Hearing Research (HEARING RES)

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for papers concerned with basic auditory mechanisms. Emphasis is on experimental studies, but theoretical papers will also be considered. The editor of the journal is prepared to accept original research papers in the form of full-length papers, short communications, letters to the Editor, and reviews. Papers submitted should deal with auditory neurophysiology, ultrastructure, psychoacoustics and behavioural studies of hearing in animals, and models of auditory functions. Papers on comparative aspects of hearing in animals and man, and on effects of drugs and environmental contaminants on hearing function will also be considered. Clinical papers will not be accepted unless they contribute to the understanding of normal hearing functions.

Current impact factor: 2.85

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.848
2012 Impact Factor 2.537
2011 Impact Factor 2.696
2010 Impact Factor 2.428
2009 Impact Factor 2.177
2008 Impact Factor 2.333
2007 Impact Factor 2.062
2006 Impact Factor 1.584
2005 Impact Factor 1.674
2004 Impact Factor 1.578
2003 Impact Factor 1.502
2002 Impact Factor 1.969
2001 Impact Factor 1.586
2000 Impact Factor 1.753
1999 Impact Factor 1.804
1998 Impact Factor 1.598
1997 Impact Factor 1.915
1996 Impact Factor 1.641
1995 Impact Factor 1.908
1994 Impact Factor 1.744
1993 Impact Factor 1.853
1992 Impact Factor 1.792

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.74
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.62
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.99
Website Hearing Research website
Other titles Hearing research
ISSN 0378-5955
OCLC 4410062
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: Binaural interaction in the auditory brainstem response (ABR) represents the discrepancy between the binaural waveform and the sum of monaural ones. A typical ABR binaural interaction in humans is a reduction of the binaural amplitude compared to the monaural sum at the wave-V latency, i.e., the DN1 component. It has been considered that the DN1 is mainly elicited by high frequency components of stimuli whereas some studies have shown the contribution of low-to-middle frequency components to the DN1. To examine this issue, the present study compared the ABR binaural interaction elicited by tone pips (1 kHz, 10-ms duration) with the one by clicks (a rectangular wave, 0.1-ms duration) presented at 80 dB peak equivalent SPL and a fixed stimulus onset interval (180 ms). The DN1 due to tone pips was vulnerable compared to the click-evoked DN1. The pip-evoked DN1 was significantly detected under auditory attention whereas it failed to reach significance under visual attention. The click-evoked DN1 was robustly present for the two attention conditions. The current results might confirm the high frequency sound contribution to the DN1 elicitation. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.02.010
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    ABSTRACT: As frequency is one of the most basic elements of sound, it is not surprising that the earliest stages of auditory cortical processing are tonotopically organized. In cats, there are four known tonotopically organized cortical areas: the anterior (AAF), posterior (PAF), and ventral posterior (VPAF) auditory fields and primary auditory cortex (A1). Electrophysiological and anatomical evidence have suggested that AAF and A1 form core auditory cortex. The purpose of this investigation was to determine if high-field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) could be used to define the borders of all four tonotopically organized areas, identify core auditory cortex, and demonstrate tonotopy similar to that found using more invasive techniques. Five adult cats were examined. Eight different pure tones or one broad-band noise (BBN) stimuli were presented in a block paradigm during continuous fMRI scanning. Analysis was performed on each animal individually using conservative familywise error thresholds. Group analysis was performed by extracting data from fMRI analysis software and performing a battery of statistical tests. In auditory cortex, a reversal of the tonotopic gradient is known to occur at the borders between tonotopically organized areas. Therefore, high and low tones were used to delineate these borders. Activations in response to BBN as opposed to tonal stimulation demonstrated that core auditory cortex consists of both A1 and AAF. Finally, tonotopy was identified in each of the four known tonotopically organized areas. Therefore, we conclude that fMRI is effective at defining all four tonotopically organized cortical areas and delineating core auditory cortex. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.03.003
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    ABSTRACT: 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. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Hearing Research 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.02.009
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    Hearing Research 02/2015; 320. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2014.11.004
