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  1. Audiometry screening and interpretation.

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    Walker, Jennifer Junnila; Cleveland, Leanne M; Davis, Jenny L; Seales, Jennifer S

    2013-01-01

    The prevalence of hearing loss varies with age, affecting at least 25 percent of patients older than 50 years and more than 50 percent of those older than 80 years. Adolescents and young adults represent groups in which the prevalence of hearing loss is increasing and may therefore benefit from screening. If offered, screening can be performed periodically by asking the patient or family if there are perceived hearing problems, or by using clinical office tests such as whispered voice, finger rub, or audiometry. Audiometry in the family medicine clinic setting is a relatively simple procedure that can be interpreted by a trained health care professional. Pure-tone testing presents tones across the speech spectrum (500 to 4,000 Hz) to determine if the patient's hearing levels fall within normal limits. A quiet testing environment, calibrated audiometric equipment, and appropriately trained personnel are required for in-office testing. Pure-tone audiometry may help physicians appropriately refer patients to an audiologist or otolaryngologist. Unilateral or asymmetrical hearing loss can be symptomatic of a central nervous system lesion and requires additional evaluation.

  2. A web-based audiometry database system.

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    Yeh, Chung-Hui; Wei, Sung-Tai; Chen, Tsung-Wen; Wang, Ching-Yuang; Tsai, Ming-Hsui; Lin, Chia-Der

    2014-07-01

    To establish a real-time, web-based, customized audiometry database system, we worked in cooperation with the departments of medical records, information technology, and otorhinolaryngology at our hospital. This system includes an audiometry data entry system, retrieval and display system, patient information incorporation system, audiometry data transmission program, and audiometry data integration. Compared with commercial audiometry systems and traditional hand-drawn audiometry data, this web-based system saves time and money and is convenient for statistics research.

  3. Occupational hearing loss: tonal audiometry X high frequencies audiometry

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    Lauris, José Roberto Pereira

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Studies on the occupational exposure show that noise has been reaching a large part of the working population around the world, and NIHL (noise-induced hearing loss is the second most frequent disease of the hearing system. Objective: To review the audiometry results of employees at the campus of the University of São Paulo, Bauru. Method: 40 audiometry results were analyzed between 2007 and 2008, whose ages comprised between 32 and 59 years, of both sexes and several professions: gardeners, maintenance technicians, drivers etc. The participants were divided into 2 groups: those with tonal thresholds within acceptable thresholds and those who presented auditory thresholds alterations, that is tonal thresholds below 25 dB (NA in any frequency (Administrative Rule no. 19 of the Ministry of Labor 1998. In addition to the Conventional Audiologic Evaluation (250Hz to 8.000Hz we also carried out High Frequencies Audiometry (9000Hz, 10000Hz, 11200Hz, 12500Hz, 14000Hz and 16000Hz. Results: According to the classification proposed by FIORINI (1994, 25.0% (N=10 they presented with NIHL suggestive audiometric configurations. The results of high frequencies Audiometry confirmed worse thresholds than those obtained in the conventional audiometry in the 2 groups evaluated. Conclusion: The use of high frequencies audiometry proved to be an important register as a hearing alteration early detection method.

  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;

    as a 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 comparable to traditional audiometry. 2AFC audiometry tends to give thresholds 1-2 dB lower compared to traditional audiometry. In general standard deviations between the two test methods are below 4.5 dB for frequencies from (250-4000 Hz) and up to 6.7 dB for frequencies above 4000 Hz. Results from test......-retest studies of 2AFC audiometry are comparable to test-retest results known from traditional audiometry under standard clinical settings.   Conclusions 2 Alternative Forced Choice audiometry can be a reliable alternative to traditional audiometry especially under certain circumstances, where it can...

  5. Averaged Electroencephalic Audiometry in Infants

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    Lentz, William E.; McCandless, Geary A.

    1971-01-01

    Normal, preterm, and high-risk infants were tested at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months of age using averaged electroencephalic audiometry (AEA) to determine the usefulness of AEA as a measurement technique for assessing auditory acuity in infants, and to delineate some of the procedural and technical problems often encountered. (KW)

  6. ABR Audiometry in Cornelia De Lange Syndrome.

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    Brown, Denice P.

    Eight children (ages 13 days to 5 years) with a diagnosis of Cornelia de Lange syndrome received audiologic evaluation consisting of immittance audiometry and auditory brainstem response audiometry to air and bone conducted "click" stimuli, as behavioral testing was unreliable due to patient age and/or developmental delay. Developmental…

  7. Objective Audiometry using Ear-EEG

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    Christensen, Christian Bech; Kidmose, Preben

    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....

  8. Objective Audiometry using Ear-EEG

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    Christensen, Christian Bech; Kidmose, Preben

    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....

  9. Brain stem evoked response audiometry A Review

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    Balasubramanian Thiagarajan

    2015-01-01

    Brain stem evoked response audiometry (BERA) is a useful objective assessement 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. Methadology: Internet search using goog...

  10. PC-based tele-audiometry.

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    Choi, Jong Min; Lee, Haet Bit; Park, Cheol Soo; Oh, Seung Ha; Park, Kwang Suk

    2007-10-01

    A personal computer (PC)-based audiometer was developed for interactive remote audiometry. This paper describes a tele-audiometric system and evaluates the performance of the device when compared with conventional face-to-face audiometry. The tele-audiometric system is fully PC-based. A sound card featuring a high-quality digital-to-analog converter is used as a pure-tone generator. The audiometric programs were developed based on Microsoft Windows in order to maximize usability. Audiologists and their subjects can use the tele-audiometry system as one would utilize any PC application. A calibration procedure has been applied for the standardization of sound levels in the remote system. The performance of this system was evaluated by comparing PC-based audiometry with the conventional clinical audiometry system for 37 subjects. Also, performance of the PC-based system was evaluated during use at a remote site. The PC-based audiometry system estimated the audiometric threshold with an error of less than 2.3 dBSPL. Only 10.7% of the results exhibited an error greater than 5 dBSPL during use at a remote site. The PC-based tele-audiomerty showed acceptable results for use at a remote site. This PC-based system can be used effectively and easily in many locations that have Internet access but no local audiologists.

  11. AUDIOMETRY-FIRST STEP TO EARLY DETECTION

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    Slavco CADIEV

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available The problem of early detection of children with sense of hearing is very complicate. If the damage of sense of hearing is not detected on time and if You don’t take adequate treatment, after seven year that is impossible. Audiometry is one step to reestablishment diagnostic with help of electronic technology.

  12. The relevance of the high frequency audiometry in tinnitus patients with normal hearing in conventional pure-tone audiometry

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    Veronika Vielsmeier; Astrid Lehner; Jürgen Strutz; Thomas Steffens; Kreuzer, Peter M; Martin Schecklmann; Michael Landgrebe; Berthold Langguth; Tobias Kleinjung

    2015-01-01

    Objective. The majority of tinnitus patients suffer from hearing loss. But a subgroup of tinnitus patients show normal hearing thresholds in the conventional pure-tone audiometry (125 Hz–8 kHz). Here we explored whether the results of the high frequency audiometry (>8 kHz) provide relevant additional information in tinnitus patients with normal conventional audiometry by comparing those with normal and pathological high frequency audiometry with respect to their demographic and clinical chara...

  13. Conventional Audiometry, Extended High-Frequency Audiometry, and DPOAE for Early Diagnosis of NIHL

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    Mehrparvar, Amir Houshang; Mirmohammadi, Seyyed Jalil; Davari, Mohammad Hossein; MOSTAGHACI, Mehrdad; Mollasadeghi, Abolfazl; Bahaloo, Maryam; Hashemi, Seyyed Hesam

    2014-01-01

    Background: Noise most frequently affects hearing system, as it may typically cause a bilateral, progressive sensorineural hearing loss at high frequencies. Objectives: This study was designed to compare three different methods to evaluate noise-induced hearing loss (conventional audiometry, high-frequency audiometry, and distortion product otoacoustic emission). Material and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. Data was analyzed by SPSS (ver. 19) using chi square, T test and repeated m...

  14. The Relevance of the High Frequency Audiometry in Tinnitus Patients with Normal Hearing in Conventional Pure-Tone Audiometry

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    Veronika Vielsmeier

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The majority of tinnitus patients suffer from hearing loss. But a subgroup of tinnitus patients show normal hearing thresholds in the conventional pure-tone audiometry (125 Hz–8 kHz. Here we explored whether the results of the high frequency audiometry (>8 kHz provide relevant additional information in tinnitus patients with normal conventional audiometry by comparing those with normal and pathological high frequency audiometry with respect to their demographic and clinical characteristics. Subjects and Methods. From the database of the Tinnitus Clinic at Regensburg we identified 75 patients with normal hearing thresholds in the conventional pure-tone audiometry. We contrasted these patients with normal and pathological high-frequency audiogram and compared them with respect to gender, age, tinnitus severity, pitch, laterality and duration, comorbid symptoms and triggers for tinnitus onset. Results. Patients with pathological high frequency audiometry were significantly older and had higher scores on the tinnitus questionnaires in comparison to patients with normal high frequency audiometry. Furthermore, there was an association of high frequency audiometry with the laterality of tinnitus. Conclusion. In tinnitus patients with normal pure-tone audiometry the high frequency audiometry provides useful additional information. The association between tinnitus laterality and asymmetry of the high frequency audiometry suggests a potential causal role for the high frequency hearing loss in tinnitus etiopathogenesis.

  15. Electrophysiological Techniques for Sea Lion Population-Level Audiometry

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    2009-09-30

    Audiometry James J. Finneran Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, Biosciences Division, Code 71510, 53560 Hull Street, San Diego, CA...DATES COVERED 00-00-2009 to 00-00-2009 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Electrophysiological Techniques For Sea Lion Population-Level Audiometry 5a

  16. Collection and analysis of offshore workforce audiometry data

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    2000-05-01

    This report summarises the results of a study analysing audiometry data to determine if noise induced related hearing loss is happening in offshore operations. The background to the study is traced, and details are given of the initial contacts with medical and operational companies holding audiometry data, the confidentiality of the data sources, the questionnaire for the holders of personnel audiometry data, and initial data checking. A descriptive analysis of the study population is presented, and the analysis of audiometry data, hearing threshold levels, and the classification of the data using the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) categorisation scheme are discussed. The questionnaire for the data holders, the audiometry data collection proforma, and guidance for completion of data collection proformas are included in appendices.

  17. Evoked response audiometry used in testing auditory organs of miners

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    Malinowski, T.; Klepacki, J.; Wagstyl, R.

    1980-01-01

    The evoked response audiometry method of testing hearing loss is presented and the results of comparative studies using subjective tonal audiometry and evoked response audiometry in tests of 56 healthy men with good hearing are discussed. The men were divided into three groups according to age and place of work: work place without increased noise; work place with noise and vibrations (at drilling machines); work place with noise and shocks (work at excavators in surface coal mines). The ERA-MKII audiometer produced by the Medelec-Amplaid firm was used. Audiometric threshhold curves for the three groups of tested men are given. At frequencies of 500, 1000 and 4000 Hz mean objective auditory threshhold was shifted by 4-9.5 dB in comparison to the subjective auditory threshold. (21 refs.) (In Polish)

  18. 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.

  19. Visual reinforcement audiometry: an Adobe Flash based approach.

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    Atherton, Steve

    2010-09-01

    Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) is a key behavioural test for young children. It is central to the diagnosis of hearing-impaired infants (1) . Habituation to the visual reinforcement can give misleading results. Medical Illustration ABM University Health Board has designed a collection of Flash animations to overcome this.

  20. Extended high-frequency audiometry (9,000-20,000 Hz). Usefulness in audiological diagnosis.

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    Rodríguez Valiente, Antonio; Roldán Fidalgo, Amaya; Villarreal, Ithzel M; García Berrocal, José R

    2016-01-01

    Early detection and appropriate treatment of hearing loss are essential to minimise the consequences of hearing loss. In addition to conventional audiometry (125-8,000 Hz), extended high-frequency audiometry (9,000-20,000 Hz) is available. This type of audiometry may be useful in early diagnosis of hearing loss in certain conditions, such as the ototoxic effect of cisplatin-based treatment, noise exposure or oral misunderstanding, especially in noisy environments. Eleven examples are shown in which extended high-frequency audiometry has been useful in early detection of hearing loss, despite the subject having a normal conventional audiometry. The goal of the present paper was to highlight the importance of the extended high-frequency audiometry examination for it to become a standard tool in routine audiological examinations.

  1. High-frequency audiometry: A means for early diagnosis of noise-induced hearing loss

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    Amir H Mehrparvar; Seyyed J Mirmohammadi; Abbas Ghoreyshi; Abolfazl Mollasadeghi; Ziba Loukzadeh

    2011-01-01

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), an irreversible disorder, is a common problem in industrial settings. Early diagnosis of NIHL can help prevent the progression of hearing loss, especially in speech frequencies. For early diagnosis of NIHL, audiometry is performed routinely in conventional frequencies. We designed this study to compare the effect of noise on high-frequency audiometry (HFA) and conventional audiometry. In a historical cohort study, we compared hearing threshold and prevalence...

  2. High-frequency audiometry: a means for early diagnosis of noise-induced hearing loss.

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    Mehrparvar, Amir H; Mirmohammadi, Seyyed J; Ghoreyshi, Abbas; Mollasadeghi, Abolfazl; Loukzadeh, Ziba

    2011-01-01

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), an irreversible disorder, is a common problem in industrial settings. Early diagnosis of NIHL can help prevent the progression of hearing loss, especially in speech frequencies. For early diagnosis of NIHL, audiometry is performed routinely in conventional frequencies. We designed this study to compare the effect of noise on high-frequency audiometry (HFA) and conventional audiometry. In a historical cohort study, we compared hearing threshold and prevalence of hearing loss in conventional and high frequencies of audiometry among textile workers divided into two groups: With and without exposure to noise more than 85 dB. The highest hearing threshold was observed at 4000 Hz, 6000 Hz and 16000 Hz in conventional right ear audiometry, conventional left ear audiometry and HFA in each ear, respectively. The hearing threshold was significantly higher at 16000 Hz compared to 4000. Hearing loss was more common in HFA than conventional audiometry. HFA is more sensitive to detect NIHL than conventional audiometry. It can be useful for early diagnosis of hearing sensitivity to noise, and thus preventing hearing loss in lower frequencies especially speech frequencies.

  3. 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

    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......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....... 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...

  4. 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.

  5. Correlation of the CT analysis and audiometry in otosclerosis

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    Kiyomizu, Kensuke; Tono, Tetsuya; Yang, Dewen; Haruta, Atsushi; Kodama, Takao; Kato, Eiji; Komune, Shizuo [Miyazaki Medical Coll., Kiyotake (Japan)

    1998-11-01

    Thirty-three patients (62 ears) with surgically confirmed otosclerosis underwent a preoperative CT examination in order to determine the presence of any correlation between the audiometric and CT findings. Based on the CT findings, the ears were classified into five groups as follows: group A; 25 ears (40.3%) with normal CT findings, group B1; 15 ears (24.2%) with demineralization in the region of the fissula antefenestram, group B2; 12 ears (19.4%) with demineralization around the anterior to the oval window, group B3; 4 ears (6.5%) with demineralization surrounding the cochlea, and group C; 6 ears (9.7%) with thick anterior and posterior plaques. The expansion of demineralization led to an increase in average bone conduction hearing level: group A ; 27.1 dB, group B1; 30.6 dB, group B2; 34.6 dB, group B3; 36.7 dB, and group C; 30.3 dB. This increase is most likely due to progressive labyrinthine otosclerosis. Group C in the average air-bone gap was greater (37.5 dB) than that in the patients with demineralization, group B1 (21.6 dB), group B2 (28.2 dB), group B3 (26.7 dB), the Carhart effect of group C was smaller than that of any other groups, thus suggesting the mode of otosclerosis progression in group C to be different from that in patients with demineralization. The results of the present study indicate that the preoperative CT findings of otosclerosis correlate with the audiometry findings, thus proving the usefulness of CT in diagnosing otosclerosis. (author)

  6. Pure tone audiometry and impedance screening of school entrant children by nurses: evaluation in a practical setting.

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    Holtby, I; Forster, D P; Kumar, U.

    1997-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Screening for hearing loss in English children at entry to school (age 5-6 years) is usually by pure tone audiometry sweep undertaken by school nurses. This study aimed to compare the validity and screening rates of pure tone audiometry with impedance screening in these children. METHODS: Two stage pure tone audiometry and impedance methods of screening were compared in 610 school entry children from 19 infant schools in north east England. Both procedures were completed by school...

  7. A low cost setup for behavioral audiometry in rodents.

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    Tziridis, Konstantin; Ahlf, Sönke; Schulze, Holger

    2012-10-16

    In auditory animal research it is crucial to have precise information about basic hearing parameters of the animal subjects that are involved in the experiments. Such parameters may be physiological response characteristics of the auditory pathway, e.g. via brainstem audiometry (BERA). But these methods allow only indirect and uncertain extrapolations about the auditory percept that corresponds to these physiological parameters. To assess the perceptual level of hearing, behavioral methods have to be used. A potential problem with the use of behavioral methods for the description of perception in animal models is the fact that most of these methods involve some kind of learning paradigm before the subjects can be behaviorally tested, e.g. animals may have to learn to press a lever in response to a sound. As these learning paradigms change perception itself (1,2) they consequently will influence any result about perception obtained with these methods and therefore have to be interpreted with caution. Exceptions are paradigms that make use of reflex responses, because here no learning paradigms have to be carried out prior to perceptual testing. One such reflex response is the acoustic startle response (ASR) that can highly reproducibly be elicited with unexpected loud sounds in naïve animals. This ASR in turn can be influenced by preceding sounds depending on the perceptibility of this preceding stimulus: Sounds well above hearing threshold will completely inhibit the amplitude of the ASR; sounds close to threshold will only slightly inhibit the ASR. This phenomenon is called pre-pulse inhibition (PPI) (3,4), and the amount of PPI on the ASR gradually depends on the perceptibility of the pre-pulse. PPI of the ASR is therefore well suited to determine behavioral audiograms in naïve, non-trained animals, to determine hearing impairments or even to detect possible subjective tinnitus percepts in these animals. In this paper we demonstrate the use of this method in a

  8. A STUDY OF HEARING IMPROVEMENT AFTER TYMPANOPLASTY BY MEANS OF PURE TONE AUDIOMETRY

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    Siddharth Nirwan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : Chronic S uppurative O titis M edia (CSOM is an important cause of preventable hearing loss , particularly in the developing world. Tympanoplasty is a procedure to eradicate the disease in middle ear and to reconstruct hearing mechanism. Pure tone audiometry is an efficient , simple and economic tool to assess the level of postoperative hearing gain

  9. Air-Puff Conditioning Audiometry: Extending Its Applicability with Multiply Handicapped Individuals.

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    Lancioni, G. E.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    This study examined the use of air-puff conditioning audiometry in the hearing assessment of 12 multiply handicapped (including severe/profound mental retardation) subjects, ages 9-32. Ten subjects reached criterion conditioning and then completed the hearing assessment with the air-puff procedure while one reached criterion with a modified…

  10. Serial audiometry and speech recognition findings in Finnish Usher syndrome type III patients.

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    Plantinga, R.F.; Kleemola, L.; Huygen, P.L.M.; Joensuu, T.; Sankila, E.M.; Pennings, R.J.E.; Cremers, C.W.R.J.

    2005-01-01

    Audiometric features, evaluated by serial pure tone audiometry and speech recognition tests (n = 31), were analysed in 59 Finnish Usher syndrome type III patients (USH3) with Finmajor/Finmajor (n = 55) and Finmajor/Finminor (n = 4) USH3A mutations. These patients showed a highly variable type and de

  11. Infant Thresholds with Enhanced Attention to the Signal in Visual Reinforcement Audiometry.

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    Primus, Michael A.

    1988-01-01

    A standard operant procedure, Visual Reinforcement Audiometry, was modified to enhance 16 infants' attention to impending auditory signals. The modified technique achieved an average 5.5 dB improvement in threshold over the conventional technique. Correction for adult performance in similar tasks indicated a 3.3 dB attentional effect between…

  12. Identification Audiometry in an Institutionalized Severely and Profoundly Mentally Retarded Population.

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    Moore, Ernest J.; And Others

    An audiometric screening survey was conducted on a severely and profoundly mentally retarded population using noise-makers and pure tone audiometry. Of those tested with noise-makers, 83% gave an identifiable response to sound, 7% did not respond, and 10% were considered difficult-to-test. By contrast, 4% passed, 2% failed, and 94% were…

  13. Audiometry for the Retarded: With Implications for the Difficult-to-Test.

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    Fulton, Robert T., Ed.; And Others

    Directed to professionals with a basic knowledge of audiological principles, the text presents a review of audiological assessment procedures and their applicability to the retarded. Pure-tone, speech, and Bekesy audiometry are described. Also discussed are differential diagnosis of auditory impairments, conditioning and audiological assessment,…

  14. Validity of diagnostic computer-based air and forehead bone conduction audiometry.

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    Swanepoel, De Wet; Biagio, Leigh

    2011-04-01

    Computer-based audiometry allows for novel applications, including remote testing and automation, that may improve the accessibility and efficiency of hearing assessment in various clinical and occupational health settings. This study describes the validity of computer-based, diagnostic air and forehead bone conduction audiometry when compared wtih conventional industry standard audiometry in a sound booth environment. A sample of 30 subjects (19 to 77 years of age) was assessed with computer-based (KUDUwave 5000) and industry standard conventional audiometers (GSI 61) to compare air and bone conduction thresholds and test-retest reliability. Air conduction thresholds for the two audiometers corresponded within 5 dB or less in more than 90% of instances, with an average absolute difference of 3.5 dB (3.8 SD) and a 95% confidence interval of 2.6 to 4.5 dB. Bone conduction thresholds for the two audiometers corresponded within 10 dB or less in 92% of instances, with an average absolute difference of 4.9 dB (4.9 SD) and a 95% confidence interval of 3.6 to 6.1 dB. The average absolute test-retest threshold difference for bone conduction on the industry standard audiometer was 5.1 dB (5.3 SD) and for the computer-based audiometer 7.1 dB (6.4 SD). Computer-based audiometry provided air and bone conduction thresholds within the test-retest reliability limits of industry standard audiometry.

  15. Relationship between the findings of pure-tone audiometry and otoacoustic emission tests on military police personnel

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    Guida, Heraldo Lorena; De Sousa, Ariane Laís [UNESP; Cardoso,Ana Cláudia Vieira

    2012-01-01

    Introduction: Otoacoustic emissions can be an alternative for cochlear evaluation in noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). Objective: To investigate the correlation between the findings of audiometry results and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) in the military police. Method: from cross-sectional and retrospective study, 200 military police officers were submitted to audiological evaluation - pure tone audiometry and DPOAE. Results: considering the provisions of Ordinance 19 of t...

  16. Dynamics of pure tone audiometry and DPOAE changes induced by glycerol in Meniere's disease.

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    Jablonka-Strom, Agnieszka; Pospiech, Lucyna; Zatonski, Maciej; Bochnia, Marek

    2013-05-01

    The purpose of this study is to follow up the dynamics of pure tone threshold and DPOAE amplitude changes induced by glycerol with reference to its activity in the inner ear. Selection was made among 38 patients with Meniere's disease for those having positive glycerol test. Pure-tone audiometry and DP-gram were performed in four series: as an initial examination before glycerol intake, 1, 2 and 3 h after. Audiometric changes formed distinct biphasal pattern at all frequencies between 250 and 4,000 Hz. The most dynamic pure tone threshold decrease occurred during the first hour. Between the first and second hour after glycerol ingestion there was a phase of no significant hearing changes. Further pure tone threshold decrease went on within the third hour reaching its top. Observing DPOAE changes, the highest DP amplitude growth occurred after the second and the third hour at DP-gram frequencies 2, 3 and 4 kHz. The fastest DP-amplitude increase was registered as well during the first hour after glycerol ingestion. In 11 persons with both audiometry and DPOAE positive glycerol test, parallel dynamics in the course of the glycerol test was observed. Biphasal glycerol test dynamics suggests the possibility of two mechanisms of glycerol activity in the inner ear.

  17. Cisplatin-based chemotherapy: Add high-frequency audiometry in the regimen

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    R Arora

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Cisplatin-induced ototoxicity shows high interindividual variability and is often accompanied by transient or permanent tinnitus. It is not possible to identify the susceptible individuals before commencement of the treatment. We conducted a prospective, randomized and observational study in a tertiary care centre and evaluated the effects of different doses of cisplatin on hearing. Materials and Methods : Fifty-seven patients scheduled for cisplatin-based chemotherapy were included in the study. All patients were divided into three groups depending on the dose of cisplatin infused in 3 weeks. Results : The subjective hearing loss was found in seven patients, while six patients had tinnitus during the chemotherapy. The hearing loss was sensorineural, dose dependent, symmetrical, bilateral and irreversible. Higher frequencies were first to be affected in cisplatin chemotherapy. Conclusion : As use of high-frequency audiometry is still limited in research work only, we need a strict protocol of adding high-frequency audiometry in the cisplatin-based chemotherapy regimen.

  18. 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

  19. National Survey of State Identification Audiometry Programs and Special Educational Services for Hearing Impaired Children and Youth United States: 1972.

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    Gallaudet Coll., Washington, DC. Office of Demographic Studies.

    Reported were descriptive data concerning identification audiometry (hearing screening) and special educational programs for the hearing impaired. Data were provided in tabular format for each state in the country and the District of Columbia. Hearing screening program data included extent of coverage, grade or ages covered annually, year and…

  20. The ratio of the subjective audiometry in patients with acoustic trauma and “noisy” production workers

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The problem of diagnosis and treatment of sensorineural hearing loss (SHL, including forms developed under the influence of noise, takes one of the leading places in ot¬olaryngology. However, there are not many studies on acoustic trauma, although this problem has recently become more and more important. Objective: A comparison of subjective audiometry in patients with sensorineural hearing loss after acute acoustic trauma and chronic noise exposure. Materials and methods. In the work the results of exa¬mination of 84 patients with acoustic trauma, 15 healthy as the control group and 15 workers employed on 'noise' occupations as a comparison group are given. Subjective audiometry was fully carried out by clinical audiometer AC-40 «Interacoustics» (Denmark. Hearing indices were investigated in the conventional (0,125-8 kHz and extended (9-16 kHz frequency bands. Results: Subjective audiometry showed a reduction in sound perception in all patients. Ac¬cor¬ding to the threshold tone audiometry in patients with acoustic trauma hearing thresholds were authentically (P <0,05 increased by 4, 6 and 8 kHz tones of conventional (0,125-8 kHz frequency band and by 14-16 kHz tones of the extended (9-16 kHz in comparison with the control group, as with workers employed on noise occupations. All the examined patients had deterioration of speech-test audiometry and above-threshold audiometry. Conclusions: According to su¬b¬jective audiometry, the type similar disorders of auditory function are in patients with acoustic trauma as in patients with long-term noise exposure, but they are more pronounced and develop much faster. The most informative features which show the origin and progression of hearing loss in patients with acoustic trauma are: increasing hearing thresholds by 14 and 16 kHz tones of the extended (9-16 kHz frequency band and by 4, 6 and 8 kHz tones of con¬ven¬tional (0,125-8 kHz frequency band plus the reduction of

  1. Auditory evaluation of the microcephalic children with brain stem evoked response audiometry (BERA).

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    Das, Piyali; Bandyopadhyay, Manimay; Ghugare, Balaji W; Ghate, Jayshree; Singh, Ramji

    2010-01-01

    Microcephaly implies a reduced occipito-frontal circumference (Audiometry (BERA) to locate the exact site of lesion resulting in the auditory impairment, so that appropriate early rehabilitative measures can be taken. The study revealed that absolute peak latency of wave V, inter peak latencies of III-V and I-V were significantly higher (P- value < 0.05 in each case) in microcephalics than the normal children. Auditory impairment in microcephaly is a common neurodeficit that can be authentically assessed by BERA. The hearing impairment in microcephalics is mostly due to insufficiency of central components of auditory pathway at the level of brainstem, function of peripheral structures being almost within normal limit.

  2. Monosyllable speech audiometry in noise-exposed workers—consonant and vowel confusion

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    Miyakita, T.; Miura, H.

    1988-12-01

    To obtain basic data for evaluating the hearing handicaps experienced by workers with noise-induced hearing loss, the ability to distinguish monosyllables was examined by speech audiometry. The percentage of correct scores for each monosyllable varied widely in 88 male workers, depending on the presentation level and the severity of hearing loss. A 67-S word list (prepared by the Japan Audiological Society), consisting of 20 Japanese monosyllables (17 consonant-vowel (CV) syllables and three vowel syllables), was used to evaluate consonant and vowel confusion at the level of 20 to 90 dB ( re HL at 1000 Hz [9]). Regarding the confusion among five subsequent vowel nuclei, we observed particular confusion patterns resulting from the similarity of the first formant (F1). Analysis of the tendency toward confusion among individual monosyllables together with the audiometric configuration will provide useful information for evaluating noise-induced hearing loss.

  3. Accuracy of Mobile-Based Audiometry in the Evaluation of Hearing Loss in Quiet and Noisy Environments.

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    Saliba, Joe; Al-Reefi, Mahmoud; Carriere, Junie S; Verma, Neil; Provencal, Christiane; Rappaport, Jamie M

    2017-04-01

    Objectives (1) To compare the accuracy of 2 previously validated mobile-based hearing tests in determining pure tone thresholds and screening for hearing loss. (2) To determine the accuracy of mobile audiometry in noisy environments through noise reduction strategies. Study Design Prospective clinical study. Setting Tertiary hospital. Subjects and Methods Thirty-three adults with or without hearing loss were tested (mean age, 49.7 years; women, 42.4%). Air conduction thresholds measured as pure tone average and at individual frequencies were assessed by conventional audiogram and by 2 audiometric applications (consumer and professional) on a tablet device. Mobile audiometry was performed in a quiet sound booth and in a noisy sound booth (50 dB of background noise) through active and passive noise reduction strategies. Results On average, 91.1% (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 89.1%-93.2%) and 95.8% (95% CI, 93.5%-97.1%) of the threshold values obtained in a quiet sound booth with the consumer and professional applications, respectively, were within 10 dB of the corresponding audiogram thresholds, as compared with 86.5% (95% CI, 82.6%-88.5%) and 91.3% (95% CI, 88.5%-92.8%) in a noisy sound booth through noise cancellation. When screening for at least moderate hearing loss (pure tone average >40 dB HL), the consumer application showed a sensitivity and specificity of 87.5% and 95.9%, respectively, and the professional application, 100% and 95.9%. Overall, patients preferred mobile audiometry over conventional audiograms. Conclusion Mobile audiometry can correctly estimate pure tone thresholds and screen for moderate hearing loss. Noise reduction strategies in mobile audiometry provide a portable effective solution for hearing assessments outside clinical settings.

  4. [Implementation of the new quality assurance agreement for the fitting of hearing aids in daily practice. Part 2: New diagnostic aspects of speech audiometry].

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    Löhler, J; Akcicek, B; Wollenberg, B; Schönweiler, R

    2014-09-01

    Upon review of the statutory health insurance reimbursement guidelines, a specific quality assurance questionnaire concerned with the provision of hearing aids was introduced that assesses elements of patient satisfaction within Germany's public healthcare system. APHAB questionnaire-based patient evaluation of the benefit of hearing aids represents the third pillar of audiological diagnostics, alongside classical pure-tone and speech audiometry. Another new aspect of the national guidelines is inclusion of free-field measurements in noise with and without hearing aids. Part 2 of this review describes new diagnostic aspects of speech audiometry. In addition to adaptive speech audiometry, a proposed method for applying the gold standard of speech audiometry - the Freiburg monosyllabic speech test - in noise is described. Finally, the quality assurance questionnaire will be explained as an appendix to template 15 of the regulations governing hearing aids.

  5. The role of ultrahigh-frequency audiometry in the early detection of systemic drug-induced hearing loss.

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    Singh Chauhan, Rajeev; Saxena, Ravinder Kumar; Varshey, Saurabh

    2011-05-01

    In monitoring patients for drug-induced hearing loss, most audiometric evaluations are limited to the range of frequencies from 0.25 to 8 kHz. However, such testing would fail to detect ototoxicity in patients who have already experienced hearing loss in the ultrahigh frequencies from 10 to 20 kHz. Awareness of ultrahigh-frequency ototoxicity could lead to changes in a drug regimen to prevent further damage. We conducted a prospective study of 105 patients who were receiving a potentially ototoxic drug-either gentamicin, amikacin, or cisplatin-to assess the value of ultrahigh-frequency audiometry in detecting systemic drug-induced hearing loss. We found that expanding audiometry into the ultrahigh-frequency range led to the detection of a substantial number of cases of hearing loss that would have otherwise been missed.

  6. Relationship between the findings of pure-tone audiometry and otoacoustic emission tests on military police personnel

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    Guida, Heraldo Lorena

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Otoacoustic emissions can be an alternative for cochlear evaluation in noise induced hearing loss (NIHL. Objective: To investigate the correlation between the findings of audiometry results and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE in the military police. Method: from cross-sectional and retrospective study, 200 military police officers were submitted to audiological evaluation - pure tone audiometry and DPOAE. Results: considering the provisions of Ordinance 19 of the Labour Department, the results were suggestive of induced hearing loss by high sound pressure levels in 58 individuals, distributed as follows: 28 (48.3% bilateral cases and 30 (51.7% unilateral cases, and 15 (25.85% in each ear. The correlation between the audiometric and DPOAE showed statistical significance in most of the frequencies tested in both ears, confirming that the greater the degree of hearing loss, the smaller the DPOAE amplitudes. In addition, there was observed significant difference between the DPOAEs amplitudes of normal subjects and listeners with hearing loss, confirming the lowering of responses in the group with hearing loss. Conclusion: considering that the correlation between pure tone audiometry and DPOAE, we conclude that otoacoustic emissions can be a complementary tool for the detection and control of NIHL in military police.

  7. 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

  8. Comparison of pure tone audiometry and auditory steady-state responses in subjects with normal hearing and hearing loss.

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    Ozdek, Ali; Karacay, Mahmut; Saylam, Guleser; Tatar, Emel; Aygener, Nurdan; Korkmaz, Mehmet Hakan

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this study is to compare pure tone audiometry and auditory steady-state response (ASSR) thresholds in normal hearing (NH) subjects and subjects with hearing loss. This study involved 23 NH adults and 38 adults with hearing loss (HI). After detection of behavioral thresholds (BHT) with pure tone audiometry, each subject was tested for ASSR responses in the same day. Only one ear was tested for each subject. The mean pure tone average was 9 ± 4 dB for NH group and 57 ± 14 for HI group. There was a very strong correlation between BHT and ASSR measurements in HI group. However, the correlation was weaker in the NH group. The mean differences of pure tone average of four frequencies (0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz) and ASSR threshold average of same frequencies were 13 ± 6 dB in NH group and 7 ± 5 dB in HI group and the difference was significant (P = 0.01). It was found that 86% of threshold difference values were less than 20 dB in NH group and 92% of threshold difference values were less than 20 dB in HI group. In conclusion, ASSR thresholds can be used to predict the configuration of pure tone audiometry. Results are more accurate in HI group than NH group. Although ASSR can be used in cochlear implant decision-making process, findings do not permit the utilization of the test for medico-legal reasons.

  9. Examination of Hearing in a Rheumatoid Arthritis Population: Role of Extended-High-Frequency Audiometry in the Diagnosis of Subclinical Involvement.

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    Lasso de la Vega, Mar; Villarreal, Ithzel Maria; Lopez-Moya, Julio; Garcia-Berrocal, Jose Ramon

    2016-01-01

    Objective. The aim of this study is to analyze the high-frequency hearing levels in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and to determine the relationship between hearing loss, disease duration, and immunological parameters. Materials and Methods. A descriptive cross-sectional study including fifty-three patients with rheumatoid arthritis was performed. The control group consisted of 71 age- and sex-matched patients from the study population (consecutively recruited in Madrid "Area 9," from January 2010 to February 2011). Both a pure tone audiometry and an extended-high-frequency audiometry were performed. Results. Extended-high-frequency audiometry diagnosed sensorineural hearing loss in 69.8% of the patients which exceeded the results obtained with pure tone audiometry (43% of the patients). This study found significant correlations in patients with sensorineural hearing loss related to age, sex, and serum anti-cardiolipin (aCL) antibody levels. Conclusion. Sensorineural hearing loss must be considered within the clinical context of rheumatoid arthritis. Our results demonstrated that an extended-high-frequency audiometry is a useful audiological test that must be performed within the diagnostic and follow-up testing of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, providing further insight into a disease-modifying treatment or a hearing loss preventive treatment.

  10. TYPE-2 DIABETES MELLITUS AND BRAIN STEM EVOKED RESPONSE AUDIOMETRY: A CASE CONTROL STUDY

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM causes pathophysiological changes in multiple organ system. The peripheral, autonomic and central neuropathy is known to occur in T2DM, which can be studied electrophysiologically. AIM Present study is aimed to evaluate functional integrity of auditory pathway in T2DM by Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA. MATERIAL AND METHOD In the present case control study, BERA was recorded from the scalp of 20 T2DM patients aged 30-65 years and were compared with age matched 20 healthy controls. The BERA was performed using EMG Octopus, Clarity Medical Pvt. Ltd. The latencies of wave I, III, V and Wave I-III, I-V and III-V interpeak latencies of both right and left ear were recorded at 70dBHL. STATISTICAL RESULT AND USE Mean±SD of latencies of wave I, III, V and interpeak latency of I-III, I-V and III-V were estimated of T2DM and healthy controls. The significant differences between the two groups were assessed using unpaired student ‘t’ test for T2DM and control groups using GraphPad QuickCalcs calculator. P value <0.05 was considered to be significant. RESULT In T2DM BERA study revealed statistically significant (p<0.05 prolonged latencies of wave I, III and V in both right (1.81±0.33ms, 3.96±0.32ms, 5.60±0.25ms and left (1.96±0.24ms, 3.79±0.22ms, 5.67±0.25ms ear as compared to controls at 70dB. Wave III-V interpeak latency of left ear (1.87±0.31, 1.85±0.41ms and wave I-III (2.51±0.42ms, 1.96±0.48ms and III-V (2.01±0.43ms, 1.76±0.45ms of right ear was prolonged in diabetic patient as compared to controls, although no significant difference was obtained (p<0.05. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSION Increase in absolute latencies and interpeak latencies inT2DM patients suggest involvement of central neuronal axis at the level of brain stem and midbrain.

  11. [The potential of tone audiometry for the determination of the sound-absorbing properties of various materials].

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    Zinkin, V N; Sheshegov, P M

    2014-01-01

    The objective of the present work was to experimentally estimate the potential of the tone audiometry technique for the determination of the sound-absorbing properties of various material. The study included 15 subjects at the age from 19 to 32 years. Their audiological examination was followed by the placement of the 5×7 cm spacer plate from the study material beneath the bone vibrator telephone to determine the bone sound-conduction threshold; no air-marking was undertaken. The sound absorption by the study materials of interest was determined in each octave-band from 250 to 8000 Hz from the difference between the starting audiogram and the audiogram of the material of interest. The study was carried out in three stages: (1) evaluation of sound absorption of each of the five materials, (2) measurement of the same parameter in the combinations of 2--4 layers for increasing sound absorption, and (3) fixation of the bone conduction telephone by the operator's hand (the head-mounted harness was used for the same purpose at stages 1 and 2). The experiments demonstrated that the study of bone sound conduction by means of tone audiometry allows to estimate the sound absorption of various materials. This technique may be applied for the development of a subjective method for the measurement of sound absorption in order to evaluate the acoustic effectiveness of materials that can be used to construct individual protective anti-noise devices.

  12. Valproate-induced reversible sensorineural hearing loss: a case report with serial audiometry and pharmacokinetic modelling during a valproate rechallenge.

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    Yeap, Li-Ling; Lim, Kheng-Seang; Lo, Yoke-Lin; Bakar, Mohd Zukiflee Abu; Tan, Chong-Tin

    2014-09-01

    Hearing loss has been reported with valproic acid (VPA) use. However, this is the first case of VPA-induced hearing loss that was tested and confirmed with a VPA rechallenge, supported by serial audiometry and pharmacokinetic modelling. A 39-year-old truck driver with temporal lobe epilepsy was treated with VPA at 400 mg, twice daily, and developed hearing loss after each dose, but recovered within three hours. Hearing loss fully resolved after VPA discontinuation. Audiometry performed five hours after VPA rechallenge showed significant improvement in hearing thresholds. Pharmacokinetic modelling during the VPA rechallenge showed that hearing loss occurred at a level below the therapeutic range. Brainstem auditory evoked potential at three months after VPA discontinuation showed bilateral conduction defect between the cochlear and superior olivary nucleus, supporting a pre-existing auditory deficit. VPA may cause temporary hearing threshold shift. Pre-existing auditory defect may be a risk factor for VPA-induced hearing loss. Caution should be taken while prescribing VPA to patients with pre-existing auditory deficit.

  13. Age-related hearing loss in dogs : Diagnosis with Brainstem-Evoked Response Audiometry and Treatment with Vibrant Soundbridge Middle Ear Implant.

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    ter Haar, G.

    2009-01-01

    Age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is the most common cause of acquired hearing impairment in dogs. Diagnosis requires objective electrophysiological tests (brainstem evoked response audiometry [BERA]) evaluating the entire audible frequency range in dogs. In our laboratory a method was developed to de

  14. Brainstem response audiometry in the determination of low-frequency hearing loss : a study of various methods for frequency-specific ABR-threshold assessment

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    E.A.G.J. Conijn

    1992-01-01

    textabstractBrainstem Electric Response Audiometry (BERA) is a method to visualize some of the electric activity generated in the auditory nerve and the brainstem during the processing of sound. The amplitude of the Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is very small (0.05-0.5 flV). The potentials origi

  15. Operant Audiometry Manual for Difficult-to-Test Children. Institute on Mental Retardation and Intellectual Development; Papers and Reports, Volume V, Number 19.

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    Bricker, Diane D.; And Others

    To facilitate the use of operant audiometry with low functioning children (psychotic, severely retarded, or multiply handicapped), a procedures manual was developed containing definitions of terms, instructions for determining reinforcers, physical facilities and equipment needs, diagrams, component lists, and technical descriptions. Development…

  16. Audiometria de alta freqüência em adultos jovens e mais velhos quando a audiometria convencional é normal High-frequency audiometry in young and older adults when conventional audiometry is normal

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    Isabella Monteiro de Castro Silva

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    Full Text Available A audiometria de alta freqüência é capaz de detectar precocemente alterações em sensibilidade advindas de processos como o envelhecimento. Seu uso é limitado, o que recomenda estudos para esclarecer seu desempenho, especialmente entre adultos de mais idade. OBJETIVO: Comparar os limiares para as freqüências de 250Hz a 16kHz, entre adultos jovens e mais velhos normoacúsicos, com e sem queixa audiológica. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: A sensibilidade a tons puros de 250Hz a 16kHz foi avaliada com audiômetro AC-40, em 64 adultos, igualmente distribuídos: jovens (25 a 35 anos e mais velhos (45 a 55 anos de ambos os gêneros, com forma de estudo de coorte transversal. RESULTADOS: Os adultos mais velhos apresentaram limiares mais elevados em todas as freqüências, mais significativamente nas mais altas (8 a 16kHz, quando comparados com os adultos jovens. Homens apresentaram limiares mais elevados do que mulheres entre 3 e 10kHz. CONCLUSÃO: O processo de envelhecimento auditivo, envolvendo perda de sensibilidade auditiva para altas freqüências, pode ser detectado em idades anteriores às tipicamente pesquisadas, uma vez que a audiometria de alta freqüência demonstrou ser instrumento importante para distinguir a sensibilidade auditiva entre adultos jovens e mais velhos, quando audiologicamente normais.High-frequency audiometry can detect early changes in auditory sensitivity resulting from processes such as aging. Nonetheless its use is still limited, and additional studies are required to establish its use, particularly among older adults. AIM: To compare pure tone thresholds for frequencies from 250 Hz to 16 kHz in young and older adults, with or without audiologic complaints. METHOD: Pure tone sensitivity to 250 Hz to 16 kHz was assessed with an AC-40 audiometer in 64 adults, evenly distributed in young (25 to 35 years-old and older (45 to 55 years-old adults of both sexes. This is a cross-sectional study. RESULTS: Although all

  17. Age-related hearing loss in dogs : Diagnosis with Brainstem-Evoked Response Audiometry and Treatment with Vibrant Soundbridge Middle Ear Implant.

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    ter Haar, G.

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    Age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is the most common cause of acquired hearing impairment in dogs. Diagnosis requires objective electrophysiological tests (brainstem evoked response audiometry [BERA]) evaluating the entire audible frequency range in dogs. In our laboratory a method was developed to deliver tone bursts ranging in frequency from 1 - 32 kHz for frequency-specific assessment of the cochlea in dogs. Brainstem auditory evoked responses to a click (CS) and to 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 24, a...

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

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    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.

  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. Three-year experience with the Sophono in children with congenital conductive unilateral hearing loss: tolerability, audiometry, and sound localization compared to a bone-anchored hearing aid.

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    Nelissen, Rik C; Agterberg, Martijn J H; Hol, Myrthe K S; Snik, Ad F M

    2016-10-01

    Bone conduction devices (BCDs) are advocated as an amplification option for patients with congenital conductive unilateral hearing loss (UHL), while other treatment options could also be considered. The current study compared a transcutaneous BCD (Sophono) with a percutaneous BCD (bone-anchored hearing aid, BAHA) in 12 children with congenital conductive UHL. Tolerability, audiometry, and sound localization abilities with both types of BCD were studied retrospectively. The mean follow-up was 3.6 years for the Sophono users (n = 6) and 4.7 years for the BAHA users (n = 6). In each group, two patients had stopped using their BCD. Tolerability was favorable for the Sophono. Aided thresholds with the Sophono were unsatisfactory, as they did not reach under a mean pure tone average of 30 dB HL. Sound localization generally improved with both the Sophono and the BAHA, although localization abilities did not reach the level of normal hearing children. These findings, together with previously reported outcomes, are important to take into account when counseling patients and their caretakers. The selection of a suitable amplification option should always be made deliberately and on individual basis for each patient in this diverse group of children with congenital conductive UHL.

