanping Liao; Yi Ye; Zhenghui Zhong

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Auditory steady-state evoked response (ASSR) is one of the new objective electrophysiological methods to test hearing in infants. It can provide a reliable and complete audiogram with specific frequency to help the hearing diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing and languaging following auditory screening.OBJECTIVE: To compare the response threshold of ASSR with auditory threshold of visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) in infants failed in the hearing screening for investigating their hearing loss.DESIGN: A comparative observation.SETTINGS: Maternal and child health care hospitals of Guangdong province, Shunde city, Nanhai city and Huadu district.PARTICIPANTS: Totally 321 infants of 0-3 years undergoing ASSR test were selected from the Hearing Center of Guangdong Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital from January 2002 to December 2004.Informed consents were obtained from their guardians. There were 193 cases (60.2%) of 0-6 months, 31 cases (9.7%) of 7-12 months, 17 cases (5.3%) of 13-18 months, 14 cases (4.4%) of 19-24 months, 33 cases of 25-30 months, and 33 cases (10.2%) of 31-36 months.METHODS: ① The 321 infants failed in the hearing screening were tested under sleeping status, the ranges of response threshold distribution in ASSR of different frequencies were analyzed in each age group. ② The infants above 2 years old were also tested with VRA, and their response thresholds were compared between VRA and ASSR. ③ Evaluative standards: The response threshold was < 30 dB for normal hearing, 31-50 dB for mild hearing loss, 51-70 dB for moderate hearing loss, 71-90 dB for severe hearing loss, and > 91 dB for extremely severe hearing loss.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ① ASSR results of the infants failed in the screening; ② Proportion of cases of each response threshold in each age group; ③ Comparison of ASSR response thresholds and VRA auditory thresholds in the infants of 2-3 years old.RESULTS: ①The response threshold was < 30 dB in 47

  3. Effects of Rotatory Low-Frequency Mastoid Vibrations on Auditory Function in Normal Volunteers%低频旋转乳突振动对正常志愿者听力的影响

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    彭日顺子; 郑贵亮; 张青; 郑宏良; 邹静

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the safety of a newly designed rotatory low-frequency mastoid vibration system with respect to the auditory system. Methods Twelve normal volunteers without vertigo were enrolled in the study, including 10 males and 2 females, aged from 23 to 25 years. The vibrator was placed on the right mastoid process with assistance of a special holder. The vibration lasted for 30 minutes. Pure-tone audiometry was performed on both sides before and at 30 minutes, 1 week, and 1 year after exposure to the rotatory low-frequency vibrations. Thresholds at different frequencies at various times post-vibration exposure were compared to the thresholds before exposure using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. Results At 30 minutes after vibration exposure, there was a significant improvement in bone conduction hearing threshold at 0.25, 0.5 and 1 kHz (3, 5 and 3 dB threshold decrease respectively) in ears that had been exposed to the vibration (p<0.05). At 7 days after vibra⁃tion exposure, a significant decrease in the air-conduction threshold in the contralateral ear at 0.25 kHz and 0.5 kHz was record⁃ed (p<0.05). At 1 year after exposure, there were controversial changes in the exposed ear, showing a 6 dB decrease at 0.25 and 0.5 kHz (p<0.05) and a 10 dB increase at 8 kHz (p<0.01) in air conduction threshold, but a increase at 0.25, 0.5 and 1 kHz in bone-conduction threshold (8, 3 or 4 dB respectively) (p<0.01 or 0.05, Wilcoxon test). There appeared to be air conduction hear⁃ing loss at 4 and 8 kHz (7 and 10 dB threshold increase respectively) and bone conduction loss at 0.25 through 4 kHz (7, 6, 6, 8 and 8 dB threshold increase at each tested frequency respectively) in the contralateral ear. Conclusion There is no clear pattern in the small hearing threshold change shortly after exposure to rotatory low frequency mastoid vibration. The changes seen at 1 year after exposure are not consistent with typical vibration-induced hearing threshold change. Therefore

  4. Estudo da prevalência e fatores determinantes da deficiência auditiva no município de Itajaí, SC Study of the prevalence of impaired hearing and its determinants in the city of Itajaí, Santa Catarina State, Brazil

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    Lys Maria Allenstein Gondim

    2012-04-01

    population-based survey based on a World Health Organization protocol. Field research was carried out from July 2008 to 2011. Procedures for evaluating hearing in households: questionnaire, measurement of noise, otoscopy, pure tone audiometry at 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz, tympanometry, and acoustic reflexes: individuals above 4 years; children under 4 years: evoked otoacoustic emissions (OAE, cocleo-palpebral reflex(CPR, tympanometry, and acoustic reflexes. In the elderly population a questionnaire of perception of hearing loss was applied. RESULTS: The study sample consisted of 379 individuals - 45.38% were males and 54.62% were females. Age-range: 11.34% up to 10 years; 64.39% 10 to 60 years, 24.27% over 60 years. Evaluation of the best hearing ear showed that 74.1% of residents had normal hearing, 18.9% had mild hearing loss, 5.1% had moderate hearing loss, 1.9% had severe hearing loss. Disabling impaired hearing was detected in 26 subjects: one child (otitis media; four adults (one otitis, one noise-induced, two idiopathic; 21 elderlies (presbyacusis. Of eight children under 4 years all presented CPR, three were normal examinations, two had absent OAE bilaterally, one had absent OAE in the right ear and one in the left ear. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of disabling impaired hearing in Itajaí was 7%; the highest prevalence was in the 50-year and above age group - the main cause was presbyacusis.

