International Journal of Audiology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: British Society of Audiology; International Society of Audiology; Nordisk audiologisk selskab, Informa Healthcare

Journal description

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.

Current impact factor: 1.43

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.427
2012 Impact Factor 1.632
2011 Impact Factor 1.396
2010 Impact Factor 1.266
2009 Impact Factor 1.335
2008 Impact Factor 1.201
2007 Impact Factor 1.133
2006 Impact Factor 0.858
2005 Impact Factor 0.896
2004 Impact Factor 0.72
2003 Impact Factor 0.635

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.92
Cited half-life 5.50
Immediacy index 0.28
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.68
Website International Journal of Audiology website
Other titles International journal of audiology
ISSN 1499-2027
OCLC 48909035
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Informa Healthcare

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website or institution website
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • On a non-profit server
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • NIH funded authors may post articles to PubMed Central for release 12 months after publication
    • Wellcome Trust authors may deposit in Europe PMC after 6 months
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objective: This study aimed to investigate the measurability and threshold level of electrically evoked compound action potentials (ECAPs) in order to provide a baseline for the development of diagnostic references to support aftercare procedures. Design: In this retrospective study, cochlear implant patients were grouped according to the electrode array type and preoperative diagnostic findings from radiological imaging. ECAP measurements were performed intraoperatively on 22 electrodes for each patient resulting in two comparisons: (1) normal vs. pathological findings based on imaging with same electrode array, (2) perimodiolar electrode vs. straight electrode array within the normal group. Study sample: The study sample consisted of 218 ears with a Nucleus(®) implant. Results: In the group with normal radiological imaging, the percentage of measurable ECAPs was higher than in the pathological group. The ECAP thresholds on 21 electrodes were significantly different between the two groups. Furthermore the thresholds were significantly lower for basal electrodes mainly for the two different electrode types. Conclusion: The pathological changes in the inner ear, the type of electrode array, and the electrode position affect the ECAP threshold. Further consideration suggests that a receiver operating characteristic curve can be derived from the results.
    International Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 54(4):257-64. DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.969410
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    ABSTRACT: To use the self-determination theory of motivation to investigate whether different forms of motivation were associated with adults' decisions whether or not to adopt hearing aids. A quantitative approach was used in this cohort study. Participants completed the treatment self-regulation questionnaire (TSRQ), which measured autonomous and controlled motivation for hearing aid adoption. Sociodemographic data and audiometric information were also obtained. Participants were 253 adults who had sought information about their hearing but had not consulted with a hearing professional. Participants were categorized as hearing aid adopters if they had been fitted with hearing aids 4-6 months after completing the TSRQ, and as non-adopters if they had not. Multivariate logistic regression was used to examine associations between autonomous and controlled motivation, sociodemographic and audiometric variables, and hearing aid adoption (n = 160). Three factors were significantly associated with increased hearing aid adoption when the influence of other variables was accounted for: autonomous motivation, perceived hearing difficulty, and poorer hearing. Controlled motivation was not found to influence hearing aid adoption. These empirical findings that link autonomous motivation to decisions of hearing help-seekers have implications for the ways practitioners may evaluate motivation and could inform discussions with clients about hearing aid adoption.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2015.1007213
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    ABSTRACT: Clinical studies indicate increased risk for depression and anxiety among tinnitus patients. However population data are scarce, and no studies have controlled for neuroticism. We examined associations between tinnitus and symptoms of depression and anxiety in a large UK population, controlling for neuroticism, to explore whether neuroticism, as previously reported, fully explains the association between symptoms of depression and anxiety, and tinnitus. We used the UK Biobank resource. 171 728 participants answered hearing questions. Using generalized linear modelling, we examined associations between tinnitus (mild to severe) and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Controlling for neuroticism, patients with severe tinnitus were at increased risk of depression (odds ratio (OR) = 1.27) and anxiety (OR = 1.11) symptoms, compared to those without tinnitus. Although it is not possible to determine whether tinnitus is a predisposing factor to depression, these results suggest an association. We suggest further exploration to determine the clinical significance of this association. Early psychosocial intervention aimed at reducing anxiety and depression in patients at increased risk might influence the extent to which tinnitus is experienced as troubling, and therefore psychological distress associated with it. Likewise, with tinnitus patients, assessment for anxiety/depression should be considered.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2015.1014577