  2. Potenciais evocados auditivos de tronco encefálico de ex-usuários de drogas Brain stem evoked response audiometry of former drug users

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    Tainara Milbradt Weich

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available As drogas ilícitas são conhecidas pelos seus efeitos deletérios no sistema nervoso central; no entanto, elas também podem atingir o sistema auditivo, provocando alterações. OBJETIVOS: Analisar e comparar os resultados dos potenciais evocados auditivos de tronco encefálico (PEATE de frequentadores de grupos de apoio a ex-usuários de drogas. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal, não experimental, descritivo e quantitativo. A amostra foi composta por 17 indivíduos divididos conforme o tipo de droga mais consumida: 10 indivíduos no grupo maconha (G1 e sete no grupo crack/cocaína (G2. Eles foram subdivididos pelo tempo de uso de drogas: um a cinco anos, seis a 10 anos e mais que 15 anos. A avaliação foi feita por meio de anamnese, audiometria tonal liminar, medidas de imitância acústica e PEATE. RESULTADOS: Ao comparar os resultados de G1 e G2, independente do tempo de uso de drogas, não se observou diferença estatisticamente significante nas latências absolutas e nos intervalos interpicos. No entanto, apenas cinco dos 17 indivíduos tiveram PEATE com resultados adequados para a faixa etária. CONCLUSÃO: Independentemente do tempo de utilização das drogas, o uso de maconha e crack/cocaína pode provocar alterações difusas no tronco encefálico, comprometendo a transmissão do estímulo auditivo.Illicit drugs are known for their deleterious effects upon the central nervous system and more specifically for how they adversely affect hearing. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to analyze and compare the hearing complaints and the results of brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA of former drug user support group goers. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional non-experimental descriptive quantitative study. The sample consisted of 17 subjects divided by their preferred drug of use. Ten individuals were placed in the marijuana group (G1 and seven in the crack/cocaine group (G2. The subjects were further divided based on how long they had been using

  3. 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

  4. Audiometria de alta freqüência: estudo com indivíduos audiologicamente normais High-frequency audiometry: study with normal audiological subjects

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    Daniela R. Sahyeb

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisas recentes apontam a Audiometria Tonal de Alta Freqüência (AT-AF como um instrumento para o diagnóstico precoce de danos auditivos decorrentes de alguns agentes etiológicos principais, como envelhecimento e exposição a drogas ototóxicas e a intensidades elevadas de ruído. OBJETIVO: Apesar de já existirem várias técnicas desenvolvidas para essa avaliação, algumas não se aplicam à rotina clínica, em função da falta de praticidade e, por vezes, falta de consistência nos resultados. Segundo a literatura, ainda estão por emergir uma metodologia adequada a tal avaliação e valores indicados como referência à normalidade. Forma de Estudo: Clínico prospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: A presente pesquisa observou o comportamento dos limiares auditivos de alta freqüência em indivíduos jovens e audiologicamente normais e analisou variabilidades acústicas, inter e intra-indivíduos, que de acordo com a literatura, podem interferir na estabilidade dos resultados. CONCLUSÃO: Com os dados obtidos, pôde-se estabelecer valores de média, desvio padrão e mediana, além de valores mínimos e máximos para cada freqüência. Os testes estatísticos não identificaram diferenças significantes na maioria das análises realizadas (entre sexo, interaurais, variabilidades acústicas e intra-indivíduos, no mesmo dia de testes. A variabilidade dos resultados entre os exames de um mesmo indivíduo, realizados em dias deferentes de testes, mostrou ser significante, sendo as médias dos limiares no segundo dia sempre melhores que as do primeiro dia.Recent research studies pointed to High-Frequency Audiometry (HFA as a tool for early diagnosis of hearing impairment caused by the main etiological agents, such as aging, exposure to ototoxic drugs, and occupational noise. AIM: Although there are already several techniques developed for this assessment, some of them should not be applied to clinical routine, because of their lack of

  5. Audiometria de altas frequências em bombeiros militares com audiometria normal expostos ao ruído High-frequency audiometry in normal hearing military firemen exposed to noise

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    Rita Leniza Oliveira da Rocha

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo das altas frequências vem demonstrando sua importância para detecção de danos na orelha interna. Em alguns casos, as frequências convencionais não são sensíveis a alterações da orelha interna em seu estágio inicial. OBJETIVO: Analisar os resultados dos limiares das altas frequências de indivíduos expostos ao ruído com audiometria convencional normal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foi realizado um estudo de coorte transversal retrospectivo com 47 combatentes do Corpo de Bombeiros do Rio de Janeiro alocados no aeroporto Santos Dumont e 33 militares sem exposição ao ruído. Os grupos foram divididos em duas faixas etárias: 30-39 anos e 40-49 anos. Imediatamente após a audiometria tonal e vocal eram testadas as altas frequências. RESULTADOS: Os resultados mais significativos ocorreram na faixa de 40 a 49 anos, onde o grupo experimental apresentou limiar significativamente maior que o grupo controle 14000Hz (p = 0,008 e 16000Hz (p = 0,0001. CONCLUSÕES: Concluiu-se que o ruído interferiu nos limiares das altas frequências, onde todas as médias encontradas no grupo experimental foram maiores do que as do grupo controle. Sugeriu-se que esses dados reforçariam a importância da pesquisa das altas frequências, mesmo com a audiometria convencional normal, no diagnóstico precoce da perda auditiva induzida pela exposição ao ruído.The study of high frequencies has proven its importance for detecting inner ear damage. In some cases, conventional frequencies are not sensitive enough to pick up early changes to the inner ear. AIM: To analyze the results of threshold high frequency analysis of individuals exposed to noise with normal conventional audiometry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional cohort study, in which we studied 47 firefighters of the Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro, based on Santos Dumont airport and 33 military men without noise exposure. They were broken down into two age groups: 30

  6. 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

  7. Clinical features of auditory neuropathy under pure tone audiometry and acoustic immitance examination%听神经病在纯音听阈测听和声导抗检查中的特征性表现

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    李鹏; 岑锦添; 黎志诚; 张革化

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨听神经病在纯音听阈测听及声导抗检查中的临床听力学特点及诊断要点.方法 回顾性分析中山大学附属第三医院耳鼻喉科收治的17例(32耳)听神经病确诊患者在纯音听阈测听、声导抗检查中的听力学特点.结果 17例患者中15例为双侧发病,呈左右对称性听力曲线;26耳以轻至中度低频感音性聋为主(听力图上升型);病程5年的听力损失主要为重度、极重度听力障碍.16例(31耳)声导抗为"A"型鼓室图,15例(30耳)同侧及交叉镫骨肌声反射均未引出,2例(2耳)镫骨肌声反射阈值升高.结论 听神经病在纯音听阔测听及声导抗检查中主要表现为:(1)为双侧对称性、渐进性听力下降;(2)早期为低频上升型听力图,后期为全频听力下降;(3)呈"A"型鼓室图,镫骨肌声反射阈值升高或引不出;(4)患耳无响度重振现象.%Objective To analyze the clinical characteristics of auditory neuropathy under pure tone audiometry and acoustic immitance examination.Methods Seventeen patients (32 ears) diagnosed as having auditory neuropathy were examined for audiology features by pure tone audiometry and acoustic immitance.Results Bilateral and symmetrical hearing loss was found in 15 patients and low-frequency sensorineural hearing loss was noted in 26 ears.Seventeen ears with a course of disease less than 5 years presented light or moderate dysaudia,and those with more than 5 years presented grave loss of aural comprehension.16 patients (31 ears) in the acoustic immitance examination showed type A tympanogram,and absence of stapedius muscle reflex was found in 15 patients (30 ears).The threshold of acoustic stapedius reflex increased in 2 patients (2 ears).Conclusion Auditory neuropathy primarily presents bilateral and symmetrical hearing loss,low-frequency hearing loss at the initial stage and total-frequency hearing loss finally,absence of stapedius muscle reflex and type A tympanogram,and absence of

  8. 自觉听力正常耳鸣患者纯音听力及畸变产物耳声发射临床分析%Audiometry and distortion product otoacoustic emissions in tinnitus patients without hearing complaints

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    王晓晖; 肖玉丽

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study pure tone audiometry and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) features in tinnitus patients who do not perceive hearing loss. Methods Pure tone threshold, hearing loss, SNR of DPOAE were performed in 114 (190 ears) adults with tinnitus cases with never perceived hearing loss, investigate the relationship between every risk factor and tinnitus. Results Audiometry showed high frequency hearing loss in 46.31% (88/ 190), low frequency hearing loss in 14.73% (28/190), normal hearing in 23.15% (44/190), and other types of audio-grams in 15.78%(30/190) of the patients. Risk factors included noise exposure, fatigue, stress, and pre-existing diseases. There was a negative correlation between DPOAE amplitude and pure tone threshold. DPOAE response frequencies were closely related to frequency distribution of pure tone thresholds. Conclusion A significant number of patients with tinnitus but no hearing complaints may still have abnormal hearing, especially in the high frequency range. A negative correlation exists between DPOAE amplitude and pure tone threshold. DPOAEs may serve as an objective indicator of the level of hearing loss in tinnitus patients with no hearing complaints, which may be of value in the clinic.%目的 分析自觉听力正常耳鸣患者的纯音听力特征,并探讨自觉听力正常耳鸣患者畸变产物耳声发射(distortion product otoacoustic emission,DPOAE)测定值与纯音听阈值之间的相关性及其意义.方法 2010-2011年在我科就诊的以耳鸣为第一主诉但无明显自觉听力障碍患者114例(190耳),对所有入组患者进行纯音测听及DPOAE检测.分析DPOAE测定值与纯音听阈值之间的相关性,并结合其发病的可能危险因素进行相关分析.结果 自觉听力正常的耳鸣患者中,听力异常可达76.84% (146/190).纯音测听表现为:高频下降型46.31% (88/190);低频下降型14.73% (28/190);正常23.15% (44/190);其它类型15.78% (30/190).

  9. Enterprise Shipbuilding Workers Exposed to Noise Analysis Results of Pure Tone Audiometry%某造船企业噪声作业工人纯音测听结果分析

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    张志雄; 高盛庭; 蒋朝利

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨生产性噪声对作业工人听力的影响。方法对某造船企业94名噪声作工人进行在岗期间纯音电测听检查,测听数据进行统计分析。结果听力损失37人(占受检人数的39.36%),其中轻度听力损失36人,中度听力损失1人。听力损失随工龄增加而升高,不同工龄组间听力损失比较有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论听力损失随接触噪工龄的增加呈上升趋势。建议企业加强监督和管理,做好作业工人职业危害宣传教育和个人防护,建立和完善职业健康监护档案,控制职业性噪声聋发生。%Objective To investigate the ef ects of noise on workers productive hearing. Methods Pure tone audiometry examination for 94 shipyard workers during the post, Statistical analysis for audiometric data. Results 37 of hearing loss (accounting for 39.36%the number of subjects), in which 36 people with mild hearing loss and 1 person with moderate hearing loss.Hearing loss increases with length of service The comparasion among dif erent working-age groups was statistical y significant ( <0.05). Conclusion Hearing loss increases with the exposure to noise seniority on the rise. Recommend that companies strengthen supervision and management, good education and personal protection for the workers exposed to occupational hazards, establish and improve occupational health record, prevent occupational noise deafness occuring.

  10. Cortical Response of Retardates for AER Audiometry

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    Hogan, Donald D.

    1971-01-01

    Averaged auditory evoked responses were obtained from 15 retarded and motor-handicapped subjects and from 15 nonretarded subjects in order to investigate comparative responsiveness and response features. (Author)

  11. Response and Reinforcement in Operant Audiometry.

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    Primus, Michael A.

    1987-01-01

    Response and reinforcement features of operant discrimination paradigms used in audiometric assessment were investigated with normal 17-month-old children. Findings indicated more responses prior to onset of habituation when response tasks involved complex central processing skills and a twofold increase in number of subject responses when…

  12. Emissões otoacústicas por produto de distorção e audiometria tonal liminar: estudo da mudança temporária do limiar Distortion-product otoacoustic emissions and pure tone audiometry: a study of temporary threshold shifts

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    otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE pre and post white noise exposition at high levels (100 dB SPL for 10 minutes, considering gender and ear variables, aiming at investigating pure tone audiometry and DPOAE efficiency in detecting subtle temporary threshold shifts (TTS. Study design: prospectivo clinical randomized. Material and method: Forty subjects, 20 male and 20 female ranging from 18 to 36 years old with no otological complaints were evaluated. Pure tone audiometry and DPOAE were carried out pre and post white noise exposure. Results: Pure tone audiometry was sensitive in detecting temporary threshold shifts after white noise exposition in 2, 3 and 4 kHz, with no significant differences concerning gender and ear, whereas DPOAE revealed temporary shifts in audibility evidenced by amplitude reduction, in 2588 and 3614 in female subjects and in 932, 1304, 2588 and 5128 Hz in male subjects. Conclusion: We could conclude that either pure tone audiometry or DPOAE were sensitive in determining significant temporary shifts in hearing thresholds and amplitude, respectively, after white noise exposition, according to the involved frequency range

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

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    Schmidt, Jesper Hvass; Brandt, Christian; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob; Andersen, Ture; Bælum, Jesper; Poulsen, Torben

    2009-01-01

      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 method...

  14. 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

  15. 畸变产物耳声发射和纯音听力评价突发性耳聋的临床研究%Comparative study of distortion product otoacoustic emission and pure tone audiometry in the evaluation of sudden deafness

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    孙俊; 罗婷婕

    2012-01-01

    Objective To compare the effect of distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) and pure tone audiometry (PTA) in the evaluation of sudden deafness. Methods 60 patients (64 ears) with sudden deafness admitted in our hospital from 2009 to 2011 were selected and enrolled in this study. All the 60 patients received DPOAE test and PTA test before and after treatment. The results of the two kinds of tests were compared. Results After treatment, the results of DPOAE test and PTA test were all significantly better than that before treatment (P0.05). Conclusion DPOAE test can reveal the cochlear hearing function and hair functional status, which is non-invasive, fast, comprehensive and specific.%目的 探讨利用畸变产物耳声发射(DPOAE)和纯音听力评价突发性耳聋的方法和效果.方法 随机抽取我科2009-2011年收治突发性耳聋患者60例(64耳),所有患者治疗前后均接受纯音测听检查及DPOAE检测,对比两种检测方法的结果变化.结果 治疗前后比较,患者DPOAE和纯音听力检测均优于治疗前(P<0.05);治疗后两组间比较,患者DPOAE检测通过率较纯音听力检测更灵敏(P<0.05).随着患耳听力的改善,听阈恢复率、DPOAE幅值恢复率都逐步提高,但是二者的变化并不同步(P>0.05).结论 DPOAE检测可反应耳蜗听力功能和毛细胞功能状态,具有无创、快速、全面、特异的优点,能有效地指导临床治疗.

  16. Low and high frequency tonal threshold audiometry: comparing hearing thresholds between smokers and non-smokers Da audiometria tonal limiar em baixa e alta frequência: comparação dos limiares auditivos entre tabagistas e não-tabagistas

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    Daniela Cecílio Capra Marques de Oliveira

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Cigarette smoking can cause many potentially fatal diseases and worsen others. Numerous studies have shown the relationship between smoking and hearing loss. However, the increase in auditory threshold in high frequency arising from smoking has been very little described. AIM: to compare low and high frequency auditory thresholds among a group of smoking and non-smoking male individuals between 18 and 40 years. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. MATERIALS AND METHODS: by means of low and high frequency tonal threshold audiometry we studied 30 male individuals between 18 and 40 years and 30 non-smokers of matching age and gender. RESULTS: auditory thresholds were different between smokers and non-smokers, being worse in the former. Although within normal ranges, auditory thresholds in low frequencies were higher among smokers. In high frequencies we noticed a marked increase in auditory thresholds among smokers. CONCLUSION: we found statistically significant difference in auditory thresholds in low and high frequencies, among young male individuals, smokers and non-smokers, being worse in the former.O uso do cigarro pode levar a diversas doenças potencialmente fatais e contribuir para o agravo de outras condições patológicas. Inúmeros estudos mostram a relação entre tabagismo e perda auditiva, entretanto, o aumento dos limiares auditivos em alta frequência decorrente do tabagismo é pouco descrito. OBJETIVO: Comparar os limiares auditivos em baixas e altas frequências, entre um grupo de indivíduos não-tabagistas e tabagistas, do sexo masculino com idades entre 18 e 40 anos. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Tipo transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram estudados, através de audiometria tonal limiar em baixas e altas frequências, 30 indivíduos tabagistas do sexo masculino com idades entre 18 e 40 anos e 30 indivíduos não-tabagistas do mesmo sexo e da mesma faixa etária. RESULTADOS: Os limiares auditivos foram diferentes entre os indivíduos do grupo n

  17. Understanding Bilingualism and Its Impact on Speech Audiometry.

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    von Hapsburg, Deborah; Pena, Elizabeth D.

    2002-01-01

    This tutorial reviews auditory research conducted with monolingual and bilingual speakers of Spanish and English. Based on a functional view of bilingualism and on auditory research findings showing that the bilingual experience may affect the outcome of auditory research, it discusses methods for improving descriptions of linguistically diverse…

  18. Communication interface and graphic module for audiometry equipment.

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    Gutiérrez Martinez, Josefina; Barraza López, Fernando; Guadarrama Lara, Alberto; Núñez Gaona, Marco Antonio; Delgado Esquerra, Ruth; Gutiérrez Farfán, Ileana

    2009-01-01

    The National Rehabilitation Institute (INR) in Mexico City purchased 12 Madsen Orbiter 922 audiometers in 2006. While this audiometer is excellent for diagnosing the degree and type of hearing loss, it has presented problems in transfering, saving and printing the results of special tests and logoaudiometry from audiometer to workstation with the NOAH-3 system. The data are lost when the audiometer is turned off or a new patient is captured. There is no database storing and, shortly after the results have been printed on the thermal paper, the audiograms are erased. This problem was addressed by designing and implementing the InterAudio (AAMS) communication and graphical interface. The limitations and scope of the Automatic Audiometric Measurement System were analyzed, then a search of technical information was performed that included the resources for designing, developing and implementing the transfer interface, the user's graphical module requirements, and the tools for printing and saving the study.

  19. Phase-dependent audiometry with low-frequency masking revisited.

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    Rahne, Torsten; Rasinski, Christine; Neumann, Kerstin

    2010-05-15

    Low-frequency masking is a psychoacoustical phenomenon, describing the modulation of a high-frequency probe tone burst by a low-frequency masker tone. The probe tone threshold is increased, if the probe tone is presented at a low-frequency phases around 90 degrees and 270 degrees . At these phases, the low-frequency masker tone induces a displacement of the basilar membrane of the inner ear which modulates the sensitivity of the inner hair cells. Measuring the modulation depth is partially applied in clinical routine to diagnose the endolymphatic hydrops. Although the modulation depth differs between normal ears and those which reveal an endolymphatic hydrops, the significance of these tests seems debatable. Here, we describe a new experimental setup, completely consisting of commercially available devices. Further, a user interface was developed to enable the application in the clinical routine. The experimental setup was approved with ten normal hearing listeners. All reveal a modulation of the probe stimulus threshold by different phases of the low-frequency masker stimulus. With this experimental setup, custom-made modifications of the essential parameters are feasible. This would be a contribution to solve open questions on the clinical relevance of the low-frequency masking phenomenon.

  20. Response Strength of Young Children in Operant Audiometry.

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    Primus, Michael A.; Thompson, Gary

    1985-01-01

    An operant conditioning discrimination paradigm was evaluated of relationships between response behavior of young children and two stimulus components of the paradigm, the discriminative stimulus and the reinforcing stimulus. Findings revealed the effects of schedules of reinforcement, novel reinforcement, and age. (Author/CL)

  1. Pediatric Audiometry: The Relative Success of Toy and Video Reinforcers.

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    Doggett, Sheryl; Gans, Donald P.; Stein, Ramona

    2000-01-01

    An operate conditional technique was used to determine the relative success of toys and video shows as reinforcers for testing the hearing of 28 younger (30-month-old) and 28 older (45-month old) children. Animated toys and video shows for children were equally effective as reinforcers for both age groups. (Contains references.) (Author/CR)

  2. Brainstem response audiometry in the determination of hearing loss

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    1988-01-01

    textabstractThe earlier hearing disorders are diagnosed in infants and children the sooner treatment and revalidation can be organised. Consequently. determining the hearing at the youngest age possible is important to promote the development of language and communication. Brainstern response audiom

  3. 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 c

  4. Early Posttreatment Audiometry Underestimates Hearing Recovery after Intratympanic Steroid Treatment of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    Benjamin J. Wycherly

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To review our experience with intratympanic steroids (ITSs for the treatment of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL, emphasizing the ideal time to perform follow-up audiograms. Methods. Retrospective case review of patients diagnosed with ISSNHL treated with intratympanic methylprednisolone. Injections were repeated weekly with a total of 3 injections. Improvement was defined as an improved pure-tone average ≥20 dB or speech-discrimination score ≥20%. Results. Forty patients met the inclusion criteria with a recovery rate of 45% (18/40. A significantly increased response rate was found in patients having an audiogram >5 weeks after the first dose of ITS (9/13 over those tested ≤5 weeks after the first dose of ITS (9/27 (=0.03. Conclusions. Recovery from ISSNHL after ITS injections occurs more frequently >5 weeks after initiating ITS. This may be due to the natural history of sudden hearing loss or the prolonged effect of steroid in the inner ear.

  5. Monitoring audiometry for occupational hearing loss: A case for eliminating 500 Hz

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    Stephenson, Mark

    2003-04-01

    Audiometric monitoring is an important element in hearing conservation programs. Nearly every existing hearing conservation standard dictate that hearing thresholds should be measured at specific frequencies, and that 500 Hz be among those frequencies tested. Actual and estimated noise-induced permanent threshold shifts were evaluated as a function of exposure duration and exposure level. The results demonstrate 500 Hz to be of little value in assessing noise-induced hearing loss for typical industrial noise exposures of up to 40 years, at least for time-weighted average exposures of up to 100 dBA. Furthermore, few hearing conservation programs currently require audiometric monitoring to be performed in an environment that meets ANSI standards for maximum permissible background noise levels. This is particularly likely to compromise hearing testing at 500 Hz. As a result, this paper argues against the need for testing at 500 Hz, and recommends it be eliminated as a required test frequency in audiometric monitoring for noise-induced occupational hearing loss.

  6. The audiomat: An automatic audiometer to be used in occupational audiometry

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    Smoorenburg, G. F.; Vanraaij, J. L.; Mimpen, A. M.

    1983-10-01

    An automatic audiometer which runs fully automatically a customer tailored audiometric program using a microprocessor is described. It can be used as an independent unit, or it can be linked to an ITT 2020 microcomputer to control four audiomats simultaneously and asynchronously. The measurement procedure is based on the von Bekesy method optimized by research with test subjects and computer simulation. Two audiograms (left and right ears) based on 8 frequencies are measured within 8 min with an accuracy of 3dB. The audiomat is supplied with a transducer mounted in an earmuff, which makes it possible to measure thresholds in a not completely quiet environment.

  7. Notched-noise embedded frequency specific chirps for objective audiometry using auditory brainstem responses

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    Farah I. Corona-Strauss

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available It has been shown recently that chirp-evoked auditory brainstem responses (ABRs show better performance than click stimulations, especially at low intensity levels. In this paper we present the development, test, and evaluation of a series of notched-noise embedded frequency specific chirps. ABRs were collected in healthy young control subjects using the developed stimuli. Results of the analysis of the corresponding ABRs using a time-scale phase synchronization stability (PSS measure are also reported. The resultant wave V amplitude and latency measures showed a similar behavior as for values reported in literature. The PSS of frequency specific chirp-evoked ABRs reflected the presence of the wave V for all stimulation intensities. The scales that resulted in higher PSS are in line with previous findings, where ABRs evoked by broadband chirps were analyzed, and which stated that low frequency channels are better for the recognition and analysis of chirp-evoked ABRs. We conclude that the development and test of the series of notched-noise embedded frequency specific chirps allowed the assessment of frequency specific ABRs, showing an identifiable wave V for different intensity levels. Future work may include the development of a faster automatic recognition scheme for these frequency specific ABRs.

  8. Pure-tone and speech audiometry in patients with Meniere's disease

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    Mateijsen, DJM; Van Hengel, PWJ; Van Huffelen, WM; Wit, HP; Albers, FWJ

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this study was to reinvestigate many of the claims in the literature about hearing loss in patients with Meniere's disease, We carried this out on a well-defined group of patients under well-controlled circumstances. Thus, we were able to find support for sonic claims and none for many ot

  9. Evaluation of Monitoring Audiometry in the United States Air Force Hearing Conservation Program

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    the True Positive on the y-axis (MacMillian and Creelman , 1991). Issues to consider include the cost of the 40 hour noise-free audiogram vs. the benefit... Creelman , C.D. (1991). Detection theory: a user’s guide. New York: Capbridge University Press. Melnick, W. (1979). Hearing loss from noise exposure. In

  10. In-air evoked potential audiometry of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) from the North and Baltic Seas.

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    Ruser, Andreas; Dähne, Michael; Sundermeyer, Janne; Lucke, Klaus; Houser, Dorian S; Finneran, James J; Driver, Jörg; Pawliczka, Iwona; Rosenberger, Tanja; Siebert, Ursula

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    In-air anthropogenic sound has the potential to affect grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) behaviour and interfere with acoustic communication. In this study, a new method was used to deliver acoustic signals to grey seals as part of an in-air hearing assessment. Using in-ear headphones with adapted ear inserts allowed for the measurement of auditory brainstem responses (ABR) on sedated grey seals exposed to 5-cycle (2-1-2) tone pips. Thresholds were measured at 10 frequencies between 1-20 kHz. Measurements were made using subcutaneous electrodes on wild seals from the Baltic and North Seas. Thresholds were determined by both visual and statistical approaches (single point F-test) and good agreement was obtained between the results using both methods. The mean auditory thresholds were ≤40 dB re 20 µPa peak equivalent sound pressure level (peSPL) between 4-20 kHz and showed similar patterns to in-air behavioural hearing tests of other phocid seals between 3 and 20 kHz. Below 3 kHz, a steep reduction in hearing sensitivity was observed, which differed from the rate of decline in sensitivity obtained in behavioural studies on other phocids. Differences in the rate of decline may reflect influence of the ear inserts on the ability to reliably transmit lower frequencies or interference from the structure of the distal end of the ear canal.

  11. Relationship between CT densitometry with a slice thickness of 0.5 mm and audiometry in otosclerosis

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    Kawase, Setsuko; Naganawa, Shinji; Ishigaki, Takeo [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Nagoya (Japan); Sone, Michihiko [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nagoya (Japan); Ikeda, Mitsuru [Nagoya University School of Health Sciences, Department of Radiological Technology, Nagoya (Japan)

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    The appropriate cutoff Hounsfield unit (HU) value for the diagnosis of otosclerosis was determined and the correlation between the bone conduction threshold and the findings of computed tomography (CT) densitometry investigated. CT images, 0.5-mm thick, were evaluated in 24 ears with otosclerosis and 19 control ears. Eight regions of interest were set around the otic capsule. The mean HU values in the area anterior to the oval window (A-OW) and anterior to the internal auditory canal (A-IAC) were significantly lower in otosclerosis than in controls. Based on receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis, the cutoff HU value in A-OW was determined to be 2,187.3 HU. The mean HU value in retrofenestral otosclerosis was significantly lower in the area A-OW, A-IAC and around the cochlea than in controls. Based on ROC analysis, the cutoff HU value in the latter was determined to be 2,045 HU. A statistically significant correlation was found between the density of the area A-OW and the hearing level at 500 and 1,000 Hz, and between the density of the area around the cochlea and the hearing level at most frequencies. These results suggest the semi-automated diagnosis of otosclerosis may be possible. (orig.)

  12. 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.

  13. 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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    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.

  14. Evaluation of temporal difference limen in preoperative non-invasive ear canal audiometry as a predictive factor for speech perception after cochlear implantation

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    Saku T. Sinkkonen

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The temporal difference limen (TDL can be measured with noninvasive electrical ear canal stimulation. The objective of the study wa to determine the role of preoperative TDL measurements in predicting patients’ speech perception after cochlear implantation. We carried out a retrospective chart analysis of fifty-four cochlear implant (CI patients with preoperative TDL and postoperative bisyllabic word recognition measurements in Helsinki University Central Hospital between March 1994 and March 2011. Our results show that there is no correlation between TDL and postoperative speech perception. However, patient’s advancing age correlates with longer TDL but notdirectly with poorer speech perception. The results are in line with previous results concerning the lack of predictive value of preoperativ TDL measurements in CI patients.

  15. Analysis on Pure Tone Audiometry of Workers Exposed to Noise in A Civil Airport%某民用飞机场接触噪声作业工人纯音听阈测试分析

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    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨生产性噪声对作业工人听力的影响.方法 测定各噪声作业车间的噪声强度,对808名噪声作业人员进行纯音听阈测试,并对听力损失与工龄、工种的关系分别进行统计学分析.结果 4 000 Hz高频听阈听力损失人数最多;随着工龄的增加,听力损失检出率亦增加,不同工龄组间听力损失比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),不同工种组间听力损失比较,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 噪声作业环境对作业工人高频听阈听力影响显著,随着噪声作业工龄的增加,听力损失检出率增加,建议加强个人防护,建立健康监护档案,控制职业性噪声聋发生.%[ Objective] To investigate the effect of noise on workers with occupational exposure. [ Methods] The noise intensity was measured in noise exposed workshops, 808 noise exposed workers were tested in terms of the pure tone audibility threshold, and the statistical analysis was carried out to identify the correlation between hearing loss and service length/type of work. [ Results ] There was the largest number of workers who suffered from hearing loss of 4 000 Hz high frequency audibility threshold; The heating loss detected rate rose along with the increase of service length , The hearing loss was significantly different between groups with different service length ( P <0.01). The hearing loss was not significantly different between worker of different type of work ( P > 0.05 ). [ Conclusion ] The noise exposed workers' high frequency audibility threshold is evidently influenced by the noise exposed working conditions. The hearing loss detected rate rises along with the increase of noise exposed length. It is recommended to strengthen self- protection and establish a health monitoring and protection record to avoid hearing loss induced by occupational noise.

  16. 老年性聋特点及高频测听在其早期诊断中的意义%The characteristics of presbycusis and the significance of high frequency audiometry in its diagnosis

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    于丽玫; 宇雅苹; 陈振声

    2008-01-01

    老年性聋(presbycusis)是指因年龄的增长,听觉器官随同身体其他组织器官一起发生的缓慢进行性老化过程,并出现听力减退的生理现象。Pearlman[1]提出的老年性聋的临床定义为:双耳对称性感音神经性听力损失,没有重振或呈不全重振,无噪声接触史,言语辨别率与纯音听阈不成比例。听力减退常从高频开始,

  17. 梅尼埃病畸变产物耳声发射的临床听力学特征%The feature of distortion product otoacoustic emissions in clinical audiometry on Meniere disease

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    王建明; 王斌全

    2002-01-01

    目的探讨梅尼埃病畸变产物耳声发射(distortion product otoacoustic emissions,DPOAE)听力学表现,明确梅尼埃病DPOAE临床听力学特征.方法收治梅尼埃病336例,行纯音听阈与DPOAE测试,并绘出纯音听力图与DPOAE图.结果纯音听力测试,297名为感音神经性耳聋,39名听力正常;在DPOAE测试中,患耳检出率均较健耳低;对刺激频率组的几何平均频率(Fm)及它们所对应的DPOAE幅值,均显著低于健耳,且幅值重复性差;患耳检出阈显著高于健耳.纯音听阈均值(Pure tone average,PTA)≥40 dB的145例,DPOAE反应缺失;PTA≤35 dB,伴低频下降的98例,DPOAE低频或低、中频振幅下降或反应消失;DPOAE图与纯音听力图的病损频率范围一致,曲线基本吻合.39例听阈正常的梅尼埃病患者,DPOAE测试显示有程度不同的高频或高、中频或低频振幅下降或缺失.结论 DPOAE能鉴别出亚临床的病理改变,对梅尼埃病的早期诊断、动态监测与预后等有指导意义.

  18. Ridit and Ordinal Analysis in Cases of Sudden Deafness Audiometry Data%突发性聋的临床听力学及预后相关因素分析

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    林少莲; 林有辉; 陈曦

    2012-01-01

    Objective To retrospectively analysize the audiological examination information of 415 cases of sudden deafness patients ,and to understand the sudden deafness performance of Audiology and prognostic factors . Methods The ordinal regression analysis was used to analize whether the age of elec-trocochleogram normal and abnormal group , degree of hearing loss , audiogram type , whether vertigo , course of desease, and the vestibular evoked myogenic potentials results and electrocochleogram results had influence on the efficacy . (2) Ridit analysis was used to analysize the efficacy of the different groups . Resits The difference between the groups with different course had statistical significance (P<0 .01) . Within one week for treatment ,R-value is the smallest and the treatment is the best . After 21 days for treatment ,R-value is the largest and the efficacy is the worst . In group without vertigo ,R-value is smaller and efficacy is better than that of group with vertigo (P<0 .01) ; significant difference existed in different age groups (P<0 .01), the young group with the smallest R-value and the best efficacy , while the older group with the largest R-value and the worst efficacy ; The difference was statistically significant (P< 0 .01) between different degree of hearing loss groups , the smallest R-value and the best efficacy of mild hearing loss , and the largest R-value and the best efficacy of severe hearing loss ; The significant difference existed between different types of hearing curve (P<0 .01), smallest R-value and the best efficacy of the low-frequency type , the largest R-value and the worst efficacy of the high-frequency ; the difference was statistically significant between EcochG normal and abnormal groups (P<0 .01), with smaller R-value of the abnormal group , the better efficacy , the greater R-value and the less efficacy of the normal group ; the difference between negative vestibular evoked myogenic potentials group and positive group wasstatistically significant (P<0 .01). Conclusion (1) Vestibular induced myogenic potentials may predict the prognosis of the sudden deafness ; (2) ECochG positive patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss should be considered as the lymph fluid that dehydration of diuretics , hormones can be used for better prognosis .%目的 了解突发性聋的听力学表现及预后的相关因素.方法 回顾性分析415例突发性聋患者的听力学检查资料:(1)应用Ordinal回归分析方法,以疗效为观察指标,分析415例患者年龄、听力损失程度、听力图类型、是否伴眩晕、病程以及前庭诱导肌源性电位(VEMP)结果对疗效的影响效应;比较耳蜗电图正常组与异常组的上述相关指标的差别情况;(2)采用Ridit统计分析方法分析不同分组的疗效差别情况.结果 不同病程组之间差别具有统计学意义(P<0.01),其中1周以内就诊的R值最小,效果最佳,于21 d以后就诊的R值最大,效果最差;不伴眩晕组的R值较小,效果好于伴眩晕组(P<0.01);不同发病年龄组之间差别具有统计学意义(P<0.01),年轻组R值最小,效果最佳,老年组R值最大,效果最差;不同听力损失程度之间差别具有统计学意义(P<0.01),轻度的R值最小,效果最佳,极重度的R值最大,效果最差;不同听力曲线类型之间差别具有统计学意义(P<0.01),其中低频型的R值最小,效果最佳,高频型的R值最大,效果最差;耳蜗电图结果正常与不正常组之间差别具有统计学意义(P<0.01),其中异常组的R值最小,效果最佳,正常的R值最大,效果较差;VEMP结果阴性组与阳性组之间差别具有统计学意义(P<0.01),阳性组预后差.结论 (1)VEMP有可能对突聋的预后有预测作用;(2)耳蜗电图阳性的突聋患者要考虑为内淋巴积液,治疗上可以使用脱水利尿剂、激素等,能够获得较好的预后.

  19. A Single Blinded Randomized Controlled Study of the Effect of Conventional Oral Hypoglycemic Agents Versus Intensive Short-Term Insulin Therapy on Pure Tone Audiometry in Type II Diabetes Mellitus.

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    Asma, A; Azmi, M Nor; Mazita, A; Marina, M B; Salina, H; Norlaila, M

    2011-04-01

    Neuropathy is frequently a late complication of diabetes mellitus. Auditory neuropathy and microangiopathy of inner ear are the possible causes of hearing loss in diabetics. To study the correlation between glycaemic control and hearing threshold in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and to determine the differences of hearing threshold between groups treated with different modality. This single blind randomized controlled study was performed at the Department of Medicine and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) between 1st May 2003 and 31st September 2004. This study was approved by Research Ethics Committee (code number FF-137). Subjects were randomized into two groups. Group 1 were patients treated with conventional oral hypoglycemic agents. The patients in group 2 were those treated with insulin injection. The subjects were seen 4 weekly for 3 months. Audiometric test were performed in all subjects at each visit. Blood were taken for fasting blood glucose, Hb1Ac, and fructosamine at every visit to determine the glycaemic controls of the subject. They were 11 patients (22 ears) treated with oral hypoglycemic agents and 17 patients treated (34 ears) with subcutaneous insulin. There is no significant difference between mean pure tone threshold before and after treatment at all frequencies in both groups. There is also no significance different in fasting glucose level and fructosamine. However, there is significant difference HbA1c levels between the two groups after treatment (P < 0.05). This study has shown that glycaemic control does not have significant impact on hearing. The hearing threshold is neither affected by insulin treatment nor by the glycaemic control.

  20. A Single Blinded Randomized Controlled Study of the Effect of Conventional Oral Hypoglycemic Agents Versus Intensive Short-Term Insulin Therapy on Pure Tone Audiometry in Type II Diabetes Mellitus

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    Neuropathy is frequently a late complication of diabetes mellitus. Auditory neuropathy and microangiopathy of inner ear are the possible causes of hearing loss in diabetics. To study the correlation between glycaemic control and hearing threshold in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and to determine the differences of hearing threshold between groups treated with different modality. This single blind randomized controlled study was performed at the Department of Medicine and Department o...

  1. [原著]インピーダンス・オージオメトリー施行後に難聴増強をきたした一症例

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    古謝, 将宏; 識名, 弓子; 津嘉山, 務; 喜友名, 千佳子; 野田, 寛; Koja, Masahiro; Shikina, Yumiko; Tsukayama, Tsutomu; Kiyuna, Chikako; Noda, Yutaka; 沖縄県立那覇病院耳鼻咽喉科; 琉球大学医学部附属病院耳鼻咽喉科

    1981-01-01

    A case of the patient, 65 years old women, whose right hearing loss increased after impedance audiometry, was reported. Impedance audiometry is widely and frequently performed in the recent times and belived as an examination, which is performed without anxiety. In fact, we could find untill today only one case in the literature, who received the impairment after impedance audiometry. We disscussed about the matters that demand special attention at impedance audiometry.

  2. A Comparison of Aided Hearing Thresholds by Behavioral Audiometry and Auditory Steady-state Response in Sound Field%声场中记录的听性稳态助听反应阈与行为测试助听听阈的相关性

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    邹建华; 蓝小兵; 林琳; 李光智

    2011-01-01

    ObjectiveTo evaluate the aided hearing thresholds by using multiple-frequency auditory steady-state response (ASSR) to Chirp stimuli in sound field, to observe its correlation with behavioral aided hearing thresholds and to explore the clinical significance of ASSR to Chirp stimuli in evaluation of hearing aid outcome. Methods Twenty-two severely hearing-impaired children (39 ears)with hearing aids received the examination with Eclipse EP25 ASSR device and GSS-61 audiometer to obtain their aided hearing thresholds. Sixteen normal-hearing children (32 ears) received the examination to obtain their behavioral thresholds and ASSR thresholds. Results For the hearing-impaired group, the coefficients of ASSR and behavioral aided hearing thresholds were 0.65,0.68,0.77 and 0.82 at 0.5,1,2 and 4 kHz, respectively(P<0.01), which indicated there were correlations between the two test results. The paired t-test showed that there were significant differences between behavioral thresholds and ASSR thresholds of normal group at 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 kHz(P<0.01). The ASSR thresholds were 20-30 dB HL higher than behavioral thresholds, Conclusion The ASSR to Chirp stimuli can be used to evaluate the hearing aid outcomes in clinical practice.%目的 应用多频听觉稳态反应(ASSR)Chirp刺激信号在声场中测试助听反应阈,观察其阈值与行为测试助听听阈的相关性,探讨多频听觉稳态反应Chirp刺激信号声场测试评估助听器补偿效果的临床意义.方法 选取22例(39耳)重度感音神经性听力损失、已配戴助听器的患儿(听障组)和16例(32耳)听力正常儿童(对照组)为研究对象.应用国际听力Eclipse EP25型多频稳态诱发电位仪及美国GSI-61型听力计,分别对听障组在声场中使用两种仪器测试助听听阈;对对照组进行裸耳行为听阈与声场中听觉稳态反应阈测试.结果 在0.5、1、2、4 kHz处,听障组ASSR助听反应阈与行为助听听阈的相关系数分别为0.65、0.68、0.77和0.82,P值均<0.01,显示两种测试结果有相关性;对照组裸耳行为听阈与声场中记录的听觉稳态反应阈在0.5、1、2、4 kHz配对t检验均呈显著差异(P<0.01),ASSR声场反应阈高于行为听阈20~30 dB HL.结论 应用多频听觉稳态反应Chirp刺激信号声场测试进行助听器补偿效果评估在临床上具有可行性.

  3. A longitudinal evaluation of hearing and ventilation tube insertion in patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia

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    Andersen, Tobias Nicolai; Alanin, Mikkel Christian; von Buchwald, Christian;

    2016-01-01

    audiometries were evaluated. The median number of audiometries per patient was 3 (range 1-29) and the median follow-up was 60 months (range 0-351 months). The mean PTA was 34 dB HL in patients below six years of age and improved significantly (p

  4. 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.

  5. Promising results after balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube for obstructive dysfunction

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    Wanscher, Jens H; Svane-Knudsen, Viggo

    2014-01-01

    : Preoperatively, several different tests were performed including otomicroscopy, audiometry, tympanometry and Toynbee's test. The patients were classified as Class 1 (if they could make a pressure equalisation of the middle ear by a normal Valsalva's test), Class 2 (if they needed an extended Valsalva's test...... (16 patients had bilateral problems). Four patients (six Eustachian tubes) had intermittent problems, while 30 patients had chronic dysfunction. A significant effect of the treatment was documented when measuring both audiometry, tympanometry, Toynbee's test, classification of Eustachian tube...

  6. 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; Mustafa Al-Balushi; Arif Kolethekkat; Deepa Bhargava; Amna Al-Alwi; Hana Al-Bahlani; Manal Al-Garadi

    2016-01-01

    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 ev...

  7. [Consensus on diagnosis and treatment of sudden hearing loss. Asociación Madrileña de ORL].

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    Plaza, Guillermo; Durio, Enrique; Herráiz, Carlos; Rivera, Teresa; García-Berrocal, José Ramón

    2011-01-01

    Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss is an unexplained unilateral hearing loss with onset over a period of less than 72 hours, without other known otological diseases. We present a consensus on the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of this disease, designed by AMORL, after a systematic review of the literature from 1966 to June 2010. Diagnosis of sudden sensorineural hearing loss is based on mandatory otoscopy, acoumetry, tonal audiometry, speech audiometry, and tympanometry. After clinical diagnosis is settled, and before treatment is started, a full analysis should be done and an MRI should be requested later. Treatment is based on systemic corticosteroids (orally in most cases), helped by intratympanic doses as rescue after treatment failures. Follow-up should be done at day 7, with tonal and speech audiometries, and regularly at 15, 30, and 90 days after start of therapy, and after 12 months. By consensus, results after treatment should be reported as absolute dBs recovered in pure tonal audiometry, as improvement in the recovery rate in unilateral cases, and as improvement in speech audiometry.

  8. Distortion product otoacoustic emissions: an objective technique for the screening of hearing loss in children treated with platin derivatives.

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    Dhooge, Ingeborg; Dhooge, Catharina; Geukens, Sven; De Clerck, Bieke; De Vel, Eddy; Vinck, Bart M

    2006-06-01

    In order to develop a sensitive audiometric protocol for identifying ototoxicity in children, a retrospective study of 16 children treated with cisplatin and/or carboplatin was performed. Audiometric testing was done by means of pure-tone threshold audiometry (PTA), high-frequency audiometry (HFA), and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs). Cisplatin caused a sensorineural high-frequency hearing loss in the study group compared to the controls (p cisplatin patients had a grade 2 or 3 ototoxicity. However, ototoxicity was not found in the patients treated with carboplatin. An excellent correlation was found between DPOAE levels and results obtained by audiometry (r = 0.82). Patients exposed to cisplatin are at significant risk for the development of drug-induced sensorineural hearing loss. Because of the several advantages of DPOAEs (noninvasive, objective, rapid, easy to use, sensitive) this method should be added in the audiological follow-up in infants and toddlers.

  9. 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.

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

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    C.A.L. Leite

    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.

  11. [Health surveillance in a steel making industry with electric arc furnace: 15 years of experience].

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    Corti, P

    2012-01-01

    This paper analyzes the results of health surveillance carried out in an electric steel mill for 15 years. We have analyzed the trend of audiometry, spirometry and main indicators of exposure to chemical risk: serum lead, urinary OH-pyrene, erythrocyte ZPP, and the results of risk assessment of stress work related. The analyses of the trend of audiometry, spirometry and biological monitoring shows an important improving in the working environment due to the progressive automation of production steps in the course of several years, consistent and correct use of DPI, information and training.

  12. Factors associated with the occurrence of hearing loss after pneumococcal meningitis

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    Worsøe, Lise Lotte; Caye-Thomasen, P.; Brandt, C.T.;

    2010-01-01

    -tone hearing threshold levels were compared with normative data. Results. Of 240 patients examined by use of audiometry, 129 (54%) had a hearing deficit, and 50 (39%) of these 129 patients were not suspected of hearing loss at discharge from hospital. Of the 240 patients, 16 (7%) had profound unilateral...... is common after pneumococcal meningitis, and audiometry should be performed on all those who survive pneumococcal meningitis. Important risk factors for hearing loss are advanced age, female sex, severity of meningitis, and bacterial serotype...

  13. 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...

  14. A Classical Conditioning Procedure for the Hearing Assessment of Multiply Handicapped Persons.

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    Lancioni, Giulio E.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    Hearing assessments of multiply handicapped children/adolescents were conducted using classical conditioning (with an air puff as unconditioned stimulus) and operant conditioning (with a modified visual reinforcement audiometry procedure or edible reinforcement). Findings indicate that classical conditioning was successful with 21 of the 23…

  15. 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.

  16. Adult Hearing Screening : Follow-Up and Outcomes

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    Thodi, C.; Parazzini, M.; Kramer, S. E.; Davis, A.; Stenfelt, S.; Janssen, T.; Smith, P.; Stephens, D.; Pronk, M.; Anteunis, L. I.; Schirkonyer, V.; Grandori, F.

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    Purpose: To screen hearing and evaluate outcomes in community-dwelling older adults. Method: Three thousand and twenty-five adults responded to an invitation to be screened by questionnaire, otoscopy, and pure-tone audiometry. Pure-tone average (PTA) >35 dB HL in the worse ear, unilateral hearing lo

  17. RISK FACTORS FOR HEARING LOSS IN PATIENTS TREATED WITH INTENSITY-MODULATED RADIOTHERAPY FOR HEAD-AND-NECK TUMORS

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    C.L. Zuur; Y.J. Simis; E.A. Lamers; A.A. Hart; W.A. Dreschler; A.J. Balm; C.R. Rasch

    2009-01-01

    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 w

  18. The Relationship between Nonverbal Cognitive Functions and Hearing Loss

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    Zekveld, Adriana A.; Deijen, Jan Berend; Goverts, S. Theo; Kramer, Sophia E.

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This study investigated the relationship between hearing loss and memory and attention when nonverbal, visually presented cognitive tests are used. Method: Hearing loss (pure-tone audiometry) and IQ were measured in 30 participants with mild to severe hearing loss. Participants performed cognitive tests of pattern recognition memory,…

  19. The effect of bevacizumab on vestibular schwannoma tumour size and hearing in patients with neurofibromatosis type 2

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    Alanin, Mikkel Christian; Klausen, Camilla; Caye-Thomasen, Per;

    2015-01-01

    /kg was administered every third week. Patients were evaluated with repeated audiometries, MR scans and clinical evaluations. Radiological response was defined as a 20 % or greater reduction in VS volume. A total of 398 treatments (median 36) were administered and the median duration on therapy was 22 months (range 7...

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

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    Reuter, Karen; Hammershøi, Dorte

    2006-01-01

    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...

  1. The effects of neural synchronization and peripheral compression on the acoustic-reflex threshold

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    Müller-Wehlau, Matthias; Mauermann, Manfred; Dau, Torsten;

    2005-01-01

    This study investigates the acoustic reflex threshold (ART) dependency on stimulus phase utilizing low-level reflex audiometry [Neumann et al., Audiol. Neuro-Otol. 1, 359–369 (1996)]. The goal is to obtain optimal broadband stimuli for elicitation of the acoustic reflex and to obtain objective...

  2. Myringotomy versus ventilation tubes in secretory otitis media: eardrum pathology, hearing, and eustachian tube function 25 years after treatment

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    Caye-Thomasen, P.; Stangerup, S.E.; Jorgensen, G.;

    2008-01-01

    . MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred twenty-four children with bilateral secretory otitis media were treated by bilateral myringotomy and insertion of a ventilation tube on the right side only. The children were reexamined by otomicroscopy, tympanometry, and pure tone audiometry after 3, 7, and 25 years...

  3. How to prevent a stapes gusher

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    Cremers, C.W.R.J.

    2007-01-01

    A stapes gusher is the result of a congenital inner ear anomaly showing at tone audiometry a conductive or mixed hearing loss. The conductive part of the hearing loss could lead to the thought to explore the middle ear. The congenital origin should lead to a high resolution. CT-scanning to evaluate

  4. Hearing 25 years after surgical treatment of otitis media with effusion in early childhood

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    Khodaverdi, Mojgan; Jørgensen, Gita; Lange, Theis;

    2013-01-01

    consecutive children (91 girls and 133 boys) with chronic bilateral OME were enrolled and treated by adenoidectomy, bilateral myringotomy and insertion of a ventilation tube on the right side only. In 2002, a follow-up examination included otomicroscopy and audiometry. Hearing thresholds were compared...

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

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    Reuter, Karen; Hammershøi, Dorte

    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...

  6. Hearing loss in relation to sound exposure of professional symphony orchestra musicians

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    Schmidt, J. H.; Pedersen, E. R.; Paarup, H. M.

    2014-01-01

    comprised all the musicians from five symphony orchestras. Questionnaires were filled in by 337 subjects, and 212 subjects performed an audiometric test. For a group of 182 musicians (363 ears) the results of the audiometry was analyzed in relation to the individual exposure, which was estimated...... that performing music may induce hearing loss to the same extent as industrial noise....

  7. 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...

