International Journal of Audiology (Int J Audiol )

Publisher: British Society of Audiology; International Society of Audiology; Nordisk audiologisk selskab, Taylor & Francis


International Journal of Audiology was created by the merger of Audiology, British Journal of Audiology and Scandinavian Audiology and is an international journal dealing with the needs of the developed and developing world. Published twelve times a year, each issue of the Journal features original clinical and review articles, time-saving abstracts that outline the relevance of a study to your practice, a book review of the latest literature, a preliminary report on a groundbreaking new study and news and conference information directly from the British Society of Audiology, the International Society of Audiology and the Nordic Audiological Society.

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Publications in this journal

  • International Journal of Audiology 03/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To develop and evaluate a 12-item version of the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale for use in clinical research and rehabilitation settings, and provide a formula for converting scores between the full (SSQ49) and abbreviated (SSQ12) versions. Design: Items were selected independently at the three centres (Eriksholm, MRC Institute of Hearing Research, University of New England) to be representative of the complete scale. A consensus was achieved after discussion. Study Sample: The data set (n=1220) used for a factor analysis (Akeroyd et al (submitted) was re-analysed to compare original SSQ scores (SSQ49) with scores on the short version (SSQ12). Results: A scatter-plot of SSQ12 scores against SSQ49 scores showed that SSQ12 score was about 0.6 of a scale point lower than the SSQ49 (0-10 scale) in the re-analysis of the Akeroyd et al. data. SSQ12 scores lay on a slightly steeper slope than scores on the SSQ49. Conclusions: The SSQ12 provides similar results to SSQ49 in a large clinical research sample. The slightly lower average SSQ12 score and the slightly steeper slope reflect the composition of this short form relative to the SSQ49.
    International Journal of Audiology 02/2013; in press.
  • International Journal of Audiology 02/2013; 52(S1):i.
  • International Journal of Audiology 03/2010;
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    ABSTRACT: The mode of stimulation employed in newborn screening of the auditory brainstem response has evolved from the clinically standardized supraaural earphone to the tubal insert earphone, to most recently a circumaural earphone developed for this test. Considered here is the need to develop a standard for calibration of such devices for newborn screening applications, in particular. At risk is the prospect of missing the milder degrees of hearing loss, assuming a goal of detecting all clinically-significant congenital hearing losses. Two commercially manufactured test instruments for automated newborn screening were scrutinized via bench testing of sound output from their respective transducers, using a variety of measurements. By convention or design, none of the measurement approaches involved a model of the newborn ear, per se. While it was concluded that the manufacturers' method shows promise, namely as a relatively simple and potentially reliable method of calibration, concerns arose regarding output levels when measured according to both the manufacturers' and the authors' methods. Further work is needed to critically assess calibration methods and to establish, to the extent possible, appropriate norms and validation studies in newborns to provide a better understanding of the actual sound pressure level of the screening stimulus.
    International Journal of Audiology 12/2007; 46(11):686-91.
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to compare the high frequency (1 kHz) tympanometry (HFT) and acoustic reflex (AR) measures obtained from infants at birth and at 6-7 weeks of age. HFT results and AR thresholds using a 2-kHz tone and broadband noise activators were obtained from 42 healthy full-term neonates (15 boys and 27 girls) at both test sessions, separated by six weeks. The results showed that the mean values of HFT test parameters and AR thresholds obtained at 6-7 weeks were generally greater than those obtained at birth. In particular, the differences in mean values of uncompensated admittance at 200 daPa, uncompensated peak admittance, uncompensated peak susceptance, peak-compensated static admittance, and AR thresholds with a 2 kHz tone and broadband noise were found to be statistically significant. The findings from this study suggest the need to have separate sets of normative HFT and AR data for infants at birth and 6-7 weeks.
    International Journal of Audiology 12/2007; 46(11):711-7.
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    ABSTRACT: We performed a retrospective analysis of TEOAEs from 1415 neonatal ears to investigate whether the application of linear averaging techniques may provide greater screening specificity than conventional nonlinear averaging techniques. Pass criteria were based on correlations between replicate averages, and pass rates were compared between linear and nonlinear averaging techniques. The linear averaging technique gave a higher pass rate as hypothesized, so that 35% of ears that passed using the linear method failed using the nonlinear method. In addition, lack of saturation was more evident for the short-latency components of the TEOAE. These results, from a large sample of recordings obtained under field conditions, indicate that there is potential to improve specificity of neonatal TEOAE screening using linear averaging techniques. A combination of linear and nonlinear techniques for the long and short latency components of the TEOAE, respectively, may offer further advantages.
    International Journal of Audiology 12/2007; 46(11):670-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Reported are the results of meta-analyses of data derived collectively from a sample of 56 published research studies on electric response audiometry (ERA) using auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs). Several specific methodological issues were examined and hypotheses were posited to rigorously test common conclusions drawn from the ASSR literature on the accuracy of ASSR-ERA. Explanatory variables for analyses were type of population (normally hearing and hearing-impaired), type of modulation, number of sweeps acquired during response analysis, electrode montage, and modulation rate (80 vs. 40 Hz). No explanatory variables were found to be significantly related to the degree of disparity between thresholds obtained by ASSR-ERA versus behavioral audiometry in the normally hearing population. Conversely, all but one explanatory variable (i.e. electrode montage) was found to be significantly related to mean threshold differences in the hearing-impaired and combined populations. Results both substantiate some of common conclusions drawn from the literature but call others into question, helping to identify those methodological issues which appear to, or not to, significantly affect the accuracy of estimating threshold using ASSR measurement. In addition to these findings, another practical outcome of this study was the development of various summary tables of the data analysed from the literature sampled.
