Subjective Hearing Difficulty and Fall Risk.

Conclusions Overall, a trend was noticed such that, for increasing HHIE score categories, fall risk increased. Significant correlations existed between HHIE score and some of the measures used to indicate fall risk (i.e., DHI score, number of recent falls). Future fall risk research should investigate subjective hearing difficulty as a risk factor, as well as pure-tone audiometric thresholds. PMID: 32569474 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Audiology - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Am J Audiol Source Type: research

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Conclusions: For proper audiometric and otologic candidates, this light-driven CHA can offer significant improvements in high-frequency sound fidelity, word recognition, and sound quality compared to AHA technology. Administering questionnaires was helpful in illuminating real-world improvements. Device fit, alignment, and quality control issues are improving, though still contributing to high device return rates at this time. Operational factors should be considered when incorporating CHA into a hearing health care practice.Audiol Neurotol
Source: Audiology and Neurotology - Category: Audiology Source Type: research
This study investigates hearing in noise using the FBE at different sound pressure levels and a signal to noise ratio of 5 dB to generate a recognition curve. METHODS: In autumn 2018, 60 normal-hearing German native speakers (age 18-31 years) participated in the study at the military hospital in Hamburg. Using one FBE test list, speech intelligibility was measured from sound pressure levels of 15 to 90 dB in 5‑dB steps with a noise level 5 dB lower in each case. Subsequently, the average of all intelligibility rates and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were determined. RESULTS: Participants comp...
Source: HNO - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The expectation regarding hearing aid provision has to be adjusted according to maximum word recognition score, the derived quality measures, degree of hearing loss, and audiogram type. PMID: 32211930 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Authors: Ontario Health (Quality) Abstract Background: Single-sided deafness refers to profound sensorineural hearing loss or non-functional hearing in one ear, with normal or near-normal hearing in the other ear. Its hallmark is the inability to localize sound and hear in noisy environments. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is a mechanical problem with the conduction of sound vibrations. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Conductive and mixed hearing loss, which frequently affect both ears, create additional challenges in learning, employment, and quality of...
Source: Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ont Health Technol Assess Ser Source Type: research
Conclusions: The signal modification values in this study are representative of commonly fit hearing aids in clinics today. The results of this study provide insights into how the range of signal modifications obtained in real clinical fittings compares with a previous study. Future studies will focus on the behavioral implications of signal modifications in clinically fit hearing aids.
Source: Ear and Hearing - Category: Audiology Tags: Research Article Source Type: research
Conclusions: The clinical and audiometric presentations of patients with concurrent otosclerosis and SCD are often indistinguishable from those of patients with only otosclerosis. Computed tomography of the temporal bone is the only way to identify concurrent SCD. Stapedotomy in these patients typically results in a persistent conductive hearing loss, though 14 to 33% of patients experience near-complete closure of their air bone gap. SCD symptoms are unmasked in 57 to 63% of patients who undergo stapedotomy. Further work is needed to delineate the utility of routine preoperative computed tomography scan in otosclerosis ...
Source: Otology and Neurotology - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: OTOSCLEROSIS Source Type: research
Conclusion: There were no significant and consistent audiometric results to reflect patient's satisfaction with the hearing aid. Therefore, when analyzing the hearing aid-fitting outcome, both the objective audiometric tests and subjective questionnaire should be performed together for validating hearing aid performance. PMID: 31739653 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Clin Exp Otorhinolaryngol Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The expectation regarding hearing aid provision has to be adjusted according to maximum word recognition score, the derived quality measures, degree of hearing loss, and audiogram type. PMID: 31728573 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: HNO - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research
Conclusions: When the consequences of a specific set of hearing aid signal processing characteristics were quantified in terms of overall signal modification, there was a relationship between participant characteristics and recognition of speech at different levels of signal modification. Because the hearing aid fittings used were constrained to specific fitting parameters that represent the extremes of the signal modification that might occur in clinical fittings, future work should focus on similar relationships with more diverse types of signal processing parameters.
Source: Ear and Hearing - Category: Audiology Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research
Conclusions and significance: The clinical picture of patients with SNHL in their 70s and 80s differs because progression accelerates exponentially through these ages. HAs can be recommended to older adult patients in all the age groups. PMID: 31560242 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acta Oto-Laryngologica - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Acta Otolaryngol Source Type: research
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