  8. HEARING-LOSS AND THE MAYER-ROKITANSKY-KUSTER-HAUSER SYNDROME

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    STRUBBE, EH; CREMERS, CWRJ; DIKKERS, FG; WILLEMSEN, WNP

    1994-01-01

    The hearing of 51 female patients with the Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome was examined using otoscopy and standard audiometry. A unilateral or bilateral hearing loss of more than 15 dB Fletcher index was found in 13 of 51 (25.5%). Four of these 13 patients had a hearing loss of less than 20

  9. Reversible audiometric threshold changes in children with uncomplicated malaria

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

    2013-01-01

    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...... 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...

  10. Survey of hearing disorders in an urban population in Rondonia, Northern Brazil

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    Maria Cecilia Bevilacqua

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence of hearing loss for the population in the urban area. METHODS: A cross-sectional household survey based on the World Health Organization Ear and Hearing Disorders Survey Protocol was conducted in 298 households in the urban area of Monte Negro, Rondonia, Northern Brazil, from 2005 to 2007. Ear examinations, behavioral audiometry and pure tone audiometry were conducted on 577 individuals. RESULTS: The results showed that 3.8% (95%CI 2.17;5.45 of population were classified in the disabling hearing impairment category. The prevalence of moderate hearing impairment was 3.4%; severe impairment was 0.4%; and profound hearing impairment was not found. CONCLUSIONS: The impairing hearing loss prevalence found in this study is within of the international prevalence for this level of hearing loss and smaller than observed in a previous study in the South region of Brazil.

  11. 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.

  12. HEARING ASSESSMENT IN CHRONIC RENAL FAILURE PATIENTS UNDERGOING HEMODIALYSIS

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    Arjun Singh

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    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

  13. Effects on auditory function of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields from mobile phones.

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    Bhagat, Sanjeev; Varshney, Saurabh; Bist, Sampan Singh; Goel, Deepak; Mishra, Sarita; Jha, Vivek Kumar

    2016-08-01

    The widespread use of mobile phones has given rise to apprehension regarding the possible hazardous health effects of high-frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on auditory function. We conducted a study to investigate the effects of long-term (>4 yr) exposure to EMFs emitted by mobile phones on auditory function. Our study population was made up of 40 healthy medical students-31 men and 9 women, aged 20 to 30 years (mean 22.7). Of this group, 31 subjects typically held their phone to the right ear and 9 to the left ear; the non-phone-using ear served as each subject's control ear. The phone-using subjects were also split into two groups of 20 based on the duration of their daily phone use (≤60 min vs. >60 min). All subjects underwent pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, impedance audiometry, and brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA), and comparisons were made between the phone-using ear and the control ear and between the shorter and longer duration of daily use. We found no statistically significant differences in high-frequency pure-tone average between the phone-using ears and the control ears (p = 0.69) or between the shorter- and longer-duration phone-using ears (p = 0.85). Moreover, statistical analysis of BERA findings revealed no significant differences between the phone-using ears and the control ears in terms of wave I-III, III-V, and I-V interpeak latencies (p = 0.59, 0.74 and 0.44, respectively). None of the subjects reported any subjective symptoms, such as headache, tinnitus, or sensations of burning or warmth behind, around, or on the phone-using ear. We conclude that the long-term exposure to EMFs from mobile phones does not affect auditory function.

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

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    Harish Chandra Reddy

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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

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

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    Haubner Frank; Rohrmeier Christian; Koch Christoph; Vielsmeier Veronika; Strutz Jürgen; Kleinjung Tobias

    2012-01-01

    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 afte...

  16. Auditory Evoked Potentials for the Evaluation of Hearing Sensitivity in Navy Dolphins. Assessment of Hearing Sensitivity in Adult Male Elephant Seals

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    threshold were the same as that obtained when each tory sensitivity are augmented by presbycusis . Unlike WEN ear was considered independently. Differences...the ability of ( presbycusis ) and sex differences in the onset of hearing im- marine mammals to survive and exploit their environment. pairment have...behavioral approaches to audiometry require subjects causes of hearing loss are primarily attributed to noise expo- sure (33.7%), presbycusis (28%), and

  17. Investigation of the Material Basis Underlying the Correlation between Presbycusis and Kidney Deficiency in Traditional Chinese Medicine via GC/MS Metabolomics

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    Objective. To investigate the correlation between presbycusis and kidney deficiency as defined by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and its material basis from the perspective of metabolism. Methods. Pure-tone audiometry was used to test auditory function. A kidney deficiency symptom scoring table was used to measure the kidney deficiency accumulated scores of the research subjects. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was used to measure the metabolites in the urine samples from 11 ...

  18. 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.

  19. [Atypical symptoms of Fabry's disease: sudden bilateral deafness, lymphoedema and Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome].

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    Undas, Anetta; Ryś, Donata; Wegrzyn, Wojciech; Musiał, Jacek

    2002-11-01

    A 40-year-old man with Fabry disease, confirmed by decreased leukocyte alpha-galactosidase A activity in 2001, complained of sudden bilateral deafness, as evidenced by clinical history and audiometry. Magnetic resonance of the brain revealed features typical of Fabry disease. Other clinical manifestations of the disease included: angiokeratoma, mild proteinuria with normal renal function, lymphoedema of the lower limbs, pre-excitation syndrome, myocardial hypertrophy.

  20. Effectiveness study of the aurioral approach in a patient with moderate neurosensorial hearning loss

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    The objective of this work has been to characterize the speech and language cognitive development of a child that presents moderate neurosensorial hearing loss, submetted to rehabilitation based on an aurioral approach. The methodology firstly consisted of audiological exams involving tonal and vocal audiometry, imitanciometry, and an assessment of hearing potential cerebral trunk of short latency (BERA); a phonoaudiological anamneses and a phonoaudiological assessment involving the assessmen...

  1. Acute-Phase Inflammatory Response in Idiopathic Sudden Deafness: Pathogenic Implications

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    López-González, Miguel A.; Antonio Abrante; Carmen López-Lorente; Antonio Gómez; Emilio Domínguez; Francisco Esteban

    2012-01-01

    The acute-phase inflammatory response in the peripheral bloodstream can be an expression of transient cerebral ischaemia in idiopathic sudden deafness. For this, a neurological and otorhinolaryngological examination of each patient, performing tests on audiometry, and tympanometry, haemogram, and cranial magnetic resonance were performed. The acute-phase inflammatory response manifests as an increased neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio that is detected 48–72 hours after the appearance of sudden deaf...

  2. Noise-induced hearing loss: the family physician's role

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    Noise is an environmental health problem that has not received sufficient attention. Physicians should become knowledgeable about the medical consequences of excessive noise, support legislation to reduce the problem and promote programs aimed at noise control and prevention of hearing loss. Questions about noise and hearing should be incorporated into the medical history, and pure-tone audiometry should be a part of periodic physical evaluations.

  3. Resolution of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss Following a Roller Coaster Ride

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

    2011-01-01

    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 p...

  4. Clinical presentation and audiologic findings in pediatric auditory neuropathy

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    Navneet Gupta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: of the study was to rule out audiologic findings, related etiologies and its effect in pediatric patients having hearing deficits that are most likely due to a neuropathy of the eighth nerve. Study Design: Retrospective neo-natal hearing screening programme based. Subject and Methods: Subjects include 30 children aged from 0 yrs to 12 yrs, were tested with pure tone audiometry, behavioral observation audiometry, free-filed audiometry, speech audiometry, auditory brainstem response, and click evoked otoacoustic emissions. Results: Pure tone and free-field testing revealed 40 ears (66.67%, n = 60 with sloping type, sensorineural hearing loss, 20 ears (33.3%, n = 60 had flat configuration. Out of this 18 (6%, n = 30 subject showed bilateral similar configuration (either bilateral sloping type/ flat type of audiogram. Rest 12 (40%, n = 30 subject showed bilateral different pattern. 10 (33.3%, n = 30 children demonstrated fair to poor word discrimination scores and the other 2 (6.67%, n = 30 had fair to good word discrimination. For other rest of 18 (60%, n = 30 children speech test couldn′t be performed because of age limit and poor speech and language development. Out of 30 subjects 28 (93.3%, n = 30 showed normal distortion product Otoacoustic emissions and 2(6.67%, n = 30 subjects showed absent emissions. Conclusions: All thirty children demonstrated absent or marked abnormalities of brainstem auditory evoked potentials which suggest cochlear outer hair cell function is normal; mostly lesion is located at the eighth nerve or beyond. Generally auditory neuropathy is associated with different etiologies and it is difficult to diagnose auditory neuropathy with single audiological test; sufficient test of battery is required for complete assessment and diagnosis of auditory neuropathy

  5. Clinical Characteristics of Labyrinthine Concussion

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    Choi, Mi Suk; Shin, See-Ok; Yeon, Je Yeob; Choi, Young Seok; Kim, Jisung; Park, Soo Kyoung

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    Background and Objectives Inner ear symptoms like hearing loss, dizziness or tinnitus are often developed after head trauma, even in cases without inner ear destruction. This is also known as labyrinthine concussion. The purpose of this study is to determine the clinical manifestations, characteristics of audiometry and prognostic factors of these patients. Materials and Methods We reviewed the medical records of the 40 patients that had been diagnosed as labyrinthine concussion from 1996 to ...

  6. Outcomes of Severe to Profound Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    Jo, Si-Young; Lee, Sungsu; Eom, Tae-Ho; Jeun, Eun-Sun; Cho, Hyong-Ho; Cho, Yong-Beom

    2015-01-01

    Objectives While a severe to profound sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) may cause serious disability in verbal communication, there have been little studies focusing on this high degree SSNHL. The present study was aimed to investigate the characteristics of hearing recovery in a high degree SSNHL (>70 dB). Methods Three hundred and two SSNHL patients were enrolled. For a long-term follow-up, 46 patients were evaluated. Hearing level was examined by pure tone audiometry on day 1, week...

  7. High resolution CT diagnosis of isolated fracture of the malleus handle.

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    Volders, D; Somers, Th; Casselman, J

    2012-01-01

    We report a case of a 48-year-old woman with a sudden-onset unexplained conductive unilateral hearing loss. There was no improvement after a trial with systemic corticosteroids. On otomicroscopy, the right tympanic membrane showed an abnormal outline of the malleus handle. Pneumatic otoscopy revealed excessive movement of the umbo compared with the lateral process. Audiometric testing showed a conductive hearing loss in the right ear, with an average pure-tone audiometry of air conduction of ...

  8. Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Non-depressed Essential Tremor Cases and Controls: A Clinical and Audiometric Study

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    Yilmaz, Nesrin Helvaci; Akbostanci, Muhittin Cenk; Yılmaz, Nurhan

    2015-01-01

    Background Patients with essential tremor (ET) have an increased prevalence of hearing loss, and depression is a confounding issue for both conditions. We assessed hearing loss in non-depressed ET patients and controls using a questionnaire and audiometric tests. Methods The study included 34 patients with ET and 45 volunteers were included. Both groups were asked if they had hearing loss, and pure tone audiometry, speech recognition threshold, tympanogram, short increment sensitivity index (...

  9. The prevalence of audiometric notches in adolescents in Germany: The Ohrkan-study

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    Dorothee Twardella

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Although there is concern about increasing hearing loss in adolescents caused by leisure noise exposure, prevalence data are scarce. In an US study, about 16-17% of adolescents were affected by audiometric notches. To estimate the prevalence of audiometric notches in adolescents in Germany, baseline data of the cohort study Ohrkan, recruitment during the school years 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 were analyzed. All students in grade 9 visiting any school in the city of Regensburg were eligible for participation. Data was collected via standardized questionnaires from students and their parents. In addition, students were asked to visit the University Clinics of Regensburg for ear examination including a tympanogram and the determination of hearing thresholds in air conduction audiometry. The prevalence of audiometric notches was determined in students with normal tympanogram in both ears and complete audiometry data. Audiometric notches were defined according to criteria used to analyse US data. Overall, 2149 students (1158 girls, 991 boys mainly aged 15-16 years of the 3846 eligible adolescents (56% participated. Among the 1843 adolescents with complete audiometry and tympanometry data, the prevalence of audiometric notches was 2.4% (95% confidence interval 1.7-3.1%. We could not confirm the high prevalence of audiometric notches as reported in National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys for adolescents in the US. Differences in prevalence might be at least partly due to methodical differences in audiometry. Even if empirical evidence is presently ambiguous, it is reasonable to educate young people about the potential risks of high leisure noise exposure.

  10. Amplitude variation in calibrated audiometer systems in Clinical Simulations

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    Christopher Barlow

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Manual pure tone audiometry is considered to be the gold standard for the assessment of hearing thresholds and has been in consistent use for a long period of time. An increased legislative requirement to monitor and screen workers, and an increasing amount of legislation relating to hearing loss is putting greater reliance on this as a tool. There are a number of questions regarding the degree of accuracy of pure tone audiometry when undertaken in field conditions, particularly relating to the difference in conditions between laboratory calibration and clinical or industrial screening use. This study analyzed the output sound pressure level of four different commercial audiometers, all using TDH39 headphones and each of which had recently undergone calibration at an appropriate laboratory. Levels were measured using a Bruël and Kjaer Head and Torso simulator, which accurately replicates the size and shape of a human head, including the ears. A clinical environment was simulated by a trained audiometrist replacing the headphones for each test. Tests were undertaken at three presentation levels, and at the frequencies of 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz and 6 kHz. The results showed a high level of test-retest variability, both between different audiometers and within the same audiometer. Maximum variation of sound pressure level at the ear for the same tone presentation was 21 decibels, with a particularly high level of variation at 6 kHz for all meters. An audiometer with attenuating cups exhibited significantly higher variation than ones using supral-aural headphones. Overall the variation exhibited suggests that there is a higher degree of potential error with screening pure tone audiometry than is commonly assumed and that results particularly at the 6 kHz frequency need to be assessed carefully alongside other methods such as speech audiometry.

  11. Audiological profile in cases with cerebrovascular accidents

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    Matlapudi Venkata Subbarao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Over the past decades there has been increase demand of audiological complaints coinciding with neurological impairments due to cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs. Most of the cases represent inconsistent responses to acoustic stimuli or total lack of response to sound, documented as auditory agnosia. Aim: The present investigation aims at understanding of potential anatomical co-relates to the involvement of the cortical structure and the processing of auditory stimuli. Materials and Methods: A case series with convenient sampling method included eight cases (six male and two female with age range 45-55 years with CVA, were taken for this study. Of them two cases were found with lesion in right middle cerebral artery, four cases with left middle cerebral artery and two cases with left posterior cerebral artery lesion confirmed from magnetic resonance imaging scan. Audiological test battery including otoscopy, tuning fork test, pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, immittance audiometry, dichotic-diotic listening test, auditory brainstem responses, otoacoustic emissions and gap detection tests were carried out including routine ENT evaluation. Results and Conclusion: Result suggests; there is a significant difference in hearing threshold and speech perception in all the eight subjects. The findings and compromised vascular anatomy in all these cases were discussed in this article.

  12. Vibrant Soundbridge(®) in preschool children with unilateral aural atresia: acceptance and benefit.

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    Leinung, M; Zaretsky, E; Lange, B P; Hoffmann, V; Stöver, T; Hey, C

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this pilot study was to determine the acceptance and benefit from the middle ear implant system Vibrant Soundbridge(®) (VSB, MED-EL Corporation, Austria) by means of a questionnaire, compared to a previously used conventional bone conducting hearing device, in preschool children with unilateral congenital aural atresia. Prospective cohort study. All nine children with unilateral congenital aural atresia used the VSB and had previous experience with a bone conducting hearing device. The benefit from the VSB was evaluated by questionnaires concerning acceptance of hearing aids, handling, listening effort, behavior, quality of life, and the duration of daily use and compared to the experience with the bone conducting hearing device. In addition, to quantify the benefit from the VSB use, audiological assessment (pure-tone audiometry via free field testing, speech audiometry, and localization test) was performed with and without VSB. The questionnaires and audiological test results were compared pairwise. According to all questionnaire areas, children benefited significantly more from the VSB compared to bone conducting hearing device (ps VSB. Children performed significantly better with the VSB than without it in the audiological assessment. Children with unilateral aural atresia benefited significantly more from the VSB compared to a conventional bone conducting hearing device according to the parents' questionnaires and yielded better results in the audiometry and localization test with the VSB than without it.

  13. Evolution of hearing in children with congenital cytomegalovirus infection

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    Ibáñez-Muñoz C, Calle-Cabanillas M.I, Pérez-Sáez J, Navazo-Eguía A.I, Clemente-García A, García-Vicario F, Sánchez-Hernández JM

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    Full Text Available Introduction and Objectives: Congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV is the most common congenital viral infection and the most common cause of acquired congenital sensorineural hearing loss. Objective: To evaluate the characteristics and evolution of hearing in patients diagnosed with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV infection. Methods and materials: In a retrospective study assessed the characteristics and evolution of hearing in children born in our hospital between 2000 and 2010 with symptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus infection. Depending on the age and neurological status, hearing assesment was performed by objective audiometry, audiometry through play or conventional audiometry. Results: During the period of 2000-2010 have been identified 5 cases of symptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus (0.025% of newborns, predominantly female (60%. In 40% of cases was the only symptom suspected microcephaly. In both instances the hearing was normal at birth, presenting one of the cases of late-onset profoundly deaf. One case (20% had major neurological involvement with petechiae, hepatosplenomegaly and profound sensorineural hearing loss. Two cases were very premature with other risk factors but no hearing impairment. All cases were treated with ganciclovir. Conclusion: It is necessary to identify patients with congenital CMV infection and hearing track during the first years of life due to the possibility of developing late-onset hearing loss.

  14. The Application of Pure Tone Audiometery in Children's Hearing Evaluation(Part 2

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    Mahnaz Ahmadi

    1993-03-01

    Full Text Available Hearing function can affect communication skills and especially speech and language abilities.As a result, most of the attempts in behavioral audiometry have focused on the improvement and rectification of the techniques for hearing evaluations of the infants and children.Crib-O-gram and the methods suggested by northern & Downs are some of the mentioned protocols.For years a significant advance for evaluating hearing sensitivity of children have been taken place. say, behavioral visual audiometry, VRA, TROCA and play audiometry. some studies also have been performed regarding to the use of BOA technique in mental retarded children and its success in evaluating hearing sensitivity in such children.other protocols use rewarding techniques for reinforcing child's responses which have been demonstrated to be success in the evaluation.In addition,by comparing the results of frequency and intensity discrimination (by means of Luescher test, the changes in the resonance frequency of the outer ear and loudness comfortable level(LDL, one can study the process of hearing development in children.

  15. The Application of Pure Tone Audiometery in Children's Hearing Evaluation

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    Mahnaz Ahmadi

    1992-04-01

    Full Text Available Hearing function can affect communication skills and especially speech and language abilities.As a result, most of the attempts in behavioral audiometry have focused on the improvement and rectification of the techniques for hearing evaluations of the infants and children.Crib-O-gram and the methods suggested by northern & Downs are some of the mentined protocoles.For years a significant advance for evaluating hearing sensitivity of children have been taken place. say, behavoral visual audiometry, VRA, TROCA and play audiometry. some studies also have been performed regarding to the use of BOA technique in mental retarded children and its success in evaluating hearing sensitivity in such children.other protocoles use rewarding thechniques for reinforcing child's responses which have been demonstrated to be success in the evaluation.In addition,by comparying the results of frequency and intensity discrimination (by means of Luescher test, the changes in the resonance frequency of the outer ear and loudness conmfortable level(LDL, one can study the process of hearing development in children.

  16. Determination of Rate of Hearing Changes After Spinal Anesthesia

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    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Hearing loss after surgery is reported rarely. Its prevalence rate is different and reported to be between 3-92%. Hearing loss is often subclinical and not diagnosed without audiometry. The aim of this study was to determine rate of hearing changes after spinal anesthesia in patients undergoing surgery with spinal anesthesia. Methods: In this descriptive study, forty male patients scheduled for repair of inguinal hernia under spinal anesthesia were selected by simple sampling method. Before surgery, audiometry was performed for both the ears of the patients. Audiomatery was performed again by the audiometry specialist on day one, five, fifteen and two months after surgery. Results: Hearing loss was observed in 13 (32.5% patients. Hearing loss in 12 patients (92% was in low hearing frequency range and 1 patient (8% was in mid hearing frequency. Hearing loss in 8 patients (61% was ipsilateral and in 5 patients (39% was bilateral. Hearing loss in 9 patients (69% on 5th day and 2 patients (5/15% on 15th day resolved spontaneously. Conclusion: Results of this study conformed that hearing loss after spinal anesthesia is not a serious problem and can resolve spontaneously. It seems that there is relationship between hearing loss and headache.

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

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    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

  18. Shooting history and presence of high-frequency hearing impairment in swedish hunters: A cross-sectional internet-based observational study.

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    Honeth, Louise; Ström, Peter; Ploner, Alexander; Bagger-Sjöbäck, Dan; Rosenhall, Ulf; Nyrén, Olof

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    The aim of this cross-sectional study among Swedish hunters was to examine the association between shooting history and presence of high-frequency hearing impairment (HFHI). All hunters registered with an e-mail address in the membership roster of the Swedish Hunters' Association were invited via e-mail to a secure website with a questionnaire and an Internet-based audiometry test. Associations, expressed as prevalence ratio (PR), were multivariately modelled using Poisson regression. The questionnaire was answered by 1771 hunters (age 11-91 years), and 202 of them also completed the audiometry test. Subjective severe hearing loss was reported by 195/1771 (11%), while 23/202 (11%) exhibited HFHI upon testing with Internet-based audiometry. As many as 328/1771 (19%) had never used hearing protection during hunting. In the preceding 5 years, 785/1771 (45%), had fired >6 unprotected gunshots with hunting rifle calibers. The adjusted PR of HFHI when reporting 1-6 such shots, relative to 0, was 1.5 [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.1-2.1; P = 0.02]. We could not verify any excessive HFHI prevalence among 89 hunters reporting unprotected exposure to such gunshot noise >6 times. Nor did the total number of reported rifle shots seem to matter. These findings support the notion of a wide variation in individual susceptibility to impulse noise; that significant sound energy, corresponding to unprotected noise from hunting rifle calibers, seems to be required; that susceptible individuals may sustain irreversible damage to the inner ear from just one or a few shots; and that use of hearing protection should be encouraged from the first shot with such weapons.

  19. Shooting history and presence of high-frequency hearing impairment in swedish hunters: A cross-sectional internet-based observational study

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    Louise Honeth

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this cross-sectional study among Swedish hunters was to examine the association between shooting history and presence of high-frequency hearing impairment (HFHI. All hunters registered with an e-mail address in the membership roster of the Swedish Hunters′ Association were invited via e-mail to a secure website with a questionnaire and an Internet-based audiometry test. Associations, expressed as prevalence ratio (PR, were multivariately modelled using Poisson regression. The questionnaire was answered by 1771 hunters (age 11-91 years, and 202 of them also completed the audiometry test. Subjective severe hearing loss was reported by 195/1771 (11%, while 23/202 (11% exhibited HFHI upon testing with Internet-based audiometry. As many as 328/1771 (19% had never used hearing protection during hunting. In the preceding 5 years, 785/1771 (45%, had fired >6 unprotected gunshots with hunting rifle calibers. The adjusted PR of HFHI when reporting 1-6 such shots, relative to 0, was 1.5 [95% confidence interval (CI 1.1-2.1; P = 0.02]. We could not verify any excessive HFHI prevalence among 89 hunters reporting unprotected exposure to such gunshot noise >6 times. Nor did the total number of reported rifle shots seem to matter. These findings support the notion of a wide variation in individual susceptibility to impulse noise; that significant sound energy, corresponding to unprotected noise from hunting rifle calibers, seems to be required; that susceptible individuals may sustain irreversible damage to the inner ear from just one or a few shots; and that use of hearing protection should be encouraged from the first shot with such weapons.

  20. BAHA Implanted in Patients with Congenital Microtia%植入式BAHA在小耳畸形患者中的应用

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    苏法仁; 丁静华; 薄琳; 刘新刚

    2014-01-01

    Objective To report application of bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA) implanted in patients with congeni⁃tal microtia. Methods Auditory function before and after BAHA implantation were compared in 16 cases, including pure tone (sound field) audiometry, daily communication evaluation and conditioned reflex audiometry. Results Auditory function indi⁃ces and daily communication improved significantly in all 16 cases. Pure tone audiometry improved by an average of 35.5 dB after BAHA implantation. Conclusion BAHA implants produced satisfying results in this group of patients with minimal com⁃plications, and appears to be an optimal hearing solution for congenital microtia.%目的:探讨植入式BAHA(Bone-anchored hearing aids,骨锚式助听器)在双侧先天性小耳畸形患者中的临床应用。方法对16例双侧先天性小耳畸形患者,植入式BAHA术前、术后的听力(包括纯音声场测听、日常交流、对声音的条件反射)进行比较。结果16例患者听力均明显改善,佩戴BAHA后日常交流生活明显改善,纯音声场测听言语频率气导听力提高35.5dB。结论植入式BAHA,并发症少,效果满意,是目前双侧先天性小耳畸形患者解决听力问题的最佳方案。

  1. Bone-anchored hearing aids softband implanted in patients with bilateral congenital microtia%软带骨锚式助听器在先天性双侧小耳畸形患者中的应用

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    苏法仁; 丁静华; 刘新刚; 薄琳

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical applications of bone-anchored hearing aid (BA HA)softband implanted in patients with bilateral congenital microtia.Methods BA HA softband was implanted in 56 patients with bilateral congeni-tal microtia to improve hearing.The pure tone hearing sound field audiometry before and after the implantation were com-pared.Results After BA HA softband was implanted,the auditory functions of all patients were improved significantly.The pure tone hearing sound field audiometry was increased by an average of 32.9 dB.Conclusion BA HA softband implant can effectively improve audiometry without complications.It is a satisfactory solution for bilateral congenital microtia.%目的:探讨软带骨锚式助听器(BA HA)在先天性双侧小耳畸形患者中的临床应用。方法对先天性双侧小耳畸形患者56例佩戴应用软带 BA HA 以提高听力,比较佩戴前后的纯音声场测听听力。结果56例佩戴软带BA HA 后,与患者进行语言交流时其自觉听力均明显改善,纯音声场测听语言频率听力较佩戴前语言频率听力平均提高32.9 dB。结论先天性双侧小耳畸形患者佩戴软带 BA HA,听力提高,效果满意,无并发症,是解决先天性双侧小耳畸形患者听力问题的较好方法。

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Evaluation of aural manifestations in temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction.

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    Sobhy, O A; Koutb, A R; Abdel-Baki, F A; Ali, T M; El Raffa, I Z; Khater, A H

    2004-08-01

    Thirty patients with temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction were selected to investigate the changes in otoacoustic emissions before and after conservative treatment of their temporo-mandibular joints. Pure tone audiometry, transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE), distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) as well as a tinnitus questionnaire were administered to all patients before and after therapy. Therapy was conservative in the form of counselling, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory agents, muscle relaxants, and occlusal splints. Results indicated insignificant changes in the TEOAEs, whereas there were significant increases in distortion product levels at most of the frequency bands. These results were paralleled to subjective improvement of tinnitus.

  7. Beyond music: auditory temporary threshold shift in rock musicians after a heavy metal concert.

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    Drake-Lee, A B

    1992-10-01

    Audiometry was undertaken before and within half an hour following a heavy metal concert to assess evidence of noise damage. Of the four members tested, one member wore an ear defender in his right ear during the period of noise exposure. All unprotected ears showed a temporary threshold shift which was maximum in the lower frequencies. There was some evidence that early noise damage had occurred with a dip at 6 kHz. The role of music as noise and its potential to damage the cochlea are discussed.

  8. A speech reception in noise test for preschool children (the Galker-test)

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

    2015-01-01

    model it was examined whether the total score of the Galker test validly reflected item responses across subgroups defined by sex, age, bilingualism, tympanometry, audiometry and verbal comprehension. Results: A total of 370 children (95%) accepted testing and 339 (87%) completed all 50 items...... ear 2%, and parental education another 2%. Other variable did not reach significance. Conclusion: The Galker-35 was well accepted by children down to the age of 3 years and results indicate that the scale represents construct valid and reliable measurement....

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

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    Fal Michał

    2015-06-01

    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.

  10. [Traumatic and occupational deafness].

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    Poncet, J L; Kossowski, M; Verdaille, P

    2000-01-15

    The frequency of accidental, traumatic hearing loss is increasing due to a sometimes violently noisy environment and to the development of sports as leisure activities. The diagnosis is based on knowledge of the circumstances of the trauma and on otoscopic examination. Total audiometry localises the damage. Occupational hearing loss forms a special subset of traumatic deafness. This trauma is usually due to intense noise occurring at the work-place. It is of insidious onset, irreversibly progressive and without treatment once under way; Prevention is based on knowledge of the deleterious effects of noise and on the individual factors of the subject at risk.

  11. The Galker test of speech reception in noise

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

    2016-01-01

    and daycare teachers completed questionnaires on the children's ability to hear and understand speech. As most of the variables were not assessed using interval scales, non-parametric statistics (Goodman-Kruskal's gamma) were used for analyzing associations with the Galker test score. For comparisons......, analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used. Interrelations were adjusted for using a non-parametric graphic model. RESULTS: In unadjusted analyses, the Galker test was associated with gender, age group, language development (Reynell revised scale), audiometry, and tympanometry. The Galker score was also...

  12. The use of total ossicular replacement prosthesis after radical tympanomastoidectomy

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    Rančić Dejan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. This paper presents our operative method for hearing recovery after the previous radical tympanomastoidectomy, radical trepanation of the temporal bone (trepanatio radicalis ossis temporalis - TROT in eight patients submitted to operations for giant cholesteatotoma. Methods. All the patients were admitted to our clinic after TROT. There were no signs of cholesteatoma or infection. The patients refused any stent implantations or any hearing aids due to possible aesthetic problems. The described procedure developed in two steps. The first one was to restore the destroyed cavum tympany and to covert with chondroperichondral new membrane with a pin-like “guide” as collumela. The second step was to insert a TORP (total ossicular replacement prosthesis after guide excision. Results. After the first operation (stage one there were no infections in the operated area nor chondroperichondral graft rejection. Postoperative audiometry (6 to 8 weeks was done to demonstrate the improvement of air conduction. Three months following the first, the second (stage two operation was performed and 2.5 to 3 months after this operation even greater audiometry revealed hearing improvement in air- and bone-conduction. The patients were dismissed from the hospital 2 days after each procedure without any complications. They did not experience any dizziness, vomiting nor a severe pain. Three months after the second operative stage, otoscopic findings were very good. The audiometry findings after a 3-months period (after stage one and 3 months after final TORP insertion was done for each of the patients. After one year, the audiometric curve was the same. Clinical and audiometry follow up demonstrated a hearing recovery and closure of air bone gap (ABG to values of 5 to 15 dB. Conclusion. The use of TORP after radical tympanomastoidectomy is feasible. The first step of the procedure is the fixation of a neomembrane. A stabilized neomembrane is essential

  13. Comparação entre critérios de recuperação auditiva na perda neurossensorial súbita Comparison of hearing recovery criteria in sudden sensorineural hearing loss

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    Daniel Paganini Inoue

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Inúmeros métodos de análise da recuperação auditiva na perda auditiva neurossensorial súbita idiopática (PANSI dificultam a comparação adequada dos diversos tratamentos encontrados na Literatura. OBJETIVO: Comparar diversos critérios de recuperação auditiva na PANSI, baseados na Literatura. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foi realizado um estudo clínico observacional de coorte, a partir de um protocolo prospectivo, em pacientes com PANSI, atendidos entre 2000 e 2010. Foram comparados cinco critérios de recuperação auditiva significativa e quatro critérios para recuperação completa, pela audiometria tonal, por meio de teste não paramétrico e de comparações múltiplas, ambos com um nível de significância de 5%. Após determinação do critério de recuperação auditiva mais rígido, foram adicionados parâmetros da audiometria vocal. RESULTADOS: Houve diferença significativa, entre esses critérios (p The countless methods available to analyze hearing recovery in idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSHL cases hinder the comparison of the various treatments found in the literature. OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to compare the different criteria for hearing recovery in ISSHL found in the literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is an observational clinical cohort study from a prospective protocol in patients with ISSHL, treated between 2000 and 2010. Five criteria were considered for significant hearing recovery and four for complete recovery by pure tone audiometry, using non-parametric tests and multiple comparisons at a significance level of 5%. After determining the stricter criteria for hearing recovery, vocal audiometry parameters were added. RESULTS: There was a significant difference between the criteria (p < 0.001 as they were analyzed together. Mild auditory recovery occurred in only 35 (27.6% patients. When speech audiometry was added, only 34 patients (26.8% showed significant improvement. CONCLUSIONS: There is a

  14. 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...

  15. 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

  16. Relation between arterial hypertension and hearing loss

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    Mondelli, Maria Fernanda Capoani Garcia

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To verify the relationship between systemic arterial hypertension (SAH and hearing loss in middle-aged patient. Method: This study was carried out in the period from January to December 2007. The research was composed by 392 patients of both genders, aged from 45 to 60 years old. Anamnesis and threshold tonal audiometry data were analyzed. Results: There was a significant association between SAH and hearing loss. Conclusion: The results showed an evident association between SAH and hearing loss, which requires the disclosure of a preventive process.

  17. Audiological evidence of therapeutic effect of steroid treatment in neuromyelitis optica with hearing loss.

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    Takanashi, Yoshitaka; Misu, Tatsuro; Oda, Kazuha; Miyazaki, Hiromitsu; Yahata, Izumi; Hidaka, Hiroshi; Fujihara, Kazuo; Kawase, Tetsuaki; Kobayashi, Toshimitsu; Katori, Yukio

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    Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an autoimmune astrocytopathy caused by anti-aquaporin 4 antibody. Only two patients with NMO have been reported presenting with hearing disorders to our knowledge. We recently treated a 40-year-old woman with NMO complaining of right hearing loss. Audiometry showed minimal asymmetry, but the auditory brainstem responses (ABR) were severely attenuated on the right. The attenuated ABR and her aural symptoms (hearing loss and fullness) improved after steroid treatment. The present case shows that the retrocochlear-type hearing loss may be associated with NMO.

  18. 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

  19. Cleido cranial dysplasia: report of a family.

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    González López, Blanca Silvia; Ortiz Solalinde, Clara; Kubodera Ito, Toshio; Lara Carrillo, Edith; Ortiz Solalinde, Estela

    2004-12-01

    A family case of Cleidocranial Dysplasia is presented. A mother and two adolescent girls were examined. In all three cases, a radiological series was performed over the entire body. Generalized dysplasia in bones, prolonged retention of primary teeth, and delayed eruption of permanent, as well as supernumerary teeth was diagnosed. The citogenetic study with GTG band showed normal 46, XX. Bilateral audiometry in the mother demonstrated a mild to moderate hypoacustic condition. Radiological findings are presented and the importance of early diagnosis is discussed.

  20. [Pontine cavernous angioma (cavernoma) with initial ENT manifestations].

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    Pino Rivero, V; González Palomino, A; Pantoja Hernández, C G; Trinidad Ruíz, G; Marqués Rebollo, L; Blasco Huelva, A

    2006-01-01

    We report the case of a 22 years old female who consulted us for facial parestesias, hearing loss in right ear and sudden tinnitus. Her audiometry showed an unilateral discreet sensorineural hipoacusia and the cranial IRM, a mass of 20 mm diameter in right pontine region and bulbus informed as cavernous angioma with signs of recent bleeding. The patient was sent to Neurosurgery but she refused the intervention. The risk of hemorrhage in the cavernomas is estimated at 0.25% to 1.6% per year and represents the main reason to advise a surgical treatment.

  1. Clinico-audio-radiological and operative evaluation of otitis media with effusion

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    Karan Sharma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: Otitis media with effusion (OME is a common cause of hearing and speech impairment in children. The correlation of the clinical, audiological, radiological, and intraoperative findings was carried out so as to make a protocol for early diagnosis and management of OME. It will help prevent the more serious sequelae of OME such as tympanosclerosis, chronic adhesive otitis media, and even chronic suppurative otitis media. Methods: 300 clinically diagnosed patients of OME were studied prospectively. Thereafter, patients underwent impedance audiometry, pure tone audiometry, and X-ray soft tissue nasopharynx for adenoids. The patients were given adequate medical treatment for 3 to 6 months, and the patients who did not respond to the treatment were subjected to adenoidectomy with ear examination under magnification and myringotomy with or without grommet insertion. Results: The mean age at presentation was 5.96 years. Only 32% patients gave a history of hearing loss. About 90% patients had mouth breathing, followed by snoring (84%. About 79% ears had abnormal tympanic membrane appearance and mobility; 65.5% had an abnormality on impedance audiometry; and 69.75% had an air condition threshold level of >20 dB. About 78% patients had either Grade III or Grade IV Adenoid hypertrophy. Adenoidectomy was done in all 300 patients with myringotomy in 472 ears. Grommets were inserted in 365 ears. There was a significant reduction in mean air conduction threshold with an improvement of 8.0 dB and 7.5 dB in right and left ears, respectively at 2 months postoperatively. At 6 th month postoperative, the average improvement from baseline dropped to 6.0 dB in right ear and 5.5 dB in the left ear. Conclusion: OME is the most frequent causes of silent hearing impairment in young children which needs a close vigil. All suspected children (on clinical and otoscopic findings must be subjected to impedance audiometry and X-ray soft tissue nasopharynx for adenoids

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Audiological evaluation of hearing levels in patients diagnosed with migraine

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    Müjde Karadag

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Based on the hypothesis that neurovascular events involving in the pathophysiology of migraine can cause hearing loss by influencing blood flow of inner ear, it was aimed to determine whether migraine with or without aura in our clinics patients are at risk for hearing loss by assessing hearing levels via a high-frequency audiometry, acoustic reflex and transient otoacoustic emission responses; to discriminate whether hearing loss is cochlear or retrocochlear originated, if present; and to evaluate whether or not migraine treatment affect hearing level in patients received treatment for migraine in this study. Materials and Methods: The study included patients who were diagnosed as migraine between December 2011 and December 2012 at Neurology Department of Cumhuriyet University, Medicine School according to ICD-II classification and accepted to receive medical therapy. In all patients, hearing levels were measured at baseline and after treatment by using high-frequency audiometry, transient otoacoustic emission and acoustic reflex tests. Results: In the present study, hearing thresholds measured in the right ear was normal in migraine patients with or without aura at baseline, while mild hearing loss was detected in right ear at the frequency of 500 Hz after treatment when hearing thresholds at different frequencies were compared. This difference was significant (P 0, 05. Conclusion: Differently from literature, hearing loss in our patients developed at lower frequencies and after treatment. The results we obtained from our study also presented that there might be a relationship between migraine disease and sensorineural hearing loss.

  5. Auditory disorders and acquisition of the ability to localize sound in children born to HIV-positive mothers

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    Carla Gentile Matas

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to evaluate children born to HIV-infected mothers and to determine whether such children present auditory disorders or poor acquisition of the ability to localize sound. The population studied included 143 children (82 males and 61 females, ranging in age from one month to 30 months. The children were divided into three groups according to the classification system devised in 1994 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: infected; seroreverted; and exposed. The children were then submitted to audiological evaluation, including behavioral audiometry, visual reinforcement audiometry and measurement of acoustic immittance. Statistical analysis showed that the incidence of auditory disorders was significantly higher in the infected group. In the seroreverted and exposed groups, there was a marked absence of auditory disorders. In the infected group as a whole, the findings were suggestive of central auditory disorders. Evolution of the ability to localize sound was found to be poorer among the children in the infected group than among those in the seroreverted and exposed groups.

  6. REZ-Ⅰ型人工耳蜗植入对成人残余听力的影响%Effect of REZ-Ⅰ cochlear implantation on residual hearing in adult patients

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    陶朵朵; 陈兵; 王正敏; 迟放鲁; 李华伟

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of cochlear implantation with REZ-Ⅰ straight electrodes on residual hearing of postlingually deafened adults, and to explore the audiologically safety and injury characteristics of cochlear implantation. Methods Sixteen unilateral REZ-Ⅰ (22 channels) cochlear implantation recipients from September 2009 to December 2009 were picked out. Their pre-and postimplantation audiometry data including pure-tone audiometry (PTA), auditory steady-state responses (ASSR), auditory brainstem responses(ABR) and distortion product otoacoustic emissions(DPOAE) were retrospectively analyzed, in order to compare the change between pre- and post-implantation residual hearing. Results Among the 12 recipients who had some measurable residual hearing before implantation,5 (41.6%) patients had conserved some measurable hearing but the other 7 (58.4%) recipients had lost all measurable hearing after implantation on the implanted side. The implanted ears had an average PTA threshold drop of 9.5 dB HL and a statistically significant difference between pre- and post-implantation (P0.05).结论 REZ-Ⅰ型人工耳蜗植入会对植入侧残余听力造成一定程度的损伤.

  7. 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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    Doosti, Afsaneh; Lotfi, Yones; Moossavi, Abdollah; Bakhshi, Enayatollah; Talasaz, Azita Hajhossein; Hoorzad, Ahmad

    2014-01-01

    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.

  8. Audiological evaluation in Chinese patients with mitochondrial encephalomyopathies

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    Liu Yuhe; Xue Junfang; Zhao Danhua; Chen Li; Yuan Yun; Wang Zhaoxia

    2014-01-01

    Background Hearing impairment has been reported to be common in patients with mitochondrial disorders,a group of diseases characterized by pleiomorphic clinical manifestations due to defects in oxidative phosphorylation of mitochondria.This study aimed to investigate the audiological characteristics in a large cohort of patients with mitochondrial disease.Methods Comprehensive audiological evaluations,including pure tone audiometry,tympanometry,speech audiometry,otoacoustic emissions,electrocochleography and auditory brainstem evoked potentials,were performed in 73 Chinese patients with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy and with confirmed mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) defects.Results Among the patients,71% had hearing impairment.However,the incidence rate and severity of hearing impairment were much less in the chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO) subtype than in the mitochondrial encephalomyopathy,lactic acidosis,and stroke-like episodes (MELAS),myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers (MERRF) and Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS) subtypes.While most of our patients had a predominantly cochlea origin for the hearing deficit,five patients had an auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder and three patients had impairment of both cochlea and auditory codex.Conclusions Various portions of the auditory system could be involved in patients with mitochondrial diseases,including cochlea,auditory nerve,auditory pathway and cortex.Hearing loss was more associated with multisystem involvement.Genotype,mutant load of mtDNA and other unknown factors could contribute to heterogeneity of hearing impairment in mitochondrial disease.

  9. Audiological Findings in Patients with Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Spectrum

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    Sleifer, Pricila; Gorsky, Natalya de Souza; Goetze, Thayse Bienert; Rosa, Rafael Fabiano Machado; Zen, Paulo Ricardo Gazzola

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum, also referred to as Goldenhar syndrome, is a condition characterized by alterations involving the development of the structures of the first and second branchial arches. The abnormalities primarily affect the face, the eyes, the spine, and the ears, and the auricular abnormalities are associated with possible hearing loss. Objective To analyze the audiological findings of patients with oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum through liminal pure-tone audiometry and speech audiometry test. Methods Cross-sectional study conducted on 10 patients with oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum and clinical findings on at least two of the following areas: orocraniofacial, ocular, auricular, and vertebral. All patients underwent tonal and vocal hearing evaluations. Results Seven patients were male and three were female; all had ear abnormalities, and the right side was the most often affected. Conductive hearing loss was the most common (found in 10 ears), followed by sensorineural hearing loss (in five ears), with mixed hearing loss in only one ear. The impairment of the hearing loss ranged from mild to moderate, with one case of profound loss. Conclusions The results show a higher frequency of conductive hearing loss among individuals with the oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum phenotype, especially moderate loss affecting the right side. Furthermore, research in auditory thresholds in the oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum is important in speech therapy findings about the disease to facilitate early intervention for possible alterations. PMID:25992144

  10. Evaluation of acoustic shock induced early hearing loss with audiometer and distortion product otoacoustic emissions

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    R S Vinodh

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Acoustic shock injury has been described as a permanent injury to the auditory system either due to daily noise dose of in excess of 85 decibels or very loud impulse sound reputed to be in excess of 120 decibels and acoustic incidents. This study was performed to compare the results of audiogram and the newer diagnostic method distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs parameters due to acoustic shock injury in call center professionals working in a noisy environment and prone to acoustic injury. Materials and Methods: Hearing functions of 340 subjects were first assessed with pure tone audiometry and then DPOAEs results were compared among acoustic shock exposed subjects with normal audiogram and those with abnormal audiogram. Results: Out of 340 acoustic shock exposed subjects 304 were normal on audiometric testing and 34 had abnormal audiograms. Subsequently on DPOAE testing out of 304 acoustic shock exposed subjects with normal audiogram 125 failed and 181 passed. Conclusions: This study showed that DPOAEs are more sensitive than audiometry to detect pre-symptomatic inner ear damage. It may play a role as screening and monitoring test for acoustic shock-exposed workers.

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

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    Hollingsworth, J.W.; Ishii, Goro

    1960-10-01

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Usefulness of CT in preoperative examinations for middle ear surgery

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    Kobayashi, Toshimitsu; Okitsu, Takuji; Sakurai, Tokio; Ikeda, Katsuhisa; Taniguchi, Kazuhiko; Takahashi, Kuniaki; Kusakari, Jun

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    The usefulness of CT in preoperative examinations for middle ear surgery was evaluated on the basis of whether or not it can provide a surgon with useful information not available from the other preoperative examinations, such as microscopic examination, pure tone audiometry, impedance audiometry, equilibrium tests, conventional X-ray films, etc. The findings of CT were compared with those obatained during operations and the following conclusions were reached: CT is especially useful for the three purposes indicated below. (1) to determine the patency of the attic air route to the mastoid antrum. (2) to make differential diagnoses of middle ear diseases in the presence of obstructive pathology of the external auditory meatus. (3) to make a rough estimate of the extent of cholesteatoma growth in the middle ear cleft, and to diagnose labyrinthine fistulae. CT proved less effective or useless for the following three purposes. (1) to secure detailed information on the status of the ossicular chain. (2) to determine the precise extent of the growth of cholesteatoma. (3) to evaluate the postoperative status of the ear. (author).

  14. 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.

  15. KRITERIA DIAGNOSIS DAN DIAGNOSIS BANDING SUDDEN DEAFNESS (SSNHL

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    Arvindan Subramaniam

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Sudden deafness or sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL is defined as sensorineural hearing loss of more than 30 dB at three consecutive frequencies within 3 days of onset, often unilateral and idiopathic. Etiology of sudden deafness is still not known, but there are many theories put forward by the experts as a risk factor for sudden deafness. The prevalence of sudden deafness 5-30 per 100,000 people per year. Distribution of men and women almost equally, with the peak age of 50-60 years. Sudden deafness diagnosis is made based on history, physical examination and audiometry. Sudden deafness has three characteristics; acute, sensorineural hearing loss and unknown etiology. Additional characteristics may include vertigo, tinnitus and the absence of cranial nerve involvement. Management of sudden deafness include conservative therapy with multiple modalities. Case: Patient male, 40 years, Bali, Hindu present with hearing loss since ± 2 weeks ago. Patients previously complained of heat in the ear ± 2 days ago accompanied by a downward hearing and ears. A history of vomiting, coughs and colds denied. History of treatment at the hospital and was hospitalized for ± 2 weeks. Patients had never suffered from the same disease. No history of sinusitis, allergy, anemia, autoimmune and other systemic diseases. Patients also had never experienced trauma and underwent nasal surgery before. Keywords:sudden deafness, sensorineural, audiometry.

  16. 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

    2011-01-01

    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

  17. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Pseudo Deafness%伪聋的诊断和处理

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    孙一鸣

    2016-01-01

    本文综合分析纯音听阈测试、声导抗测试、畸变产物耳声发射和脑干听觉诱发电位等方法鉴别伪聋的优缺点,各测试方法互相验证,结合心理治疗,以正确诊断伪聋.主观测试和客观测试的方法各有优劣,需联合检查,综合分析,经心理暗示,可明确诊断.%This paper would comprehensively analyze the advantages and disadvantages of methods such as pure tone audiometry, impedance audi-ometry, distortion product otoacoustic emission and brainstem auditory evoked potential in distinguishing pseudo deafness, every test validates each other, and combines with psychotherapy to correctly diagnose pseudo deafness. Subjective and objective tests have their own advantages and disad-vantages, it needs combined test, comprehensive analysis, psychological suggestion to finally definite diagnosis.

  18. The development of a test of speech reception disability for use in 5- to 8-year-old children with otitis media with effusion.