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    ABSTRACT: This study assessed the prevalence of electrode failures and electrode impedance measures in Nucleus cochlear implants around initial activation (an average of 16 days after surgery) and after 8 to 12 years of device use. Retrospective data from the Melbourne Cochlear Implant Clinic was collated and analysed. Included in this study were 232 adults, all of whom were implanted at the clinic between March 1998 and August 2005. Overall 0.5% of electrodes failed over the entire test period, with 5.6% of devices showing one or more electrode failure. The majority of these failures were recorded by initial activation. The numbers of electrode failures have decreased over time with array type, such that no failures were recorded with the currently available Contour Advance array. Array type was shown to affect electrode impedance at both time points, with the Contour and Contour Advance arrays having significantly higher absolute values than the Banded array. However, the Banded array had significantly higher area-normalized impedances at initial and final measures than the Contour and Contour Advance array. A relatively low incidence of electrode failures were recorded for the Nucleus devices of these recipients. Electrode impedance dropped for all array types after 8 to 12 years of device use.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.1001076
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the performance of the universal newborn hearing screen in England. Retrospective analysis of population screening records. A total of 4 645 823 children born 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2013. 97.5% of the eligible population complete screening by 4/5 weeks of age and 98.9% complete screening by three months of age. The refer rate for the 12/13 birth cohort is 2.6%. The percentage of screen positive (i.e. referred) babies commencing follow up by four weeks of age and six months of age is 82.5% and 95.8% respectively. The yield of bilateral PCHL from the screen is around 1/1000. For bilateral PCHL in the 12/13 birth cohort the median age is nine days at screen completion, 30 days at entry into follow up, 49 days at confirmation, 50 days at referral to early intervention, and 82 days at hearing-aid fitting. The performance of the newborn hearing screening programme has improved continuously. The yield of bilateral PCHL from the screen is about 1/1000 as expected. The age of identification and management is well within the first six months of life, although there remains scope for further improvement with respect to timely entry into follow up.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; 54(6):1-6. DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.989548
  • International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; 54(4):1-2. DOI:10.3109/14992027.2015.1015690
  • International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2015.1009644
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The aim was to investigate whether cognitive and/or audiological measures predict aided speech recognition, both with and without frequency compression (FC). Design: Participants wore hearing aids, with and without FC for a total of 12 weeks (six weeks in each signal processing condition, ABA design). Performance on a sentence-in-noise recognition test was assessed at the end of each six-week period. Audiological (severity of high frequency hearing loss, presence of dead regions) and cognitive (reading span and trail making test scores) measures were obtained and assessed as predictors of sentence-in-noise recognition with and without FC enabled. Study sample: Twelve experienced hearing-aid users (aged 65-84 years old) with moderate-to-severe high-frequency hearing loss took part in the study. Results: The results suggest that both auditory and cognitive factors can be predictive of sentence-in-noise recognition with conventional amplification. However, only auditory factors were significantly correlated with the degree of benefit obtained from FC. Conclusions: The strongest predictor of aided speech recognition, both with and without FC, was high frequency hearing loss. Cognitive performance was also a predictor of benefit from conventional amplification, but not of additional benefit from the use of FC.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.996825
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To compare audiological outcomes in mild-to-moderate mixed hearing loss patients treated with a bone-anchored hearing aid or an active middle-ear implant. Analysis aimed to refine criteria used in preoperative selection of implant type. Design: Retrospective comparative analysis of audiological data. Follow-up time ranged between 0.55 and 8.8 years. Study sample: For detailed comparative analysis, 12 patients (six in each group) with comparable bone conduction thresholds and similar clinical characteristics were selected. A larger cohort of 48 patient files were used to evaluate overall audiological indication criteria (24 per group). Results: In free-field tone audiometry, Baha patients showed mean aided thresholds between 4048 dB, whereas hearing thresholds for VSB patients were 2543 dB. Baha and VSB users had mean WRS of 56% and 82%, respectively, at 65 dB. Better speech understanding in noise was seen with the VSB. Conclusion: Analysis of the main cohort (n = 48) showed that treatment with round window vibroplasty leads to better hearing performance than treatment with a bone-anchored hearing device, if the bone conduction pure-tone average (0.5 to 4 kHz) is poorer than 35 dB HL. Audiological analysis in the smaller comparative analysis showed similar findings.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; 54(6):1-10. DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.986690