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    ABSTRACT: Human sound source localization relies on various acoustical cues one of the most important being the interaural time difference (ITD). ITD is best detected in the fine structure of low-frequency sounds but it may also contribute to spatial hearing at higher frequencies if extracted from the sound envelope. The human brain mechanisms related to this envelope ITD cue remain unexplored. Here, we tested the sensitivity of the human auditory cortex to envelope ITD in magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings. We found two types of sensitivity to envelope ITD. First, the amplitude of the auditory cortical N1m response was smaller for zero envelope ITD than for long envelope ITDs corresponding to the sound being in opposite phase in the two ears. Second, the N1m response amplitude showed ITD-specific adaptation for both fine-structure and for envelope ITD. The auditory cortical sensitivity was weaker for envelope ITD in high-frequency sounds than for fine-structure ITD in low-frequency sounds but occurred within a range of envelope ITDs that are encountered in natural conditions. Finally, the participants were briefly tested for their behavioral ability to detect envelope ITD. Interestingly, we found a correlation between the behavioral performance and the neural sensitivity to envelope ITD. In conclusion, our findings show that the human auditory cortex is sensitive to ITD in the envelope of high-frequency sounds and this sensitivity may have behavioral relevance. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 02/2015; 323. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.014
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    ABSTRACT: We recently reported that forward acoustic masking can enhance the auditory brainstem response (ABR) in rats treated with a high dose of sodium salicylate (NaSal), a tinnitus inducer, when tested in open acoustic field (Liu & Chen, 2012, Brain Research 1485, 88-94). In the present study, we first replicated this experiment in closed acoustic field under two conditions: (1) the forward masker and the probe were presented to both ears (diotic paradigm); (2) the forward masker was presented to one ear and the probe to the other ear (dichotic paradigm). We found that only when the stimuli were presented by using the diotic, rather than the dichotic, paradigm could forward acoustic masking enhance the ABR in the rat treated with NaSal (300 mg/kg). The enhancement was obvious for ABR waves II and IV, but not for wave I, indicating a central origin. The enhancement occurred at the high frequencies (16, 24, 32 kHz) at which the animals demonstrated a tinnitus-like behavior as revealed by using the gap prepulse inhibition of acoustic startle paradigm. We then administered vigabatrin, a GABA transaminase inhibitor, in the animals to suppress NaSal-induced tinnitus. The vigabatrin treatment successfully prevented forward acoustic masking from enhancing the ABR. These findings demonstrate that the observed enhancement of ABRs by forward acoustic masking originates in the central auditory pathway ipsilateral to the stimulated ear. We propose that the enhancement is closely associated with NaSal-induced tinnitus. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 02/2015; 323. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.013
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    ABSTRACT: Under certain conditions, sighted and blind humans can use echoes to discern characteristics of otherwise silent objects. Previous research concluded that robust horizontal-place object localisation ability, without using head movement, depends on information above 2 kHz. While a strong interaural level difference (ILD) cue is available, it was not clear if listeners were using that or the monaural level cue that necessarily accompanies ILD. In this experiment, 13 sighted and normal-hearing listeners were asked to identify the right-vs.-left position of an object in virtual auditory space. Sounds were manipulated to remove binaural cues (binaural vs. diotic presentation) and prevent the use of monaural level cues (using level roving). With low- (<2 kHz) and high- (>2 kHz) frequency bands of noise, performance with binaural presentation and level rove exceeded that expected from use of monaural level cues and that with diotic presentation. It is argued that a high-frequency binaural cue (most likely ILD), and not a monaural level cue, is crucial for robust object localisation without head movement. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 02/2015; 21. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.012
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    ABSTRACT: Several electrophysiological and psychophysical studies have shown that the spatial excitation pattern produced by bipolar stimulation of a cochlear implant (CI) can have a dual-peak shape. The perceptual effects of this dual-peak shape were investigated using noise-vocoded CI simulations in which synthesis filters were designed to simulate the spread of neural activity produced by various electrode configurations, as predicted by a simple cochlear model. Experiments 1 and 2 tested speech recognition in the presence of a concurrent speech masker for various sets of single-peak and dual-peak synthesis filters and different numbers of channels. Similarly as results obtained in real CIs, both monopolar (MP, single-peak) and bipolar (BP + 1, dual-peak) simulations showed a plateau of performance above 8 channels. The benefit of increasing the number of channels was also lower for BP + 1 than for MP. This shows that channel interactions in BP + 1 become especially deleterious for speech intelligibility when a simulated electrode acts both as an active and as a return electrode for different channels because envelope information from two different analysis bands are being conveyed to the same spectral location. Experiment 3 shows that these channel interactions are even stronger in wide BP configuration (BP + 5), likely because the interfering speech envelopes are less correlated than in narrow BP + 1. Although the exact effects of dual- or multi-peak excitation in real CIs remain to be determined, this series of experiments suggest that multipolar stimulation strategies, such as bipolar or tripolar, should be controlled to avoid neural excitation in the vicinity of the return electrodes.