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    Williamson, I; Sheridan, C

    1994-01-01

    The study aims to develop a test of speech reception disability under simulated classroom conditions for use in young (5-8 year old) schoolchildren, to manage children with otitis media with effusion more effectively. A new video test, TADAST (Two Alternative Auditory Disability and Speech Reception Test), has been constructed in stages by extensively modifying the FADAST (Four Alternative) currently used to assess auditory disability in adults. Minimal word pair lists which were easily identifiable in picture form were developed and refined, and then formulated as a two alternative forced choice picture test. The distribution characteristics of the new test were defined in 89 schoolchildren with and without otitis media with effusion (OME) and compared with pure-tone audiometry performed at the same time. The test correlated highly with audiometry in older children. The distribution characteristics revealed a considerable proportion of children with bilateral OME with little functional disability who might otherwise be at risk of surgery. The test appeared to be sensitive to a 'history of OME' effect. Further refinements are needed to develop a final version which could also be used to evaluate hearing disability in 4-year-old children.

  19. Characterization of the audiologic thresholds in workers of funeral urns

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    Pereira, José Roberto

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The industrial technological advance has brought benefits and a series of implications that may commit the worker's health and life quality. The exposure to physical, chemical agents and organizational stressors contribute for the increase of work accidents risks. The noise, taken as the most frequent physical agent in the work environment, may cause auditory alterations called Noise-Induced Hearing Loss that affect the communication and life quality of the workers. Objective: To research the auditory health of employees in a funeral urns factory. Method: 90 workers took part in this study, aged between 16 and 52 years, exposed to sound pressure levels equal or higher than 85 dBNPS, vibration and/or chemical agents in the work environment. We carried out a specific interview and Threshold Tonal Audiometry. Results: This study identified altered audiometry results in 13.33% the right ear and 16.67% in the left ear and the age also influenced these auditory thresholds. Conclusion: The accomplishment of a workers' health surveillance program with all people involved is critical and will contribute for the human resources formation, in the management to proceed with actions as well as those by the proper workers being careful of their health.

  20. Cochlear Implant Programming: A Global Survey on the State of the Art

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    Bart Vaerenberg

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The programming of CIs is essential for good performance. However, no Good Clinical Practice guidelines exist. This paper reports on the results of an inventory of the current practice worldwide. A questionnaire was distributed to 47 CI centers. They follow 47600 recipients in 17 countries and 5 continents. The results were discussed during a debate. Sixty-two percent of the results were verified through individual interviews during the following months. Most centers (72% participated in a cross-sectional study logging 5 consecutive fitting sessions in 5 different recipients. Data indicate that general practice starts with a single switch-on session, followed by three monthly sessions, three quarterly sessions, and then annual sessions, all containing one hour of programming and testing. The main focus lies on setting maximum and, to a lesser extent, minimum current levels per electrode. These levels are often determined on a few electrodes and then extrapolated. They are mainly based on subjective loudness perception by the CI user and, to a lesser extent, on pure tone and speech audiometry. Objective measures play a small role as indication of the global MAP profile. Other MAP parameters are rarely modified. Measurable targets are only defined for pure tone audiometry. Huge variation exists between centers on all aspects of the fitting practice.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The Significance of 3kHz Pure Tone Audoi metry in the Evaluation of Hearing Loss%3 kHz纯音测听评价听力减退的意义

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    潘彧

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the significance of 3kHz pure tone audiometry in the evaluation of hearing loss.Methods 522 pilots(1044 ears) more than ten years of driving experience in a company were carried out 3kHz pure tone audiometry based on the conventional pure tone audiometry ,the hearing loss was analyed after 5 years and 10 years.Resu lts There was statistically significant (χ2 =13.20 ,156.54 ,27.46, 187.55 ,P<0.05 ) about hearing loss af-ter 5-year and 10-year in the hearing loss groupⅠ,3kHz hearing loss compared with normal hearing group.there was statistically significant (χ2 =35.14,35.81, P<0.05) about hearing loss in the hearing loss groupⅠcompared with 3kHz hearing loss group after5 years and 10 years.Conclusions There is a positive meaning for 3kHz pure tone audiometry on the basis of conventional pure tone audiometry in the clinical detection of potential cochlear lesions .%目的:分析3 kHz纯音测听评价听力减退的意义。方法某公司飞行驾龄十年以上的飞行员522例(1044耳),在常规纯音测听基础上,加测3 kHz频率的纯音听阈,分析5年及10年后听力减退情况。结果Ⅰ度听力损失组、3 kHz听力损失组与正常听力组比较,5年及10年后达到1级或以上听力减退的人数差异均有统计学意义(χ2=13.20、156.542、7.46、187.55,P<0.05)。Ⅰ度听力损失组与3 kHz听力损失组比较5,年及10年后达到1级或以上听力减退的人数差异均有统计学意义(χ2=35.14、35.81,P<0.05)。结论在常规纯音测听检查基础上,加测3 kHz一个频率的听阈,对临床早期发现潜在的耳蜗病变有积极意义。

  4. 老年人听力障碍筛查量表结合畸变产物耳声发射诊断早期老年性聋%Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly combined with Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission testing in early diagnosis of presbycusis

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    雷磊; 李剑挥; 王新; 李北成

    2015-01-01

    ObjectiveTo determine the value of the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE)-screening version and the Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions testing (DPOAE) in the diagnosis of early presbycusis. Methods Ninety-five elderly patients (51 males and 44 females, over 65 years old, with hearing loss for more than 1 year because of sensorineural hearing loss) admitted in the Hainan Branch of Chinese PLA General Hospital from May 2013 to October 2014 were enrolled in this study. The cohort underwent pure tone audiometry, acoustic impedance tests, DPOAE testing and was surveyed with hearing screening scale HHIE.Results For the 11 patients diagnosed as mild hearing loss by pure tone audiometry, their HHIE scored an average of (30.1±5.0) points, including 1 case≥43 points [as severe hearing impairment, accounting for 9.1% (1/11)], and the detection rate of DPOAE was 81.8%, with a threshold of (61.3±7.0) dB SPL. For the 23 patients of moderate hearing loss by pure tone audiometry, their HHIE scores were averagely (35.6±4.0) points, including 3 cases≥43 points [as severe hearing impairment, accounting for 13.0% (3/23)], and the detection rate of DPOAE was 78.3%, with a threshold of (68.3±5.0) dB SPL. For the 34 cases of moderately severe hearing loss by pure tone audiometry, their HHIE scored an average of (39.3±6.0) points, and 12 cases of them had≥43 points [as severe hearing impairment, accounting for 35.3% (12/34)], and their DPOAE detection rate was 52.9% with a threshold of (71.3±5.0) dB SPL. For the 18 cases of severe hearing loss by pure tone audiometry, their HHIE scored an average of (61.7±2.0) points, all of them were severe hearing impairment, and the DPOAE detection rate was 11.1% with a threshold of (80.4±3.0) dB SPL. For the 9 cases of extremely severe hearing loss by pure tone audiometry, their HHIE scores were (89.7±5.0) points in average, all of them were severe hearing impairment, and the DPOAE detection rate was 0

  5. AUDIOLOGICAL EVALUATION IN GERIATRIC AGE GROUP

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    Satheesh

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    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. 探讨听神经病的临床表现和听力学特征

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    余开华

    2012-01-01

    目的探讨听神经病(AN)的临床表现以及听力学特征,分析听力学检测在AN诊断中的意义。方法回顾性分析26例AN患者的临床表现、纯音听阈、声导抗、言语识别率、听性脑干反应(ABR)、畸变产物耳声发射(DPOAE)的结果。结果听神经病多发于青少年,女性多于男性。纯音听阈呈轻、中度升高,以双耳对称的上升型听阈图为主。言语识别率显著下降,且与纯音听阈不成比例。同侧、对侧镫骨肌反射引不出,ABR表现明显异常,DPOAE正常或基本正常。结论 AN的临床表现和系统的听力学检查对认识和明确诊断有重要的意义。%Objective To investigate auditory neuropathy ( AN ) showed clinical and audiological characteristics, analysis of audiological tests in the diagnosis of AN. Methods a retrospective analysis of 26 cases of AN patients with clinical manifestations, pure tone audiometry, acoustic impedance, speech recognition, auditory brainstem response (ABR), distortion product otoacoustic emission ( DPOAE ) results. The results of auditory neuropathy in multiple in adolescents, more women than men. Pure tone audiometry showed mild, moderate elevation, to binaural symmetrical rising threshold figures. Speech recognition rate decreased significantly, and the disproportionate and pure tone audiometry. Ipsilateral, contralateral stapedial reflex was absent, ABR was abnormal, normal or nearly normal DPOAE. Conclusions the clinical manifestations of AN and systematic audiologic examination on the understanding and diagnosis has important significance.

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

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    Abramowicz Marc

    2008-10-01

    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

  8. 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.

  9. [Peculiarities of the development of occupational deafness in the workers of "noisy" professions employed in experimental mechanical engineering].

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    Sineva, E L; Preobrazhenskaia, E A; Izmaĭlova, O A; Tedeev, A Iu

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this work was to evaluate the health status and hearing function in the workers employed in experimental mechanical engineering and exposed to the combined effect of noise and occupational psychoemotional stress. The authors describe specific clinico-audiological characteristics of hearing disturbances diagnosed with the help up-to-date highly informative and objective methods for the evaluation of the function of acoustic analyzer, such as impedancometry, threshold tonal high-frequency audiometry, registration of distortion product otoacoustic emission. Criteria for the early diagnosis of neurosensory loss of hearing of

  10. 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.

  11. DISTORTION PRODUCT OTOACOUSTIC EMISSIONS IN NORMAL - HEARING WORKERS EXPOSED TO OCCUPATIONAL NOISE

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    Marlene Escher Boger

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction-The otoacoustic emissions test has been highlighted by thepossibility of detecting early cochlear changes resulting from exposureto noise, not identifiedby audiometry.Objective: To evaluate the distortion product otoacoustic emissions innormal-hearing workers exposed to occupational noise.Method: This was a cross-sectionalstudy in steel mills of the Federal District, in which it was evaluated by means of productotoacoustic emissions Distortion, workers of both sexes, aged between 18 and 35 years,thresholds audibility at or below 25 dB HL without hearing impairment.Results: We foundsignificant changes in otoacoustic emissionsin both ears. In the amplitude and signal/noiseratio was observed that the higher the frequency the lower the averages found in otoacousticemissions. How often is the worst records of 6 KHz.Conclusion: The otoacoustic emissionsdistortion product in normal-hearing workers reveal cochlear changes could detect theappearance of the lesion in outer hair cells.

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

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    McWalter, Richard Ian; Dau, Torsten

    2015-01-01

    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...

  13. Complete recovery following hyperbaric oxygen therapy in idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss--a report of two cases.

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    Agrawal, Swati; Sharma, Nishi

    2016-01-01

    Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSHL), a common otologic emergency, presents mostly as an abrupt onset unilateral hearing loss, aural fullness, often with vertigo and tinnitus, usually upon awakening in the morning. Its etiopathogenesis is multifactorial, so a number of different therapeutic regimens are in practice, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy being an effective yet underutilized one. Not all cases recover completely even after treatment. Here we describe two cases of ISSHL, diagnosed on the basis of clinical examination and pure-tone audiometry, who had a complete recovery following administration of HBO2 therapy in addition to medical treatment. These cases are reported to highlight the effectiveness of this modality in a physician's armamentarium.

  14. Methadone induced sensorineural hearing loss.

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    Saifan, Chadi; Glass, Daniel; Barakat, Iskandar; El-Sayegh, Suzanne

    2013-01-01

    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.

  15. Validation of the Swedish Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (Screening Version) and Evaluation of Its Effect in Hearing Aid Rehabilitation.

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    Öberg, Maria

    2016-03-23

    Self-reports of subjective hearing difficulties by people with hearing loss may be a useful complement to audiometry in hearing aid rehabilitation. To be useful, such self-reports need to be reliable. This study investigated the reliability and the validity of the Swedish Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (Screening Version; HHIE-S). Sixty-nine participants completed a questionnaire before hearing aid rehabilitation. Of these individuals, 49 completed hearing aid rehabilitation (aged between 23 and 94 years), and 41 of these 49 participants completed the questionnaire after completing the rehabilitation. The Swedish HHIE-S exhibited good internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha coefficient of .77). The questionnaire was effective for evaluating hearing aid rehabilitation, and a statistically significant reduction in hearing difficulties was observed. The clinicians found the questionnaire easy to administer and effective in hearing aid rehabilitation. The findings from the study support the use of the HHIE-S in clinical practice.

  16. [Simulation of deafness in expertise affairs].

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    Jahnke, K; Solzbacher, D

    2005-07-01

    The simulation of deafness rarely occurs in the course of medical expertise. However, it is a problem that needs to be recognized and demonstrated by proving methods of investigation. For this purpose, a number of subjective and objective hearing tests exist which can provide evidence for the simulation of uni- or bilateral hearing loss. These methods include the measurement of oto-acoustic emissions, brainstem-evoked response audiometry and the determination of the stapedius reflex threshold as well as subjective methods such as Stenger- and Lee-test. Among the expertise carried out in our department during the past few years, we found 5 cases of simulation of deafness. In these cases -- as opposed to simulated traffic accidents -- there was no criminal prosecution regarding insurance fraud.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 reported...

  19. Acoustic reflex and general anaesthesia.

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    Farkas, Z

    1983-01-01

    Infant and small children are not always able to cooperate in impedance measurements. For this reason it was decided, -in special cases, -to perform acoustic reflex examination under general anaesthesia. The first report on stapedius reflex and general anaesthesia was published by Mink et al. in 1981. Under the effect of Tiobutabarbital, Propanidid and Diazepam there is no reflex response. Acoustic reflex can be elicited with Ketamin-hydrochlorid and Alphaxalone-alphadolone acetate narcosis. The reflex threshold remains unchanged and the amplitude of muscle contraction is somewhat increased. The method was used: 1. to assess the type and degree of hearing loss in children with cleft palate and/or lip prior to surgery. 2. to exclude neuromuscular disorders with indication of pharyngoplasties. 3. to quantify hearing level in children--mostly multiply handicapped--with retarded speech development. The results of Behavioral Observation and Impedance Audiometry are discussed and evaluated.

  20. Blood lead, hearing thresholds, and neurobehavioral development in children and youth (journal version)

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    Schwartz, J.; Otto, D.

    1987-01-01

    NHANES II audiometry data were used to confirm a previously observed link between blood lead (PbB) level and hearing threshold. Other indicators of neurological development, such as age at which a child first sat up, walked, and spoke, and the presence of speech difficulties and hyperactivity were also examined to determine if they were significantly related to lead exposure. The probability of elevated hearing thresholds at 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz increased significantly (P<0.0001) with increasing PbB for both ears. PbB levels were also significantly related to delays in the age at which children first sat up, walked, and spoke and to the probability that a child was hyperactive. Lead was not related to the probability of a child having a previously diagnosed speech impairment.

  1. 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.

  2. Correlations between tests of aging in Hiroshima subjects: an attempt to define physiologic age

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    Hollingsworth, J.W.; Hashizume, Asaji; Jablon, Seymour

    1964-12-01

    Nine physiologic functions which change with age were measured in 437 subjects during their regular visits to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission clinic in Hiroshima, Japan. This pilot study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of collecting such data in a population sample physiologic age score. Tests conducted consisted of: skin elasticity, systolic blood pressure, vital capacity, hand grip strength, light extinction time, vibrometer, visual activity, audiometry, and serum cholesterol. The study demonstrated that adequate sample data could be obtained, and that statistical treatment could construct a physiologic age for individual subjects. However, the tests were of limited value below age 40, and the validation of the concept of physiologic age requires eventual correlation with mortality. Since the ABCC program includes a highly accurate mortality survey, it is hoped that data on physiologic aging can be collected and eventually related to mortality. 11 references, 3 figures, 6 tables.

  3. [Management of sudden neurosensory hearing loss in a Primary Care Centre].

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    Muñoz-Proto, F; Carnevale, C; Bejarano-Panadés, N; Ferrán-de la Cierva, L; Mas-Mercant, S; Sarría-Echegaray, P

    2014-04-01

    Sudden hearing loss is a rapid loss of neurosensory hearing that may occur within hours or days in an apparently healthy patient. Its origins are variable and multifactorial. Most patients do not recover hearing if not treated, and some even develop cophosis (deafness) in the affected ear. It is an otological emergency, as early therapeutic management offers a better hearing prognosis. As there is limited knowledge on this condition, it may be underdiagnosed in Primary Health Care Centers. It should be suspected in patients with abrupt hearing loss or tinnitus. Sophisticated instruments are not required for its diagnosis, just a detailed history, basic otoscopy, and proper interpretation of the hearing test. In this way, an accurate diagnosis is achieved in most cases, which is confirmed by audiometry.

  4. 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))

    1992-10-01

    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).

  5. Laser Doppler vibrometry: new ENT applications

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    Stasche, Norbert; Baermann, M.; Kempe, C.; Hoermann, Karl; Foth, Hans-Jochen

    1996-12-01

    Common audiometry often does not really allow a reliable and objective differential diagnosis of hearing disorders such as otosclerosis, adhesive otitis, ossicular interruption or tinnitus, even though several methods might be used complementarily. In recent years, some experimental studies on middle ear mechanics established laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) as a useful method allowing objective measurement of human tympanic membrane displacement. The present study on LDV investigated the clinical use of this new method under physiological conditions. LDV proved to be a fast, reproducible, non-invasive and very sensitive instrument to characterize ear-drum vibrations in various middle ear dysfunctions, except in tinnitus patients. For future applications, improved optical characteristics of the vibrometer might result in a better differential diagnosis of subjective and objective tinnitus, otoacoustic emissions or Morbus Meniere.

  6. 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.

  7. Effects of ultrasonic noise on the human body-a bibliographic review.

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    Smagowska, Bożena; Pawlaczyk-Łuszczyńska, Małgorzata

    2013-01-01

    Industrial noise in the working environment has adverse effects on human hearing; literature and private studies confirm that. It has been determined that significant changes in the hearing threshold level occur in the high frequency audiometry, i.e., in the 8-20 kHz frequency range. Therefore, it is important to determine the effect of ultrasonic noise (10-40 kHz) on the human body in the working environment. This review describes hearing and nonhearing effects (thermal effects, subjective symptoms and functional changes) of the exposure to noise emitted by ultrasound devices. Many countries have standard health exposure limits to prevent effects of the exposure to ultrasonic noise in the working environment.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

    2010-10-01

    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.

  10. Age at onset of geriatric depression and sensorineural hearing deficits.

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    Kalayam, B; Meyers, B S; Kakuma, T; Alexopoulos, G S; Young, R C; Solomon, S; Shotland, R; Nambudiri, D; Goldsmith, D

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    Comorbidity of sensorineural hearing deficits and both depressive states and dementia in late life provided the rationale for this investigation. Cognitively intact geriatric major depressives (n = 43) were assessed for depressive symptoms, cognitive performance, and delusions while symptomatic, and following treatment, when audiometry was performed. Late-onset depressed patients (LOD) had more hearing deficits compared to early-onset depressives (EOD). Age at onset of depression was found to have a significant effect on Pure-Tone Thresholds for 0.5-4.0 kHz and on Word Recognition in Noise in the better ear (0.001 hearing loss and both the course of geriatric depression and its relationship to dementia.

  11. Hearing Assessment after Treatment of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma with CRT and IMRT Techniques

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    Chung-Feng Hwang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. This study analyzed the long-term hearing loss after treatment of primary nasopharyngeal carcinoma to elucidate its causal factors. Methods. Ninety-two nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients were treated with radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy. Pure tone audiometry was performed before the therapy and annually up to 9 years after completing treatment. The hearing thresholds were corrected for age-related deterioration and compared to the results without adjusting for age. Results. The mean air and bone conduction threshold with and without correction for age-related deterioration differed significantly 2–9 years after completing radiotherapy p72 cGy resulted in more severe hearing loss than <72 cGy p<0.05. Conclusion. Hearing loss after completing therapy should be corrected for age-related hearing deterioration to reveal the true extent to which the loss is a therapeutic complication. Both the radiation modality used and the dose were significantly associated with hearing loss.

  12. 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

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    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

  13. [High-resolution distortion-product otoacoustic emissions: method and clinical applications].

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    Janssen, T; Lodwig, A; Müller, J; Oswald, H

    2014-10-01

    Unlike pure tone thresholds that assess both peripheral and central sound processing, distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) selectively mirror the functioning of the cochlear amplifier. High resolution DPOAEs are missing in the toolbox of routine audiometry due to the fact that high resolution DPOAE measurements are more time-consuming when compared to normal clinical DP grams with rough frequency resolution. Measurements of high resolution DPOAEs allow an early assessment of beginning sensory cell damage due to sound overexposure or administration of ototoxic drugs. When using a rough grid, sensory cell damage would be overlooked as in the early state damage only appears at some distinct cochlear sites. A review is given on the method and application of high resolution DPOAEs.

  14. [Neurotological long-term follow-up in Minamata disease in Niigata, Japan].

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    Mizukoshi, Kanemasa; Watanabe, Yukio; Shojaku, Hideo; Aso, Shin; Asai, Masatsugu; Inukai, Kenya; Takahashi, Sugata

    2002-03-01

    To determine the long-term influence of organic mercurial intoxication on audiological and equilibrium findings, we followed up 36 patients neurotologically during 1980-1987 and 1991-2000 at Kido Hospital in Niigata. Typical findings were as follows: 1. In pure-tone audiometry, 24 of 72 ears (33%) showed slight hearing deterioration and 3 (4%) showed improvement. 2. Spontaneous nystagmus had disappeared in 5 patients (14%), but appeared in new 13 patients (36%). Positional nystagmus did not improve in any patient, and deteriorated in 11 (31%). 3. In optokinetic nystagmus (OKN) tests, especially in vertical OKN test showing significant deterioration (44%). 4. The caloric nystagmus test showed marked deterioration (47%). Body-equilibrium testing showed slight deterioration in 11 patients (31%) and improvement in 5 (14%). Neurotological findings thus varied widely among patients and we were concluded that these differences were caused both by duration of methyl mercury contamination and by aging factors in patients.

  15. OAE, a Corner in Audiologic Workup: A Report of 3 Cases

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    Hadi Behzad

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: OAE an audiologic study for diagnosis of exteracochlear auditory neuropathy. Method & Material: Immitance audiometry, OAE and ABR and rehabilitation Intervention was performed for 3 children suffered from kernictrus. Conclusion: 1 OAE in the from of screening, distorted product and transient evoked-otoacoustic emission has to be added to our audiology test battery. 2 OAE studies have their own merit when we are clinically involved with the diagnosis of especial clinical entities like neonatal hypoxia, kernicterus, multiple sclerosis, meningitides and meningoencephalitis. 3 Case selection for cochlear implantation needs a knowledge of patients OAE results. 4 In the case of intracerebral auditory neuropathy the need for other rehabilitative measures will be better understood.

  16. Alterations in Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions by the Use of Meglumine Antimoniate in American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis Patients

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    de Oliveira Bezerra, Débora Cristina; Oliveira de Barcelos, Renata; Carvalho de Castro, Ellen; Jardim Duarte, Claudia Cristina; de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes Oliveira, Raquel; Salgado de Sousa Torraca, Tania; de Araújo-Melo, Maria Helena; Pereira Bom Braga, Frederico; Ramos Ferreira Terceiro, Benivaldo; do Nascimento Brahim Paes, Lúcia Regina; de Oliveira Schubach, Armando

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    Introduction Tegumentary Leishmaniasis (TL) is a neglected, non-contagious, infectious disease, caused by different protozoa species of the Leishmania genus that affects skin and mucous membranes. Meglumine Antimoniate (MA), the first drug of choice for TL treatment in Brazil, has already been associated with cochlear toxicity, which is defined as damages of the cochlea caused by exposure to chemical substances, resulting in reversible or irreversible hearing loss. Auditory monitoring for cochlear toxicity aims at the early detection of auditory disorders, enabling, when possible, hearing to be preserved or an early auditory rehabilitation. Although otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) are used in this monitoring, there is no consensus on the criteria that define cochlear toxicity by this examination. The objective of this study was to describe the characteristics of the OAEs in cochlear toxicity monitoring in TL patients using MA. Methods Prospective and longitudinal study of auditory monitoring of 35 patients with parasitological diagnosis of TL, with liminal tonal audiometry, high frequency audiometry, immitanciometry, distortion product evoked otoacoustic emissions (DPEOAEs) and transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) before treatment, at the end of treatment, one month after the end of treatment and two months after the end of treatment. Results 80% male, with median age of 44 years (IIQ: 22–59). In the pre-treatment evaluation: 11.4% complained of hearing loss and 20% of tinnitus, 48.6% presented auditory alterations in liminal tonal audiometry (LTA, 65.2% in high frequency audiometry (HFA), 26.6% in DPEOAE and 51.4% in TEOAE. No association was verified between genre and alterations in the EOAE examinations. We observed that patients that presented disorders in DPEOAE examinations were 17 years older than those without alterations and that patients that showed disorders in TEOAEO examinations were 34 years older than those without disorders. The presence

  17. Severe hearing loss in Pallister-Killian syndrome.

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    Schuster, Maria; Hoppe, U; Eysholdt, U; Rosanowski, F

    2002-01-01

    Pallister-Killian syndrome is a rare disorder characterised by a specific combination of anatomic anomalies, mental retardation and lack of speech acquisition due to tetrasomy 12p. Hearing loss does not seem to be characteristic for this syndrome, although it was reported in several cases. We present the case of a girl first seen in our department at the age of 6 months. A severe sensory hearing loss was confirmed by subjective and objective audiometry. The child was successfully equipped with hearing aids. In the literature almost all children with Pallister-Killian syndrome are described as not developing verbal speech. Surprisingly their hearing abilities were not examined systematically. We advise audiological testing of children with Pallister-Killian syndrome.

  18. 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.

    1982-08-07

    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.

  19. The relationship between metabolic presbycusis and serum paraoxonase/arylesterase activity.

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    Keleş, Erol; Kapusuz, Zeliha; Gürsu, Mehmet Ferit; Karlıdag, Turgut; Kaygusuz, Irfan; Bulmuş, Funda Gülcü; Yalcın, Sinasi

    2014-01-01

    To determine the presence of a relationship between metabolic presbycusis and serum paraoxonase/arylesterase activity. A total of 30 patients who had been admitted to the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Clinic of Fırat University Medical Faculty and diagnosed as metabolic presbycusis were included in the study. The control group was composed of 30 healthy volunteers. Pure tone audiometry and impedencemeter were performed on all subjects included in the study at the audiometry laboratory of the ENT clinic. The presence of a regular hearing curve, a symmetrical sensorineural hearing loss more than 25 dB with preserved speech discrimination were accepted as criteria for metabolic presbycusis. Blood samples were drawn from the patients prior to the hearing tests. The sera were separated for measurements of total cholesterol, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein, very low-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, human serum paraoxonase and arylesterase levels, respectively. No statistically significant difference was found between the patient and the control groups in terms of age and gender. Paraoxonase, arylesterase and paraoxonase/arylesterase, high-density lipoprotein levels were found to decrease in the study group and the difference was found to be statistically significant compared to the control group (P presbycusis. Furthermore, the results of this study make us think that there could be a relationship between metabolic presbycusis and cardiovascular diseases. In this case, metabolic presbycusis may be a determining parameter in the early diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. We consider that this study may be the pioneer for further studies conducted with larger patient numbers.

  20. 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)

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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.

  1. Audiological outcomes in cases with mucopolysaccharidoses (Morquio′s disease

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    Prawin Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS is an autosomal recessive disorder, caused due to malfunctioning of certain lysosomal enzymes involved in degradation of glycosaminoglycans. This report presents audiological evaluation findings found in two siblings with Morquio syndrome (MPS type IV. Materials and Methods: The present study evaluated two individuals (case A: 18-year-old male and case B: 15-year-old female with a routine audiological evaluation including pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and immittance evaluation. Results: Case ′A′ and ′B′ were assessed for three consecutive audiological evaluations over time in a span of 2 years. For case A, all three evaluations revealed same degree of hearing loss in both ears. However, for case B, results reveal that there was increase in degree of hearing loss in both ears. Further, immittance results in both case A and B revealed middle ear pathology in both ears in all the three evaluations. Hence, it can be concluded that there was no progression in severity of hearing loss in case A; however, same was observed in case ′B′. In addition to that, at present both case A and B are using moderate gain digital behind the ear hearing aid in both the ears which is enabling them to communicate better. Conclusion: To conclude on these case reports of the siblings, otologist and audiologist need to be aware of this relevant information and take immediate steps to provide services to patients. Regular follow-up of the clients is an important aspect as it is highlighted in present study.

  2. AUDIOLOGICAL EVALUATION IN AUTO - IMMUNE SKIN DISEASES : A CLINICAL STUDY OF 124 PATIENTS

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION : 124 patients with common dermatological conditions with an auto - immune etiology are evaluated for hearing , irrespective of complaints of hearing loss . Auto - immunity is described as an etiology of Sudden or Progressive Sensory neural Hearing Loss ; similarly auto - immunity is described as an etiology for many skin diseases like Psoriasis , De rmatomyositis etc ., and the present study evaluates hearing thresholds in patients with auto - immune skin disorders . Auto - immunity is the etiology for both these conditions , causes many changes in the micro vasculature of the various organs and produces imm une complexes in the body . Hence evaluation of other organs in the presence of clinically evident autoimmune disease in one organ will guide the clinician for early diagnosis of auto immunity . So the patients with alopecia areata , Dermatomyositis , Psoriasis , Systemic sclerosis , Systemic Lupus Erythematoses , Vitiligo , Epidermolysis Bullosa and scleroderma are included in the present study for hearing evaluation . MATERIALS AND METHODS : 124 Patients attending the department of Dermatology and diagnosed with the following diseases are included in the present study ; 1 . Alopecia areata 2 . Dermatomyositis 3 . Psoriasis 4 . Systemic sclerosis 5 . Systemic Lupus Erythematoses 6 . Vitiligo 7 . Epidermolysis Bullosa . This is a prospective study conducted at GGH , Kur nool , and Andhra Pradesh . The diagnosis of the clinical entities included in this study is done according to clinical and Histopathological findings . The patients are referred from the Department of Dermatology for evaluation . After thorough history taking , the Patients are subjected for ENT examination . Pure Tone Audiometry at 250 , 500 , 1 , 000 , 2 , 000 , 4 , 000 , 6 , 000 and 8 , 000 Hz is done followed by Impedance audiometry ; including tympanometry and acoustic reflexes are done . CONCLUSION : Audiological evaluation in autoimmune skin diseases

  3. 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.)

  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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    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)

    2011-06-15

    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. 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.

  6. Analysis of Audiometric Differences of Patients with and without Tinnitus in a Large Clinical Database

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    Gollnast, Dominik; Tziridis, Konstantin; Krauss, Patrick; Schilling, Achim; Hoppe, Ulrich; Schulze, Holger

    2017-01-01

    Human hearing loss (HL) and comorbidities like tinnitus pose serious problems for people’s daily life, which in most severe cases may lead to social isolation, depression, and suicide. Here, we investigate the relationship between hearing deficits and tinnitus. To this end, we conducted a retrospective study on anonymized pure tone and speech audiometric data from patients of the ENT hospital Erlangen in which we compare audiometric data between patients with and without tinnitus. Overall data from 37,661 patients with sensorineural (SHL) or conductive HL (CHL) with (T, 9.5%) or without (NT, 90.5%) a tinnitus percept in different age groups and with different tinnitus pitches were included in this study. The results of the pure tone audiometry comparisons showed significant differences in T patients compared to NT patients. In young patients, we generally found lower hearing thresholds in T compared to NT patients. In adult patients, differences were more heterogeneous: hearing thresholds in T patients were lower in low frequency ranges, while they were higher at high frequencies. Furthermore, lower thresholds were more often found in CHL patients and could rarely be detected in SHL patients. In speech audiometry, only CHL patients with high-pitched tinnitus showed lower thresholds compared to NT patients’ thresholds. The results of this study may point to a biologically plausible functional benefit on hearing thresholds in HL tinnitus patients. We hypothesize that the physiological mechanism of stochastic resonance counteracts HL by adding neuronal noise to the system. This neuronal noise may induce changes in the auditory pathway and finally—as a side effect of threshold improvement—lead to the development of a tinnitus percept. We propose a general model of changed hearing thresholds in T patients, being either decreased or increased compared to NT patients. PMID:28232817

  7. AN ANALYSIS AND COMPARISON OF BRAINSTEM AUDITORY EVOKED POTENTIALS AMONG SOUTH INDIAN MIDDLE-AGED AND ELDERLY SUBJECTS AND PATIENTS WITH TYPE II DIABETES MELLITUS

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    Ch. Venkatasubbaiah

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Despite the evidence that the incidence of hearing impairment is higher in type 2 diabetes subjects, very little is known about the nature and characteristics of this disability and the specific mechanisms leading to the hearing problems in diabetic adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS 40 patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus were included in the study and grouped as patients aged 35 to 58 years (A and aged above 58 years (B; 40 patients were taken as control group with similar age grouping; 35 to 58 years (C above 58 years (D. Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA test was conducted according to the ASHA guidelines. Objective hearing evaluation was done by BERA (Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry. RESULTS Higher degree of Hearing Loss (HL was observed in DM patients in all frequencies from 500 HZ to 10 KHZ in comparison to nonDM patients and it was statistically significant. Slower rate peaks occurred at I, III and V waves in elderly DM patients when compared to the elderly control group. (Peak I and V (p <0.001. Similarly, in the middle-aged group peaks I, III and V occurred at a significantly slower rate in the DM group when compared to the non-DM group (p <0.001. Interpeak latencies at 21.1 rate for peak III-V and peak I-V were consistently longer among the diabetics groups of two age groups when compared to the control group (p <0.001. Similar results were obtained at 63.3 rates in the elderly and middle-aged group. CONCLUSION In the earlier course of Type 2 Diabetes, though the person may be asymptomatic degenerative changes may begin to appear in the central auditory pathway and result in significant HL, which could be detected with early investigation to elicit of Brain Stem evoked potentials.

  8. 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.

  9. Analysis of Audiometric Differences of Patients with and without Tinnitus in a Large Clinical Database.

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    Gollnast, Dominik; Tziridis, Konstantin; Krauss, Patrick; Schilling, Achim; Hoppe, Ulrich; Schulze, Holger

    2017-01-01

    Human hearing loss (HL) and comorbidities like tinnitus pose serious problems for people's daily life, which in most severe cases may lead to social isolation, depression, and suicide. Here, we investigate the relationship between hearing deficits and tinnitus. To this end, we conducted a retrospective study on anonymized pure tone and speech audiometric data from patients of the ENT hospital Erlangen in which we compare audiometric data between patients with and without tinnitus. Overall data from 37,661 patients with sensorineural (SHL) or conductive HL (CHL) with (T, 9.5%) or without (NT, 90.5%) a tinnitus percept in different age groups and with different tinnitus pitches were included in this study. The results of the pure tone audiometry comparisons showed significant differences in T patients compared to NT patients. In young patients, we generally found lower hearing thresholds in T compared to NT patients. In adult patients, differences were more heterogeneous: hearing thresholds in T patients were lower in low frequency ranges, while they were higher at high frequencies. Furthermore, lower thresholds were more often found in CHL patients and could rarely be detected in SHL patients. In speech audiometry, only CHL patients with high-pitched tinnitus showed lower thresholds compared to NT patients' thresholds. The results of this study may point to a biologically plausible functional benefit on hearing thresholds in HL tinnitus patients. We hypothesize that the physiological mechanism of stochastic resonance counteracts HL by adding neuronal noise to the system. This neuronal noise may induce changes in the auditory pathway and finally-as a side effect of threshold improvement-lead to the development of a tinnitus percept. We propose a general model of changed hearing thresholds in T patients, being either decreased or increased compared to NT patients.

  10. Sensorineural hearing loss in insulin-dependent diabetic patients

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    Koosha A.

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Among patients who have sensorineural hearing loss of unknown etiology, diabetes is one of the diseases to be routinely investigated. The relationship between diabetes mellitus and hearing loss is still controversial. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of sensorineural hearing loss in patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM compared to control group.Methods: In a cross-sectional study pure tone audiometry (PTA and speech audiometry was performed in 62 patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM, aged under 40 years, and in 62 randomly selected age-matched non-diabetic control subjects. Subjects with otological and other metabolic diseases were excluded from the study. We applied the SPSS.10 statistical analysis software Chi-square and student's test. Results: Statistical analysis showed that the hearing of the diabetic patients were significantly worsen than the control subjects. The hearing level tended to be worsen in the diabetic patients than that in control subjects, but the differences were statistically significant only at frequencies of 250,500, 4000 and 8000 Hz p>0.05(. There wasn't statistical significant difference between sex in two study groups p>0.05(. The mean duration of diabetes was no statistically significant with hearing loss p>0.05(. The frequency of complications such as retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy in the diabetic groups had no correlation with speech threshold (p>0.05(.‏ There were no significant differences between speech reception threshold, speech discrimination score and acoustic reflex in two groups.Conclusions: We conclude that type I diabetes mellitus can cause sensorineural hearing loss.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Auditory tests in 14 patients(16 ears)with acoustic neuroma%听神经瘤致聋机理——14例(16耳)听神经瘤病人听力测试结果分析

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    徐进; 刘钅延; 陈秀伍; 廉能静; 刘博

    2001-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the relationship between hearing loss and acoustic neuroma(AN),the tests of pure tone audiometry,acoustic emissions impedance audiometry,audiometry brainstem response(ABR)and evoked otoacoustic emissions(EOAE)wee measured in 14 patients (16 ears)from March 1999 to December 2000.Methods:Fourteen patients (16 ears)with acoustic neuroma (8 males and 6 females,ranging in age from 21 to 72 years old)were diagnosed by CT or MRI scaning,and final confirmed by surgery and pathology.In the auditory tests ,efferent suppression test was curried out only in 4 ears with recordable emissions,promontory stimulation test (PST)was examined only in 5 ears with severe or profound deafness (hearing loss≥80dB SPL)who have no both measurable ABR and recordable EOAE.Results:It was found that 2 ears (12.5%,2/16)of the AN ears showed neural impairment,6 ears (37.5%,6/16)were cochlear impairment and 8 ears (50.0%,8/16)were cochlear-retrocochlear impairment.All of 4 tumors ears with EOAE emission have a disorders of efferent function.Conclusion:EOAE test had significant value for evaluation of the status of cochlear function (at the level of outer hair cells)in AN patients.The retrocochlear auditory nerve function of AN patients were evaluated by the tests of ABR combined PST which showed significant value.Results showed that the hearing impairment of AN have different levels of the peripheral auditory system according to auditory tests,including cochlear,eighth cranial nerve and efferent nerve level at the same or independently.%目的:探讨听神经瘤听力损失的病理生理机制。方法:对14例(16耳)听神经瘤患者行纯音听阈、阻抗、听性脑干反应(ABR)、诱发耳声发射测试(EOAE)及CT和(或)MRI扫描。EOAE能引出的4耳还检测其传出抑制功能,ABR不能检测且EOAE不能引出的重度聋(听力损失大于80dB)有5耳行鼓岬刺激试验(PST)。结果:16耳听神经瘤中2耳(12.50%)听力

  15. 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

    2003-06-01

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. The Different Audiological Methods to Assess the Results of the Glycerol Test%不同听力检测方法甘油试验的结果比较

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    刘金萍; 周慧芳; 张静

    2012-01-01

    目的 比较纯音测听甘油试验、耳蜗电图甘油试验、畸变产物耳声发射(DPOAE)甘油试验对梅尼埃病的诊断价值.方法 选择63例梅尼埃病和63例非梅尼埃病眩晕患者,分为A、B、C三组,每组包括21例梅尼埃病患者和21例非梅尼埃病眩晕患者,在服用甘油前和服用甘油后1、2、3 h分别观察三组患者纯音测听(A组)、耳蜗电图(B组)和DPOAE(C组)的变化,比较三组间甘油试验阳性率.结果 A组梅尼埃病患者纯音测听甘油试验阳性率最高为38.10%(18/21),B组耳蜗电图甘油试验阳性率最高为52.38%(11/21),C组DPOAE甘油试验阳性率最高为57.14%(12/21).结论 耳蜗电图和DPOAE的甘油试验较纯音测听的甘油试验更为准确,能在一定程度上提高对梅尼埃病的诊断率.%Objective To investigate the diagnostic application of pure tone audiometry test,EcochG glycerine test and distortion product otoacoustic emission(DPOAE) glycerine test in patients with Meniere's disease(MD). Methods A total of 126 patients were included in this study. 63 patients had MD and the remaining 63 patients with vertigo diseases. The patients were divided into 3 groups (group A,B,C). Each patient underwent glycerol test,and patients in group A,B,C were tested with conventional pure tone audiomety,ECochG and DPOAE, respectively, be fore and 1,2,3 hours after oral administration of glycerol. Results The positive rates of glycerol test in MD were significantly higher than that in other vertigo diseases. The positive incidence of pure tone audiometry glycerol test, ECochG glycerol test and DPOAE glycerol test in MD patients were 38.1%, 52. 4% and57.1%, respectively. All were dected within 2 hours after glycerol test. Conclusion The study shows that the glycerol test has diagnostic value for MD. Futhermore, ECochG glycerol test and DPOAE glycerol test are more accurate for the diagnosis of MD compared with pure tone audiometry glycerol test. We can add ECochG or

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 腺样体肥大对儿童听力的影响%The pathological effect of adenoid hypertrophy on auditory function of children with such a condition

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    季超; 高刚; 钱茂华

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the pathological effect of adenoid hypertrophy on auditory function of children with this kind of lesion and the rehabilitation effect of surgical therapy on their hearing level based on a clinical trial. Methods Included in this retrospective study were 140 children cases with adenoid hypertrophy, treated by adenoidectomy and grommet insertion. Auditory function of these children was tested by pure tone audiometry and tympanometry before the operation and one week after fee surgery respectively. Then, careful analysis was done on these data to evaluate the effects of adenoid hypertrophy and relative therapies on auditory function of these children. Results Among these children, 93 cases complained hearing decrease, with 20 (21.51%) showing sensorineural hearing loss at various levels in its nature as seen from audiometry. In this part of cases, tympanometry showed that 88 (165 ears) were B type of tympanogram and 5 (9 ears) were C type of this kind of curve figure. In the other part of children (47 cases) complaining no obvious feeling of auditory acuity decreasing, 25 (53.19%) were seen with hearing loss in one or both ears at various levels and in different nature as revealed from pure tone audiometry, with 30 cases (63.83%) having an abnormal tympanogram, among whom 22 showed a B type of tympanogram 8 showed a C type of curve figure. After adenoid surgery and grommet insertion, all these children were seen with their hearing improved obviously, with very significant statistical significance when compared with those data obtained preoperatively. Conclusions Adenoid hypertrophy usually cause conductive hearing loss in children, but may show sensorineural hearing loss at various levels in its nature in a part of cases. The therapy combined adenoidectomy with grommet insertion can recover their hearing effectively.%目的 观察腺样体肥大对儿童听力的影响及手术后儿童听力的恢复情况.方法 回顾性研究手术

  1. Speech and language evaluation for cochlear implant%人工耳蜗的言语评估

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    张华; 王靓; 王硕; 陈雪清; 陈静

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: In the last decade, cochlear implantation(CI) has achieved great progress in quantity and research in China. But our researches on speech audiometry, the major index of CI, is relatively slow, or it is hard to compare with European, Australian and American results. Based on the review of the development and application of English speech audiometry, this paper mainly analyzed the composition, testing method and applicative range of the existing English speech test materials and introduced the primary speech and language evaluation tool recommended by the present American expert committee. This paper also made some suggestions for further researches on Chinese evaluation tools, which was anticipated to be useful for the domestic development in this field, based on the review of Chinese tests and aimed on the present evaluation tool.DATA SOURCES: Articles related to auditory researches during January 1964 to April 2004 were searched by the computer with the searching words of "cochlear implant, speech audiometry" in Medline. The language of the articles was limited to English. Corresponding articles during January 1998to April 2004 were searched manually or by computer in "Chinese Journal Clinical Rehabilitation" periodicals with the searching words of "cochlear implant, speech and language evaluation, cochlear implant". The language of the articles was limited to Chinese.DATA SELECTION: Totally 39 national and international original literatures regarding cochlear implant evaluation were selected. Original literatures of non-randomized researches were excluded while original literatures of non-blindness researches were not excluded.DATA EXTRACTION: In 39 literatures regarding cochlear implant evaluation, 32 of them were in accordance with the criteria. The rest 7 articles were excluded due to the repetition of the same research. The selected 32articles regarding cochlear implant evaluation were classified and arranged for literature review.DATA SYNTHESIS

  2. Clinical study of secretory otitis media complicated by rhinosinusitife%分泌性中耳炎合并鼻-鼻窦炎的临床研究

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    牟珊; 张勤修; 周立; 谢慧

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical features, diagnosis and surgical treatment of the secretory otitis media complicated by rhinosinusitis. Methods Ear endoscopy, pure tone audiometry, acoustic impedance and nasal endoscopy, sinus CT were used to examine fullness, hearing loss, more than 3 months in patients with secretory otitis media. 42 cases (65 ears)were diagnosed as secretory otitis media complicated by rhinosinusitis. Surgical and drug treatment were performed on all cases and the effects were analyzed. Results Apart from 1 patient (2 ears) with unknown cause recurrent secretory otitis media, the symptom such as ear fullness, hearing loss of the rest patients were improved. The results of acoustic impedance and pure tone audiometry were basically back to normal. Conclusion Rhinosinusitis were related to secretory otitis media closely. For this reason, we should keep a watchful eye on rhinosinusitis and estimate it when we treat secretory otitis media to prevent misdiagnosis of nose focus complicated by secretory otitis media, resulting in delayed healing of secretory otitis media.%目的 探讨分泌性中耳炎合并鼻-鼻窦炎的临床特征、诊断要点及手术治疗方法.方法 利用耳内镜、纯音测听、声阻抗及鼻内镜、鼻窦CT,对耳闷、听力下降3个月以上的分泌性中耳炎患者进行检查,确诊为分泌性中耳炎合并鼻-鼻窦炎42例(65耳),并对所有患者进行了手术及药物治疗,分析其疗效.结果 除1例(2耳)患者不明原因反复发作分泌性中耳炎外,其余所有患者耳闷、听力下降等症状均有改善,声阻抗、纯音听力测试结果基本恢复正常.结论 鼻-鼻窦炎与分泌性中耳炎发病有密切相关性,因此治疗分泌性中耳炎时应关注、评估鼻-鼻窦炎,以防漏诊与分泌性中耳炎共同存在的鼻部病灶,导致分泌性中耳炎迁延不愈.

  3. Autosomal recessive hereditary auditory neuropathy

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    王秋菊; 顾瑞; 曹菊阳

    2003-01-01

    Objectives: Auditory neuropathy (AN) is a sensorineural hearing disorder characterized by absent or abnormal auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) and normal cochlear outer hair cell function as measured by otoacoustic emissions (OAEs). Many risk factors are thought to be involved in its etiology and pathophysiology. Three Chinese pedigrees with familial AN are presented herein to demonstrate involvement of genetic factors in AN etiology. Methods: Probands of the above - mentioned pedigrees, who had been diagnosed with AN, were evaluated and followed up in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, China PLA General Hospital. Their family members were studied and the pedigree diagrams were established. History of illness, physical examination,pure tone audiometry, acoustic reflex, ABRs and transient evoked and distortion- product otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs and DPOAEs) were obtained from members of these families. DPOAE changes under the influence of contralateral sound stimuli were observed by presenting a set of continuous white noise to the non - recording ear to exam the function of auditory efferent system. Some subjects received vestibular caloric test, computed tomography (CT)scan of the temporal bone and electrocardiography (ECG) to exclude other possible neuropathy disorders. Results: In most affected subjects, hearing loss of various degrees and speech discrimination difficulties started at 10 to16 years of age. Their audiological evaluation showed absence of acoustic reflex and ABRs. As expected in AN, these subjects exhibited near normal cochlear outer hair cell function as shown in TEOAE & DPOAE recordings. Pure- tone audiometry revealed hearing loss ranging from mild to severe in these patients. Autosomal recessive inheritance patterns were observed in the three families. In Pedigree Ⅰ and Ⅱ, two affected brothers were found respectively, while in pedigree Ⅲ, 2 sisters were affected. All the patients were otherwise normal without

  4. 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.