    International Journal of Audiology 12/2007; 46(11):692-710.
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated learning, in normal-hearing adults, associated with training (i.e. repeated practice) on the discrimination of ongoing interaural time difference (ITD). Specifically, the study addressed an apparent disparity in the conclusions of previous studies, which reported training-induced learning at high frequencies but not at low frequencies. Twenty normal-hearing adults were trained with either low- or high-frequency stimuli, associated with comparable asymptotic thresholds, or served as untrained controls. Overall, trained listeners learnt more than controls and over multiple sessions. The magnitudes and time-courses of learning with the low- and high-frequency stimuli were similar. While this is inconsistent with the conclusion of a previous study with low-frequency ITD, this previous conclusion may not be justified by the results reported. Generalization of learning across frequency was found, although more detailed investigations of stimulus-specific learning are warranted. Overall, the results are consistent with the notion that ongoing ITD processing is functionally uniform across frequency. These results may have implications for clinical populations, such as users of bilateral cochlear implants.
    International Journal of Audiology 11/2007; 46(10):585-94.
  • International Journal of Audiology 11/2007; 46(10):553.
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    ABSTRACT: Transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) were recorded from more than 30000 newborns over a six year period. Analysis was performed on all the TEOAEs that passed the bedside universal hearing screen (n=60431), in order to characterize the normal properties of neonatal TEOAEs and to study ear and sex effects. Short recording times (median=33 s) were observed in combination with high entire TEOAE level (median=18.8 dB SPL for an 81.8 dB SPL peak stimulus), and high reproducibility (median=86%). Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) of the TEOAE was highly frequency-dependent, being poorer at low frequencies. Prolonged averaging increased median reproducibility to 97%, but the minor S/N-improvement at low frequencies did not justify the longer test time. Highly significant mean lateral asymmetries (right >left) and sex differences (female >male) existed in entire TEOAE level, S/N TEOAE, and in half-octave frequency bands (700-4000 Hz). Mean lateral and sex entire TEOAE level differences were 1.1 dB and 1.3 dB, respectively. Stimulus levels were not affected by ear or sex. Hence, physiological differences at the level of organ of Corti were demonstrated in newborns.
    International Journal of Audiology 11/2007; 46(11):661-9.
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    ABSTRACT: When the frequency range over which vent-transmitted sound dominates amplification increases, the potential benefit from directional microphones and noise reduction decreases. Fitted with clinically appropriate vent sizes, 23 aided listeners with varying low-frequency hearing thresholds evaluated six schemes comprising three levels of gain at 250 Hz (0, 6, and 12 dB) combined with two features (directional microphone and noise reduction) enabled or disabled in the field. The low-frequency gain was 0 dB for vent-dominated sound, while the higher gains were achieved by amplifier-dominated sounds. A majority of listeners preferred 0-dB gain at 250 Hz and the features enabled. While the amount of low-frequency gain had no significant effect on speech recognition in noise or horizontal localization, speech recognition and front/back discrimination were significantly improved when the features were enabled, even when vent-transmitted sound dominated the low frequencies. The clinical implication is that there is no need to increase low-frequency gain to compensate for vent effects to achieve benefit from directionality and noise reduction over a wider frequency range.
    International Journal of Audiology 11/2007; 46(10):554-68.
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    ABSTRACT: This study analyses results from the first Swedish UNHS program. It includes over 33 000 measurement files from 14 287 children at two maternity wards. The screening program uses a two-stage TEOAE test procedure. A database was created in MedLog after data transformation in Word and Excel. The coverage rate was 99.1%. Bilateral pass rate after retesting was 97.0%. A unilateral pass criterion would have resulted in 1268 fewer children (9.0% of target group) for retesting and 231 fewer children (1.6% of target group) for diagnostic evaluation. When the first test was performed on the day the child was born, the pass rate was 64.8%; the pass rate increased to 89.2% when testing> or =3 days after birth. High coverage rates and pass rates were found to be possible, independent of the number of children born at the maternity ward. Learning curves were observed in the program with improvements distributed over time. Test performance was clearly better when the children were tested day two after birth or later.
    International Journal of Audiology 11/2007; 46(11):680-5.
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    ABSTRACT: We examine a contrast in understanding tinnitus and how this impacts on treatment approaches. First, a physiological account of tinnitus is described based on disinhibition and cortical remapping following injury at the receptor level, the analog for tinnitus being the 'phantom limb pain' phenomenon. Secondly, an experimental model of tinnitus is reviewed that relies on inference from conditioning animal behaviour. Arising from this, a role for conditioning in people distressed by tinnitus has been proposed, based on the unfounded premise that, for humans, tinnitus is a neutral stimulus, the distress being due to association with other stressful events. We critique this because we believe it influences approaches to tinnitus treatment. Finally, the phenomenology of tinnitus in the human case is analysed, with its nature illuminated via a series of distinctions with hearing impairment. Tinnitus can be intrinsically stressful for some people. Understanding this emphasizes the need to involve concepts and treatment in the area of clinical psychology. A flexible coalition between clinical audiologists and clinical psychologists is proposed as fruitful for tinnitus and related rehabilitation.
    International Journal of Audiology 11/2007; 46(10):569-74.

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