    Hearing Research 01/2015; 319:32-47. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2014.11.001
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    ABSTRACT: Shank proteins (1-3) are considered the master organizers of glutamatergic postsynaptic densities in the central nervous system, and the genetic deletion of either Shank1, 2, or 3 results in altered composition, form, and strength of glutamatergic postsynapses. To investigate the contribution of Shank proteins to glutamatergic afferent synapses of the inner ear and especially cochlea, we used immunofluorescence and quantitative real time PCR to determine the expression of Shank1, 2, and 3 in the cochlea. Because we found evidence for expression of Shank1 but not 2 and 3, we investigated the morphology, composition, and function of afferent postsynaptic densities from defined tonotopic regions in the cochlea of Shank1(-/-) mice. Using immunofluorescence, we identified subtle changes in the morphology and composition (but not number and localization) of cochlear afferent postsynaptic densities at the lower frequency region (8 kHz) in Shank1(-/-) mice compared to Shank1(+/+) littermates. However, we detected no differences in auditory brainstem responses at matching or higher frequencies. We also identified Shank1 in the vestibular afferent postsynaptic densities, but detected no differences in vestibular sensory evoked potentials in Shank1(-/-) mice compared to Shank1(+/+) littermates. This work suggests that Shank proteins play a different role in the development and maintenance of glutamatergic afferent synapses in the inner ear compared to the central nervous system. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 01/2015; 321. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.008
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    ABSTRACT: Successful cochlear implant performance requires adequate responsiveness of the auditory nerve to prolonged pulsatile electrical stimulation. Degeneration of the auditory nerve as a result of severe hair cell loss could considerably compromise this ability. The main objective of this study was to characterize the recovery of the electrically stimulated auditory nerve, as well as to evaluate possible changes caused by deafness-induced degeneration. To this end we studied temporal responsiveness of the auditory nerve in a guinea pig model of sensorineural hearing loss. Using masker-probe and pulse train paradigms we compared electrically evoked compound action potentials (eCAPs) in normal-hearing animals with those in animals with moderate (two weeks after ototoxic treatment) and severe (six weeks after ototoxic treatment) loss of spiral ganglion cells (SGCs). Masker-probe interval and pulse train inter-pulse interval was varied from 0.3 to 16 ms. Whereas recovery assessed with masker-probe was roughly similar for normal-hearing and both groups of deafened animals, it was considerably faster for six weeks deaf animals (τ ≈ 1.2 ms) than for two weeks deaf or normal-hearing animals (τ ≈ 3-4 ms) when 100-ms pulse trains were applied. Latency increased with decreasing inter-pulse intervals, and this was more pronounced with pulse trains than with masker-probe stimulation. With high frequency pulse train stimulation eCAP amplitudes were modulated for deafened animals, meaning that amplitudes for odd pulse numbers were larger than for even pulses. The relative refractory period (τ) and the modulation depth of the eCAP amplitude for pulse trains, as well as the latency increase for both paradigms significantly correlated with quantified measures of auditory nerve degeneration (size and packing density of SGCs). In addition to these findings, separate masker-probe recovery functions for the eCAP N1 and N2 peaks displayed a robust non-monotonic or shoulder-shaped course in all animals. The time interval between the N1 and N2 correlated with neuronal refractoriness, suggesting that the N2 peak reflects a second firing of part of the SGC population. We conclude that – compared to the commonly used masker-probe recovery functions – recovery functions obtained with pulse train stimulation may provide a means to augment differences and, by doing so, to more potently discriminate between auditory nerve conditions.