  5. Auditory Condition and Hearing Aids in 91 Adults with Hearing-impairment%91例成人听力状况及助听效果分析

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    邱素梅; 冯娟; 邹建华

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the auditory condition in adults with hearing-impairment and evaluate the outcome of the hearing aid. Methods The threshold of air-bone-conduction audiometry and binaural hearing aid in 91 adults were determined with pure tone audi-ometry, and their satisfaction to hearing aids were investigated with free interview. Results The threshold of hearing and hearing aid were positively correlated. The satisfaction did not significantly correlate with the threshold of hearing aid, but with the time of deprivation of hearing. The hearing threshold classification was better in the patients with the audiogram of flat, raising, slow down type than with audio-gram of Shu type, which defined as hearing reacted only in 1 or 2 frequency. Conclusion It is important to improve the primary otology pro-tection, as well as the rehabilitation from the hearing aids.%目的:了解成人听力状况,评价助听效果。方法回顾性分析91例听力损害成人纯音测听法双耳气骨导听阈及助听听阈;通过与患者的日常用语交谈确定患者满意程度。结果裸耳听阈与助听听阈呈正相关;助听效果最适并不代表患者心理感知最好;听力剥夺时间越短,佩戴助听器后的心理感知越好;听力曲线呈平坦型、上升型、缓降型的助听效果较佳,蜀型助听效果较差。结论应加强耳科初级保护,及时发现听力问题,同时保证助听器发挥最大作用。

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    2015-05-01

    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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Investigation of Persian Speech Interaural Attenuation in Adults

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    Fahimeh Hajiabolhassan

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: As clinical audiometry assessment of each ear needs to know interaural attenuation (IA, the aim of this study was to investigate Persian speech IA in adults.Methods: This cross-sectional, analytic study was performed on 50 normal hearing students (25 males, 25 females, aged 18-25 years old in Faculty of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Speech reception threshold (SRT was determined with descending method with and without noise. Then speech IA for Persian spondaic words was caculated with TDH-39 earphones.Results: Mean speech IA was 53.06±3.25 dB. There was no significant difference between mean IA in males (53.88±2.93 dB and females (52.24±3.40 dB(p>0.05. The lowest IA was in females (45 dB and the highest IA was in males (60 dB. Mother’s language has no significant effect on speech IA.Conclusion: We may consider 45 dB as the lowest IA for Persian speech assessment, however generalization needs more study on a larger sample.

  12. Ups and Downs in 75 Years of Electrocochleography

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    Eggermont, Jos J.

    2017-01-01

    Before 1964, electrocochleography (ECochG) was a surgical procedure carried out in the operating theatre. Currently, the newest application is also an intra-operative one, often carried out in conjunction with cochlear implant surgery. Starting in 1967, the recording methods became either minimal- or not-invasive, i.e., trans-tympanic (TT) or extra tympanic (ET), and included extensive studies of the arguments pro and con. I will review several valuable applications of ECochG, from a historical point of view, but covering all 75 years if applicable. The main topics will be: (1) comparing human and animal cochlear electrophysiology; (2) the use in objective audiometry involving tone pip stimulation—currently mostly pre cochlear implantation but otherwise replaced by auditory brainstem response (ABR) recordings; (3) attempts to diagnose Ménière’s disease and the role of the summating potential (SP); (4) early use in diagnosing vestibular schwannomas—now taken over by ABR screening and MRI confirmation; (5) relating human electrophysiology to the effects of genes as in auditory neuropathy; and (6) intracochlear recording using the cochlear implant electrodes. The last two applications are the most recently added ones. The “historical aspects” of this review article will highlight the founding years prior to 1980 when relevant. A survey of articles on Pubmed shows several ups and downs in the clinical interest as reflected in the publication counts over the last 75 years. PMID:28174524

  13. Salt-inducible kinase 3, SIK3, is a new gene associated with hearing.

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    Wolber, Lisa E; Girotto, Giorgia; Buniello, Annalisa; Vuckovic, Dragana; Pirastu, Nicola; Lorente-Cánovas, Beatriz; Rudan, Igor; Hayward, Caroline; Polasek, Ozren; Ciullo, Marina; Mangino, Massimo; Steves, Claire; Concas, Maria Pina; Cocca, Massilimiliano; Spector, Tim D; Gasparini, Paolo; Steel, Karen P; Williams, Frances M K

    2014-12-01

    Hearing function is known to be heritable, but few significant and reproducible associations of genetic variants have been identified to date in the adult population. In this study, genome-wide association results of hearing function from the G-EAR consortium and TwinsUK were used for meta-analysis. Hearing ability in eight population samples of Northern and Southern European ancestry (n = 4591) and the Silk Road (n = 348) was measured using pure-tone audiometry and summarized using principal component (PC) analysis. Genome-wide association analyses for PC1-3 were conducted separately in each sample assuming an additive model adjusted for age, sex and relatedness of subjects. Meta-analysis was performed using 2.3 million single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) tested against each of the three PCs of hearing ability in 4939 individuals. A single SNP lying in intron 6 of the salt-inducible kinase 3 (SIK3) gene was found to be associated with hearing PC2 (P = 3.7×10(-8)) and further supported by whole-genome sequence in a subset. To determine the relevance of this gene in the ear, expression of the Sik3 protein was studied in mouse cochlea of different ages. Sik3 was expressed in murine hair cells during early development and in cells of the spiral ganglion during early development and adulthood. Our results suggest a developmental role of Sik3 in hearing and may be required for the maintenance of adult auditory function.

  14. 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.

  15. Results of the implantation of bone-anchored hearing aids in patients with treacher-collins syndrome

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    Alexandra Kolontai de Sousa Oliveira1

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Treacher-Collins syndrome is characterized by craniofacial malformations, narrowing of the external auditory canal (EAC, and, in 30% of cases, agenesis of the canal and ossicular chain defects. The use of hearing aids (HA is not possible in cases in which agenesis or stenosis of the EAC accompanies conductive deafness. In contrast, bone conduction implants such as the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA® allow direct stimulation of the cochlea and are thus superior to conventional hearing aids in cases of severe conductive hearing loss. Objective: To present 2 cases of patients with Treacher-Collins syndrome who underwent implantation of BAHA®. Cases Reports: The first patient was a 52-year-old woman diagnosed with Treacher-Collins syndrome who presented with severe bilateral mixed hearing loss and a history of unsuccessful previous use of a bone contact conduction device. The BAHA® implantation was uneventful, and the post-operative results were good. The second patient was a 14-year-old girl who was also diagnosed with Treacher-Collins Syndrome with bilateral moderate conductive hearing loss by audiometry. The use of a bone vibrator contact device did not improve her hearing; however, implantation of a BAHA® resulted in a decreased gap postoperatively. Final comments: BAHA® hearing devices provide adequate rehabilitation and consequent improvement of the quality of life in patients with Treacher-Collins syndrome.

  16. 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.

  17. Role of Platelet Parameters on Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Case-Control Study in Iran.

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    Abbas Mirvakili

    Full Text Available Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL is a common otological disorder characterized by a hearing loss greater than 30 dB over three consecutive frequencies, in less than 72 hours. It has been established that platelet parameters, such as mean platelet volume, are associated with ischemic heart events, whose clinical manifestations are similar to those of SSNHL. Hence, we aimed to determine if the platelet count, mean platelet volume and platelet distribution width are related to the occurrence and severity of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. A case-control prospective study was conducted in a teaching hospital in Iran. One hundred-eight patients with SSNHL and an equal number of healthy, age- and sex-matched controls were enrolled in the study. Peripheral venous blood samples were collected from the subjects, and the platelet count, mean platelet volume and platelet distribution width were measured with an automated blood cell counter. Analysis of the audiometry and hematological test results using SPSS22 software showed no statistical correlation between the platelet parameters and the occurrence of SSNHL, but correlation coefficients showed a significant correlation between PDW and hearing loss severity in patients group. However, further investigation is required to unequivocally establish the absence of correlation between the platelet parameters and occurrence of SSNHL.

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    De Vito, A.; Bruschini, L.; Fortunato, S.; Forli, F.

    2016-01-01

    SUMMARY A retrospective chart review was used for 31 patients with sudden, progressive or fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss (SHL) in the only hearing ear who had been consecutively evaluated at the ENT, Audiology and Phoniatrics Unit of the University of Pisa. The group of patients was evaluated with a complete history review, clinical evaluation, imaging exam (MRI, CT), audiologic tests (tone and speech audiometry, tympanometry, study of stapedial reflexes, ABR and otoacoustic emission) evaluation. In order to exclude genetic causes, patients were screened for CX 26 and CX30 mutations and for mitochondrial DNA mutation A1555G. Patients with sudden or rapidly progressive SHL in the only hearing ear were treated with osmotic diuretics and corticosteroids. In patients who did not respond to intravenous therapy we performed intratympanic injections of corticosteroid. Hearing aids were fitted when indicated and patients who developed severe to profound SHL were scheduled for cochlear implant surgery. The aim of this study is to report and discuss the epidemiology, aetiopathogenesis, therapy and clinical characteristic of patients affected by SHL in the only hearing hear and to discuss the issues related to the cochlear implant procedure in some of these patients, with regard to indications, choice of the ear to implant and results. PMID:27196076

  19. The effects of polarity of click stimulation on auditory brainstem responses (ABR in patients with cochlear and retro-cochlear disorders in Amiralam and Resalat Hospitals 1995-97

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    Soltani AH

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: Auditory brainstem response (A.B.R is one of the most important electrophysiological tests in evaluating of auditory system, especially for diagnosing of auditory nerve and brainstem disorders. It is a non-invasive test and has reliability and validity characteristic. There is no contra-indication for this test. One of the most important of stimulation parameters of A.B.R is click polarity (rarefaction, condensation and alternative. Some of the investigators believed that different polarities have no effects on A.B.R are affected by different polarities. Materials and Methods: In this study, the results of ABR of 148 patients (296 ears were compared with three different polarities of rarefaction, condensation and alternative half click stimuli. The cases were categorized in three groups of normal (60 cases, cochlear (62 cases and retro-cochlear (17 cases. This classification were done according to the hearing level in pure tone audiometry results in three frequencies of 1000, 2000, 4000 Hz and to the site of the their disorders. The mean absolute latencies of waves I, III and V were obtained for each polarity. Inter-peak latency (I.P.L of wave also measured in three groups (normal, cochlear and retro-cochlear. Results: The results were showed a significant difference between absolute latency of wave I among different polarities on three above mentioned groups (P0.05. Conclusion: It was concluded that rarefaction polarity has better and more stable results of ABR tests.

  20. Keratitis–ichthyosis–deafness syndrome: first affected family reported in the Middle East

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    Full Text Available Hamad Al FahaadDepartment of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Najran University, Najran, Saudi ArabiaIntroduction: Keratitis–ichthyosis–deafness (KID syndrome is a rare congenital multisystem disorder affecting certain tissues of ectodermal origin such as epidermis, cochlea, and cornea, leading mainly to palmoplantar hyperkeratosis, ichthyosiform scaling, deafness, and blindness. The author reports for the first time in the Middle East three family members suffering from KID syndrome in the southwestern part of Saudi Arabia.Case presentation: Three patients from one family (ages 26, 16, and 14 years of apparently normal parents, with the two eldest being females and the youngest being male. All three patients were referred from a peripheral hospital to our dermatology clinic due to recurrent cutaneous fungal infections on their trunk, forearms, legs, and nails. On full assessment, they also found to have nearly similar cutaneous problems manifested by palmoplantar hyperkeratosis, generalized ichthyosiform scaling, subungual hyperkeratosis, and nail dystrophies. All patients suffered from total hearing loss in both ears since childhood as confirmed by pure tune audiometry. However, there was no blindness in any case; blepharitis with marked photophobia was the only ocular complaint. All these features are classically suggestive of KID syndrome.Keywords: connexin 26, GJB2, ichthyosis, KID syndrome, palmoplantar hyperkeratosis

  1. Role of Platelet Parameters on Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Case-Control Study in Iran.

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    Mirvakili, Abbas; Dadgarnia, Mohammad Hossein; Baradaranfar, Mohammad Hossein; Atighechi, Saeid; Zand, Vahid; Ansari, Abdollah

    2016-01-01

    Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is a common otological disorder characterized by a hearing loss greater than 30 dB over three consecutive frequencies, in less than 72 hours. It has been established that platelet parameters, such as mean platelet volume, are associated with ischemic heart events, whose clinical manifestations are similar to those of SSNHL. Hence, we aimed to determine if the platelet count, mean platelet volume and platelet distribution width are related to the occurrence and severity of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. A case-control prospective study was conducted in a teaching hospital in Iran. One hundred-eight patients with SSNHL and an equal number of healthy, age- and sex-matched controls were enrolled in the study. Peripheral venous blood samples were collected from the subjects, and the platelet count, mean platelet volume and platelet distribution width were measured with an automated blood cell counter. Analysis of the audiometry and hematological test results using SPSS22 software showed no statistical correlation between the platelet parameters and the occurrence of SSNHL, but correlation coefficients showed a significant correlation between PDW and hearing loss severity in patients group. However, further investigation is required to unequivocally establish the absence of correlation between the platelet parameters and occurrence of SSNHL.

  2. Idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss in the only hearing ear.

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    Berrettini, S; De Vito, A; Bruschini, L; Fortunato, S; Forli, F

    2016-04-01

    A retrospective chart review was used for 31 patients with sudden, progressive or fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss (SHL) in the only hearing ear who had been consecutively evaluated at the ENT, Audiology and Phoniatrics Unit of the University of Pisa. The group of patients was evaluated with a complete history review, clinical evaluation, imaging exam (MRI, CT), audiologic tests (tone and speech audiometry, tympanometry, study of stapedial reflexes, ABR and otoacoustic emission) evaluation. In order to exclude genetic causes, patients were screened for CX 26 and CX30 mutations and for mitochondrial DNA mutation A1555G. Patients with sudden or rapidly progressive SHL in the only hearing ear were treated with osmotic diuretics and corticosteroids. In patients who did not respond to intravenous therapy we performed intratympanic injections of corticosteroid. Hearing aids were fitted when indicated and patients who developed severe to profound SHL were scheduled for cochlear implant surgery. The aim of this study is to report and discuss the epidemiology, aetiopathogenesis, therapy and clinical characteristic of patients affected by SHL in the only hearing hear and to discuss the issues related to the cochlear implant procedure in some of these patients, with regard to indications, choice of the ear to implant and results.

  3. The Effect of Music on Hearing of String Musicians

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    Parisa Mirhaj

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Hearing sensitivity is so vital for musicians as loud music can cause hearing loss. The aim of this study was to assess hearing sensitivity of musicians in order to determine the effects of music exposure on hearing organ. Materials and Methods: This case-control study was conducted on 15 string musicians with musicianship history of more than 10 years and 15 normal hearing subjects. They all were male and 20-30 years old. TEOAE and DPOAE performed and after otoscopy, immittance and pure tone audiometry in octave frequencies between 250 to 16000 Hz. Results: There is not significant difference between pure tone thresholds of two groups for all frequencies. A significant difference of TEOAE is found between two groups for total response and amplitudes of TEOAE .DPOAE amplitudes are not significantly different between two groups. Conclusion: Musicianship may affect TEOAE amplitudes , but cannot affect results of PTA and DPOAE. Therefore this can be useful to detect cochlear lesions secondary to music exposure and also as a tool in hearing protection program.

  4. The effects of tympanoplasty through mastoidectomy treatment of 30 cases with otitis media with cholesteatoma%乳突根治鼓室成形术治疗胆脂瘤型中耳炎30例疗效分析

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    赵翠英

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effects of tympanoplasty through mastoidectomy in treatment of otitis media with cholesteatoma. Methods: Thirty cases with otitis media with cholesteatoma were treated with tympanoplasty through mastoidectomy. Results: Survival of transplanted fascia and dry ears of 30 cases were observed during following up for 6 months to 2 years. Puretone audiometry and the gas Guide mean of language frequency were improved after sugery. Conclusions: Treatment of otitis media with cholesteatoma by tympanoplasty through mastoidectomy can completely remove lesion, improve hearing and decrease recurrence rates, which has certain clinical application value.%目的:观察乳突根治鼓室成形术治疗胆脂瘤型中耳炎的疗效.方法:对30例行乳突根治鼓室成形术治疗的胆脂瘤型中耳炎的临床资料进行回顾分析.结果:随访6个月至2年,30例获得干耳,移植筋膜成活.术后纯音测听,语言频率气导均值提高.结论:乳突根治鼓室成形术治疗胆脂瘤型中耳炎,能根治病灶,提高听力,复发率低,有临床应用价值.

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

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    Kumar Subhanshu

    2015-01-01

    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.

  6. Mercury Exposure in a Riverside Amazon Population, Brazil: A Study of the Ototoxicity of Methylmercury

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    Hoshino, Ana

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Mercury poisoning causes hearing loss in humans and animals. Acute and long-term exposures produce irreversible peripheral and central auditory system damage, and mercury in its various forms of presentation in the environment is ototoxic. Objective We investigated the otoacoustic emissions responses in a riverside population exposed to environmental mercury by analyzing the inhibitory effect of the medial olivocochlear system (MOCS on transient otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE. Methods The purpose of the research was to evaluate the entire community independently of variables of sex and age. All of the participants were born and lived in a riverside community. After otolaryngologic evaluation, participants were received tympanometry, evaluation of contralateral acoustic reflexes, pure tone audiometry, and recording of TEOAEs with nonlinear click stimulation. Hair samples were collect to measure mercury levels. Results There was no significant correlation between the inhibitory effect of the MOCS, age, and the level of mercury in the hair. Conclusions The pathophysiological effects of chronic exposure may be subtle and nonspecific and can have a long period of latency; therefore, it will be important to monitor the effects of mercury exposure in the central auditory system of the Amazon population over time. Longitudinal studies should be performed to determine whether the inhibitory effect of the MOCS on otoacoustic emissions can be an evaluation method and diagnostic tool in populations exposed to mercury.

  7. Goldenhar syndrome associated with cleft lip and palate. A case report.

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    Nayaret Soto

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In the literature is possible to find an extense variety of syndromes associated with cleft palate, so in patients with this condition is essential to ask if the damage is or not associated with some syndrome. Necessary to 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.

  8. Audiological Manifestations in Vitiligo Patients

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    Parvane Mahdi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The hallmark of vitiligo is the disappearance of melanocytes from the skin due to an as yet unidentified mechanism. The presence of melanocytes in the auditory apparatus suggests that this system could possibly be affected by vitiligo, which targets the melanocytes of the whole body and not just the skin.The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence of auditory alterations in patients with vitiligo Materials and Methods: A total of 21 patients diagnosed with vitiligo were enrolled in this study. A group of 20 healthy subjects served as a control group. Pure tone audiometry (PTA and measurements of auditory brain stem responses (ABR were carried out in all participants. Results: High frequency sensory neural hearing loss was detected in 8 patients (38.09%. Analysis of ABR revealed that 10 patients (47.61% had an abnormal increase in the latency of Wave III and 6 (28.57% had an abnormal prolongation of the inter peak latency between Wave I and III. There was no correlation between age, duration of disease, and any of the recorded parameters. Conclusion: This study highlights the involvement of the auditory system in patients with vitiligo, suggesting that vitiligo is a systemic disease rather than a purely cutaneous problem.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Direct round window stimulation with the Med-El Vibrant Soundbridge: 5 years of experience using a technique without interposed fascia.

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    Skarzynski, Henryk; Olszewski, Lukasz; Skarzynski, Piotr H; Lorens, Artur; Piotrowska, Anna; Porowski, Marek; Mrowka, Maciej; Pilka, Adam

    2014-03-01

    The objective of this study was to present 5 years of surgical experience, and the extended results of hearing preservation (based on 3-year follow-up), with the Med-El Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) in which the floating mass transducer (FMT) is placed directly against the round window membrane, and the fascia is used only as covering tissue to keep it in position. A retrospective survey of surgical and audiological data was conducted to evaluate the performance and stability of patient hearing, with audiometric measurements performed over fixed time intervals up to 36 months. 21 patients, aged 19-62 years (mean 48.4), with mixed or conductive, bilateral or unilateral hearing loss were included in this study. Surgical intervention involved monaural implantation of the Med-El VSB between 2006 and 2009. The results were assessed using pure tone audiometry. In 5 years of experience with the technique, no significant complications or device extrusion were observed except for two revision surgeries requiring FMT repositioning. In the 3-year follow-up, we observed stable hearing in the implanted ear. It is concluded that direct round window stimulation without interposed fascia is an alternative for patients with hearing impairment caused by chronic otitis media and/or lack of ossicles, especially after modified radical mastoidectomy. It allows good results in a selected group of patients, although further observation on a larger population is needed to confirm long-term validity and effectiveness.

  12. Higher serum aldosterone correlates with lower hearing thresholds: a possible protective hormone against presbycusis.

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    Tadros, Sherif F; Frisina, Susan T; Mapes, Frances; Frisina, D Robert; Frisina, Robert D

    2005-11-01

    Aldosterone hormone is a mineralocorticoid secreted by adrenal gland cortex and controls serum sodium (Na(+)) and potassium (K(+)) levels. Aldosterone has a stimulatory effect on expression of sodium-potassium ATPase (Na, K-ATPase) and sodium-potassium-chloride cotransporter (NKCC) in cell membranes. In the present investigation, the relation between serum aldosterone levels and age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) and the correlation between these levels versus the degree of presbycusis in humans were examined. Serum aldosterone concentrations were compared between normal hearing and presbycusic groups. Pure-tone audiometry, transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE), hearing in noise test (HINT) and gap detection were tested for each subject and compared to the serum aldosterone levels. A highly significant difference between groups in serum aldosterone concentrations was found (p = 0.0003, t = 3.95, df = 45). Highly significant correlations between pure-tone thresholds in both right and left ears, and HINT scores versus serum aldosterone levels were also discovered. On the contrary, no significant correlations were seen in the case of TEOAEs and gap detection. We conclude that aldosterone hormone may have a protective effect on hearing in old age. This effect is more peripheral than central, appearing to affect inner hair cells more than outer hair cells.

  13. Risk factors for hearing loss in elderly

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    Kelly Vasconcelos Chaves Martins

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To identify risk factors related to sensorineural hearing loss in elderly. Methods: The sample consisted of 60 selected elderly, divided into two groups: the Case Group, composed by 30 individuals, 21 females and 9 males, aged at least 60 years, presenting sensorineural hearing loss, and the Control Group, composed by 30 individuals matched on gender and age, with normal hearing. The patients were submitted to audiological anamnesis and tonal audiometry. The hearing impairment was defined according to average threshold greater than 35dBNA, in the frequencies of 1,000; 2,000 and 4,000 Hz, in the best ear. Results: Statistically significant odds ratios were: a to audiological history: noise exposure and family history of deafness; b to situations involving hearing difficulty: television, church, telephone, silent environment, spatial location of sound, difficulty with voices and noisy environment; c to otologic history: tinnitus, otorrhea and nausea; and d to medical history: visual problems, smoke, alcohol, thyroid problems and kidney disease. Conclusion: The findings of this study highlighted, for sensorineural hearing loss, risk factors related to audiologic, otologic and medical history, and to situations involving hearing difficulty.

  14. Correlation between Serum Aldosterone Level and Hearing Condition of Elderly Patients Referred to Otolaryngology Services of Hamadan, Western Iran

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    Dr. Farhad Farahani

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Recently, more attention was paid to the direct protective effect of aldosterone against hearing impairment in elderly patients. The aim of this study was determination of possible correlation between serum aldosterone level and hearing condition of elderly patients that referred to the Otolaryngology services of Hamadan in 2005-2006.Methods: In this case control study 54 (27 males,27 females persons above 60 years old were evaluated. They contained twenty eight cases with normal hearing and 26 cases with presbycusis. Persons with any abnormal biochemical finding or history of conditions that predispose them to the sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL were excluded. In both groups serum level of sodium, potassium and aldosterone were measured and hearing condition evaluated by puretone, speech and immitance audiometry.Results: Statistical relationship between serum aldostrone level and hearing condition, sex, configuration of audiogram and speech discrimination score (SDS were not significant. In addition, no significant relationship between sodium and potassium levels with hearing condition was found (p>0.05.Conclusion: This study could not confirm protective effect of aldostrone against presbycusis. This discrepancy may originate from epidemiologic differences, laboratory errors or small sample size.

  15. Investigation of the Material Basis Underlying the Correlation between Presbycusis and Kidney Deficiency in Traditional Chinese Medicine via GC/MS Metabolomics

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    Yang Dong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To investigate the correlation between presbycusis and kidney deficiency as defined by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM and its material basis from the perspective of metabolism. Methods. Pure-tone audiometry was used to test auditory function. A kidney deficiency symptom scoring table was used to measure the kidney deficiency accumulated scores of the research subjects. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS was used to measure the metabolites in the urine samples from 11 presbycusis patients and 9 elderly people with normal hearing. Results. Hearing loss in the elderly was positively correlated with kidney deficiency score in TCM. There were significant differences in urine metabolite profile between the presbycusis patients and the controls. A total of 23 differentially expressed metabolites were found. Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG pathway analysis showed that these metabolites were related to glutathione metabolism, amino acid metabolism, glucose metabolism, the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA receptor pathway, and the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA receptor pathway. Conclusion. Glutathione metabolism, amino acid metabolism, glucose metabolism, NMDA receptors, and GABA receptors may be related to the pathogenesis of presbycusis and may be the material basis underlying the correlation between presbycusis and kidney deficiency in TCM.

  16. Investigation of the Material Basis Underlying the Correlation between Presbycusis and Kidney Deficiency in Traditional Chinese Medicine via GC/MS Metabolomics.

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    Dong, Yang; Ding, Yue; Liu, Pu-Zhao; Song, Hai-Yan; Zhao, Yu-Ping; Li, Ming; Shi, Jian-Rong

    2013-01-01

    Objective. To investigate the correlation between presbycusis and kidney deficiency as defined by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and its material basis from the perspective of metabolism. Methods. Pure-tone audiometry was used to test auditory function. A kidney deficiency symptom scoring table was used to measure the kidney deficiency accumulated scores of the research subjects. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was used to measure the metabolites in the urine samples from 11 presbycusis patients and 9 elderly people with normal hearing. Results. Hearing loss in the elderly was positively correlated with kidney deficiency score in TCM. There were significant differences in urine metabolite profile between the presbycusis patients and the controls. A total of 23 differentially expressed metabolites were found. Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analysis showed that these metabolites were related to glutathione metabolism, amino acid metabolism, glucose metabolism, the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor pathway, and the γ -aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor pathway. Conclusion. Glutathione metabolism, amino acid metabolism, glucose metabolism, NMDA receptors, and GABA receptors may be related to the pathogenesis of presbycusis and may be the material basis underlying the correlation between presbycusis and kidney deficiency in TCM.

  17. Neuronal erythropoietin overexpression protects mice against age-related hearing loss (presbycusis).

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    Naldi, Arianne Monge; Belfrage, Celina; Jain, Neha; Wei, Eric T; Martorell, Belén Canto; Gassmann, Max; Vogel, Johannes

    2015-12-01

    So far, typical causes of presbycusis such as degeneration of hair cells and/or primary auditory (spiral ganglion) neurons cannot be treated. Because erythropoietin's (Epo) neuroprotective potential has been shown previously, we determined hearing thresholds of juvenile and aged mice overexpressing Epo in neuronal tissues. Behavioral audiometry revealed in contrast to 5 months of age, that 11-month-old Epo-transgenic mice had up to 35 dB lower hearing thresholds between 1.4 and 32 kHz, and at the highest frequencies (50-80 kHz), thresholds could be obtained in aged Epo-transgenic only but not anymore in old C57BL6 control mice. Click-evoked auditory brainstem response showed similar results. Numbers of spiral ganglion neurons in aged C57BL6 but not Epo-transgenic mice were dramatically reduced mainly in the basal turn, the location of high frequencies. In addition, there was a tendency to better preservation of inner and outer hair cells in Epo-transgenic mice. Hence, Epo's known neuroprotective action effectively suppresses the loss of spiral ganglion cells and probably also hair cells and, thus, development of presbycusis in mice.

  18. Expression levels of the BAK1 and BCL2 genes highlight the role of apoptosis in age-related hearing impairment

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    Falah, Masoumeh; Najafi, Mohammad; Houshmand, Massoud; Farhadi, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Age-related hearing impairment (ARHI) is a progressive and a common sensory disorder in the elderly and will become an increasingly important clinical problem given the growing elderly population. Apoptosis of cochlear cells is an important factor in animal models of ARHI. As these cells cannot regenerate, their loss leads to irreversible hearing impairment. Identification of molecular mechanisms can facilitate disease prevention and effective treatment. In this study, we compared the expression of the genes BAK1 and BCL2 as two arms of the intrinsic apoptosis pathway between patients with ARHI and healthy subjects. ARHI and healthy subjects were selected after an ear nose throat examination, otoscopic investigation, and pure tone audiometry. RNA was extracted from peripheral blood samples, and relative gene expression levels were measured using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. BAK1 and the BAK1/BCL2 ratio were statistically significantly upregulated in the ARHI subjects. The BAK1/BCL2 ratio was positively correlated with the results of the audiometric tests. Our results indicate that BAK-mediated apoptosis may be a core mechanism in the progression of ARHI in humans, similar to finding in animal models. Moreover, the gene expression changes in peripheral blood samples could be used as a rapid and simple biomarker for early detection of ARHI. PMID:27555755

  19. Age-related hearing decline in individuals with and without occupational noise exposure

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    Christina Hederstierna

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to compare the pattern of age-related hearing decline in individuals with and without self-reported previous occupational noise exposure. This was a prospective, population-based, longitudinal study of individuals aged 70-75 years, from an epidemiological investigation, comprising three age cohorts. In total there were 1013 subjects (432 men and 581 women. Participants were tested with pure tone audiometry, and they answered a questionnaire to provide information regarding number of years of occupational noise exposure. There were no significant differences in hearing decline, at any frequency, for those aged 70-75 years between the noise-exposed (N= 62 men, 22 women and the nonexposed groups (N = 96 men, 158 women. This study supports the additive model of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL and age-related hearing loss (ARHL. The concept of different patterns of hearing decline between persons exposed and not exposed to noise could not be verified.

  20. Presbycusis among older Chinese people in Taipei, Taiwan: a community-based study.

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    Chang, Hsin-Pin; Chou, Pesus

    2007-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence and severity of presbycusis in older Chinese people in Taipei, Taiwan. Pure-tone audiometry and a questionnaire were administered to a randomly-recruited cohort of people > 65 years old (n=1221) from a community in Taipei. The study cohort showed pure-tone thresholds worsening, especially at frequencies >2 kHz, with increasing age. The mean pure-tone average at speech frequencies (0.5, 1, and 2 kHz) of the better ear of subjects stratified by five-year age groups ranged from 34.9 dB hearing level (HL) to 46.4 dB HL. The pure-tone average at speech frequency in women was slightly higher than that in men in all age groups. The prevalence of presbycusis (M3 > or = 55 dBHL) was 1.6% (65-69 years), 3.2% (70-74 years), 7.5% (75-79 years), and 14.9% (> or =80 years). Persistent tinnitus was present in 13.9% of subjects, and 18.8% of subjects had a history of vertigo. Of subjects with a clinically evident hearing impairment (M3 > or = 55 dB HL), 18.4% used hearing aids. These data provide estimates of the prevalence and severity of presbycusis in community-dwelling older persons in Taiwan.

  1. Metabolic changes in the auditory cortex in presbycusis demonstrated by MR spectroscopy.

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    Profant, Oliver; Balogová, Zuzana; Dezortová, Monika; Wagnerová, Dita; Hájek, Milan; Syka, Josef

    2013-08-01

    In humans, aging is accompanied by the deterioration of the hearing function--presbycusis. The major etiology for presbycusis is the loss of hair cells in the inner ear; less well known are changes in the central auditory system. Therefore, we used 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy at 3T tomograph to examine metabolite levels in the auditory cortex of three groups of subjects: young healthy subjects less than 30 years old and subjects older than 65 years either with mild presbycusis corresponding to their age or with expressed presbycusis. Hearing function in all subjects was examined by pure tone audiometry (125-16,000 Hz). Significant differences were found in the concentrations of glutamate and N-acetylaspartate, with lower levels in aged subjects. Lactate was particularly increased in subjects with expressed presbycusis. Significant differences were not found in other metabolites, including GABA, between young and elderly subjects. The results demonstrate that the age-related changes of the inner ear are accompanied by a decrease in the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate as well as a lactate increase in the auditory cortex that is more expressed in elderly subjects with large hearing threshold shifts.

  2. Risk factors for distortion product otoacoustic emissions in young men with normal hearing.

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    Torre, Peter; Dreisbach, Laura E; Kopke, Richard; Jackson, Ron; Balough, Ben

    2007-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possible effects of risk factors on distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) in young adult men with normal hearing. Four hundred thirty-six United States Marine recruit men (mean age = 19.2 years +/- 1.8 years; age range = 17-29 years) participated in this study. Questionnaires were given to each recruit to obtain demographic data and history of noise exposure, solvent exposure, smoking history, and hearing-related histories. Otoscopy, tympanometry, pure-tone air-conduction audiometry (2.0-8.0 kHz) and DPOAEs (2.3-8.0 kHz) were measured. DPOAE levels were lower in Not Hispanic or Latino recruits, in heavy smokers, in recruits who reported loud live music exposure and ringing in their ears after noise exposure. These differences were not statistically significant at all frequencies. Recruits with multiple risk factors had the lowest DPOAEs as compared to recruits with fewer, or no, risk factors; these differences were not statistically significant. Obtaining risk factor data as part of an audiometric evaluation is important even though the individual may have normal hearing.

  3. Hearing in a 54- to 66-year-old population in northern Finland.

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    Hannula, Samuli; Mäki-Torkko, Elina; Majamaa, Kari; Sorri, Martti

    2010-12-01

    There are only a few large, population-based epidemiological studies on hearing impairment (HI) in adults. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of HI and possible differences between ears in older adults. The subjects (n = 850), aged 54-66 years, were randomly sampled from the population register. A questionnaire survey, an otological examination, and pure-tone audiometry were performed. Another questionnaire was mailed to collect information on non-participants. The prevalence of HI averaged over the frequencies of 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz for the better ear ≥20 dB HL was 26.7% (men: 36.8%, women: 18.4%). There was no difference between left and right ear pure-tone averages over the frequencies 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz (PTA(0.5-4 kHz)), but a significant difference of -0.8 dB HL was found for the low frequencies 0.125, 0.25, and 0.5 kHz (PTA(0.125-0.5 kHz)), and 4.4 dB HL for the high frequencies over 4, 6, and 8 kHz (PTA(4-8 kHz)). In conclusion, HI was a highly prevalent finding in this age group.

  4. The effect of hearing loss and hearing aids on the use of information and communication technologies by community-living older adults.

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    Gonsalves, Chris; Pichora-Fuller, Margaret Kathleen

    2008-01-01

    Innovations in information and communication technologies are changing society, but only 1 in 15 Canadian seniors used a computer at the turn of the millennium (Statistics Canada, 2000). Furthermore, about 1 in 5 Canadian seniors has difficulty hearing, seeing, or communicating. The primary goal of the study was to investigate the relationship between hearing impairment and the use of information and communication technologies by older adults. A questionnaire about use of technologies was administered to 135 older adults and hearing was measured using audiometry. Hearing was found to be related to the extent of use of communication technologies, especially newer and more specialized technologies. Those with hearing loss who did not use a hearing aid did not use other technologies as much as peers with good hearing or hearing-aid users. Overall, the extent of and ability to use information and communication technologies was greater for the study sample than in previous findings for a national sample; however, the patterns of usage of various technologies and the factors influencing use were similar in the two samples. Recommendations are made for future research, health education programs, and universal design.

  5. Otolaryngologic manifestations among Hiv/Aids patients in a Nigerian tertiary health institution: an update

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    Jumai, Akande Halima

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction/Aim:This study is to determine these manifestations among HIV/AIDS patients in Ilorin to update on previous study. Method:This was a prospective study of all consecutive new patients confirmed to be HIV positive attending the HIV clinic of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria between January and July, 2009. These patients were on HAART anti retroviral drug treatment. The information retrieved included the biodata, clinical presentation, otolaryngologic clinical findings, as well as their hearing assessment with Pure tone audiometry. Results:74 out of the 89 HIV patients(82.8% had otorhinolaryngological manifestations with the age range of 3 to 62 years (Mean of 36.4 yrs, SD=2.45±0.02. The modal age range was 21-40 years (59.6% 51males (57.3% and 38 females (42.7% and a sex ratio of 1.3:1. Commonest otorhinolaryngological features included nasal in 45.6% (chronic rhinosinusitis, oral/oropharyngeal in 23.9% (oral candidiasis, otological in 21.5% (Serous otitis media and cervical adenopathy in 9%. Conclusion: Otorhinolaryngological manifestations were found in 74 patients (82.8% and commonest features included chronic sinusitis, oral/pharyngeal candidiasis, serous otitis media with cervical adeopathy in that order. It is important for otolaryngologists to be aware of otolaryngological manifestations, so early diagnosis and timely intervention alongside appropriate anti-retroviral therapy be instituted to improve survival rates.

  6. A case of cortical deafness and anarthria.

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    Kaga, Kimitaka; Nakamura, Masako; Takayama, Yoshihiro; Momose, Hiromitsu

    2004-03-01

    Generally, cortical deafness is not complicated by anarthria and cortical anarthria does not affect auditory perception. We report a case of simultaneous progressive cortical deafness and anarthria. At the age of 70 years, the patient, a woman, noticed hearing problems when using the telephone, which worsened rapidly over the next 2 years. She was then referred to our hospital for further examinations of her hearing problems. Auditory tests revealed threshold elevation in the low and middle frequencies on pure-tone audiometry, a maximum speech discrimination of 25% and normal otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem, middle- and long-latency responses. An articulation test revealed abnormal pronunciation. Because of these problems only written and not verbal communication was possible; her ability to read and write was unimpaired. She showed no other neurological problems. Brain MRI demonstrated atrophic changes of the auditory cortex and Wernicke's language center and PET suggested low uptake of (18F) 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose around the Sylvian fissures in both hemispheres. Neurologically, the patient was suspected of having progressive aphasia or frontotemporal dementia. Her cortical deafness and anarthria are believed to be early signs of this entity.

  7. 鼓室硬化患者纯音听阈测试及手术探查的回顾性分析

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    刘海兵; 陈静; 赵荣; 陈碧华; 曾甦漪

    2013-01-01

    Objective By comparing the preoperative pure tone audiometry and intraoperative auditory ossicle chain, seen on patients with middle ear sclerosis pure tone hearing threshold characteristic. Methods Retrospective analysis of 2008~ 2011, 31 cases of tympanic cavity hardening hospital surgery cases, analysis of patients with air and bone conduction hearing, bones guide (ABG), middle ear disease. Results 31 patients, 20 patients with mixed hearing loss, and conductivity HL10 example, sensorineural HL1 cases; Ploration calcium spots scattered distribution, auditory ossicle chain have different degree of fixed, auditory ossicle chain of 20 patients with complete destruction in 11 cases. Conclusion Middle ear sclerosis patients mainly combination, and conductive hearing losses, parallel curve of drum-type hard much heavier, cross V curve drum-type hardening much lighter, ABG > 30 DBHL prompt auditory ossicle chain fixed or damage, but the ABG 30dBHL提示听骨链固定或破坏,但ABG<30dBHL不能轻易否定听骨链固定或破坏。

  8. A study on early hearing impairment with essential hypertension%原发性高血压患者听觉功能早期损害的临床研究

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    张静; 周慧芳; 张耕; 许轶

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To study the characteristic of hearing loss in essential hypertension. Method:Sixty-eight cases (136 ears) of patients with essential hypertension were divided into two groups, i. e. group A, patients without retinal alteriosclerosis (35cases, 70 ears ) and group B, patients with retinal alterioselerosis (33cases, 66 ears ). The control group consisted of 30 cases (60 ears) of the same sex and same age. AH people were measured by pure tone audiometry and distortion product otoacoustic emissions. Result:The pure tone thresholds measured in group B hypertensive patients were significantly higher than in the normal controls (P0. 05). From 1000 to 8 000 Hz , DPOAE amplitudes of hypertensive group A and group B were lower than that in control group(P0.05);高血压A、B组的DPOAE反应幅值下降(P<0.01),仅高血压B组4 000 Hz的DPOAE检出率下降(P<0.05).结论:高血压会影响患者的听觉系统,即使患者主观上无明显的听力下降,但听觉功能可能已出现早期改变.

  9. Age-related changes in auditory and cognitive abilities in elderly persons with hearing aids fitted at the initial stages of hearing loss

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    C. Obuchi

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we investigated the relation between the use of hearing aids at the initial stages of hearing loss and age-related changes in the auditory and cognitive abilities of elderly persons. 12 healthy elderly persons participated in an annual auditory and cognitive longitudinal examination for three years. According to their hearing level, they were divided into 3 subgroups - the normal hearing group, the hearing loss without hearing aids group, and the hearing loss with hearing aids group. All the subjects underwent 4 tests: pure-tone audiometry, syllable intelligibility test, dichotic listening test (DLT, and Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS-R Short Forms. Comparison between the 3 groups revealed that the hearing loss without hearing aids group showed the lowest scores for the performance tasks, in contrast to the hearing level and intelligibility results. The other groups showed no significant difference in the WAIS-R subtests. This result indicates that prescription of a hearing aid during the early stages of hearing loss is related to the retention of cognitive abilities in such elderly people. However, there were no statistical significant correlations between the auditory and cognitive tasks.

  10. [Evaluation of hearing aid rehabilitation using the Freiburg Monosyllabic Test].

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    Hoppe, U

    2016-08-01

    The benefit of hearing aids is not always directly subjectively perceivable. Therefore, objective and quantifiable speech audiometric measurements are required. Beside acoustic gain measurements and structured interviews, speech audiometry in quiet and in noise is one of the three pillars of hearing aid evaluation.The Freiburg monosyllabic test has been used for decades for hearing aid prescription and evaluation in German speaking countries. Relative and absolute targets can be individually defined for the rehabilitation of speech perception by hearing aids as assessed by the Freiburg monosyllabic test in quiet and at conversational levels.The general applicability of speech audiometric measurements in noise is limited. Alternative ("modern") methods and the definitions of noise situations relevant to everyday life have been discussed for years. However, the introduction of these methods into everyday use has proven difficult. On one hand, there is comparatively little practical experience; on the other, it has not yet been demonstrated what additional benefits these more complicated measurements might have for standard hearing aid evaluations and hearing aid users.

  11. Bilateral implantation in children with cochleovestibular nerve hypoplasia.

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    Oker, N; Loundon, N; Marlin, S; Rouillon, I; Leboulanger, N; Garabédian, E N

    2009-10-01

    To report on the outcomes of sequential bilateral cochlear implantation (CI) in children with inner ear malformation. The study design is a retrospective case study. The setting is a tertiary reference center. Two children presenting a profound bilateral congenital hearing loss with bilateral hypoplasia of the cochleovestibular nerves and hypoplasic external semicircular canal had a cochlear implant at respectively 16 months and 33 months. A second implant was proposed at respectively 17 and 20 months after the first implant. The main outcome measures are audiometry, perceptive results in closed and open set words (CSW and OSW) and oral production at follow-up. The first cochlear implant gave respectively mean thresholds at 60 dB and 70 dB. Bilateral CI showed mean threshold at respectively 40 dB and 55 dB. In case 1, perceptive assessment was 83% and 70% in respectively CSW and OSW with oral production and comprehension of sentences after 1 year follow-up. In case 2, the perceptive assessment showed no perceptive or linguistic evolution at 6 months follow-up. In cochleovestibular nerve hypoplasia, bilateral implantation could be discussed in cases of limited result after unilateral implant.

  12. 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.

  13. Association between interleukin-6 polymorphism in the -174 G/C region and hearing loss in the elderly with a history of occupational noise exposure

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    Miula Portelinha Braga

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The biological processes involved in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL are still unclear. The involvement of inflammation in this condition has been suggested. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between interleukin - 6 (IL-6 polymorphism and susceptibility to NIHL. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 191 independent elderly individuals aged > 60 years of age. Information on exposure to occupational noise was obtained by interviews. Audiological evaluation was performed using pure tone audiometry and genotyped through PCR by restriction fragment length polymorphism - PCR-RFLP. Data were analyzed using the Chi-square test and the Odds ratio (OR, with the significance level set at 5%. RESULTS: Among elderly with hearing loss (78.0%, 18.8% had a history of exposure to occupational noise. There was a statistically significant association between the genotype frequencies of the IL-6 -174 and NIHL. The elderly with the CC genotype were less likely to have hearing loss due to occupational noise exposure when compared to those carrying the GG genotype (OR = 0.0124; 95% CI 0.0023-0.0671; p < 0.001. CONCLUSION: This study suggests there is an association of polymorphisms in the IL- 6 gene at position - G174C with susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Audiological and electrophysiological assessment of professional pop/rock musicians

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    Alessandra G Samelli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, we evaluated peripheral and central auditory pathways in professional musicians (with and without hearing loss compared to non-musicians. The goal was to verify if music exposure could affect auditory pathways as a whole. This is a prospective study that compared the results obtained between three groups (musicians with and without hearing loss and non-musicians. Thirty-two male individuals participated and they were assessed by: Immittance measurements, pure-tone air conduction thresholds at all frequencies from 0.25 to 20 kHz, Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR, and Cognitive Potential. The musicians showed worse hearing thresholds in both conventional and high frequency audiometry when compared to the non-musicians; the mean amplitude of Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions was smaller in the musicians group, but the mean latencies of Auditory Brainstem Response and Cognitive Potential were diminished in the musicians when compared to the non-musicians. Our findings suggest that the population of musicians is at risk for developing music-induced hearing loss. However, the electrophysiological evaluation showed that latency waves of ABR and P300 were diminished in musicians, which may suggest that the auditory training to which these musicians are exposed acts as a facilitator of the acoustic signal transmission to the cortex.

  17. [Hearing loss in adolescents due to leisure noise. The OHRKAN study].

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    Twardella, D; Perez Alvarez, C; Steffens, T; Fromme, H; Raab, U

    2011-08-01

    Alarming reports have been published about hearing loss in adolescents, and increasing leisure time noise exposure has been blamed. If the exposure limits from the Noise at Work Regulations are applied, discotheque music as well as music from portable music players are associated with the risk of hearing loss. The empirical evidence for this association, however, is not sufficient. Not even an increase in the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss among adolescents can be documented. OHRKAN is a prospective cohort study aimed to produce information on the prevalence of hearing loss as well as its risk factors in adolescents. Currently, a total of 2,240 pupils in grade 9 at schools in the city of Regensburg, Germany, have been recruited. Data on noise exposure were collected using standardized questionnaires. In addition, hearing status was assessed by medical examination including tympanometry, audiometry, and distortion-product otoacoustic emissions. Developments in noise exposure as well as hearing status will be assessed in follow-up data collections. Independent of this empirical assessment preventive measures are already needed now to reduce the risk of hearing loss in adolescents and young adults.

  18. Music and its Impact on Musicians in Broadcasting Company

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    Mina Milani

    1999-03-01

    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.

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

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    2014-11-01

    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.

  20. Temporary threshold shifts at 1500 and 2000 Hz induced by loud voice signals communicated through earphones in the pinball industry.

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    Idota, Nozomi; Horie, Seichi; Tsutsui, Takao; Inoue, Jinro

    2010-10-01

    To assess the risk of hearing loss among workers using earphones as communication devices at noisy worksites, we compared temporary threshold shifts (TTS) between ears on which workers wore earphones and ears on which no earphones were worn. We measured ambient noise and personal noise exposure as well as noise generated by and passed through earphones by applying frequency analysis at three pinball facilities during their hours of actual operation. We assessed hearing levels before and after a work shift (prework and postwork) of 54 workers by pure tone audiometry at six frequencies. The time-weighted averages for ambient noise and personal noise exposure exceeded 85 dB(A) and 90 dB(A), respectively. Overall sound pressure levels generated by and passing through earphones reached 109 dB(A). The one-third octave band spectrum of the earphone noise during the shift exceeded 90 dB(SPL) in the range of 315-2000 Hz. The number of ears demonstrating a TTS, defined as a shift of 10 dB or more in postwork over prework hearing thresholds, was significantly greater at 1500 and 2000 Hz among ears with earphones (P communication devices in noisy environments are exposed to high risk of hearing loss, particularly at the frequencies of 1500 and 2000 Hz. Ideally, hearing conservation programs for such workers should account for potential hearing losses at frequencies of 2000 Hz or lower frequencies induced by amplified voice signals.