  5. Analysis on the therapeutic effective rate of hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of full-frequency loss in the patients with sudden deafness%高压氧综合治疗全频听力损失突发性耳聋患者的临床疗效分析

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    杨晶; 武连华; 刘雪华; 梁芳; 孙波; 高春锦; 王国忠

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the dynamic characteristics of hearing recovery in full-frequency hearing loss in the patients with sudden deafness following HBO therapy.Methods Eighty-two cases of fullfrequency hearing loss confirmed by ENT specialists were randomly divided into the control group (40 cases)and the HBO therapy group (42 cases).The patients in the control group were given routine treatment,i.e.10mg of dexamethasone intravenous infusion for first 3 days,then,5 mg of dexamethasone for another 3 days.Besides,the patients were administered 10 μg alprostadil intravenous infusion,once a day for 14 consecutive days; 100 mg of Vitamin B1,500 μg of B12 muscular injection,once day for 30 consecutive days.The patients in the HBO therapy group were given HBO therapy + routine treatment,once a day,10 sessions a treatment course.Following 2 or 4 consecutive treatment courses,pure tone audiometry was performed.Results After 2 courses of HBO therapy,low-frequency average hearing level [(38.16 ± 5.88) dB] increased for the patients in the HBO therapy group,when compared with that of the patients in the control group[(24.68 ± 3.87) dB],with statistical significance (P < 0.01).On the other hand,high-frequency average hearing level [(12.33 ± 2.98) dB] increased to some extent for the patients in the HBO therapy group,when compared with that of the patients in the control group [(10.49 ± 2.34) dB],without statistical significance(P > 0.05).For most patients,low-frequency hearing level improved more markedly and recovered more quickly.Total effective rate (80.9%) for the HBO group increased,when compared with that of the control group (62.5%),but without statistical significance (P > 0.05).When compared with low-frequency hearing level,high-frequency hearing level recovered more slowly.At the end of the 4 courses,pure tone monitoring indicated that improvement was seen mainly in high-frequency hearing level.For the patients in the HBO therapy group

  6. 突发性聋伴耳鸣患者耳鸣特征%Characteristics of tinnitus in patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss

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    钟晓声; 杨海弟; 郑亿庆

    2015-01-01

    损失程度无相关性r=0.087,P=0.287>0.05。VAS得分与听力损失程度无相关性r=0.002,P=0.982>0.05。THI得分与耳鸣频率对数无相关性,相关系数r=-0.056,P=0.402>0.05。VAS 得分与耳鸣频率对数无相关性,相关系数 r=-0.003,P=0.970>0.05。THI得分与耳鸣响度无相关性,相关系数r=0.039,P=0.563>0.05。VAS得分与耳鸣响度无相关性,相关系数r=0.136,P=0.110>0.05。结论①突发性聋伴耳鸣患者中高频耳鸣最常见;②耳鸣频率与听力损失类型显著相关,低中频下降型以低频耳鸣多见,而中高频下降型及全聋型以高频耳鸣多见;③听力损失最大的频率与耳鸣的频率有较高的一致性;④突发性聋伴耳鸣患者急性期的耳鸣致残程度以3~4级为多;⑤THI及VAS得分与听力损失的程度、耳鸣的频率、耳鸣的响度均无相关性。%Objective To analyze the characteristics of tinnitus,correlation between tinnitus and hearing loss,effects of tinnitus,and mechanism of tinnitus in patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss.Methods Clinical data of 23 1 tinnitus patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss were retrospectively reviewed.Results of Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI),visual analogue scale (VAS),pure tone audiometry,acoustic emission,tinnitus test and masking test were analyzed.Results ①Characteristics of hearing loss:Low-intermediate frequency hearing loss (rise type)was 8.7%,high-frequency hearing loss (fall type)was 26%,flat-type was 19%,total-deafness type was 34.2%,irregular type was 12.1%.②Frequency of tinnitus:Low-frequency (2 000 Hz)tinnitus was 52.8%,unmatched tinnitus was 2.6%.Of hearing loss with low-intermediate frequency,low,medium and high frequency tinnitus was 75%,15% and 10% respectively.Of hearing loss with medium-high frequency,low,medium and high frequency tinnitus was 13.3%, 26.7%and60.0%respectively