    Hearing Research 01/2015; 321:12-24. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.001
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored the role of formant transitions and F0-contour continuity in binding together speech sounds into a coherent stream. Listening to a repeating recorded word produces verbal transformations to different forms; stream segregation contributes to this effect and so it can be used to measure changes in perceptual coherence. In experiment 1, monosyllables with strong formant transitions between the initial consonant and following vowel were monotonized; each monosyllable was paired with a weak-transitions counterpart. Further stimuli were derived by replacing the consonant-vowel transitions with samples from adjacent steady portions. Each stimulus was concatenated into a 3-min-long sequence. Listeners only reported more forms in the transitions-removed condition for strong-transitions words, for which formant-frequency discontinuities were substantial. In experiment 2, the F0 contour of all-voiced monosyllables was shaped to follow a rising or falling pattern, spanning one octave. Consecutive tokens either had the same contour, giving an abrupt F0 change between each token, or alternated, giving a continuous contour. Discontinuous sequences caused more transformations and forms, and shorter times to the first transformation. Overall, these findings support the notion that continuity cues provided by formant transitions and the F0 contour play an important role in maintaining the perceptual coherence of speech. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 01/2015; 51. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.007
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    ABSTRACT: Despite a robust hearing conservation program, military personnel continue to be at high risk for noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). For more than a decade, a number of laboratories have investigated the use of antioxidants as a safe and effective adjunct to hearing conservation programs. Of the antioxidants that have been investigated, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has consistently reduced permanent NIHL in the laboratory, but its clinical efficacy is still controversial. This study provides a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the safety profile and the efficacy of NAC to prevent hearing loss in a military population after weapons training.
    Hearing Research 01/2015; 323. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.002
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    ABSTRACT: The cochlear implant is considered one of the most successful neural prostheses to date, which was made possible by visionaries who continued to develop the cochlear implant through multiple technological and clinical challenges. However, patients without a functional auditory nerve or implantable cochlea cannot benefit from a cochlear implant. The focus of the paper is to review the development and translation of a new type of central auditory prosthesis for this group of patients, which is known as the auditory midbrain implant (AMI) and is designed for electrical stimulation within the inferior colliculus. The rationale and results for the first AMI clinical study using a multi-site single-shank array will be presented initially. Although the AMI has achieved encouraging results in terms of safety and improvements in lip-reading capabilities and environmental awareness, it has not yet provided sufficient speech perception. Animal and human data will then be presented to show that a two-shank AMI array can potentially improve hearing performance by targeting specific neurons of the inferior colliculus. Modifications to the AMI array design, stimulation strategy, and surgical approach have been made that are expected to improve hearing performance in the patients implanted with a two-shank array in an upcoming clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. Positive outcomes from this clinical trial will motivate new efforts and developments toward improving central auditory prostheses for those who cannot sufficiently benefit from cochlear implants. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Hearing Research 01/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.006
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    ABSTRACT: Kv1.1 subunits of low voltage-activated (Kv) potassium channels are encoded by the Kcna1 gene and crucially determine the synaptic integration window to control the number and temporal precision of action potentials in the auditory brainstem of mammals and birds. Prior electrophysiological studies showed that auditory signaling is compromised in monaural as well as in binaural neurons of the auditory brainstem in Kv1.1 knockout mice (Kcna1(-/-)). Here we examine the behavioral effects of Kcna1 deletion on sensory tasks dependent on either binaural processing (detecting the movement of a sound source across the azimuth), monaural processing (detecting a gap in noise), as well as binaural summation of the acoustic startle reflex (ASR). Hearing thresholds measured by auditory brainstem responses (ABR) do not differ between genotypes, but our data show a much stronger performance of wild type mice (+/+) in each test during binaural hearing which was lost by temporarily inducing a unilateral hearing loss (through short term blocking of one ear) thus remarkably, leaving no significant difference between binaural and monaural hearing in Kcna1(-/-) mice. These data suggest that the behavioral effect of Kv1.1 deletion is primarily to impede binaural integration and thus to mimic monaural hearing. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V. http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QRVL1M5IZBsK0
    Hearing Research 01/2015; 321. DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.003
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    ABSTRACT: Electrical cochlear implants are by far the most successful neuroprostheses and have been implanted in over 300,000 people worldwide. Cochlear implants enable open speech comprehension in most patients but are limited in providing music appreciation and speech understanding in noisy environments. This is generally considered to be due to low frequency resolution as a consequence of wide current spread from stimulation contacts. Accordingly, the number of independently usable stimulation channels is limited to less than a dozen. As light can be conveniently focused, optical stimulation might provide an alternative approach to cochlear implants with increased number of independent stimulation channels. Here, we focus on summarizing recent work on optogenetic stimulation as one way to develop optical cochlear implants. We conclude that proof of principle has been presented for optogenetic stimulation of the cochlea and central auditory neurons in rodents as well as for the technical realization of flexible μLED-based multichannel cochlear implants. Still, much remains to be done in order to advance the technique for auditory research and even more for eventual clinical translation.
    Hearing Research 01/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.005