  1. Nature and onset of communication disorder in pediatrics with HIV.

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    Makar, Sujoy Kumar; Dhara, Sovon; Sinha, Ashok Kumar; Chatterjee, Indranil; Dutta, Palash

    2012-07-01

    American Speech-Language Association (ASHA) and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) reported that speech-language and hearing disorders that occur as a direct or indirect consequence of HIV-infection are so common. However there has been little research into the nature and onset of such communication disorders in children living with HIV. Therefore the purpose of the study is to understand about the nature and onset of audiological and speech-language disorders of a group of children with HIV for the better management. In methodology 67 children (4-16 years, mean: 11.06) with HIV infection took part in the study. Otoscopic examination, Pure-tone and Impedance audiometry, REELS, SECS, PAT, FDA and BUFFALO-III was used to assess. In result, 22/67 individuals had hearing loss, 17/67 had swallowing disorder, 21/67 individuals had voice problems. Language development was delayed in 21/67 of the individuals at the pragmatic and syntactic level and 7/67 had the deviant language. There was negative correlation (r=-0.932) between the duration of HIV infection and degree of severity of communication disorders in the participants.

  2. Factors associated with the occurrence of hearing loss after pneumococcal meningitis

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    Worsøe, Lise Lotte; Caye-Thomasen, P.; Brandt, C.T.;

    2010-01-01

    Background. On the basis of a nationwide registration during a 5-year period (1999-2003), the frequency and severity of hearing loss was investigated retrospectively in 343 consecutive Danish patients who survived pneumococcal meningitis, to identify important risk factors (including the pneumoco......Background. On the basis of a nationwide registration during a 5-year period (1999-2003), the frequency and severity of hearing loss was investigated retrospectively in 343 consecutive Danish patients who survived pneumococcal meningitis, to identify important risk factors (including...... the pneumococcal serotype) for development of hearing loss. Methods. Results of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biochemistry, bacterial serotyping, follow-up audiological examinations, and medical records were collected, and disease-related risk factors for hearing loss were identified. The mean pure-tone...... is common after pneumococcal meningitis, and audiometry should be performed on all those who survive pneumococcal meningitis. Important risk factors for hearing loss are advanced age, female sex, severity of meningitis, and bacterial serotype...

  3. Association Between Hepatitis B and Hearing Status

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    Mohamad Shayani Nasab

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Viral diseases are one of the common causes of hearing loss. The inner ear may be involved directly or by secondary reaction (e.g., polyarthritis nodosa. This study was performed to investigate the relation between positive HBS-Ag (hepatitis B disease and hearing loss.Methods: This case-study research was done on 95 hepatitis-B patients as the case group and 97 normal cases as the control group. They were selected sequentially and audiologic tests were performed on the participants. The hearing thresholds of the two groups were compared using the t-test.Results: According to audiometry results, pure tone average (mean thresholds of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz were 22.1 dB for the left ear and 23.95 dB for the right ear in hepatitis-B group and 8.4 dB for the left ear and 8.95 dB for the right ear in the control group (HBS-Ag negative. The difference between two groups was statistically significant with p-value less than 0.05.Conclusion: The results show that hepatitis-B patients are more prone to hearing loss and that hepatitis B disease can cause hearing loss. This study suggests that hepatitis B prophylaxis is important in decreasing hepatitis-B involvement and therefore, hearing loss.

  4. Hearing impairment among mill workers in small scale enterprises in southwest Nigeria.

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    Omokhodion, Folashade O; Adeosun, A A; Fajola, A A

    2007-01-01

    This cross-sectional study was conducted among mill workers in a large market in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. These workers are engaged in small scale businesses with little or no regulation of work exposures. Questionnaires administered to mill workers sought information on personal characteristics, length of time engaged in the job, type of milling done and symptoms of hearing impairment. Noise exposure and hearing impairment were assessed among 85 mill workers. Audiometry was done on mill workers and 45 controls with no known exposure to noise and no history of aural disease. Noise levels at work stations ranged from 88-90dB for small mills and 101-105 for larger mills. None of the workers used hearing protection. Analysis based on total number of ears showed that 56% of the workers had hearing impairment ranging from mild (49%) moderate (6.4%) to severe (0.6%) whilst 33% of the controls had hearing impairment which was mild (26%), moderate (7%) and no severe losses, P = 0.001. There was no association between age and hearing impairment but prevalence of hearing impairment was highest among those who had been engaged in the trade for more than 20 years. There is a need for regulation of small scale enterprises to protect the health of workers. Health education and provision of low cost ear plugs will reduce the occurrence and severity of hearing impairment among these low income workers.

  5. High-frequency profile in adolescents and its relationship with the use of personal stereo devices

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    Renata Almeida Araújo Silvestre

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective: To analyze and correlate the audiometric findings of high frequencies (9–16 kHz in adolescents with their hearing habits and attitudes, in order to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Method: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study, which included 125 adolescents in a sample of normal-hearing students, at a state school. The subjects performed high-frequency audiometry testing and answered a self-administered questionnaire addressing information on sound habits concerning the use of personal stereo devices. The sample was divided according to the exposure characteristics (time, duration, intensity, etc. and the results were compared with the observed thresholds, through the difference in proportions test, chi-squared, Student's t-test, and ANOVA, all at a significance level of 0.05. Results: Average high-frequency thresholds were registered below 15 dB HL and no significant correlation was found between high frequency audiometric findings and the degree of exposure. Conclusion: The prevalence of harmful sound habits due to the use of personal stereo devices is high in the adolescent population, but there was no correlation between exposure to high sound pressure levels through personal stereos and the high-frequency thresholds in this population.

  6. Impact of control of blood glucose level during treatment of sudden deafness in diabetics: relationship with prognosis.

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    Min, Sang-Ki; Shin, Ji-Ho; Chang, Mun-Young; Min, Hyun-Jin; Kim, Kyung-Soo; Lee, Sei-Young; Yang, Hoon-Shik; Hong, Young-Ho; Mun, Seog-Kyun

    2017-03-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the impact of control of blood glucose level during treatment of sudden deafness. A retrospective study was performed involving 197 patients from January, 2011 to September, 2015. All patients were administrated prednisolone (Pharmaprednisolone tab(®), 5 mg/T; KoreaPharma) p.o under the following regimen: 60 mg/day for 4 days, 40 mg/day for 2 days, 30 mg/day for 1 day, 20 mg/day for 1 day, and 10 mg/day for 2 days. During treatment, pure tone audiometry and blood glucose level were investigated for each patient and the results were statistically analyzed. Mean hearing improvement was 19.2 dB for the non-diabetes group and 24.8 dB for the diabetes group. The greater improvement for diabetics was not statistically significant (p = 0.146). Hearing improvement was 25.1 dB for subjects with mean blood glucose 200 mg/dl; the difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.267). Mean blood glucose level was 200.8 mg/dl for subjects with hearing improvement >20 dB and 181.8 mg/dl for subjects with hearing improvement sudden deafness does not have a direct effect on prognosis.

  7. A Case of Undiagnosed Sleep Disorder with Hearing Difficulty and Dizziness

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of this case report was to investigate the relationship between sleep disorders and audio vestibular symptoms.   Case Report: A case of undiagnosed sleep disorder, presenting as a temporary auditory processing difficulty, is presented. The disorder was initially treated as sudden deafness with dizziness. A 23-year-old male patient complained of acute hearing disturbance despite normal results on pure tone audiometry. The patient was initially administered a steroid injection in the hospital. After treatment, his hearing symptoms improved only slightly and he reported balance difficulty with rightward spontaneous nystagmus. Vestibular rehabilitation was performed. We also suspected that his hearing symptom was due to an auditory processing difficulty. Despite steroid treatment and vestibular rehabilitation, neither of his symptoms improved. We subsequently identified the presence of insomnia. He was prescribed zolpidem 5 mg, which slightly improved his symptoms, and referred to a sleep specialist for further examination. Polysomnography was performed, which identified restless leg syndrome and sleep disturbance with delayed sleep phase syndrome. After pharmacological treatment, his sleep disturbance, hearing difficulty, and balance disorder completely resolved.   Conclusion: Sleep disorders may provoke reversible auditory processing difficulties. We should carefully evaluate patients for a potentially undiagnosed sleep disorder, even in patients chiefly complaining of intractable sensory dysfunction such as hearing or balance disturbance.

  8. Effect of retreatment on the end-stage sudden deafness.

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    Suoqiang, Zhai; Ning, Yu; Guiliang, Zheng; Yuhua, Zhu; He, Qin

    2012-03-01

    Microcirculatory disturbance of inner ear is probably one of the important etiological factors of sudden deafness. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of retreatment on the end-stage sudden deafness. For this purpose, the patients who met with the criteria for sudden deafness and showed poor response to conventional therapy over 2 months were assigned randomly to the retreatment group. Pure tone audiometry was conducted before and after retreatment among the 103 patients (112 ears). Sodium bicarbonate and dexamethasone were injected by intravenous drip for 2 days and batroxobin 5BU for 6 days. Data were analyzed using analysis of variance and t test to determine the efficacy of retreatment. These data show that the efficacy rate in retreatment group was 46.43% and the difference between before and after retreatment was significant (P sudden deafness could improve the audition of the patients and should be valuable in clinics. In this regard, the combination of sodium bicarbonate and dexamethasone proved a rational therapeutic regimen for the end-stage sudden deafness. However, further large-size multicenter studies will be required for independent validation of these findings.

  9. Acute-phase inflammatory response in idiopathic sudden deafness: pathogenic implications.

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    López-González, Miguel A; Abrante, Antonio; López-Lorente, Carmen; Gómez, Antonio; Domínguez, Emilio; Esteban, Francisco

    2012-01-01

    The acute-phase inflammatory response in the peripheral bloodstream can be an expression of transient cerebral ischaemia in idiopathic sudden deafness. For this, a neurological and otorhinolaryngological examination of each patient, performing tests on audiometry, and tympanometry, haemogram, and cranial magnetic resonance were performed. The acute-phase inflammatory response manifests as an increased neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio that is detected 48-72 hours after the appearance of sudden deafness. This study shows that there is an acute-phase response in the peripheral bloodstream with an increased neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio as an expression of an inflammatory process that can be caused by transient cerebral ischaemia in sudden deafness. In addition, the increased neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio can rule out a viral origin of sudden deafness, since a viral infection lowers the neutrophil count and increases the lymphocyte count, thus reducing the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio. These findings aid in understanding the pathogenic mechanisms involved in sudden deafness and offer better treatment to the patient.

  10. Acute-Phase Inflammatory Response in Idiopathic Sudden Deafness: Pathogenic Implications

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    Miguel A. López-González

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The acute-phase inflammatory response in the peripheral bloodstream can be an expression of transient cerebral ischaemia in idiopathic sudden deafness. For this, a neurological and otorhinolaryngological examination of each patient, performing tests on audiometry, and tympanometry, haemogram, and cranial magnetic resonance were performed. The acute-phase inflammatory response manifests as an increased neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio that is detected 48–72 hours after the appearance of sudden deafness. This study shows that there is an acute-phase response in the peripheral bloodstream with an increased neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio as an expression of an inflammatory process that can be caused by transient cerebral ischaemia in sudden deafness. In addition, the increased neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio can rule out a viral origin of sudden deafness, since a viral infection lowers the neutrophil count and increases the lymphocyte count, thus reducing the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio. These findings aid in understanding the pathogenic mechanisms involved in sudden deafness and offer better treatment to the patient.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. The Treatment of Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss Using Phle-botomy: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Trial

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    Mohammad Taghi Goodarzi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This randomized clinical trial aimed to assess the efficacy of phlebotomy on improvement of hearing loss. 71 patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss were enrolled in this randomized clinical trial study. They were divided into two groups: group A received steroid and hydration therapy plus phlebotomy, while group B received the same regimen without phlebotomy. They were matched according to sex, age, Hb, and Htc. Pure tone audiometries were administered to examine the hearing levels before and after treatment. Statistical analysis showed higher improvement in 250-1000 Hz in patients whit phlebotomy (P<0.001. However, there was noticed no significant difference in hearing improvement in 2000-8000 Hz between two methods. The number (% of patients who had improvement was 29(85.3% in phlebotomy group and 21(56.8% in non-phlebotomy group. On the other hand, the number (% of patients who showed no improvement in A and B group was 5(14.7% and 16(43.2%, respectively (P=0.008. Using phlebotomy accompanied by steroid and hydration therapy leads to higher improvement in hearing loss especially in 250-1000 Hz. We think that this method has the ability to achieve better result in the management of patients with SSNHL.

  14. Fitness for Work Evaluation of Firefighters in Tehran

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    Ramin Mehrdad

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    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.

  15. Synaptopathy in the noise-exposed and aging cochlea: Primary neural degeneration in acquired sensorineural hearing loss.

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    Kujawa, Sharon G; Liberman, M Charles

    2015-12-01

    The classic view of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is that the "primary" targets are hair cells, and that cochlear-nerve loss is "secondary" to hair cell degeneration. Our recent work in mouse and guinea pig has challenged that view. In noise-induced hearing loss, exposures causing only reversible threshold shifts (and no hair cell loss) nevertheless cause permanent loss of >50% of cochlear-nerve/hair-cell synapses. Similarly, in age-related hearing loss, degeneration of cochlear synapses precedes both hair cell loss and threshold elevation. This primary neural degeneration has remained hidden for three reasons: 1) the spiral ganglion cells, the cochlear neural elements commonly assessed in studies of SNHL, survive for years despite loss of synaptic connection with hair cells, 2) the synaptic terminals of cochlear nerve fibers are unmyelinated and difficult to see in the light microscope, and 3) the degeneration is selective for cochlear-nerve fibers with high thresholds. Although not required for threshold detection in quiet (e.g. threshold audiometry or auditory brainstem response threshold), these high-threshold fibers are critical for hearing in noisy environments. Our research suggests that 1) primary neural degeneration is an important contributor to the perceptual handicap in SNHL, and 2) in cases where the hair cells survive, neurotrophin therapies can elicit neurite outgrowth from spiral ganglion neurons and re-establishment of their peripheral synapses. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled .

  16. Measurement of hearing loss due to perforated tympanic membrane using image processing techniques

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    Sardesai, Neha; Sardesai, Ravindra; Chang, Chein-I.

    2014-05-01

    The tympanic membrane (ear drum) is a thin tissue film that is stretched between the outer and middle ear. Sound waves travel from outside the ear, and strike the tympanic membrane resulting in its vibration. These vibrations amplify the sound waves and transmit them to the ossicles (auditory bones). The magnitude of amplification is directly proportional to vibrating area of tympanic membrane. Hence a perforation in this membrane would result in hearing loss. Pure-tone audiometry is the traditional procedure used to detect the amount of hearing loss in a patient. However, it is lengthy and less efficient, as it largely depends on the response of the patient to sound intensity and frequency of pure-tones. We present a relatively more efficient approach to determine hearing loss due to perforated tympanic membrane using image processing techniques. We describe an algorithm that uses unsharp masking to sharpen images of the perforations as well as the tympanic membrane. Then, it converts the image into a binary image using thresholding. A median filter is applied to get rid of the noise component in the image. The ratio of the area of perforation and total area of tympanic membrane will define the percentage of hearing loss. Our approach will eliminate the error introduced due to patient dependency as in the traditional method.

  17. Quality of life measures in otitis media.

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    Maile, E J; Youngs, R

    2013-05-01

    Disabling hearing impairment is the world's most common disability. Traditionally, hearing levels measured by pure tone audiometry have been used to define and quantify hearing loss. The effects of disabling hearing loss on patients' quality of life can be profound, and audiometric data alone may not correlate with quality of life measures. Generic measures of quality of life can be used to compare different diseases, and as such are useful in resource allocation and burden of disease studies. Their disadvantage is that they are not disease-specific and can therefore under-estimate the effects of a disease on patients' quality of life. Disease-specific measures are more sensitive. In chronic otitis media, additional factors such as discharge augment the effect of hearing loss alone on quality of life. Many of the quality of life measures developed for chronic otitis media have been used to assess improvement following reconstructive surgery. Quality of life measures have also been used to assess the effect of paediatric otitis media. Quality of life measures also have utility in the developing world, where hearing impairment is a huge burden.

  18. 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.

  19. Hearing Profile of Brazilian Forestry Workers' Noise Exposure

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  20. Infants DPOAEs Physical Characteristics

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    2004-06-01

    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.

  1. 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).

  2. Loss of hearing in drivers of mine locomotives

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    Yanish, R.

    1982-02-01

    One of the most dangerous factors in railroad transport is noise. Drivers of locomotives are exposed to the noise of engines and cars on rails, transporting workers to their places of work; coupling of cars and emptying cars by overturning them; and the transport of fire cars. To determine the amount of noise drivers are subjected to, the Zavodski Institute for National Public Health conducted studies on noise in underground mines. By means of portable noisemeters worn by drivers measurement of the noise of cars running on rails, passing over joints of railroad tracks, and reflected from the rock walls of the drift was made. Mine ventilators added a constant source of noise. At the Zavodski Institute, 64 drivers were examined in the otorhinolaryngology department. Thresholds of hearing were measured by means of tonal audiometry. Combining results of this examination with measurements of noise in the uranium mines, it was determined that the hearing of drivers of mine locomotives deteriorated on the average of 1 dB per year at a frequency of 4000 Hz. (6 refs.) (In Russian)

  3. British Coal Medical Service annual report 1989-90

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    1990-01-01

    The report contains detailed results of surveys on the prevalence of pneumoconiosis in coal miners of various age groups from 1962 to 1989. Only 0.6% of 14,300 men X-rayed in 1989 showed any sign of the disease and the overall figure for the 112 collieries surveyed after the completed seventh round of surveys was 0.7%. Emphasis has continued on dust control measures on coal faces and in drivages - dust concentration of 3.1 mg/m {sup 3} in 1989-90 was in keeping with the trend since 1970. A 'cohort' of young miners is being monitored to develop an early warning system to identify changes in the incidence of pneumoconiosis. The role of Medical Service in treating injuries, skin diseases, back pain etc. and problems caused by noise and chemicals is explained. Continued attention has been paid to implication of the COSHH regulations and audiometry has been introduced to all British Coal's employees. Services are now provided to workers of Coal Products Ltd. Reports of first aid and nursing services are included. Use of pethidine for relieving pain is now being advocated. 6 figs., 20 tabs.

  4. 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.

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

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    Hirato, Masafumi; Inoue, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Masaru; Ohye, Chihiro; Hirato, Junko [Gunma Univ., Maebashi (Japan). School of Medicine; Shibazaki, Tohru; Andou, Yoshitaka

    1995-10-01

    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).

  6. 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)

    1995-04-01

    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.

  7. Walk-through survey report, Central Brass Manufacturing Company, Cleveland, Ohio, March 20, 1987

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    Zaebst, D.D.; Seligman, P.J.; Bloom, T.F.

    1988-11-01

    In order to evaluate controls used to reduce or eliminate worker exposures to lead, a survey was undertaken at the nonferrous foundry, Central Brass Manufacturing Company, Cleveland, Ohio. After a review of the exposure and blood lead monitoring data, along with interviews with management and union officials and a tour of the facility, the investigators conclude that there is evidence to support excessive exposures to work-place lead at the time of compensation claims made early in 1985. Since that time the company has taken steps to reduce these exposures. Some engineering controls had been installed in October of 1984, including portable flexible-duct local exhaust hoods, side draft local exhaust systems and traveling hoods. Improvements or replacements were also made to existing equipment including doubling the ventilation capacity of the exhaust system on polishing equipment and replacing local exhaust hoods on all grinding machines. All new employees receive a complete physical examination including audiometry, pulmonary function test, and blood-lead screening. The frequency of subsequent blood lead monitoring was based on the previous blood-levels. The respiratory protection program seemed generally adequate. With the improvements made, a correlation between the decline in ambient lead and blood-lead levels was noted.

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

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    Arash Bayat

    2011-09-01

    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.

  9. Correlation between CT and tympanogram in secretory otitis media

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    Kobayashi, Toshimitsu; Sakurai, Tokio; Taniguchi, Kazuhiko; Takahashi, Kuniaki (Iwaki-Kyoritsu General Hospital, Iwaki, Fukushima (Japan)); Ikeda, Katsuhisa; Kawamoto, Kazutomo

    1984-11-01

    In an attempt to evaluate the feasibility of the tympanometry in detecting the middle ear effusion (MEE) in secretory otitis media (SOM) in childhood, the findings of the computed tomography (CT) were evaluated whether they were compatible with that of tympanometry in 27 cases (51 ears) of SOM. Tympanometry (tympanogram, static compliance measurement and stapedial reflex test), pure tone audiometry and high resolution CT were performed sequentially, and the CT findings were compared with the results of the other tests. The conclusions obtained were summarized as follows. 1. Among the tests performed, tympanogram appeared to be the most reliable measure in detection of MEE. 2. Fifteen ears out of 16 with type B tympanograms and 6 ears out of 15 with type C/sub 2/ tympanograms, were diagnosed by CT as having MEE. MEE occupied the entire middile ear space in most ears with type B tympanograms. By contrast, in the ears with type C/sub 2/ tympanograms, air containing space of varying size were always observed even in the ears with MEE.

  10. Woodbridge research facility remedial investigation/feasibility study. Health and safety plan. Final report

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    Thompson, P.; McKown, G.; Waugh, J.; Houser, W.; Joy, G.

    1995-09-01

    The requirements set forth in 29 CFR 1910.120(f), shall be met for all employees performing or supervising hazardous waste operations. Medical exams shall be conducted as soon as possible upon notification by an employee that he/she has developed signs or symptoms indicating possible health hazards or overexposure to hazardous substances. Subcontractor personnel shall provide documentation of current status of participation in a medical surveillance program as required by 29 CFR 1910.120(f). Subcontractors unable to provide such documentation shall have successfully completed a medical examination as described in the above referenced OSHA standard prior to beginning work in a contaminated zone. Specific protocols for medical examinations are designed by an occupational physician. Common components include: (a) medical history and physical examination; (b) dipstick urinalysis, vision screen and vital signs; (c) spirometry ;(d) audiometry; (e) blood chemistry (complete blood count, liver function, kidney function, lipid metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism); (f) resting EkG (with approval); (g) chest radiograph (P/A). No project-specific medical examinations, or biological monitoring is required for this project.

  11. Health impacts of garage workers: A preliminary study

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    Muttamara, S. (AIT, Bangkok (Thailand). Division of Environmental Engineering); Alwis, K.U.

    1994-05-01

    This research study was carried out in two automobile repair garages situated in the Bangkok metropolitan area, employing 47 and 12 workers respectively. Air sampling, biological monitoring (blood, urine), noise monitoring, and audiometry of workers were done to assess the occupational environment and its impact on the workers. The occupational hygiene survey was carried out to observe the working conditions of both garages. It was found that conditions at both sites have a strong negative impact on the health of workers. The lead in air of Garage 1 was 0.20 mg/m[sup 3] which is the same as the threshold limit value (TLV) for lead in air for a working environment. The level of lead in blood of four workers of each garage was above the exposed level. According to the occupational hygiene survey carried out at both garages, 79% of workers of Garage 1 and 70% of workers of Gage 2 suffered from redness of the eyes (eye pain, gritty feeling), and 5% and 2% of workers of Garage 1 and Garage 2 respectively, complained about breathing difficulties. Control measures should be taken to minimize pollution due to dust, fumes, and noise which would reduce the health impacts and lead to a healthier workforce.

  12. Results of a study on low-level flight noise in the Federal Republic of Germany. Acute and chronic effects on human hearing. Ergebnisse einer Tieffluglaerm-Studie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Akute und chronische Auswirkungen auf das menschliche Gehoer

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    Ising, H.; Rebentisch, E. (BGA, Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene)

    1992-03-01

    In persons aged 18 to 50, hearing thresholds after exposure to low-level flight noise with different noise levels and speeds of noise levels and speeds of noise level increase were determined within a broad frequency range by means of fixed-frequency Bekesy audiometry. Temporary rises in the hearing threshold were shown to occurr significantly more often for rapid increases in noise level than for slow ones. A pilot study conducted in 1985 aimed at the following; Comparison of school children from an extremely afflicted area of the zone of flight altitude 75 metres with school children from a zone of flight altitude 150 metres as to hearing symptoms and auditory capability. These results were to be verified and extended by the principal study. Representative field studies were carried through for this purpose in Lower Saxonia. The results obtained corroborate the hypothesis that military low-level flight noise with noise peaks around 125 dB (A) and high speed of noise level increase causes slight, irreversible threshold of hearing shifts in sensitive individuals of the population concerned. (orig./MM).

  13. Middle ear impedance studies in elderly patients implications on age-related hearing loss

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    Olusola Ayodele Sogebi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Controversies arise with respect to functioning of the middle ear over time.OBJECTIVE: To assess changes in middle ear impedance that may be related to aging, and/or if there was an association of these changes with those of the inner ear in the elderly patients.METHODS: Cross-sectional, comparative study of elderly patients managed in ear, nose and throat clinics. A structured questionnaire was administered to obtain clinical information. Pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, and acoustic reflexes were performed. Comparative analyses were performed to detect intergroup differences between clinico-audiometric findings and middle ear measures, viz. tympanograms and acoustic reflexes.RESULTS: One hundred and three elderly patients participated in the study; 52.4% were male, averagely 70.0 ± 6.3 years old, age-related hearing loss in 59.2%, abnormal tympanograms in 39.3%, absent acoustic reflex in 37.9%. There was no association between age and gender in patients with abnormal tympanograms and absent acoustic reflex. Significantly more patients with different forms and grades of age-related hearing loss had abnormal tympanometry and absent acoustic reflex.CONCLUSION: Some abnormalities were observed in the impedance audiometric measures of elderly patients, which were significantly associated with parameters connected to age-related hearing loss.

  14. 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.

  15. Expanding the phenotype of 22q11 deletion syndrome: the MURCS association.

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    Uliana, Vera; Giordano, Nicola; Caselli, Rossella; Papa, Filomena Tiziana; Ariani, Francesca; Marcocci, Claudio; Gianetti, Elena; Martini, Giuseppe; Papakostas, Panagiotis; Rollo, Fabio; Meloni, Ilaria; Mari, Francesca; Priolo, Manuela; Renieri, Alessandra; Nuti, Ranuccio

    2008-01-01

    The MURCS association [Müllerian Duct aplasia or hypoplasia (M), unilateral renal agenesis (UR) and cervicothoracic somite dysplasia (CS)] manifests itself as Müllerian Duct aplasia or hypoplasia, unilateral renal agenesis and cervicothoracic somite dysplasia. We report on a 22-year-old woman with bicornuate uterus, right renal agenesis, C2-C3 vertebral fusion (MURCS association) and 22q11.2 deletion. Angio-MRI revealed the aberrant origin of arch arteries. Hashimoto thyroiditis, micropolycystic ovaries with a dermoid cyst in the right ovary and mild osteoporosis were also diagnosed. Accurate revision of radiographs enabled us also to identify thoracolumbar and lumbosacral vertebral-differentiation defects. Audiometry and echocardiogram were normal. Bone densitometry showed osteoporosis. As per our evaluation, the patient had short stature, obesity (BMI 30.7) and facial features suggestive of the 22q11 deletion syndrome. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification analysis showed a de-novo 22q11.2 deletion confirmed by array-comparative genomic hybridization analysis. We discuss whether this is a casual association or whether it is an additional syndrome owing to the well known phenotype extensive variability of the 22q11 deletion syndrome.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    2013-06-01

    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.

  19. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss in adults: Our experience with multidrug high dose steroid regimen at tertiary care hospital

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a confusing and controversial issue in our practice since no standard definition, evaluation method and treatment protocol exists. It is an otological emergency with narrow golden period of treatment. Objective: To establish the early diagnosis, treatment and study the outcome of treatment. Design and Method: In a prospective study, including patients >18 year age who had presented with sudden sensorineural hearing loss in ENT opd; after ENT examination, PTA, impedance audiometry and necessary imaging, were treated with i.v. methylprednisolone and inj.methylcobalamine i.m. along with tablet Pentoxyfylline and tablet prednisolone. PTA was repeated on 4th day, 3 week, and 6 weeks after diagnosis. Results: Total 37 patients were diagnosed and treated. Majority of patients had sudden SNHL of <72 hrs. duration with severe hearing loss and tinnitus as commonest associated symptom. Idiopathic cause was commonest followed by acoustic trauma and head trauma. 35.14% patients had complete recovery while 40.54% and 24.32% patients had partial and no recovery respectively. Conclusion: PTA is single most important investigation. Prompt treatment in <72 hrs. carry good prognosis. Associated vertigo, flat audiogram, DM, HTN are of poor prognosis.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Assessment of hearing and hearing disorders in rock/jazz musicians.

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    Kähärit, Kim; Zachau, Gunilla; Eklöf, Mats; Sandsjö, Leif; Möller, Claes

    2003-07-01

    The aim of this study was to assess hearing and hearing disorders among rock/jazz musicians. One hundred and thirty-nine (43 women and 96 men) musicians participated. The results are based on pure-tone audiometry and questionnaire responses. According to our definition of hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, distortion and/or diplacusis as hearing disorders, we found disorders in 74%, of the rock/jazz musicians studied. Hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis were most common, and the latter two were found significantly more frequently than in different reference populations. The women showed bilateral, significantly better hearing thresholds at 3-6 kHz than the men. Hyperacusis, and the combination of both hyperacusis and tinnitus, were found to be significantly more frequent among women than among men. Hearing loss and tinnitus were significantly more common among men than among women. It is important to evaluate all kinds of hearing problems (other than hearing loss) in musicians, since they represent an occupational group especially dependent on optimal, functional hearing. On the basis of our results, we suggest that hearing problems such as tinnitus, hyperacusis, distortion and/or diplacusis should, in addition to hearing loss, be defined as hearing disorders.

  4. Deficits in working memory, reading comprehension and arithmetic skills in children with mouth breathing syndrome: analytical cross-sectional study

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    Rita Cristina Sadako Kuroishi

    Full Text Available CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Mouth breathing syndrome is very common among school-age children, and it is possibly related to learning difficulties and low academic achievement. In this study, we investigated working memory, reading comprehension and arithmetic skills in children with nasal and mouth breathing. DESIGN AND SETTING: Analytical cross-sectional study with control group conducted in a public university hospital. METHODS: 42 children (mean age = 8.7 years who had been identified as mouth breathers were compared with a control group (mean age = 8.4 years matched for age and schooling. All the participants underwent a clinical interview, tone audiometry, otorhinolaryngological evaluation and cognitive assessment of phonological working memory (numbers and pseudowords, reading comprehension and arithmetic skills. RESULTS: Children with mouth breathing had poorer performance than controls, regarding reading comprehension (P = 0.006, arithmetic (P = 0.025 and working memory for pseudowords (P = 0.002, but not for numbers (P = 0.76. CONCLUSION: Children with mouth breathing have low academic achievement and poorer phonological working memory than controls. Teachers and healthcare professionals should be aware of the association of mouth breathing with children's physical and cognitive health.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. The Role of Trace Elements in Tinnitus.

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    Yaşar, Mehmet; Şahin, Mehmet İlhan; Karakükçü, Çiğdem; Güneri, Erhan; Doğan, Murat; Sağıt, Mustafa

    2017-03-01

    In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of three trace elements, namely, zinc, copper, and lead, in tinnitus by analyzing the serum level of copper and lead and both the serum and tissue level of zinc. Eighty patients, who applied to outpatient otolaryngology clinic with the complaints of having tinnitus, and 28 healthy volunteers were included. High-frequency audiometry was performed, and participants who had hearing loss according to the pure tone average were excluded; tinnitus frequency and loudness were determined and tinnitus reaction questionnaire scores were obtained from the patients. Of all the participants, serum zinc, copper, and lead values were measured; moreover, zinc levels were examined in hair samples. The levels of trace elements were compared between tinnitus and control groups. The level of copper was found to be significantly lower in the tinnitus group (p = 0.02), but there was no significant difference between the groups in terms of the levels of zinc, neither in serum nor in hair, and lead in serum (p > 0.05). The lack of trace elements, especially that of "zinc," have been doubted for the etiopathogenesis of tinnitus in the literature; however, we only found copper levels to be low in patients having tinnitus.

  8. Increased mean platelet volume in patients with idiopathic subjective tinnitus.

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    Sarıkaya, Yasin; Bayraktar, Cem; Karataş, Mehmet; Doğan, Sedat; Olt, Serdar; Kaskalan, Emin; Türkbeyler, İbrahim Halil

    2016-11-01

    Tinnitus is the perception of sound with no external stimulus and idiopathic subjective tinnitus is the most common type in adults. Mean platelet volume (MPV) alterations were shown in some inflammatory diseases and were evaluated as a clinically useful marker. Our aim was to investigate MPV alterations in idiopathic subjective tinnitus patients. A total of 101 patients and 54 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects were enrolled in the study. Patients included in the study had complaints of tinnitus for at least 3 months. All patients underwent detailed otolaryngologic examination, blood sampling, pure tone audiometry, magnetic resonance imaging of ear, and vertebrobasilar artery Doppler ultrasonography to make the differential diagnosis of tinnitus. Blood sampling consisted of renal-liver-thyroid function tests, lipid profile, and complete blood count. All tests and examinations except the imaging modalities were also performed for the control group. There were no differences in age and sex distribution of groups. Mean platelet volume values were significantly increased in tinnitus patients when compared with controls (p = 0.001). We think that MPV can be qualified as a useful marker in tinnitus patients.

  9. 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.

  10. Vestibular migraine: clinical and epidemiological aspects

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    Ligia Oliveira Gonçalves Morganti

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Vestibular migraine (VM is one of the most often common diagnoses in neurotology, but only recently has been recognized as a disease. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical and epidemiological profile of patients with VM. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational, and descriptive study, with analysis of patients' records from an outpatient VM clinic. RESULTS: 94.1% of patients were females and 5.9% were males. The mean age was 46.1 years; 65.6% of patients had had headache for a longer period than dizziness. A correlation was detected between VM symptoms and the menstrual period. 61.53% of patients had auditory symptoms, with tinnitus the most common, although tonal audiometry was normal in 68.51%. Vectoelectronystagmography was normal in 67.34%, 10.20% had hyporeflexia, and 22.44% had vestibular hyperreflexia. Electrophysiological assessment showed no abnormalities in most patients. Fasting plasma glucose and glycemic curve were normal in most patients, while the insulin curve was abnormal in 75%. 82% of individuals with MV showed abnormalities on the metabolism of carbohydrates. CONCLUSION: VM affects predominantly middle-aged women, with migraine headache representing the first symptom, several years before vertigo. Physical, auditory, and vestibular evaluations are usually normal. The most frequent vestibular abnormality was hyperreflexia. Most individuals showed abnormality related to carbohydrate metabolism.

  11. Eustachian orifice malignant melanoma:a case report%咽鼓管口恶性黑色素瘤1例

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    苏振福; 武文明; 潘家菊

    2013-01-01

    The patient, a 52 year old male was admitted to the hospital,because of right hearing loss before three months. Six months ago, the patient had the right former group sinusitis and nasal polyps, and had the right former group sinus open and polypectomy operation outside the hospital. The surgery was uneventful and the postoperative dressing was done. He has no history of tinnitus, earache, ear pus, epistaxis, headache, dizziness. Physical examination on admission shows the right external auditory canal was clean, tympanic membrane integrity, pale yellow, mild depression, and poorly eardrum movement. The electronic nasopharyngoscopy show a black mass in the edge of the anterior lip of the right eustachian tube. The mass has a smooth surface, and only seen partly. Nasopharynx magnetic resonance shows in the right pharyngeal orifice visible there was a round short T2 node, maximum diameter of 13 mm, the border was clear. The parapharyngeal space had been compressed which close to the right eustachian tube torus. After the scan enhanced, the lesions was strengthened. The pure tone audi-ometry shows right mild conduction deafness, and the acoustic impedance showing right type B tympanogram curve. Eardrum puncture extracted got about 0. 2 ml yellow liquid. Otitis media with effusion is considered. A biopsy is taken by means of the nasal endoscopic. The pathology report is the right eustachian orifice malignant melanoma. The immunohistochemical examination (Horton-Magath-Brown 45) showed a positive reaction.

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

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    Noorain Alam

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    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.

  13. 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

  14. Prognostic significance of tympanosclerotic plaques localization and their morphological and histological characteristics for the outcome of surgical treatment

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    Milojević Milanko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Tympanosclerosis is a sequela of inflammation of the middle ear usually causing conductive hearing loss. The aim of the study was to determine the significance of tympanosclerotic plaques localization in the middle ear and their morphological and histological characteristics for surgical treatment outcome. Methods. This retrospective study included a total of 73 patients operated on for tympanosclerosis in the Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology, Military Medical Academy (MMA in a period 1996-2010. The results of surgical treatment as well as the last audiometry findings were analyzed. considering follow-up periods of 6 months to 8 years. The patients were divided into 4 groups according to tympanosclerotic plaques localization in the middle ear and the classification suggested by Wieling and Kerr. The patients were also divided based on intraoperatively noticed morphological characteristics of tympanosclerotic plaques, while the third division was done as per histological findings. Surgical success was assessed using the suggestions of the Japan Otological Society. Results. The analyzed results showed the surgical success especially in the group II according to Wieling and Kerr, while histological findings had no impact on the outcome of the surgery. Conclusion. Surgical treatment has good results especially in patients with the mobile stapes. Results are satisfactory in other localizations, while various morphological and histological characteristics do not have impact on the surgery outcome.

  15. Relationship between disease activity and hearing impairment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis compared with controls.

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    Yildirim, Adem; Surucu, Gulseren; Dogan, Sedat; Karabiber, Mehmet

    2016-02-01

    The characteristics of hearing impairment (HI) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are still poorly understood, and their association with disease activity is based on conflicting information. This study compared HI between RA patients and controls and between active and remission RA groups using multi-frequency audiometry. This study enrolled 88 RA patients and 50 controls. The pure-tone hearing thresholds at 500 to 4000 Hz for air (AC) and bone (BC) conduction were compared between RA and controls as well as between active and remission RA patients using DAS28-CRP scores. The pure-tone hearing thresholds for AC and BC were significantly higher at high frequencies (2000 and 4000 Hz) in the RA group for both ears compared with controls. In addition, the BC threshold at 1000 Hz for the right ear was higher in the RA group than controls. When active and remission RA patients were compared, the thresholds were higher only at 4000 Hz for both ears for AC and BC in patients with active RA. The air-bone gap differed significantly at 2000 and 4000 Hz in both ears. This study demonstrated that patients with RA have a heightened risk of HI, and disease activity increases this risk, particularly at high frequencies. Clinicians who manage RA should be aware of HI and consider performing audiological evaluations in RA patients with active disease in particular.

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

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    Ravindra Singh Bisht

    2016-01-01

    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.

  17. Characteristics of hearing-impairment among patients in Ghana.

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    Amedofu, Geoffrey K; Ocansey, Grace; Antwi, Barbara B

    2006-01-01

    The causes, and characteristics of hearing-impairment were determined prospectively among six thousand, four hundred and twenty-eight (6,428) patients who reported at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) with hearing problems. The purpose of the study was to determine the characteristics and some causes of hearing loss of patients who report for management at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The procedure adopted included a detailed case history, Otoscopy and Pure-tone Audiometry. Of the 6,428 patients, 5,734 (89.9 %) were diagnosed as having significant hearing loss. There were more hearing impaired women than men at all ages. Majority of the patients had mild hearing loss. The overall prevalence of Sensorineural Hearing Loss was more in worse ear than better ear. Again, the occurrence of Sensorineural Hearing Loss was more than other types of hearing loss. Noise, Fever, Presbycusis, Sickness, Meningitis and Meniere's diseases were the major causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Conductive Hearing Loss was attributed in the main to Wax, Foreign Bodies, Otitis Media, and Traumas. These findings have important implications on the need of resources for rehabilitation.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Childhood otitis media is associated with dizziness in adulthood: the HUNT cohort study.

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    Aarhus, Lisa; Tambs, Kristian; Hoffman, Howard J; Engdahl, Bo

    2016-08-01

    The objective of the study was to examine the association between otitis media in childhood and dizziness in adulthood. Longitudinal, population-based cohort study of 21,962 adults (aged 20-59 years, mean 40) who completed a health questionnaire in the Nord-Trøndelag Hearing Loss Study was conducted. At 7, 10 and 13 years of age, the same individuals underwent screening audiometry in a longitudinal school hearing investigation. Children found with hearing loss underwent an ear, nose and throat specialist examination. Adults diagnosed with childhood chronic suppurative otitis media (n = 102) and childhood hearing loss after recurrent acute otitis media (n = 590) were significantly more likely to have increased risk of reported dizziness when compared to adults with normal hearing as children at the school investigation and also a negative history of recurrent otitis media (n = 21,270), p media and childhood hearing loss after recurrent acute otitis media are associated with increased risk of dizziness in adulthood. This might reflect a permanent effect of inflammatory mediators or toxins on the vestibular system. The new finding stresses the importance of treatment and prevention of these otitis media conditions.

  2. Objective Tinnitus and the Tensor Tympani Muscle.

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    Rock

    1995-01-01

    Objective tinnitus (OT) may be caused by contraction of the tensor tympani muscle (TTM). The more forcefully the TTM contracts, the greater the intensity of the OT heard. Forceful closure of both eyelids can reflexively cause OT by contracting the TTM. The Forceful Eyelid Closure Syndrome (FECS) was reported at the Proceedings of the Second International Tinnitus Seminar in 1983.(1) FECS consists of several factors: (1) Objective tinnitus (2) An associated waning of hearing primarily of the lower frequencies, as much as 45 dB at 125 Hz, 30 to 40 dB at 250 Hz ascending to the patient's norm at 2000 Hz and approximately a 5 to 10 dB at 4000 Hz and 5 to 20 dB at 8000 Hz (3) Retraction of the manubrium and posterior mid-third of the tympanic membrane (TM) at the malleus-umbo area as seen under the otomicroscope (OM) in 25% (108) of 432 ears examined (4) These same ears were 75% (324) positive for increased impedance at maximum compliance with FEC. Of the patients studied, 25% had no response under the otomicroscope or by impedance audiometry.

  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 in adults with Pompe disease.

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    van der Beek, Nadine A M E; Verschuure, Hans; Reuser, Arnold J J; van der Ploeg, Ans T; van Doorn, Pieter A; Poublon, René M L

    2012-03-01

    Hearing loss has been recognized as an important cause of morbidity in infants with Pompe disease, a metabolic disorder caused by deficiency of acid α-glucosidase. It is unknown whether hearing is also affected in adult Pompe patients. We have studied the prevalence, severity, and type of hearing loss in 58 adult patients using tympanometry and pure-tone audiometry. Compared to normative data (International Organisation for Standardisation standard 7029), 72% of patients had impaired hearing thresholds at one or more frequencies in at least one ear. All measured frequencies were equally affected. All patients had a sensorineural type of hearing loss, pointing to cochlear or retrocochlear pathology. Categorised according to the standards of the World Health Organisation 21% of patients had a clinically relevant hearing loss (16% slight, 3% moderate, 2% profound). Though this suggests that hearing loss occurs in a considerable number of patients with Pompe disease, this prevalence is similar to that in the general population. Therefore, we conclude that hearing loss is not a specific feature of Pompe disease in adults.

  5. Dynamic stabilometric findings in equilibrium disorders of the elderly.

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    Barozzi, S; Giuliano, D A; Giordano, G P; Cesarani, A

    2005-08-01

    Equilibrium disorders are frequent symptoms of aging, both on account of the so-called "multisensorial decay" and age-related diseases. Aim of the study was to evaluate the functional integrity of static-dynamic postural control related subsystems (visual, somatosensorial, vestibular), the fundamental postural strategies effected and adaptation to destabilizing inputs, in elderly subjects with otoneurological disorders. From January to November 2003, 40 elderly patients (19 male, 21 female, mean age +/- SD: 69.5 +/- 4.3 years; range: 65-83), with balance disorders, consisting in dizziness or vertigo, have been observed. Otoneurologic and internal case history was collected in all patients, all of whom were submitted to otoscopy, otoneurologic examination, pure-tone audiometry, as well as a specific examination called Equi test. The sensorial analysis, as often occurs in elderly subjects without unbalance, revealed marked impairment of the somatosensorial (85%), compared to vestibular (60%) and visual (40%), subsystems. Longer latencies of motor responses to forward platform translations than to backward translations were observed, even if the symmetry of movements was more evident in the former. Postural adaptation was more frequently impaired during raising of the support (70%) than during lowering. Therefore, in elderly people, somatosensorial impairment, combined with flexor muscle dysfunction, exists. Indeed, extensor responses, although slower than flexor responses, are more correctly performed.

  6. 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.

  7. Normal Hearing Ability but Impaired Auditory Selective Attention Associated with Prediction of Response to Donepezil in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease

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    Ouchi, Yoshitaka; Meguro, Kenichi; Akanuma, Kyoko; Kato, Yuriko; Yamaguchi, Satoshi

    2015-01-01

    Background. Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients have a poor response to the voices of caregivers. After administration of donepezil, caregivers often find that patients respond more frequently, whereas they had previously pretended to be “deaf.” We investigated whether auditory selective attention is associated with response to donepezil. Methods. The subjects were40 AD patients, 20 elderly healthy controls (HCs), and 15 young HCs. Pure tone audiometry was conducted and an original Auditory Selective Attention (ASA) test was performed with a MoCA vigilance test. Reassessment of the AD group was performed after donepezil treatment for 3 months. Results. Hearing level of the AD group was the same as that of the elderly HC group. However, ASA test scores decreased in the AD group and were correlated with the vigilance test scores. Donepezil responders (MMSE 3+) also showed improvement on the ASA test. At baseline, the responders had higher vigilance and lower ASA test scores. Conclusion. Contrary to the common view, AD patients had a similar level of hearing ability to healthy elderly. Auditory attention was impaired in AD patients, which suggests that unnecessary sounds should be avoided in nursing homes. Auditory selective attention is associated with response to donepezil in AD. PMID:26161001

  8. Normal Hearing Ability but Impaired Auditory Selective Attention Associated with Prediction of Response to Donepezil in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Yoshitaka Ouchi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Alzheimer’s disease (AD patients have a poor response to the voices of caregivers. After administration of donepezil, caregivers often find that patients respond more frequently, whereas they had previously pretended to be “deaf.” We investigated whether auditory selective attention is associated with response to donepezil. Methods. The subjects were40 AD patients, 20 elderly healthy controls (HCs, and 15 young HCs. Pure tone audiometry was conducted and an original Auditory Selective Attention (ASA test was performed with a MoCA vigilance test. Reassessment of the AD group was performed after donepezil treatment for 3 months. Results. Hearing level of the AD group was the same as that of the elderly HC group. However, ASA test scores decreased in the AD group and were correlated with the vigilance test scores. Donepezil responders (MMSE 3+ also showed improvement on the ASA test. At baseline, the responders had higher vigilance and lower ASA test scores. Conclusion. Contrary to the common view, AD patients had a similar level of hearing ability to healthy elderly. Auditory attention was impaired in AD patients, which suggests that unnecessary sounds should be avoided in nursing homes. Auditory selective attention is associated with response to donepezil in AD.

  9. 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

    2014-01-01

    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

  10. Results achieved in the treatment of patients with vestibular schwannoma.

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    Freigang, Bernd; Rudolf, Jan

    2004-01-01

    Personal experience gathered with the treatment of 264 vestibular schwannoma (VS) at the Magdeburg University ENT Hospital is analysed. ABR Audiometry is useful as a screening, even though it yielded false-negative values in 12.7% (n = 33) for intrameatal VS and 16.9% for all VS, despite accurate evaluation. Latency increases of Waves I, III and V and their intraaural comparison exhibited a statistically significant difference for the VS levels proposed by TOS. The mean of intrameatal VS too was found to have longer latencies compared with the normal-hearing ears of the patients. In the individual case, with threshold hearing normal, anamnestic findings as well as otoneurological evidence provide an early indication for enhanced MRI, CISS imaging, or individual 3D reconstruction of the pontocerebellar cisterna. Adopting intraoperative monitoring of the facial nerve and the cochlea as well as the Pars acustica by means of far-field and near-field electrodes, a good facial 'mobility' was achieved in 95.3%, and a useful audition (AAO-HNS Types A and B) in 60%. Monitoring is beneficial as it enhances the reliability and improves the subtle preparation during surgery. The power of hearing improved postoperatively within six months and remained at a good level over two years. From our perspective, otorhinolaryngologists are the right specialists to attend to VS.

  11. The effect of low-level laser therapy on hearing.

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    Goodman, Shawn S; Bentler, Ruth A; Dittberner, Andrew; Mertes, Ian B

    2013-01-01

    One purported use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is to promote healing in damaged cells. The effects of LLLT on hearing loss and tinnitus have received some study, but results have been equivocal. The purpose of this study was to determine if LLLT improved hearing, speech understanding, and/or cochlear function in adults with hearing loss. Using a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled design, subjects were assigned to a treatment, placebo, or control group. The treatment group was given LLLT, which consisted of shining low-level lasers onto the outer ear, head, and neck. Each laser treatment lasted approximately five minutes. Three treatments were applied within the course of one week. A battery of auditory tests was administered immediately before the first treatment and immediately after the third treatment. The battery consisted of pure-tone audiometry, the Connected Speech Test, and transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions. Data were analyzed by comparing pre- and posttest results. No statistically significant differences were found between groups for any of the auditory tests. Additionally, no clinically significant differences were found in any individual subjects. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT01820416).

  12. Auditory dysfunction associated with solvent exposure

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    Fuente Adrian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A number of studies have demonstrated that solvents may induce auditory dysfunction. However, there is still little knowledge regarding the main signs and symptoms of solvent-induced hearing loss (SIHL. The aim of this research was to investigate the association between solvent exposure and adverse effects on peripheral and central auditory functioning with a comprehensive audiological test battery. Methods Seventy-two solvent-exposed workers and 72 non-exposed workers were selected to participate in the study. The test battery comprised pure-tone audiometry (PTA, transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE, Random Gap Detection (RGD and Hearing-in-Noise test (HINT. Results Solvent-exposed subjects presented with poorer mean test results than non-exposed subjects. A bivariate and multivariate linear regression model analysis was performed. One model for each auditory outcome (PTA, TEOAE, RGD and HINT was independently constructed. For all of the models solvent exposure was significantly associated with the auditory outcome. Age also appeared significantly associated with some auditory outcomes. Conclusions This study provides further evidence of the possible adverse effect of solvents on the peripheral and central auditory functioning. A discussion of these effects and the utility of selected hearing tests to assess SIHL is addressed.

  13. 广州市某大型汽车制造企业工人噪声暴露与听力损失的关系%Relationship between occupational noise exposure and hearing loss in an automobile manufacturing enterprise of Guangzhou City

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    黄丽丽; 刘移民; 肖吕武; 周浩; 何国权; 谭夏优

    2013-01-01

    [Objective] To study the effect of noise exposure on hearing loss of workers. [ Methods ] Using cross sectional study, occupational health investigation and pure tone audiometry were conducted on workers exposed to noise in an automobile manufacturing enterprise of Guangzhou City. [Results] The qualified rate of field noise was 49. 25% in workplace. The detection rate of hearing loss increased with the extending length of service, showing dose-response relationship. [ Conclusion] The extending length and high-intensity noise exposure will increase the risk of hearing loss.%目的 探讨噪声暴露对工人听力损失的影响.方法 采用横断面调查,对广州市某大型汽车制造企业的噪声暴露工人进行作业场所噪声测定以及工人纯音听力测定.结果 作业场所现场中噪声合格率为49.25%;听力损失检出率随着接触噪声强度和工龄的增加而增加,呈现剂量-反应关系.结论 接触噪声时间的延长以及高强度的噪声暴露,会加大听力损伤发生的危险性.

  14. Speech-language pathology findings in patients with mouth breathing: multidisciplinary diagnosis according to etiology.

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    Junqueira, Patrícia; Marchesan, Irene Queiroz; de Oliveira, Luciana Regina; Ciccone, Emílio; Haddad, Leonardo; Rizzo, Maria Cândida

    2010-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify and compare the results of the findings from speech-language pathology evaluations for orofacial function including tongue and lip rest postures, tonus, articulation and speech, voice and language, chewing, and deglutition in children who had a history of mouth breathing. The diagnoses for mouth breathing included: allergic rhinitis, adenoidal hypertrophy, allergic rhinitis with adenoidal hypertrophy; and/or functional mouth breathing. This study was conducted with on 414 subjects of both genders, from 2 to 16-years old. A team consisting of 3 speech-language pathologists, 1 pediatrician, 1 allergist, and 1 otolaryngologist, evaluated the patients. Multidisciplinary clinical examinations were carried out (complete blood counting, X-rays, nasofibroscopy, audiometry). The two most commonly found etiologies were allergic rhinitis, followed by functional mouth breathing. Of the 414 patients in the study, 346 received a speech-language pathology evaluation. The most prevalent finding in this group of 346 subjects was the presence of orofacial myofunctional disorders. The most frequently orofacial myofunctional disorder identified in these subjects who also presented mouth breathing included: habitual open lips rest posture, low and forward tongue rest posture and lack of adequate muscle tone. There were also no statistically significant relationships identified between etiology and speech-language diagnosis. Therefore, the specific type of etiology of mouth breathing does not appear to contribute to the presence, type, or number of speech-language findings which may result from mouth breathing behavior.

  15. Pitch and Loudness Tinnitus in Individuals with Presbycusis

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    Seimetz, Bruna Macangnin

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Tinnitus is a symptom that is often associated with presbycusis. Objective This study aims to analyze the existence of association among hearing thresholds, pitch, and loudness of tinnitus in individuals with presbycusis, considering the gender variable. Methods Cross-sectional, descriptive, and prospective study, whose sample consisted of individuals with tinnitus and diagnosis of presbycusis. For the evaluation, we performed anamnesis along with otoscopy, pure tone audiometry, and acuphenometry to analyze the psychoacoustic characteristics of tinnitus individuals. Results The sample consisted of 49 subjects, with a mean age of 69.57 ± 6.53 years, who presented unilateral and bilateral tinnitus, therefore, a sample of 80 ears. In analyzing the results, as for acuphenometry, the loudness of tinnitus was more present at 0dB and the pitch was 6HKz and 8HKz. Regarding the analysis of the association between the frequency of greater hearing threshold and tinnitus pitch, no statistical significance (p = 0.862 was found. As for the association between the intensity of greater hearing threshold and tinnitus loudness, no statistical significance (p = 0.115 was found. Conclusion There is no significant association between the hearing loss of patients with presbycusis and the pitch and loudness of tinnitus.

  16. 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.

  17. [Current issues in hereditary neuropathies].

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    Lacour, A

    2013-12-01

    This short review highlights five studies published in 2012 in the field of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and transthyretin familial amyloid neuropathies (TTR-FAN). Regarding CMT, an Australian pediatric study shows the high prevalence of impaired speech perception and hearing disability in children with CMT1 or CMT2 with normal or near normal audiometry (Rance et al., 2012). In a second study, the clinical and electrophysiological characteristics of 14 patients with CMT4C due to mutations in SH3TC2 gene are described (Yger et al., 2012). The 3 clinical hallmarks of CMT4C patients in this French cohort are the high prevalence of scoliosis, the proximal motor weakness and the cranial nerves involvement. Concerning TTR-FAN, the first data from French and international registries are reported (Adams et al., 2012; Coelho et al., 2013) and a phase II trial describes the results of taurourodeoxycholic acid and doxycycline treatment (Obici et al., 2012).

  18. 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 F

    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

  19. [The clinical picture and specific microbiological features of acute otitis media].

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    Kryukov, A I; Kunel'skaya, N L; Gurov, A B; Elchueva, Z G; Sokolov, S S

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the present work was to study the spectrum of bacterial pathogenic agents responsible for the development of acute otitis media under present conditions and to elucidate the relationship between the pathogen species and the clinical course of the inflammatory process in the middle ear. A total of 60 patients of either sex at the age varying from 18 to 64 patients were available for the examination. All of them complained of ear pain, purulent discharge from the ears, hearing impairment, and general weakness. The following methods were employed: the analysis of the patients' complaints and their medical histories, visualexamination of the ENT organs, tonal threshold audiometry, tympanometry, and the analysis of secretion from the tympanic cavity using the real-time PCR technique. The study has demonstrated some regular patterns of the clinical manifestations of the disease depending on its causative agent. Specifically, it turned out that acute otitis media associated with the infection by Streptоcoccus pneumoniae is characterized by the more reactive clinical symptoms and the greater amount of complications compared with acute otitis media caused by Haemophilus influenzae that is largely a subclinical pathology. However, the latter condition more frequently leads to chronization of the pathological process.

  20. 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.

  1. Evaluating the effect of the temporomandibular disorder treatment over tinnitus

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    Webster, Guilherme

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The interaction between tinnitus and temporomandibular disorders is a very complex issue that has been long approached, because neither the etiologic factors nor the pathogenesis of such a two-way association has been clearly defined yet. Additionally, tinnitus is known to be more prevalent in temporomandibular dysfunction individuals in comparison with the general population, hence, suggesting the existence of this two-way association. Objective: Evaluate the effect of the temporomandibular disorder treatment when tinnitus is noticed. Methods: It is about a prospective cohort study, in which temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD individuals showing a tinnitus before and after the dental TMD treatment were studied. Patients' age, sex, and tinnitus features - place of symptom and time length were examined, and an audiometric evaluation was performed. Intensity of tinnitus was evaluated by a digital analogue scale before and after the TMD treatment. Results: We evaluated 15 TMD and tinnitus patients aged between 37.7±17.1, 86.7% of whom were female. In 60% of the cases, tinnitus was unilateral and the average time length was 24 months. In 5 (33.3% patients, a neurosensorial hearing loss was seen at audiometry. When comparing the visual analogue scale scores before and after the dental treatment, a significant decrease (p<0,001 in the intensity of tinnitus was evident. In 4 (26.6% patients, tinnitus disappeared. Conclusion: A significant decrease in the recognition of tinnitus by patients submitted to a temporomandibular dysfunction treatment was evident.

  2. Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss: cardiovascular risk factors do not influence hearing threshold recovery.

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    Ciorba, A; Hatzopoulos, S; Bianchini, C; Iannini, V; Rosignoli, M; Skarzynski, H; Aimoni, C

    2015-04-01

    Previous studies have suggested that risk factors for ischaemic vascular disease, such as cigarette smoking, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia, can also be considered risk factors for the development of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL). In this study, we have evaluated the hypothesis that these factors can influence hearing threshold recovery in patients affected by ISSNHL. A total of 141 subjects who suffered an episode of ISSNHL were included. All subjects were assessed with tonal audiometry, auditory brainstem responses and MRI to exclude retrocochlear pathology. Hearing tests were conducted at ISSNHL onset (t = 0) and after 30 days. Patients were divided into three classes according to the presence/absence of one or more cardiovascular risk factors including: history of smoking, total serum cholesterol/triglycerides, history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Values of hearing threshold recovery were estimated and comparisons were conducted across the three risk factor classes. 75% of patients affected by ISSNHL showed a threshold recovery. However, the threshold recovery was found to be class-independent (average recovery value of 18 dB HL per classes) and also independent of age and gender. Even if cardiovascular risk factors have been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of ISSNHL, the present study suggests that these factors do not have any significant influence on the threshold recovery in ISSNHL.

  3. Adrenoleukodystrophy: case report and aspects relevant to the otorhinolaryngologist

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    Rapoport, Priscila B

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Adrenoleukodystrophy is a genetic disease with heritage standard bound to X, which consists of an alteration of the metabolism and causes an accumulation of fatty acids of a very large chain (AGCML associated to demyelinization of axons and adrenal insufficiency. It may initially manifest with alterations of behavior, hearing, vision, speech, writing, gait, and in the more advanced cases, it results in generalized hypertension, loss of cognitive and motor functions and dysphagia. The diagnosis is confirmed by dosing the AGCML's plasmatic levels, findings of the Magnetic Resonance and karyotype. Case Report: We report the case of A.V.F., 5 years old, sent to the otorhinolaryngology service for school and communication difficulties of auditory evaluation. The audiometry confirmed a bilateral moderate hearing loss. Some months after he evolved with progressive loss of vision, worsening of writing and aggressiveness, and was then forwarded to the neuropediatrician with the hypothesis of neurodegenerative disease. Magnetic Resonance was carried out and showed extensive parieto-occipital lesions. His diagnosis was confirmed through karyotype performed by a geneticist with an immediate beginning of the treatment. Approximately 1 year after the beginning of the symptoms, he presented with severe oropharyngeal dysphagia and silent bronchoaspiration diagnosed by the video-deglutogram exam. Final Comments: Today with gastrotomy. So far, there is no therapy defined for adrenoleukodystrophy. The otorhinolaryngologist must know this disease because, as well as in the case described above, he/she is one of the first professionals.

  4. Influence of middle ear mucosal condition on post-tympanoplasty audiologic outcome.

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    Song, Chan Il; Hong, Hye Ran; Yoon, Tae Hyun

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the association between the middle ear mucosal condition and post-tympanoplasty audiologic outcome was investigated in patients with chronic otitis media without cholesteatoma. One hundred and forty-three patients with chronic otitis media were collected in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Asan Medical Center between January, 2009 and December, 2011. In the course of tympanoplasty, the status of the middle ear mucosa was divided into normal or abnormal by one surgeon. Pure tone audiometry was performed preoperatively and postoperatively, and post-tympanoplasty tympanogram was also conducted to estimate the condition of middle ear cavity. Of the 143 patients, there were 73 patients with normal middle ear mucosa and 70 patients with abnormal middle ear mucosa around Eustachian tube opening. The mean ABG of subjects with normal middle ear mucosa was 20.1 dB preoperatively, and 9.7 dB postoperatively (p ear mucosa group (p = 0.137). Postoperative ABGs for 500 and 1000 Hz (7.1, 7.7 dB) in normal middle ear mucosa patients were significantly lower than those (17.2, 19.4 dB) in abnormal middle ear mucosa patients (p ear mucosa status and post-tympanoplasty audiologic outcomes. The better condition of middle ear ventilation, the better postoperative hearing thresholds revealed after tympanoplasty.

  5. 高龄老人前庭功能、平衡功能、视动功能的定量评价%Quantitative evaluation of vestibular function, balance function and optokinetic function in elderly person

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    赵承军; 张素珍

    2005-01-01

    心晃动的轨迹长度与速度最有价值,两个年龄段老年人的闭眼人体重心轨迹长度和晃动速度明显长于和大于睁眼(P<0.01).>80岁老年人人体重心轨迹长度和晃动速度明显长于和大于60~79岁老年人(P<0.01).④视动功能:>80岁老年人与60~79岁老年人视动增益相似(P>0.05),扫视潜伏期和跟踪失真度明显长于和大于60~79岁老年人(P<0.05~0.01).结论:80岁以上老年人大部分存在听力和位功能下降现象;视动和平衡功能较60~79岁老人更加退化.%BACKGROUND: Old people above 80 years old have a high incidence of dizziness and tumble, which are associated with weakening vestibular function, balance function and optokinetic function.OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to make a quantitative evaluation of vestibular function, balance function and optokinetic function in people over 80 years old.DESIGN: It was a quantitative study on posture function (vestibular and balance function), auditory function (frequency audiometry) and visual function (optokinetic function) in elderly persons.SETTING: Department of Otolaryngology ,General Hospital of Chinese PLA.PARTICIPANTS: Totally 41 old male inpatients with systemic diseases in Rehabilitation Department of the General Hospital of Chinese PLA, with an age from 80 to 94 were selected from March 1993 to January 1994. Of them, 12 had tinnitus, 20 had dizziness. During the same period, old cadres including 11 males and 7 females aged from 60 to 79 years with normal findings of physical examinations were selected as controls. No participant in this group suffered from tinnitus, deafness and dizziness. All the participants were voluntary.METHODS: Patients underwent full-scale otolaryngological examinations.Audiometry consisted of battery of tests including frequency audiometry and evoked auditory brainstem responses (ABR). Vestibular function (posture) was assessed by vestibular-ocular reflexes. Participants

  6. 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.

  7. Influência do tipo de transdutor no mascaramento em deficiência auditiva condutiva e mista bilateral Influence of transducer's type in bilateral conductive and mixed hearing loss masking

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    Lívia Tamie Oshiro

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar a influência do tipo de transdutor na quantidade de mascaramento necessária para obtenção de limiares por vias aérea e óssea em indivíduos com deficiência auditiva condutiva e mista. MÉTODO: foram avaliados 16 indivíduos com presença de deficiência auditiva condutiva ou mista bilateral simétrica com gap aéreo-ósseo de no mínimo 15dBNA. Os indivíduos foram submetidos à anamnese, meatoscopia, medidas de imitância acústica, audiometria tonal liminar e audiometria vocal, realizadas com fones supra-aurais TDH-39 e com os fones de inserção ER-3A. RESULTADOS: não houve diferença estatisticamente significante entre as orelhas independentemente do tipo de transdutor. A quantidade de mascaramento utilizada com o fone de inserção ER-3A para testar a via aérea, nas frequências de 250Hz e 500Hz, foi menor do que a utilizada com o fone supra-aural, com significância estatística. CONCLUSÕES: há influência do tipo de transdutor na quantidade de mascaramento utilizada para obtenção dos limiares de via aérea e via óssea, principalmente nas frequências baixas, sendo que a quantidade de mascaramento com o fone de inserção é menor tanto para testar a via aérea como a via óssea.PURPOSE: this study aimed at examining the influence of transducer's type in the amount of masking needed to obtain air and bone conducted thresholds in subjects with conductive and mixed hearing losses. METHOD: 16 patients with symmetric bilateral conductive hearing deficiency or mixed hearing loss with air-bone gap of at least 15dBNA were examined. The subjects underwent clinical history, otoscopy and acoustic immittance measures (tympanometry and acoustic reflex, and subsequently, pure tone and speech audiometry (SRT and WRS. Pure tone threshold and speech audiometry were performed both with supra-aural TDH-39 and insertion earphones ER-3A. RESULTS: there was no statistically significant difference between the ears regardless of

  8. 儿童分泌性中耳炎听力学检查结果分析及意义探讨%An Analysis of Audiological Results in Children with Otitis Media with effusion

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    廖剑绚; 周芝芳; 李明

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨听力学相关检查对分泌性中耳炎患儿的诊断的临床意义方法57例患儿,男30例、女27例,年龄5岁至9岁,平均年龄7岁4个月。每位患儿均进行纯音测听,鼓室声导抗测试、镫骨肌声反射测试、畸变产物耳声发射、听性脑干反应测试。结果57例患儿(114耳)中99耳证实有分泌性中耳炎,99耳中C型鼓室图42耳(42.4%),B型鼓室图53耳(53.5%),A型鼓室图4耳(4.04%)。纯音测听有气骨导差89耳(89.9%),听力正常10耳(10.1%)。听性脑干反应正常26耳(26.3%)。在鼓室图异常的95耳中,33耳(34.7%)能引出声反射,有声反射组患儿与无声反射组患儿及DPOAE通过组与未通过组分别进行纯音听阈进行t检验统计学分析,两者阈值均具有显著统计学差异(P<0.01)。结论听力学的相关综合检查对于儿童分泌性中耳炎的诊断有一定的临床意义。%Objective To investigate the value of audiology testing in assessing hearing in children with otitis media with effusion. Methods Audiology testing was conducted in 57 children (30 boys and 27girls, aver-age age=7.33 years, ranging from 5 to 9 years), including paediatric audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic re-flex threshold, distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) and auditory brainstem responses (ABR). Results Of the 99 ears tested, tympanometry showed normal type A results in 4 ears (4.04%), type C results in 42 ears (42.4%), and type B results in 53 ears (53.5%). Audiometry results were abnormal in 89 ears (89.9%), and ABR results were normal in 26 ears (26.3%). In the 95 ears showing abnormal tympanometry, acoustic re-flex was present in 33 ears (34.7%). Audiometric thresholds showed significant differences when compared be-tween children with or without acoustic reflex and between children passing or failing DPOAE testing (P<0.01). Conclusion Audiology testing is a very important tool in assessing hearing in

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Type-2 diabetes mellitus and auditory brainstem response

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    Sheelu S Siddiqi

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    Full Text Available Objective: Diabetes mellitus (DM causes pathophysiological changes at multiple organ system. With evoked potential techniques, the brain stem auditory response represents a simple procedure to detect both acoustic nerve and central nervous system pathway damage. The objective was to find the evidence of central neuropathy in diabetes patients by analyzing brainstem audiometry electric response obtained by auditory evoked potentials, quantify the characteristic of auditory brain response in long standing diabetes and to study the utility of auditory evoked potential in detecting the type, site, and nature of lesions. Design: A total of 25 Type-2 DM [13 (52% males and 12 (48% females] with duration of diabetes over 5 years and aged over 30 years. The brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA was performed by universal smart box manual version 2.0 at 70, 80, and 90 dB. The wave latency pattern and interpeak latencies were estimated. This was compared with 25 healthy controls (17 [68%] males and 8 [32%] females. Result: In Type-2 DM, BERA study revealed that wave-III representing superior olivary complex at 80 dB had wave latency of (3.99 ± 0.24 ms P < 0.001, at 90 dB (3.92 ± 0.28 ms P < 0.001 compared with control. The latency of wave III was delayed by 0.39, 0.42, and 0.42 ms at 70, 80, and 90 dB, respectively. The absolute latency of wave V representing inferior colliculus at 70 dB (6.05 ± 0.27 ms P < 0.001, at 80 dB (5.98 ± 0.27 P < 0.001, and at 90 dB (6.02 ± 0.30 ms P < 0.002 compared with control. The latency of wave-V was delayed by 0.48, 0.47, and 0.50 ms at 70, 80, and 90 dB, respectively. Interlatencies I-III at 70 dB (2.33 ± 0.22 ms P < 0.001, at 80 dB (2.39 ± 0.26 ms P < 0.001, while at 90 dB (2.47 ± 0.25 ms P < 0.001 when compared with control. Interlatencies I-V at 70 dB (4.45 ± 0.29 ms P < 0.001 at 80 dB (4.39 ± 0.34 ms P < 0.001, and at 90 dB (4.57 ± 0.31 ms P < 0.001 compared with control. Out of 25 Type-2 DM, 13 (52

  13. 偏头痛与眩晕、耳鸣、听力下降%Migraine and Vertigo.Tinnitus and Hearing loss

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    袁庆; 程秀琴; 李江; 余力生; 柯星星

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate audiovestibular dysfunctions in cases of migraine. Methods This was a retrospec-tive study involving 321 cases of migraine , with or without audiovestibular dysfunction such as vertigo. tinnitus and hearing loss. Cases were divided into 2 groups based on the presence or absence of vertigo. All patients with auditory symptoms under-went detailed otological and neurootological examinations followed by audiological investigation including pure tone audiome-try and auditory brainstem-evoked responses, as well as tinnitus matching. All patients with vertigo underwent vestibular func-tion test. Results Of the 321 patients, 82 (25.5%) had vertigo, 24 (7.5%) had tinnitus, 9 (2.8%) reported hearing loss, 27 (8.4%) had documented hearing loss on pure tone audiometry, and 29 (9.0%) showed some abnormalities in auditory brain-stem-evoked responses (ABR) in the form of prolonged absolute latency or prolonged interwave peak latencies or both. The dif-ferences in tinnitus and hearing loss between patients with and patients without vertigo were statistically significant. Conclu-sion It can thus be said that patients with migraine with vertigo are more likely to have cochleovestibular affection. This study is another step toward understanding audiovestibular changes in patients with migraine. This has helped us know the effects of migraine on both cochlear and vestibular apparatus, so that a detailed diagnostic evaluation can be undertaken in patients with migraine.%目的:观察偏头痛患者的神经耳科学改变;方法回顾性总结321例偏头痛患者的神经耳科学表现,并将其按有无眩晕分成伴眩晕组和不伴眩晕组。所有存在与偏头痛相关的耳部症状的患者进行纯音测听、听性脑干反应及耳鸣匹配检查,所有存在与偏头痛相关的眩晕患者行前庭功能检查。结果25.5%(82/321)的偏头痛患者伴有眩晕,7.5%(24/321)的患者有耳鸣症状,2.8%(9/321)

  14. 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

  15. Significance of the Auditory Evoked Potential Test in the Medicolegal Identification of Hearing Loss%听觉诱发电位检查在听力下降法医学鉴定中的意义

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    刘瑾

    2012-01-01

    目的 研究听觉诱发电位检查在外伤性听力下降临床法医学鉴定中的意义.方法 通过对57例外伤后导致听力损伤的临床法医学鉴定案例进行分析,研究听觉诱发电位检查对临床法医学鉴定听力损伤程度的重要性,从而对听觉诱发电位检查结果 和听力下降程度的相关性进行统计学分析.结果 听觉诱发电位等客观检查结果 与被鉴定人的听力损伤下降程度相符;在听力受损伤后,听觉诱发电位检查结果 对比显示被鉴定人的听力损伤有不同程度的恢复;听力损伤程度与造成听力损害的损伤部位有密切关系.结论 应用ABR-click和40 Hz AERP-Tone-500 Hz,结合纯音测听、电测听、声导(阻)抗、耳声发射等可以客观公正的对听力障碍进行鉴定,并识别伪聋和明显夸大听力障碍者,在法医学鉴定中有重要意义.%Objective To study the significance of the auditory evoked potential test( AEPT )in the medicolegal identification of traumatic hearing loss. Methods 57 cases of traumatic hearing impairment in the clinical medicolegal identification were analyzed so as to study the importance of AEPT in the medicolegal identification of the severity of hearing impairment and conduct the statistical analysis on the correlation between AEPT results and hearing loss degree. Results The results of the objective items of AEPT were coincident with hearing loss degree for the persons to be identified. After hearing impairment, the comparison of AEPT results indicated that the hearing loss for the persons to be identified was recovered to different extents. The hearing loss degree was closely relevant with the injury location of hearing. Conclusion ABR -click and 40 Hz AERP - Tone - 500 Hz can objectively and righteously identify hearing impairment in association with pure tone audiometry, electric audiometry, acoustic resistance, otoacoustic emission and others and distinguish feigned deafness and

  16. 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

  17. 自觉听力正常的后循环缺血患者纯音听阈与耳声发射结果分析%Pure tone threshoIds and Otoacoustic Emissions in PCI Patients without Hearing Loss CompIaints

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    郭英; 周慧芳

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the audiometry and otoacoustic emissions in patients with posterior circulation ischemia(PCI) .Methods Forty patients treated by neurologists were selected as the experimental group who re_ceived pure tone audiometry ,tympanometry ,otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and distortion products otoacoustic emis_sions (DPOAE) examinations .Thirty healthy objects were chosen as the control group .The data from the PCI groups and the control group were compared using the SPSS 14 .0 software .ResuIts The difference in pure tone thresholds across 125 to 8 000 Hz between the PCI group and the control group was not statistically significant (P>0 .05) .In the PCI patients ,the prevalence of TEOAE was only 47 .5% ,significantly different from that of in the control group .The prevalence of DPOAE at 0 .5~8 kHz were between 57 .9% ~77 .6% in PCI patients ,and the amplitudes of DPOAE were reduced significantly (P<0 .05) .ConcIusion Cochlear damages can occur to patients with PCI ,especially in the high frequency range .These results suggest that OAE can be used as an important diag_nostic test for patients with PCI ,and might be helpful for the location diagnosis of PCI .%目的:探讨自觉听力正常的后循环缺血(posterior circulation ischemia ,PCI)患者的纯音测听和耳声发射的结果及临床意义。方法选择经临床确诊为PCI且自觉听力正常的患者40例(80耳)作为实验组,健康成年人30例(60耳)作为对照组,两组均行纯音测听、瞬态诱发耳声发射(TEOAE)和畸变产物耳声发射(DPOAE)检查,对结果进行统计学分析。结果 PCI组125~8000 Hz各频率气导听阈与对照组比较差异无统计学意义( P>0.05);PCI组的TEOAE检出率(47.5%,38/80)低于对照组(95.0%,57/60),差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);PCI组DPOAE各频率检出率、幅值均低于健康对照组(P<0.05),尤以高频区明显(P<0.01)。结

  18. Effect of tympanostomy tube insertion on middle ear function in children with secretory otitis media%鼓室置管对儿童分泌性中耳炎中耳功能影响的研究

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    毛承刚; 万俐佳; 周小淳; 吴燕; 鲁海涛

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨鼓室置管治疗儿童分泌性中耳炎对中耳功能的影响.方法 选取47例(58耳)临床诊断为分泌性中耳炎的患儿,分别在鼓室置管术前及术后1个月、6个月进行纯音测听、声导抗、畸变产物耳声发射(distortion product otoacoustic emission,DPOAE)检查和耳镜检查,以评估鼓室置管手术前后中耳功能的变化及术后的并发症.结果 鼓室置管术后1个月、6个月分别行耳镜和声导抗检查,均较术前听力明显提高.术后6个月与术后1个月检查结果比较,听力改变差异无统计学意义.与鼓室置管术前比较,DPOAE引出率及部分频率幅值提高,差异具有统计学意义.鼓室置管术后的并发症主要是中耳感染、分泌性中耳炎复发、鼓膜穿孔和鼓膜内陷.结论 鼓室置管治疗儿童分泌性中耳炎,应用检测纯音测听、声导抗、DPOAE和耳镜检查,了解鼓室置管术后的并发症情况,综合评价对中耳功能的影响,具有临床指导意义.%Objective To investigate the effect of tympanostomy tube insertion on the middle ear function in children with secretory otitis media ( SOM). Methods Pure tone audiometry, acoustic impedance , distortion product otoacoustic emission ( DPOAE) examination and otoscopy were carried out in 47 children (58 ears) with SOM before tube insertion, one month and 6 months after tube insertion respectively to evaluate the changes of middle ear function and surgical complications. Results One month and 6 months after tube insertion, hearing of children with catheter patency was significantly improved. In addition, the detection rate and amplitude of DPOAE were significantly increased. The difference of hearing 1 month and 6 months after tube insertion was statistically insignificant. Surgical and postoperative complications included middle ear infection, recurrent SOM, tympanic perforation and tympanic membrane retraction. Conclusion Pure tone audiometry, acoustic impedance

  19. The ototoxicity of carboplatin in retinoblastoma children%卡铂对视网膜母细胞瘤化疗患儿听力损伤的观察

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    崔洁; 马晓莉; 于刚; 吴倩; 金眉; 长诚玥; 赵军阳

    2011-01-01

    Objective To analyse the ototoxicity of carboplatin in retinoblastoma children during chemecotherapy with CEV methods. Design Retrospective case series. Participants 95 children (135 eyes) with retinoblastoma in Department of Ophthalmology in Beijing Children s Hospital from November 2009 to February 2011. Methods Pure-tone audiometry, distortion-product otoacoustic e- mission and auditory brainstem response were used to measure the hearing threshold of bilateral ears at 1st, 3rd, and 6th chemecothera- py respectively. Main Outcome Measures The hearing threshold of bilateral ears. Results Three children were found to have elevated hearing threshold during chemotherapy at the 3rd chemecotherapy among all the 95 patients. Two of them were back to normal hearing status in the following measurement. Only one child remained abnormal hearing threshold of his left ear up to 60 dB till the last measurement. Conclusion The ototoxicity of carboplatin during the chemecotherapy of retinoblastoma children is not common, while concurrent audiologic follow-up is required.%目的 观察卡铂在化疗过程中对视网膜母细胞瘤患儿的听力损伤及其严重程度.设计 回顾性病例系列.研究对象 选择自2009年11月至2011年2月在我院进行卡铂(carboplatin)、依托泊苷(etoposide)、长春新碱(vincristine)方案化疗的视网膜母细胞瘤患者111例,排除相关因素后95例患者(135眼)入选.方法 分别在第1、3、6次化疗前进行与年龄相匹配的听力学检查,包括纯音测听(pure-tone audiometry)检查、畸变产物耳声发射(distortion-product otoacoustic emission,DPOAE)检查、听力脑干诱发电位(auditory brainstem response,ABR)检查等.观察化疗过程中双耳听力阈值的变化情况,并判断是否有听力损害.主要指标 听力阈值.结果 进行化学治疗的平均疗程为5.4次(3~10次).化疗过程中,95例患者中仅3例出现听力检查结果的异常,其中2例在随后的复

  20. 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

  1. 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

    2013-01-01

    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.

  2. Deficiência auditiva na toxoplasmose congênita detectada pela triagem neonatal Hearing loss in congenital toxoplasmosis detected by newborn screening

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    Gláucia Manzan Queiroz de Andrade

    2008-02-01

    -T.gondii in Belo Horizonte during 2003/2004. The presence of IgM and/or IgA in the first 6 months or IgG at 12 months-of age in serology was used as case definition. Hearing tests were carried out at the time of diagnosis and 12 months later, including behavioral audiometry, evoked otoacoustic emission and brainstem evoked responses audiometry. RESULTS: Among 30.808 screened children (97% of live births, 20 had congenital toxoplasmosis, 15 (75% were asymptomatic at birth. Nineteen children were evaluated by hearing tests. Four had sensorineural impairment (21.1%. One child had other risk factors for hearing impairment; the other three had no other risk factors but toxoplasmosis. Two properly children treated still had hearing loss, in disagreement with current literature. CONCLUSION: Results suggest that congenital toxoplasmosis, common in Brazil, is a risk factor for hearing impairment and its impact on hearing loss deserves further studies.

  3. The homoeopathic treatment of otitis media in children--comparisons with conventional therapy.

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    Friese, K H; Kruse, S; Lüdtke, R; Moeller, H

    1997-07-01

    In a prospective observational study carried out by 1 homoeopathic and 4 conventional ENT practitioners, the 2 methods of treating acute pediatric otitis media were compared. Group A received treatment with homoeopathic single remedies (Aconitum napellus, Apis mellifica, Belladonna, Capsicum, Chamomilla, Kalium bichromicum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius solubilis, Okoubaka, Pulsatilla, Silicea), whereas group B received nasal drops, antibiotics, secretolytics and/or antipyretics. The main outcome measures were duration of pain, duration of fever, and the number of recurrences after 1 year, whereby alpha < 0.05 was taken as significance level. The secondary measures were improvement after 3 hours, results of audiometry and tympanometry, and necessity for additional therapy. These parameters were only considered descriptively. The study involved 103 children in group A and 28 children in group B, aged between 6 months and 11 years in both groups. For duration of pain, the median was 2 days in group A and 3 days in group B. For duration of therapy, the median was 4 days in group A and 10 days in group B: this is due to the fact that antibiotics are usually administered over a period of 8-10 days, whereas homoeopathics can be discontinued at an earlier stage once healing has started. Of the children treated, 70.7% were free of recurrence within a year in group A and 29.3% were found to have a maximum of 3 recurrences. In group B, 56.5% were free of recurrence, and 43.5% had a maximum of 6 recurrences. Out of the 103 children in group A, 5 subsequently received antibiotics, though homoeopathic treatment was carried through to the healing stage in the remaining 98. No permanent sequels were observed in either group.

  4. Health implication among occupational exposed workers in a chromium alloy factory,Thailand

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    S. Muttamara; Shing Tet Leong

    2004-01-01

    This study was conducted to assess the occupational exposure and its health impact on the chromium alloyworkers. Environmental and biological monitoring, noise and audiometry measurements were done to evaluate theexposure levels in the factory. A total of 112 non-smoking workers were monitored from July 2001 to August 2002.The results showed that most of the chromium and lead exposures in the factory were below the ACGIH-TWA of 50μg/m3 for chromium( Ⅵ ) and OSHA-PEL of 50 μg/m3 for lead. The highest chromium(7.25 ± 0. 16 μg/m3 ) and lead(14.50 ± 0.29 μg/m3) concentrations were measured in the vibro room. The results indicated that elevatedconcentrations of chromium and lead were found in both blood and urine samples especially in those areas whichwere characterized by poor ventilation. The metal contents in blood and urine samples were significantly correlatedwith airborne metal concentrations in the factory. The result demonstrated that blood and urinary levels amongworkers were associated with increasing age and duration of exposure.The background noise level of the factory ranged from 67.6 to 89.2 dBA and was frequently higher than thethreshold limit value for noise(90 dBA). According to the audiometric test, the exposed workers showed signs ofnoise-induced hearing loss. Noise at work continued to be an important factor to hearing loss among exposedworkers. In our statistical analysis, a significant hearing loss was established on age effect and year of exposureamong the workforce.

  5. 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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    S.F. Emami

    2014-07-01

    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

  6. Alterations in the Contra lateral Ear in Chronic Otitis Media

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Chronic otitis media (COM, a persistent and durable inflammation and infection of the middle ear, is a common disorder. Alterations in the contralateral ear in sufferers have been observed in recent years. Because only a few studies have been reported in this area, we performed this study in order to assess alterations in the contralateral ear of patients with COM.   Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional and descriptive methods were used in 100 patients with COM who were selected for surgical treatment and admitted to hospital. An information form was completed for all patients including demographic data, medical history of otoscopy and paraclinical examinations such as pure tone audiometry (PTA, tympanometry, Schuller radiography, and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT. All data were processed using SPSS (version 18 software and descriptive statistical tests.   Results: According to otoscopy, PTA, tympanometry and graphical analysis, 60% of patients experienced disorders of the contralateral ear. Otoscopy analysis showed 54% of patients had a disorder of the contralateral ear, with the most common disorder being perforation of the ear drum. PTA showed a 48% incidence of contralateral ear problems (85% conductive hearing impairment; 12.5% sensorineural hearing impairment; 1.2% mixed. A total of 73.2% of patients with conductive hearing loss had a problem across all frequencies, while half of the patients with sensorineural hearing impairment had problems at frequencies greater than 1000 Hz. According to tympanometry, 38% of patients had problem in the contralateral ear. HRCT and Schuller graphical analyses indicated 31.5% and 36% occurrence of contralateral ear disorders, respectively.   Conclusion:  More than 50% of patients with COM in one ear have a chance of also presenting with the disease in the other ear. Outcomes of this study and previous studies have shown that COM should not be perceived as a disease limited

  7. 鼓膜穿刺术联合药物治疗急性分泌性中耳炎%Auripuncture combined with drug therapy in treatment of acute secretory otitis media

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    吴虹冰

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate auripuncture combined with drug therapy in treatment of acute secretory otitis me-dia. Methods Secretory otitis media was diagnosed in 146 cases through endoscopy, pure tone audiometry, and acoustic im-mittance examination. Auripuncture combined with drug treatment was applied in 114 cases, which Resulted in immediate hearing improvement with no relapses during the 3 months follow up. In the 32 cases treated with drugs alone, there was no noticeable hearing improvement. Conclusion Auripuncture combined with drugs is effective and safe in the treatment of acute secretory otitis media with low risks of complications.%目的:探讨鼓膜穿刺术联合药物治疗急性分泌性中耳炎的疗效。方法146例急性分泌性中耳炎患者均经过耳内镜及纯音测听、声导抗检查确诊为分泌性中耳炎,中耳腔积液,其中114例行鼓膜穿刺术联合药物治疗,32例单纯药物治疗,结果鼓膜穿刺术联合药物治疗患者听力当时即有明显提高,再经相应药物治疗,3月内无复发。而单纯药物治疗患者听力大多无明显改善,需再次复诊行鼓膜穿刺术才能治愈。结论鼓膜穿刺术联合药物治疗急性分泌性中耳炎疗效明显、安全无并发症。

  8. 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

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

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    Ramnarayan Ramachandran

    2006-01-01

    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.

  10. Intratympanic steroids as a salvage treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss? A meta-analysis.

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    Ng, Jia Hui; Ho, Roger Chun Man; Cheong, Crystal Shuk Jin; Ng, Adele; Yuen, Heng Wai; Ngo, Raymond Yeow Seng

    2015-10-01

    Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is typically treated with systemic steroids. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the efficacy of salvage intratympanic steroid treatment in patients who have initial treatment failure with systemic steroids. A MEDLINE literature search was performed, supported by searches of Web of Science, Biosis, and Science Direct. Articles of all languages were included. Selection of relevant publications was conducted independently by three authors. Only randomized controlled trials were considered. In one arm of the studies, the patients received salvage intratympanic steroids. In the other arm, patients did not receive further treatment. The standard difference in mean (SDM) amount of improvement in hearing threshold between patients who did and did not receive salvage intratympanic steroids was calculated. From an initial 184 studies found via the search strategy, 5 studies met inclusion criteria and were included. There was a statistically significant greater reduction in hearing threshold on pure-tone audiometry in patients who received salvage intratympanic steroids than in those who did not (SDM = -0.401, p = 0.005). Subgroup analysis showed that administration by intratympanic injection (SDM = -0.375, p = 0.013) rather than a round window catheter (SDM = -0.629, p = 0.160) yielded significant improvement in outcome. The usage of dexamethasone yielded better outcomes (SDM = -0.379, p = 0.039) than the use of methylprednisolone (SDM = -0.459, p = 0.187). No serious side effect of treatment was reported. In patients who have failed initial treatment with systemic steroids, additional treatment with salvage intratympanic dexamethasone injections demonstrate a statistically significant reduction in the hearing thresholds as compared to controls.

  11. Relationship between Auditory and Cognitive Abilities in Older Adults.

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    Stanley Sheft

    Full Text Available The objective was to evaluate the association of peripheral and central hearing abilities with cognitive function in older adults.Recruited from epidemiological studies of aging and cognition at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, participants were a community-dwelling cohort of older adults (range 63-98 years without diagnosis of dementia. The cohort contained roughly equal numbers of Black (n=61 and White (n=63 subjects with groups similar in terms of age, gender, and years of education. Auditory abilities were measured with pure-tone audiometry, speech-in-noise perception, and discrimination thresholds for both static and dynamic spectral patterns. Cognitive performance was evaluated with a 12-test battery assessing episodic, semantic, and working memory, perceptual speed, and visuospatial abilities.Among the auditory measures, only the static and dynamic spectral-pattern discrimination thresholds were associated with cognitive performance in a regression model that included the demographic covariates race, age, gender, and years of education. Subsequent analysis indicated substantial shared variance among the covariates race and both measures of spectral-pattern discrimination in accounting for cognitive performance. Among cognitive measures, working memory and visuospatial abilities showed the strongest interrelationship to spectral-pattern discrimination performance.For a cohort of older adults without diagnosis of dementia, neither hearing thresholds nor speech-in-noise ability showed significant association with a summary measure of global cognition. In contrast, the two auditory metrics of spectral-pattern discrimination ability significantly contributed to a regression model prediction of cognitive performance, demonstrating association of central auditory ability to cognitive status using auditory metrics that avoided the confounding effect of speech materials.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Comparison of tympanic membrane grafting medial or lateral to malleus handle

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To compare two methods of tympanic membrane (TM grafting when graft materials medial or lateral to malleus, this study have been done. Materials and Methods: In this clinical trial which was conducted in Alzahra and Kashani hospitals, between June 2010 and February 2012, 56 patients with chronic otitis media and perforated TM entered the study in two groups. The inclusion criteria consisted of patients who were at least 15-years-old without history of smoking, diabetes mellitus or autoimmune disease. Exclusion criteria of the study: No compliance for follow up, post-surgical ear trauma or any infective pathology that directly affects the ear. In Group A patients, the graft material is pierced in near central part of the graft and they lodged so that the malleus handle projects through the graft perforation. Group B had grafting in the lateral side of the malleus. Three month after surgery both groups examined and tested by audiometry. Success of surgery is defined as complete repair of TM, without lateralization, atelectasis, blunting or retraction pocket. Results: This study contained 28 patients in Group A and 28 in Group B. Overall success rate was 94.64% that was 96.42% in Group A, and 92.85% in Group B. Differences of air-bone gap in each group before and after surgery was 16.10 (±4.89 in Group A, and 15.78 (±3.40 in Group B. Improvement of hearing level was not significant between two surgical methods (P = 0.442. Conclusions: Both techniques (medial and lateral to malleus handle of TM grafting are effective with success rates 96.42% and 92.85% respectively.

  15. Occupational Exposure to Mercury among Workers in a Fluorescent Lamp Factory, Quisna Industrial Zone, Egypt

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: With the fast growth in the market of fluorescent lamps, particularly compact fluorescent light, the associated risk of mercury exposure, which is an essential component in all types of fluorescent lamps, has received increasing public attention worldwide. Even low doses of mercury are toxic.Objective: To study the health consequences of occupational exposure to mercury in workers of a fluorescent lamp factory.Methods: In a cross-sectional study 138 workers of a florescent lamp factory and 151 people who had no occupational exposure to mercury (the comparison group were studied. Environmental study of mercury and noise levels was done. For all participants a neurobehavioral test battery was administered, spirometry was performed and air conduction audiometry was done. Urinary mercury level was also measured for all participants.Results: Prominent symptoms among workers exposed to mercury included tremors, emotional lability, memory changes, neuromuscular changes, and performance deficits in tests of cognitive function. Among the exposed group, the mean urinary mercury level was significantly higher in those who had personality changes or had manifestations of mercury toxicity. With increasing duration of employment and urinary mercury level, the performance of participants in neurobehavioral test battery and spirometric parameters deteriorated.Conclusion: Neurobehavioral test battery must be used for studying subclinical central nervous system dysfunction in those with chronic exposure to mercury. The test is especially useful for evaluating the severity of mercury effects in epidemiological studies. This study also reinforces the need for effective preventive programs for florescent lamp industry workplaces especially in developing countries with the lowest unhygienic work conditions.

  16. Parameters of phoniatric examinations for solo singers

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction A phoniatrist analyzes the professional's voice at the beginning of his vocal studies or career but also later, in cases of voice disorder. Phoniatric examination of professional singers must be done according to "all inclusive" protocols of examination. Such protocols must establish the status of basic elements of phonatory system: activator generator and resonator of voice and articulatory space. Anamnesis All patients requiring phoniatric examination no matter if they are candidates for professional singers, need to provide anamnestic data about their previous problems regarding voice or singing. Clinical examination This examination is necessary and it must include: examination of nose, cavum oris, pharynx, ears and larynx. Subjective acoustic analysis This analysis is based on evaluation of physiological and pathophysiological manifestations of voice. Musical voice range Determination of musical voice range during phoniatric examination does not intend to make any classification of voice, nor to suggest to vocal teacher what he should count upon from future singers. Musical range can be determined only by a phoniatrist skilled in music or with musical training, but first of all vocal teacher. Objective acoustic analysis These methods are used for examination of phonatory function, or laryngeal pathology. They are not invasive and give objective and quantitative information. They include laryngostroboscopy, spectral analysis of voice (sonography and fundamental parameters of voice signal (computer program. Speech examination Articulation is very important for solo singers, because good articulation contributes to qualitative emission of sound and expression of emotions. Hearing tests Tonal-threshold audiometry is performed as a hearing test. Additional tests They include rhinomanometry, vital capacity measurements maximal phonation time and phonation quotient. Conclusion Phoniatric examination is a necessary proceeding which

  17. Hearing Status Survey in Define MS Patients

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    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.

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

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    Full Text Available 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.

  19. Use of Hearing Aids and Functional Capacity in Middle-Aged and Elderly Individuals

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    Carioli, Juliana

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Hearing loss is among the sensory changes strongly associated with loss of functional capacity. Objective It aims to determine whether the use of hearing aid contributes to the improvement of instrumental activities of daily living (IADL for middle aged and elderly hearing-impaired individuals. Methods This is a descriptive, longitudinal, and interventional study. We evaluated 17 subjects, 13 (76.5% female, aged between 58 and 96 years old (mean 77.1 ± 10.4 years. All were new users of hearing aids. Evaluation included social history, pure tone audiometry, and scale of IADL developed by Lawton and Brody. The subjects were presented daily life situations and were expected to respond if they could do them without assistance (3 points, partially assisted (2 points or if they were unable to perform them (1 point. IADL was applied before the use of hearing aids adaptation and after a three- and six-month period of use. Results Data analysis revealed that before the use of hearing aids the average score obtained by the subjects was 22.94 ± 4.04 points. Three months after beginning the use the average score was 23.29 ± 4.12 and after six months the average score was 23.71 ± 3.69 points. Statistical analysis revealed a significant difference between scores obtained before the use of hearing aids and six months post-fitting (p = 0.015* Conclusion The use of hearing aids among the subjects evaluated promoted positive changes in performing IADL, especially to using the telephone.

  20. Analysis of 101 patients with severe to profound sudden unilateral hearing loss treated with explorative tympanotomy and sealing of the round window membrane.

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    Kampfner, Daniel; Anagiotos, Andreas; Luers, Jan Christoffer; Hüttenbrink, Karl-Bernd; Preuss, Simon F

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the effect of sealing of the round window membrane in patients with severe to profound unilateral sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). 101 Patients with unilateral SSNHL were treated with tympanotomy and sealing of the round window membrane if hearing did not improve after conservative treatment. Preoperative and postoperative pure tone audiograms after removal of the ear packing were evaluated. A 4-PTA (pure tone audiometry) was used as reference value. The improvement of 4-PTA was analysed; in addition, recovery was evaluated using Siegel's criteria. Mean initial hearing threshold was 101.1 dB. Eighty-one patients had a hearing threshold of 80 dB or more. The average improvement at the time of ear packing was 21.7 dB and a further average recovery of 13.4 dB was recorded in the follow-up. Patients who underwent rapid tympanotomy within 5 days showed a significantly better hearing improvement than patients with delayed tympanotomy (26.9 vs. 14.0 dB, p hearing improvement. There was no significant difference of recovery between patients with detected lesions of the round window membrane and those without. Concomitant vertigo and tinnitus showed no significant effect on recovery. Tympanotomy and sealing of the round window membrane is effective in the treatment of severe to profound SSNHL. There is evidence that early surgery performed within 5 days is more effective than later surgery. The existence of a detectable lesion of the round window membrane has no significant influence on recovery.

  1. Hearing in young adults. Part I: The effects of attitudes and beliefs toward noise, hearing loss, and hearing protector devices.

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    Keppler, Hannah; Dhooge, Ingeborg; Vinck, Bart

    2015-01-01

    There is great concern regarding the development of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in youth caused by high sound levels during various leisure activities. Health-orientated behavior of young adults might be linked to the beliefs and attitudes toward noise, hearing loss, and hearing protector devices (HPDs). The objective of the current study was to evaluate the effects of attitudes and beliefs toward noise, hearing loss, and HPDs on young adults' hearing status. A questionnaire and an audiological test battery were completed by 163 subjects (aged 18-30 years). The questionnaire contained the Youth Attitude to Noise Scale (YANS) and Beliefs about Hearing Protection and Hearing Loss (BAHPHL). A more positive attitude or belief represented an attitude where noise or hearing loss is seen as unproblematic and attitudes and beliefs regarding HPDs is worse. Hearing was evaluated using (high frequency) pure tone audiometry (PTA), transient evoked and distortion product otoacoustic emissions. First, mean differences in hearing between the groups with different attitudes and beliefs were evaluated using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). Second, a χ² test was used to examine the usage of HPDs by the different groups with different attitudes and beliefs. Young adults with a positive attitude had significantly more deteriorated hearing and used HPDs less than the other subjects. Hearing conservation programs (HCPs) for young adults should provide information and knowledge regarding noise, hearing loss, and HPDs. Barriers wearing HPDs should especially be discussed. Further, those campaigns should focus on self-experienced hearing related symptoms that might serve as triggers for attitudinal and behavioral changes.

  2. Efficacy of Epley maneuver in treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo of the posterior semicircular canal

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    Babac Snežana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is one of the most frequent peripheral vestibular system disorders. The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of the Epley maneuver in treating benign paroxysmal positional vertigo of the posterior semicircular canal (p- BPPV and to discover possible causes of failure. Methods. This prospective study included 75 patients. In all the cases medical history showed and the positioning Dix-Hallpike test confirmed the diagnosis of p-BPPV. We also performed clinical ENT examination, searching for spontaneous nystagmus, vestibulospinal tests, caloric test, and audiometry. All the patients were treated by the modified Epley canalith repositioning maneuver. The patients were followed up at the intervals of seven and, fourteen days, and one, tree, and six months and one year. The maneuver was repeated if vertigo and nystagmus on control positioning test persisted. The transition from positive into negative Dix Hallpike test after one or two Epley maneuver was considered as success in treatment. Results. After the initial Epley maneuver the recovery rate was 90.7%, and after the second 96%. In three (4% patients with secondary p-BPPV, symptoms did not cease even after the second repositioning maneuver. The etiology of p-BPPV had a significant effect on the maneuver’s success rate (p < 0.01, whereas duration of symptoms, age and gender had no effect (p > 0.05. After a successful treatment 11 (14.66% patients had recurrent attack of BPPV during the first year. Conclusion. The Epley maneuver is very successful repositioning procedure in treating p- BPPV. The patients with idiopathic form p-BPPV showed higher success rate with Epley maneuver than those with secondary p-BPPV.

  3. Self-Assessment of Hearing and Purchase of Hearing Aids by Middle-Aged and Elderly Adults

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    Otavio, Andressa Colares da Costa

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Presbycusis is a consequence of aging. Prescription of hearing aids is part of the treatment, although the prevalence of use by elderly people is still small. Objective To verify whether or not self-assessment of hearing is a predictor for purchase of hearing aids. Methods Quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive, and observational study. Participants were subjects who sought a private hearing center for selection of hearing aids. During the diagnostic interview, subjects answered the following question: “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst and 10 the best, how would you rate your overall hearing ability?” After that, subjects underwent audiometry, selected a hearing aid, performed a home trial, and decided whether or not to purchase the hearing aid. The variables were associated and analyzed statistically. Results The sample was comprised of 32 subjects, both men and women, with a higher number of women. Mean age was 71.41 ± 12.14 years. Self-assessment of hearing ranged from 2 to 9 points. Overall, 71.9% of the subjects purchased hearing aids. There was no association between scores in the self-assessment and the purchase of hearing aids (p = 0.263. Among those who scored between 2 and 5 points, 64.7% purchased the device; between 6 and 7 points, 76.09% purchased the device; and between 8 and 9 points, 50% purchased the device, respectively. Conclusion There is evidence that low self-assessment scores lead to the purchase of hearing aids, although no significant association was observed in the sample.

  4. Functional changes in the human auditory cortex in ageing.

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    Oliver Profant

    Full Text Available Hearing loss, presbycusis, is one of the most common sensory declines in the ageing population. Presbycusis is characterised by a deterioration in the processing of temporal sound features as well as a decline in speech perception, thus indicating a possible central component. With the aim to explore the central component of presbycusis, we studied the function of the auditory cortex by functional MRI in two groups of elderly subjects (>65 years and compared the results with young subjects (audiometry, presence and amplitudes of transient otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE and distortion-product oto-acoustic emissions (DPOAE, as well as in speech-understanding under noisy conditions. Acoustically evoked activity (pink noise centered around 350 Hz, 700 Hz, 1.5 kHz, 3 kHz, 8 kHz, recorded by BOLD fMRI from an area centered on Heschl's gyrus, was used to determine age-related changes at the level of the auditory cortex. The fMRI showed only minimal activation in response to the 8 kHz stimulation, despite the fact that all subjects heard the stimulus. Both elderly groups showed greater activation in response to acoustical stimuli in the temporal lobes in comparison with young subjects. In addition, activation in the right temporal lobe was more expressed than in the left temporal lobe in both elderly groups, whereas in the young control subjects (YC leftward lateralization was present. No statistically significant differences in activation of the auditory cortex were found between the MP and EP groups. The greater extent of cortical activation in elderly subjects in comparison with young subjects, with an asymmetry towards the right side, may serve as a compensatory mechanism for the impaired processing of auditory information appearing as a consequence of ageing.

  5. 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.

  6. Decreased auditory GABA+ concentrations in presbycusis demonstrated by edited magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Gao, Fei; Wang, Guangbin; Ma, Wen; Ren, Fuxin; Li, Muwei; Dong, Yuling; Liu, Cheng; Liu, Bo; Bai, Xue; Zhao, Bin; Edden, Richard A E

    2015-02-01

    Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central auditory system. Altered GABAergic neurotransmission has been found in both the inferior colliculus and the auditory cortex in animal models of presbycusis. Edited magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), using the MEGA-PRESS sequence, is the most widely used technique for detecting GABA in the human brain. However, to date there has been a paucity of studies exploring changes to the GABA concentrations in the auditory region of patients with presbycusis. In this study, sixteen patients with presbycusis (5 males/11 females, mean age 63.1 ± 2.6 years) and twenty healthy controls (6 males/14 females, mean age 62.5 ± 2.3 years) underwent audiological and MRS examinations. Pure tone audiometry from 0.125 to 8 kHz and tympanometry were used to assess the hearing abilities of all subjects. The pure tone average (PTA; the average of hearing thresholds at 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 kHz) was calculated. The MEGA-PRESS sequence was used to measure GABA+ concentrations in 4 × 3 × 3 cm(3) volumes centered on the left and right Heschl's gyri. GABA+ concentrations were significantly lower in the presbycusis group compared to the control group (left auditory regions: p = 0.002, right auditory regions: p = 0.008). Significant negative correlations were observed between PTA and GABA+ concentrations in the presbycusis group (r = -0.57, p = 0.02), while a similar trend was found in the control group (r = -0.40, p = 0.08). These results are consistent with a hypothesis of dysfunctional GABAergic neurotransmission in the central auditory system in presbycusis and suggest a potential treatment target for presbycusis.

  7. How well can centenarians hear?

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    Zhongping Mao

    Full Text Available With advancements in modern medicine and significant improvements in life conditions in the past four decades, the elderly population is rapidly expanding. There is a growing number of those aged 100 years and older. While many changes in the human body occur with physiological aging, as many as 35% to 50% of the population aged 65 to 75 years have presbycusis. Presbycusis is a progressive sensorineural hearing loss that occurs as people get older. There are many studies of the prevalence of age-related hearing loss in the United States, Europe, and Asia. However, no audiological assessment of the population aged 100 years and older has been done. Therefore, it is not clear how well centenarians can hear. We measured middle ear impedance, pure-tone behavioral thresholds, and distortion-product otoacoustic emission from 74 centenarians living in the city of Shaoxing, China, to evaluate their middle and inner ear functions. We show that most centenarian listeners had an "As" type tympanogram, suggesting reduced static compliance of the tympanic membrane. Hearing threshold tests using pure-tone audiometry show that all centenarian subjects had varying degrees of hearing loss. More than 90% suffered from moderate to severe (41 to 80 dB hearing loss below 2,000 Hz, and profound (>81 dB hearing loss at 4,000 and 8,000 Hz. Otoacoustic emission, which is generated by the active process of cochlear outer hair cells, was undetectable in the majority of listeners. Our study shows the extent and severity of hearing loss in the centenarian population and represents the first audiological assessment of their middle and inner ear functions.

  8. Expression levels of the BAK1 and BCL2 genes highlight the role of apoptosis in age-related hearing impairment

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    Falah M

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    Full Text Available Masoumeh Falah,1,2 Mohammad Najafi,2 Massoud Houshmand,3 Mohammad Farhadi1 1ENT and Head & Neck Research Center and Department, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Biochemistry Department, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 3Department of Medical Genetics, National Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Tehran, Iran Abstract: Age-related hearing impairment (ARHI is a progressive and a common sensory disorder in the elderly and will become an increasingly important clinical problem given the growing elderly population. Apoptosis of cochlear cells is an important factor in animal models of ARHI. As these cells cannot regenerate, their loss leads to irreversible hearing impairment. Identification of molecular mechanisms can facilitate disease prevention and effective treatment. In this study, we compared the expression of the genes BAK1 and BCL2 as two arms of the intrinsic apoptosis pathway between patients with ARHI and healthy subjects. ARHI and healthy subjects were selected after an ear nose throat examination, otoscopic investigation, and pure tone audiometry. RNA was extracted from peripheral blood samples, and relative gene expression levels were measured using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. BAK1 and the BAK1/BCL2 ratio were statistically significantly upregulated in the ARHI subjects. The BAK1/BCL2 ratio was positively correlated with the results of the audiometric tests. Our results indicate that BAK-mediated apoptosis may be a core mechanism in the progression of ARHI in humans, similar to finding in animal models. Moreover, the gene expression changes in peripheral blood samples could be used as a rapid and simple biomarker for early detection of ARHI. Keywords: age-related hearing impairment (ARHI, presbycusis, biomarker, treatment

  9. 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.

  10. Results obtained with a low cost software-based audiometer for hearing screening

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    Ferrari, Deborah Viviane

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The implementation of hearing screening programs can be facilitated by reducing operating costs, including the cost of equipment. The Telessaúde (TS audiometer is a low-cost, software-based, and easy-to-use piece of equipment for conducting audiometric screening. Aim: To evaluate the TS audiometer for conducting audiometric screening. Methods: A prospective randomized study was performed. Sixty subjects, divided into those who did not have (group A, n = 30 and those who had otologic complaints (group B, n = 30, underwent audiometric screening with conventional and TS audiometers in a randomized order. Pure tones at 25 dB HL were presented at frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz. A "fail" result was considered when the individual failed to respond to at least one of the stimuli. Pure-tone audiometry was also performed on all participants. The concordance of the results of screening with both audiometers was evaluated. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of screening with the TS audiometer were calculated. Results: For group A, 100% of the ears tested passed the screening. For group B, "pass" results were obtained in 34.2% (TS and 38.3% (conventional of the ears tested. The agreement between procedures (TS vs. conventional ranged from 93% to 98%. For group B, screening with the TS audiometer showed 95.5% sensitivity, 90.4% sensitivity, and positive and negative predictive values equal to 94.9% and 91.5%, respectively. Conclusions: The results of the TS audiometer were similar to those obtained with the conventional audiometer, indicating that the TS audiometer can be used for audiometric screening.

  11. 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.

  12. Intracochlear Schwannoma: Diagnosis and Management

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    Bittencourt, Aline Gomes

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Schwannomas of the eighth cranial nerve are benign tumors that usually occur in the internal auditory canal or the cerebellopontine angle cistern. Rarely, these tumors may originate from the neural elements within the vestibule, cochlea, or semicircular canals and are called intralabyrinthine schwannomas. Intracochlear schwannomas (ICSs represent a small percentage of these tumors, and their diagnosis is based on high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Objectives To report the clinical and radiologic features and audiometric testing results of an ICS in a 48-year-old man after a 22-month follow-up period. Resumed Report A patient with an 8-year history of persistent tinnitus in his right ear, combined with ipsilateral progressive hearing loss and aural fullness. Audiometry revealed normal hearing in the left ear and a moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss in the right ear, with decreased speech reception threshold and word recognition score, compared with the exam performed 5 years previously. MRI showed a small intracochlear nodular lesion in the modiolus, isointense on T1 with a high contrast enhancement on T1 postgadolinium images. During the follow-up period, there were no radiologic changes on imaging studies. Thus, a wait-and-scan policy was chosen as the lesion remained stable with no considerable growth and the patient still presents with residual hearing. Conclusions Once diagnosed, not all ICS patients require surgery. Treatment options for ICS include stereotactic radiotherapy and rescanning policy, depending on the tumor's size, evidence of the tumor's growth, degree of hearing loss, intractable vestibular symptoms, concern about the pathologic diagnosis, and the patient's other medical conditions.

  13. The assessment and management of inner ear barotrauma in divers and recommendations for returning to diving.

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    Elliott, Elizabeth J; Smart, David R

    2014-12-01

    Inner ear barotrauma (IEBt) constitutes a spectrum of pressure-related pathology in the inner ear, with antecedent middle ear barotrauma (MEBt) common. IEBt includes perilymph fistula, intralabyrinthine membrane tear, inner ear haemorrhage and other rarer pathologies. Following a literature search, the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of IEBt in divers and best-practice recommendations for returning to diving were reviewed. Sixty-nine papers/texts were identified and 54 accessed. Twenty-five case series (majority surgical) provided guidance on diagnostic pathways; nine solely reported divers. IEBt in divers may be difficult to distinguish from inner ear decompression sickness (IEDCS), and requires dive-risk stratification and careful interrogation regarding diving-related ear events, clinical assessment, pure tone audiometry, a fistula test and electronystagmography (ENG). Once diagnosed, conservative management is the recommended first line therapy for IEBt. Recompression does not appear to cause harm if the diagnosis (IEBt vs IEDCS) is doubtful (limited case data). Exploratory surgery is indicated for severe or persisting vestibular symptoms or hearing loss, deterioration of symptoms, or lack of improvement over 10 days indicating significant pathology. Steroids are used, but without high-level evidence. It may be possible for divers to return to subaquatic activity after stakeholder risk acceptance and informed consent, provided: (1) sensorineural hearing loss is stable and not severe; (2) there is no vestibular involvement (via ENG); (3) high-resolution computed tomography has excluded anatomical predilection to IEBt and (4) education on equalising techniques is provided. There is a need for a prospective data registry and controlled trials to better evaluate diagnostic and treatment algorithms.

  14. Association between polymorphism of interleukin-6 in the region -174G/C and tinnitus in the elderly with a history of occupational noise exposure

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    Marcelo Yugi Doi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Tinnitus is a symptom usually related to cochlear change that may arise from noise exposure and induces expression of proinflammatory cytokines including interleukin-6 (IL6. This study aimed to evaluate the association between the polymorphism of the IL6 gene in the region 174G/C and tinnitus in elderly with history of occupational noise exposure. Settings and Design: This was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 179 independent elderly individuals aged >60 years. Information on exposure to occupational noise was obtained by interviews. Audiological evaluation was performed using pure tone audiometry and genotyped through polymerase chain reaction by restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP. Data were analyzed using the chi-square test and the odds ratio (OR, with the significance level set at 5%. Among the study subjects, 24.6% were homozygous for the G allele, 39.7% were homozygous for the C allele, and 35.8% were heterozygous for IL6 (P > 0.05. Of these, 33.5% reported noise exposure history, with 42.5% having tinnitus. We found significant association between the genotype and allele frequencies of the IL6 −174 gene (rs1800795 and tinnitus among the elderly with history of exposure to occupational noise (P = 0.03. The elderly with the C allele were less likely to have tinnitus associated with history of exposure to occupational noise [OR = 0.167, confidence interval (CI 95% 0.167-0.749; P = 0.004] when compared to those carrying the G allele. This study suggests that there is an association between polymorphisms in the IL6 gene at region - 174G/C and susceptibility to tinnitus.

  15. Vitiligo: A part of a systemic autoimmune process

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    Gopal KVT

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    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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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.

  18. Intracochlear schwannoma: diagnosis and management.

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    Bittencourt, Aline Gomes; Alves, Ricardo Dourado; Ikari, Liliane Satomi; Burke, Patrick Rademaker; Gebrim, Eloisa Maria Santiago; Bento, Ricardo Ferreira

    2014-07-01

    Introduction Schwannomas of the eighth cranial nerve are benign tumors that usually occur in the internal auditory canal or the cerebellopontine angle cistern. Rarely, these tumors may originate from the neural elements within the vestibule, cochlea, or semicircular canals and are called intralabyrinthine schwannomas. Intracochlear schwannomas (ICSs) represent a small percentage of these tumors, and their diagnosis is based on high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Objectives To report the clinical and radiologic features and audiometric testing results of an ICS in a 48-year-old man after a 22-month follow-up period. Resumed Report A patient with an 8-year history of persistent tinnitus in his right ear, combined with ipsilateral progressive hearing loss and aural fullness. Audiometry revealed normal hearing in the left ear and a moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss in the right ear, with decreased speech reception threshold and word recognition score, compared with the exam performed 5 years previously. MRI showed a small intracochlear nodular lesion in the modiolus, isointense on T1 with a high contrast enhancement on T1 postgadolinium images. During the follow-up period, there were no radiologic changes on imaging studies. Thus, a wait-and-scan policy was chosen as the lesion remained stable with no considerable growth and the patient still presents with residual hearing. Conclusions Once diagnosed, not all ICS patients require surgery. Treatment options for ICS include stereotactic radiotherapy and rescanning policy, depending on the tumor's size, evidence of the tumor's growth, degree of hearing loss, intractable vestibular symptoms, concern about the pathologic diagnosis, and the patient's other medical conditions.

  19. 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.

  20. Long term streptomycin toxicity in the treatment of Buruli Ulcer: follow-up of participants in the BURULICO drug trial.

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    Sandor Klis

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Buruli Ulcer (BU is a tropical infectious skin disease that is currently treated with 8 weeks of intramuscular streptomycin and oral rifampicin. As prolonged streptomycin administration can cause both oto- and nephrotoxicity, we evaluated its long term toxicity by following-up former BU patients that had received either 4 or 8 weeks of streptomycin in addition to other drugs between 2006 and 2008, in the context of a randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Former patients were retrieved in 2012, and oto- and nephrotoxicity were determined by audiometry and serum creatinine levels. Data were compared with baseline and week 8 measurements during the drug trial. RESULTS: Of the total of 151 former patients, 127 (84% were retrieved. Ototoxicity was present in 29% of adults and 25% of children. Adults in the 8 week streptomycin group had significantly higher hearing thresholds in all frequencies at long term follow-up, and these differences were most prominent in the high frequencies. In children, no differences between the two treatment arms were found. Nephrotoxicity that had been detected in 14% of adults and in 13% of children during treatment, was present in only 2.4% of patients at long term follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged streptomycin administration in the adult study subjects caused significant persistent hearing loss, especially in the high frequency range. Nephrotoxicity was also present in both adults and children but appeared to be transient. Streptomycin should be given with caution especially in patients aged 16 or older, and in individuals with concurrent risks for renal dysfunction or hearing loss.

  1. 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

  2. The impact of hearing loss on language performance in older adults with different stages of cognitive function

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Leire Lodeiro-Fernández, Laura Lorenzo-López, Ana Maseda, Laura Núñez-Naveira, José Luis Rodríguez-Villamil, José Carlos Millán-Calenti Gerontology Research Group, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of A Coruña, Campus of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain Purpose: The possible relationship between audiometric hearing thresholds and cognitive performance on language tests was analyzed in a cross-sectional cohort of older adults aged ≥65 years (N=98 with different degrees of cognitive impairment.Materials and methods: Participants were distributed into two groups according to Reisberg’s Global Deterioration Scale (GDS: a normal/predementia group (GDS scores 1–3 and a moderate/moderately severe dementia group (GDS scores 4 and 5. Hearing loss (pure-tone audiometry and receptive and production-based language function (Verbal Fluency Test, Boston Naming Test, and Token Test were assessed.Results: Results showed that the dementia group achieved significantly lower scores than the predementia group in all language tests. A moderate negative correlation between hearing loss and verbal comprehension (r=-0.298; P<0.003 was observed in the predementia group (r=-0.363; P<0.007. However, no significant relationship between hearing loss and verbal fluency and naming scores was observed, regardless of cognitive impairment.Conclusion: In the predementia group, reduced hearing level partially explains comprehension performance but not language production. In the dementia group, hearing loss cannot be considered as an explanatory factor of poor receptive and production-based language performance. These results are suggestive of cognitive rather than simply auditory problems to explain the language impairment in the elderly. Keywords: auditory impairment, verbal function, aging, cognition

  3. Hearing impairment and ear pathology in Nepal.

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    Little, P; Bridges, A; Guragain, R; Friedman, D; Prasad, R; Weir, N

    1993-05-01

    A stratified random cluster sample of 15,845 subjects was performed in two regions of Nepal to determine the prevalence and main causes of hearing impairment (the most common disability) and the prevalence of ear disease. Subjects reporting current ear pain, or ear discharge, or hearing impairment on direct questioning by a Nepali health worker (primary screening failed), had otoscopy and audiometry (using the Liverpool Field Audiometer) performed, and a questionnaire administered relating to past history. In every fifth house subjects who passed the primary screening (1,716 subjects) were examined to assess the false negative rate of screening. An estimated 16.6 per cent of the study population have hearing impairment (either ear worse than 30 dB hearing threshold level (HTL) 1.0-4.0 kHz, or 50 dB HTL 0.5 kHz), and 7.4 per cent ear drum pathology, equivalent to respectively 2.71 and 1.48 million people extrapolated to the whole of Nepal. Most hearing impairment in the school age group (55.2 per cent) is associated with otitis media or its sequelae. Probably at least 14 per cent of sensorineural deafness is preventable (7 per cent infectious disease, 3.9 per cent trauma, 0.8 per cent noise exposure, 1 per cent cretinism, and 1 per cent abnormal pregnancy or labour). Most individuals reporting current ear pathology (61 per cent) had never attended a health post, and of those receiving ear drop treatment, 84 per cent still had serious pathology. Of subjects who reported ear drop treatment at any time, 31 per cent still had serious pathology. The use of traditional remedies was prevalent.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  4. Evaluation of otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem responses for hearing screening of high risk infants

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    Tania Nazir

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The objective of the present study is the assessment of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs and auditory brainstem responses (ABRs for hearing screening of high risk infants. Study Design: Prospective, hospital-based. Materials and Methods: Distortion product OAEs (DPOAEs and brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA recordings were obtained for 30 controls and 100 infants with one or more high risk factors, in a sound treated room and the results were interpreted. ABR peak latencies, amplitudes, and waveform morphology in high risk infants were compared with those in control group. DPOAE as screening test was evaluated in terms of various parameters with BERA/ABR taken as gold standard. Results: Absolute latencies of Wave I and Wave V and interpeak latency of I-V were significantly prolonged in high risk group as compared to control group. The most common causes to contribute significantly for hearing impairment were found to be hyperbilirubinemia, birth asphyxia, meningitis/septicemia. DPOAE when compared with ABR taken as gold standard showed that sensitivity of the test was 87.7% (74.5%-94.9% and specificity was 74.5% (60.0%-85.2%. Positive predictive value was 76.7% (63.2%-86.6% and negative predictive value of the test was 86% (71.9%-94.3%. Positive likelihood ratio was 0.29 (0.18-0.46 and negative likelihood ratio was 6.08 (2.82-13.09. Conclusion : ABR/BERA, though highly reliable, is a tedious and time consuming test. DPOAE is a simple and rapid test with relatively higher acceptability but low sensitivity and specificity; therefore, limits its role as independent screening test. DPOAE-ABR test series is an effective way to screen all the high risk infants at the earliest.

  5. Síndrome de Deiscência de Canal Semicircular Superior Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

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    Suzane da Cunha Ferreira

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome de Deiscência de Canal Semicircular Superior (SDCSS, primeiramente descrita em 1998 por Minor et al., caracteriza-se por vertigem associada à presença de nistagmo, relacionados à exposição a estímulos sonoros intensos ou a modificações de pressão dentro da orelha média ou intracraniana. Disacusia, em sua maioria de padrão condutivo à audiometria tonal, também pode estar presente. Nesta revisão da literatura objetivou-se abordar a SDCSS, com seus principais sinais e sintomas, achados diagnósticos e tratamento, assim como enfatizar a importância de sua inclusão dentre as causas de vertigem, visto tratar-se de acometimento ainda pouco conhecido até mesmo entre especialistas. O diagnóstico correto, além de possibilitar seu tratamento, impede que abordagens diagnósticas e terapêuticas inapropriadas sejam realizadas.The Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS was first reported by Minor at. Al. (1998, and has been characterized by vertigo and vertical-torsional eye movements related to loud sounds or stimuli that change middle ear or intracranial pressure. Hearing loss, for the most part with conductive patterns on audiometry, may be present in this syndrome. We performed a literature survey in order to to present symptoms, signs, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the SCDS, also aiming at stressing the great importance of including this syndrome among the tractable cause of vertigo. We should emphasize that this is a recent issue, still unknown by some specialists. The Correct SCDS diagnosis, besides enabling patient treatment, precludes misdiagnosis and inadequate therapeutic approaches.

  6. Epidemiology of urinary tract infections in Hiroshima

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    Freedman, L.R.; Phair, J.P.; Seki, Masafumi; Hamilton, H.B.; Nefzger, M.D.

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    The present study was conducted at ABCC on a sample of Hiroshima residents systematically seleced for determining the influence on general health status of exposure to the atomic bomb of 1945. A survey for urinary infections was taken on persons in the sample examined in the ABCC clinic over a 1-year period: approximately 3000 women and 2000 men. The purpose of the study was to determine the prevalence of urinary infection and to study the relation between bacteriuria and various aspects of the general examination, particularly blood pressure. In addition, the rates of urinary tract infection in the clinic were compared with the rates of chronic pyelonephritis at autopsy. Results showed that infections were much more common in women than in men and rose with age in both sexes. The greatest increase in the prevalence was found in women age 60 years and over was due to coliform bacteria in all but a few instances. There was no difference in hematuria, glycosuria, diabetes, serum cholesterol, blood groups, electrocardiograms, audiometry, vibrometry, hemoglobin levels or height-weight ratios. Blood pressure is higher in infected women as compared with noninfected women and the finding of higher rates for cardiac enlargement suggests that this small difference in blood pressures may have biological significance. However, the data do not permit a conclusion as to whether the urinary infections were responsible for the higher blood pressure levels, or whether the higher blood pressure levels increased the frequency of detectable infection. The difference between the clinical rates of urinary infection in men and women, and the pathological diagnosis of pyelonephritis in the same population, supports a previous suggestion that much of what is called pyelonephritis at autopsy is not due to urinary tract infection. 27 references, 2 figures, 10 tables.

  7. 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

    2015-12-01

    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 < 0.05). Hearing levels at 250 and 500 Hz correlated positively with anti-Tg levels (ρ = 0.650, P = 0.002; ρ = 0.719, P < 0.001, respectively), and this association remained significant in linear regression analysis. Anti-Tg-positive HT patients had higher hearing thresholds at 250 and 500 Hz than anti-Tg-negative HT patients. Hearing thresholds were similar between anti-Tg-negative HT patients and the control subjects. This study demonstrated that hearing 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.

  8. Newborn hearing screening outcomes during the first decade of the program in a reference hospital from Turkey.

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    Kemaloğlu, Yusuf Kemal; Gökdoğan, Çağıl; Gündüz, Bülent; Önal, Eray Esra; Türkyılmaz, Canan; Atalay, Yıldız

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the authors report the results of a three-stage newborn hearing screening (NHS) program for well babies at the Gazi University Hospital (GUH) in Ankara between 2003 and 2013. GUH-NHS was performed by automated transient evoked otoacoustic emission (a-TEOAE) at the first and second steps and by automated brainstem audiometry (a-ABR) at the third step. The data were analysed to assess not only rate of congenital permanent hearing loss (CPHL), but also the effectiveness of the program during the years. A total of 18,470 well babies were tested. The data showed that coverage ratio for the GUH-born babies was increased and more outside-born babies (OBB) were admitted by time (means 84.31 and 11.28 %, respectively). Mean CPHL was found to be 0.26 %. Mean referral rate was decreased to 0.81 % by a-ABR from 2.16 % by a-TEOAE. Mean of missed cases in any stage of GUH-NHS was 4.88 %. It was seen that neither CPHL nor referral rate, but only ratio of missed ones presented increase in parallel to increment in OBB. This paper first presents that clinically acceptable screening procedures developed in GUH by time, and secondly higher rate of CPHL in Turkey than in the Western countries, and benefits of third stage screening by a-ABR because it prevented referral of 251 children (1.29 %) to the clinical tests. We think that this number is reasonably important regarding not only economical point of view, but also waiting lists in the audiology departments in a developing country, in which audiological service is still limited.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Mete analysis of Intratympanic steroids versus oral steroids for sudden sensorineural hearing loss%糖皮质激素经鼓膜与经口途径治疗突发性聋疗效分析

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    余啸; 陈波蓓; 项海杰; 高金建; 陈迎迎; 章誉耀; 陈思

    2013-01-01

    目的 通过对现有文献的系统性回顾,比较经鼓膜糖皮质激素疗法(intratympanic steroid,ITS)与经口糖皮质激素疗法在治疗突发性聋(sudden sensorineural hearing loss,SSHL)的差异.数据来源于在线数据库包括Medline、EMBASE和Cochrane Review.方法 纳入符合标准的治疗突发性聋的随机对照试验,对纳入研究的质量进行系统性回顾.结果 作者筛选69篇文献,其中符合标准的文献7篇.在限定两种疗法的剂量、疗程、频次后,Meta分析示ITS组受试者平均纯音听阈(pure tone audiometry,PTA)改善较经口糖皮质激素组高11.13dB (95%可信区间[CI]=9.16-13.11,P<0.00001;Chi2=2.44,df=-2,P=0.30,I2=18%).结论 虽然评估ITS治疗SSHL的高质量研究有限,但其作为第一线治疗组在PTA改善和恢复率上优于受限制的条件下口服类固醇组(口服类固醇给药时间≤10 d,类固醇浓度60 mg/kg·d,和注射的次数是4~5倍之间在ITS).

  12. 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.

  13. The Effect of Intratympanic Dexamethasone with Oral Prednisolone as a Primary Treatment in Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    Mohammad Taghi Khorsandi Ashtiani

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL is a true emergency that must be diagnosed and treated immediately. The purpose of this study is to compare the efficacy of treatment with intratympanic dexamethasone plus oral prednisolone daily or every other day with that of treatment with oral prednisolone alone. Materials and Methods: Sixty-three patients with SSNHL that had been present for less than 10 days prior to the start of treatment were randomly allocated to three different groups. Patients in group A were treated daily with oral prednisolone 1 mg/kg for 10 days plus intratympanic dexamethasone 2 mg for the first 3 days of treatment. Patients in group B were treated every other day with oral prednisolone 1 mg/kg for 10 days with the addition of intratympanic dexamethasone 2 mg for the first 3 treatments. Patients in group C were treated daily with oral prednisolone 1 mg/kg alone for 10 days. Audiometric parameters including pure tone audiometry (PTA, speech reception threshold (SRT, and speech discrimination score (SDS were assessed on days 1,5, and 10. Results: There was a significant improvement in PTA, SRT and SDS in each group over the 10 days but the greatest improvement was seen in the SRT measurements of group A in comparison with group B (19.81 ± 2.15, P=0.04 and C (26.26 ± 0.08, P=0.01. The difference in SRT between groups B and C was not statistically significant. Conclusion: The administration of intratympanic dexamethasone 2 mg daily for 3 days has an additive effect to that of 10 days of oral prednisolone 1 mg/kg in the treatment of SSNHL.

  14. Determination of noise pollution propagated from agricultural tractors and its driver’s noise exposure level

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Application of agricultural machineries such as tractor has been yielded a considerable development in different agricultural activities and productions. However, noticeable health problems such as noise pollution impact the users of these off-road vehicles. The purpose of this study was to determine the noise level induced by agricultural tractors and to evaluate the driver’s noise exposure level. .Material and Method: The sound pressure levels of three brands of tractor include John Deere, Ferguson and Romani were measured by sound level meter model Tes-1358. The characteristics of place for measuring tractors noise pollution were determined based on the ISO standard No 7216, 5131. The acquired data was analyzed using spss16 software. .Result: The results showed that the highest and the lowest noise level around the tractors were 83.8 dB (A and 73.9 dB (A for the John Deere and Romani, respectively. The effect of different transmission gears on the noise level of tractors was not statistically significant Pvalue>0.05. While, the effect of the tractor engine speeds on the noise level was statistically significant Pvalue<0.01. The exposure time of the most of drivers was frequently about 8 hour or more In this regards, the exposure levels of the tractor’s drivers to noise measured between 85-90 dB (A were higher than the Iranian occupational exposure limit (85 dB (A.Moreover, mean noise reduction rate of exsisting room which was used upon the typical tractor’s body was 9.5 dB in one octave band. .Conclusion: Application of standard cockpit and expansion mufflers can effectively reduce noise pollution emission and driver’s occupational exposure. Moreover, regular preventive maintenance and effective hearing conservation program including annual audiometry, hearing protection device, occupational health training for drivers must be implemented.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Auditory steady-state responses for estimating moderate hearing loss.

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    Swanepoel, DeWet; Erasmus, Hettie

    2007-07-01

    The auditory steady-state response (ASSR) has gained popularity as an alternative technique for objective audiometry but its use in less severe degrees of hearing loss has been questioned. The aim of this study was to investigate the usefulness of the ASSR in estimating moderate degrees of hearing loss. Seven subjects (12 ears) with moderate sensorineural hearing loss between 15 and 18 years of age were enrolled in the study. Forty-eight behavioural and ASSR thresholds were obtained across the frequencies of 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz. ASSR thresholds were determined using a dichotic multiple frequency recording technique. Mean threshold differences varied between 2 and 8 dB (+/-7-10 dB SD) across frequencies. The highest difference and variability was recorded at 0.5 kHz. The frequencies 1-4 kHz also revealed significantly better correlations (0.74-0.88) compared to 0.5 kHz (0.31). Comparing correlation coefficients for behavioural thresholds less than 60 and 60 dB and higher revealed a significant difference. Eighty-six percent of ASSR thresholds corresponded within 5 dB of moderate to severe behavioural thresholds compared to only 29% for mild to moderate thresholds in this study. The results confirm that the ASSR can reliably estimate behavioural thresholds of 60 dB and higher, but due to increased variability, caution is recommended when estimating behavioural thresholds of less than 60 dB, especially at 0.5 kHz.

  19. Congenital toxoplasmosis: Auditory and language outcomes in early diagnosed and treated children

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    Luciana Macedo de Resende

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To describe the auditory and language outcomes of children with early diagnosis and treatment for congenital toxoplasmosis. Methods: A cross-sectional study included all children diagnosed with congenital toxoplasmosis, through the Minas Gerais State Neonatal Screening Program, from September 2006 to March 2007. All children received early treatment, initiated before the age of 2.5 months, and were periodically assisted by a team of specialists including pediatricians, ophthalmologists and speech-language therapists and audiologists. Hearing function was evaluated with the following procedures: tympanometry, transient evoked otoacoustic emissions, distortion product otoacoustic emissions, behavioral observation audiometry, and brainstem auditory evoked potentials. Hearing function and sensitivity was estimated and audiological results were classified as normal, conductive hearing loss, sensory-neural hearing loss and central dysfunction. Language performance was assessed and classified as normal or abnormal, according to test results. The following variables were studied: audiological results, neurological and ophthalmological conditions, language performance and presence of risk indicator for hearing loss other than congenital toxoplasmosis. Univariate analysis was conducted using the chi-square or Fisher’s Exact test. Results: From September 2006 to March 2007, 106 children were diagnosed with congenital toxoplasmosis through the neonatal screening program, and were included in the study. Data analysis showed normal hearing in 60 children (56.6%, while 13 children (12.3% had conductive hearing loss, four children (3.8% had sensory-neural hearing loss and 29 children (27.4% presented central hearing dysfunction. There was association between hearing problems and language deficits. The comparison between children with additional risks for hearing loss other than toxoplasmosis and children who only presented toxoplasmosis as a risk factor

  20. 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.

  1. Cigarette- and snus-modified association between unprotected exposure to noise from hunting rifle caliber weapons and high frequency hearing loss. A cross-sectional study among swedish hunters

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    Louise Honeth

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To investigate in this cross-sectional study among Swedish hunters if tobacco use modifies the previously observed association, expressed as prevalence ratio (PR, between unprotected exposure to impulse noise from hunting rifle caliber (HRC weapons and high-frequency hearing impairment (HFHI. Settings and Design: A nationwide cross-sectional epidemiologic study was conducted among Swedish sport hunters in 2012. Materials and Methods: The study was Internet-based and consisted of a questionnaire and an Internet-based audiometry test. Results: In all, 202 hunters completed a questionnaire regarding the hearing test. Associations were modeled using Poisson regression. Current, daily use of tobacco was reported by 61 hunters (19 used cigarettes, 47 moist snuff, and 5 both. Tobacco users tended to be younger, fire more shots with HRC weapons, and report more hunting days. Their adjusted PR (1–6 unprotected HRC shots versus 0 was 3.2 (1.4–6.7, P < 0.01. Among the nonusers of tobacco, the corresponding PR was 1.3 (0.9–1.8, P = 0.18. P value for the interaction was 0.01. The importance of ear protection could not be quantified among hunters with HRC weapons because our data suggested that the HFHI outcome had led to changes in the use of such protection. Among hunters using weapons with less sound energy, however, no or sporadic use of hearing protection was linked to a 60% higher prevalence of HFHI, relative to habitual use. Conclusion: Tobacco use modifies the association between exposure to unprotected impulse noise from HRC weapons and the probability of having HFHI among susceptible hunters. The mechanisms remain to be clarified, but because the effect modification was apparent also among the users of smokeless tobacco, combustion products may not be critical for this effect.

  2. 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.

  3. Prevalence of hearing loss and accuracy of self-report among factory workers

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    Marjorie C McCullagh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Noise represents one of the most common occupational health hazards. A Healthy People 2020 objective aims to reduce hearing loss in the noise-exposed public. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare perceived and measured hearing, and to determine the prevalence of hearing loss among a group of factory workers. Data collected as part of an intervention study promoting hearing protector use among workers at an automotive factory in the Midwest were used. Plant employees (n=2691 provided information regarding their perceived hearing ability, work role, and other demographics. The relationships among audiograms, a single-item measure of perceived hearing ability, and demographic data were explored using chi-square, McNemar′s test, Mann-Whitney U-test, sensitivity, and specificity. The prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed factory workers was 42% (where hearing loss was defined as >25 dB loss at the OSHA-recommended frequencies of 2, 3, and 4 kHz in either ear. However, 76% of workers reported their hearing ability as excellent or good. The difference in perceived hearing ability was significant at each tested frequency between those with and without measured hearing loss. Self-reported hearing ability was poorly related to results of audiometry. Although this group of workers was employed in a regulated environment and served by a hearing conservation program, hearing loss was highly prevalent. These findings, together with national prevalence estimates, support the need for evaluation of hearing conservation programs and increased attention to the national goal of reducing adult hearing loss.

  4. Proteinuria in Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors

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    Freedman, L.R.; Seki, Masafumi; Phair, J.P.; Nefzger, M.D.

    1966-08-25

    A study of the epidemiology of proteinuria was conducted on about 5000 persons comprising a portion of the clinical sample under study at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. In addition, data from previous examinations of similar samples were analyzed. Proteinuria was more common in Hiroshima than in Nagasaki. The rates for men and women did not differ within cities. Age-specific rates of proteinuria were peculiar, peaking in adolescence and old age. In the subjects under study proteinuria was frequently inconstant and usually represented excretion of less than 1.0 g of protein per day. Prior exposure to radiation as measured by distance from the hypocenter was correlated with increased proteinuria rates in 18-year-old subjects who were in utero ATB. Subjects exposed after birth did not show this tendency. It is unsettled whether radiation results in renal disease by increasing the subject's susceptibility to the usual causes of glomerulonephritis or by some more direct mechanism. Persons with proteinuria had higher mean blood pressures and serum urea nitrogen levels than controls and had other findings indicative of generalized cardiovascular-renal disease. Persons with thyroid disease had an increased risk of proteinuria whereas the converse was true of those with a history of treatment for peptic ulcer. Many other factors were tested for a relation to proteinuria, including family history of renal disease, socioeconomic status, urinary symptoms, ingestion of medications, physical findings, hemoglobin levels, height, weight, ABO blood groups, audiometry, vibrometry, and serum cholesterol levels. Although urinary symptoms were more common in persons with proteinuria, the findings in other areas were not sufficiently different to suggest meaningful relations. 20 references, 2 figures, 13 tables.

  5. Stereotactic radiosurgery in acoustic neurinomas

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    Yamamoto, Masaaki; Noren, G. (Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden))

    1990-12-01

    The records of 57 patients with 61 acoustic neurinomas treated with stereotatic radiosurgery at the Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, from 1982 through 1984, were reviewed. Adequate radiological and clinical follow-up evaluations were available in these cases. An additional 8 patients were treated during this same period but were not included because of insufficient data. The tumors were evaluated with CT or MRI. Their post-operative follow-up period was 6-66 months (mean 28 months). Decrease of tumor size or no change was considered as a response to radiosurgery. This was found in 54 (88%) of the tumors. Small tumors with a diameter of less than 15 mm responded better (93%) than large ones (85%). Ninety-five percent of unilateral tumors and 74% of tumors associated with neurofibromatosis responded well. Seven tumors had definite radiographic signs of subsequent growth. Four were removed using standard microsurgical tequniques and three have so far not required further treatment. Facial and trigeminal nerve function was evaluated in 58 facial surfaces where tumors had been irradiated. Transient facial weakness developed in 9% and facial hypesthesia in 9% of the irradiated cases. The onset of these nerve dysfunction appeared with a latency period of 4 to 15 months after radiosurgery. Excluding the ears which had been totally deaf before the treatment, forty-one ears were evaluated fully by audiometry prior to and one year after irradiation. 30% of them had no change in hearing, 68% had a more or less pronouced deterioration and 2% had improvement. We regard efficiency in arresting tumor growth without endangering life, preservation of facial nerve function, and only a day of hospitalization as major benefits of radiosurgery. (author).

  6. 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

  7. The effect of active sonar for the protection of moored and anchored warships on the human hearing.

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    Salami, Angelo; Dellepiane, Massimo; Barbierato, Mauro; Freda, Pierluigi; Crippa, Barbara; Guastini, Luca; Mora, Renzo

    2010-02-01

    This study wants to show the effects of active middle frequency sonar on a selected group of Italian Navy divers. Ten male divers with normal hearing were exposed to active sonar of the Italian Navy for more than 100 exposures, each of at least 1-h duration, in the course of 6 months. Before, at the end, and six months after the end of noise exposure, we performed pure-tone audiometry, Carhart test, Peyser test, thresholds of discomfort test (TDT), tympanometry, transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE), distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE), and auditory brainstem response (ABR). At the end of the noise exposure, the audiological tests showed a worsening of the mean air and bone audiometric thresholds at the 2,000 (1/10), 4,000 (7/10), and 8,000 Hz (6/10); a fail status of the TEOAE and DPOAE, which were previously present, in all the divers; temporary threshold shift, at the Peyser test, in 9/10 divers; discomfort for pulse tone presented at the TDT test, in all the divers; no post exposure significant differences at the Carhart and ABR tests, in any of the divers. Six months after the end of noise exposure, all the divers presented a complete recovery of their audio-vestibular functions. Our results show the temporary negative effects of repeated and lasting exposure to active sonar (Hull MF) on the divers; the last control demonstrate the absence of permanent noise-induced hearing loss in divers exposed to active sonar.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 针刺治疗感音神经性耳聋随机对照研究%A Randomized Controlled Trial on Acupuncture in Treating Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    赵铭辉; 冯雅娟; 傅立新; 谯凤英; 朱慧贤

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating sensorineural hearing loss. Methods: In a randomized controlled trial, 116 cases (206 ears) with sensorineural hearing loss were randomly assigned into 2 groups .-Acupuncture group of 58 cases (102 ears) and control group of 58 cases (104 ears). To observe the hearing change situation by pure tone audiometry and evaluate the effectiveness respectively before treatment, 2 weeks and 4 weeks after treatment. Results: There was a significant difference between two groups, and acupuncture group was better than control group (P 0.05 ). And there was also no significant difference between 2 weeks and 4 weeks after treatment. Conclusion: Acupuncture is better than medication in treating sensorineural hearing loss, especially in mild and moderate hearing loss.%目的:探讨针刺治疗感应神经性耳聋的疗效.方法:采用随机对照研究方法,将116例感音神经性耳聋患者(206耳)随机纳入针刺组58例(102耳),对照组58例(104耳).分别观察治疗前、治疗2周、治疗4周患者纯音听阀测试的听力变化情况并评价其疗效.结果:两组疗效有显著性差异,针刺组疗效优于对照组(P0.05),而且治疗2周与治疗4周之间没有显著性差异.结论:针刺治疗感音神经性耳聋疗效优于药物治疗,且以轻度及中度听力损失的患者疗效显著.

  11. 放松训练用于轻中度突发性耳聋患者的效果评价%Effects of relaxation training on sudden deafness patients with mild-to-moderate

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    庄伟清; 孟作为; 邹虹; 廖素华

    2014-01-01

    目的 观察放松训练对轻中度突发性耳聋(sudden hearing loss,SHL)患者的治疗效果.方法 将78例轻中度突发性耳聋患者,随机分为观察组38例和对照组40例.观察组在对照组采取常规治疗和护理的基础上,每日早晚各加1次放松训练.分别于干预前和干预3周后进行纯音听阈测定,比较2组患者的听阈水平.结果 观察组患者听阈水平显著低于对照组,差异有统计学意义.结论 放松训练疗法对轻中度突发性耳聋患者的听力恢复具有显著疗效.%Objective To evaluate the effect of relaxation training on sudden deafness patients with mild or moderate grade.Methods 78 patients were divided into the observation group (38 cases) and the control group (40 cases).Besides usual care and nursing,the observation group was treated with relaxation training daily in the morning and evening.The pure tone audiometry scores before and after nursing intervention and treatment was compared between two groups.Results There was significant difference in threshold level between two groups.Conclusions Relaxation training was an effective nursing intervention for sudden deafness patients with mild-to-moderate grade.

  12. Prognostic factors for profound sudden idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss: a multicenter retrospective study.

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    Lee, Ho Yun; Kim, Dong-Kee; Park, Yong-Ho; Cha, Wang Woon; Kim, Geun Jeon; Lee, Seung Hun

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the outcomes of various treatment modalities for profound idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) and confirm the prognostic factors. In total, 191 patients were enrolled after a thorough medical chart review of patients diagnosed with unilateral, profound ISSNHL (≥90 dB). Epidemiological profiles, therapeutic regimens, and the results of pure tone audiometry tests were recorded for all patients. Final recovery was assessed according to Siegel's criteria and by comparing the final hearing level of the affected ear with that of the unaffected ear. The mean follow-up duration and the final hearing level were 75 ± 54 days and 77 ± 24 dB, respectively. None of the evaluated prognostic factors were significantly associated with complete recovery (hearing in both ears, the absence of dizziness, the use of lipo-prostaglandin E1 (lipo-PGE1), and the use of plasma volume expanders were independently associated with a final hearing level of up to 45 dB (p hearing, and non-use of lipo-PGE1 increased the possibility of no recovery. Although the efficacy of oral steroid treatment for profound ISSNHL has been questioned, steroid dose reduction was significantly associated with no recovery. Therefore, adequate oral corticosteroid doses should be considered in the absence of contraindications. In addition, the use of lipo-PGE1 and/or a plasma volume expander seems preferable for better recovery, and their use for the management of profound ISSNHL should be considered.

  13. 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

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