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To determine if active listening modulates the strength of the medial olivocochlear (MOC) reflex in children. Design: Click-evoked otoacoustic emissions (CEOAEs) were recorded from the right ear in quiet and in four test conditions: one with contralateral broadband noise (BBN) only, and three with active listening tasks wherein attention was directed to speech embedded in contralateral BBN. Study sample: Fifteen typically-developing children (ranging in age from 8 to14 years) with normal hearing. Results: CEOAE levels were reduced in every condition with contralateral acoustic stimulus (CAS) when compared to preceding quiet conditions. There was an additional systematic decrease in CEOAE level with increased listening task difficulty, although this effect was very small. These CEOAE level differences were most apparent in the 8-18 ms region after click onset. Conclusions: Active listening may change the strength of the MOC reflex in children, although the effects reported here are very subtle. Further studies are needed to verify that task difficulty modulates the activity of the MOC reflex in children.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2015.1008105
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The purpose of this study was to translate and culturally adapt an Arabic version of the hearing handicap inventory for the elderly - screening (HHIE-S). Design: The HHIE-S was translated following cross-cultural adaptation guidelines, and pretested in 20 elderly patients with hearing impairment. Next, the adapted Arabic HHIE-S underwent psychometric evaluation. The results were confirmed by pure-tone audiometer (PTA) examination. The patients completed the HHIE-S again after one hour. The validation of the questionnaire using Cronbach's alpha (internal consistency), (construct validity), and intraclass correlation coefficients (repeatability) was performed. Study sample: Twenty elderly subjects with hearing impairment were recruited for the pretesting stage, and 100 elderly subjects were recruited for the psychometric evaluation stage. Patients with acute illness, functional dependency, cognitive impairment, and previous users of hearing aids were excluded. Results: The adapted Arabic HHIE-S showed good internal consistency (α = 0.902). Construct validity was good, as high correlations were found between the scale and the PTA outcome (r = 0.688, p = 0.000). Repeatability was high (ICC = 0.986). Conclusions: This study showed that the adapted Arabic HHIE-S is a valid and reliable questionnaire for the assessment of handicapping hearing impairment in Egyptian elderly patients.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; 54(5):1-6. DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.996827
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Normal auditory systems appear well habituated to time/phase delays inherent to sound encoding along the hearing organ, sending frequency information non-simultaneously to the central auditory system. Eliminating, or simply perturbing, the cochlear delay might be expected to decrease speech recognition ability, especially under demanding listening conditions. Resources of a larger-scale investigation permitted a preliminary examination of this issue, particularly on a relevant timescale of empirically demonstrated cochlear delays. Design: In a randomized controlled trial study, word recognition was tested for mono-syllabic tokens treated digitally to exacerbate, if not diminish/nullify, such delays. Speech-weighted noise was used to interfere with listening to time-frequency reversed (nominally no delay) versus non-reversed (natural timing) transforms under three treatments of speech tokens: (1) original-digitally recorded; digitally processed to emphasize (2) transient versus (3) quasi-steady-state components. Study sample: Ten normal-hearing young-adult females. Results: The findings failed to demonstrate statistically significant differences between delay conditions for any of the three speech-token treatments. Conclusions: An algorithm putatively diminishing frequency-dependent cochlear delays failed to systematically deteriorate performance in all subjects for the fixed time-frequency transform, stimulus parameters, and test materials employed. Yet, trends were evident such that some effect of perturbing cochlear delays could not be ruled out completely.
    International Journal of Audiology 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.1002582
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Determine the effects of Chinese dialects on results for the Mandarin HINT recorded with a talker speaking Standard Mandarin (Putonghua). Design: Normally-hearing subjects with different dialect exposure histories and usage preferences were administered the Mandarin HINT, and results were compared with published norms. Additional published measures of the intelligibility and mutual intelligibility of Chinese dialects were used to identify dialects for which Putonghua is highly intelligible. Study sample: One sample (N = 19) was exposed to a variety of dialects throughout China during childhood, and used Putonghua as adults. A second sample (N = 22) was exposed to Sichuanhua (the dialect found in Sichuan province) during childhood, and used Sichuanhua as adults. Results: The average difference in SRTs for the Putonghua and Sichuanhua groups was 0.66 dB, with the Sichuanhua group's SRTs slightly higher. Means for neither group fell outside the confidence intervals for the norms. Putonghua is intelligible for 98% of Sichuanhua dialect users, and for over 90% of the users of two-thirds of the remaining Chinese regional dialects. Conclusions: Norm-referenced speech perception tests, such as the Mandarin HINT, can be used with speakers of Chinese regional dialects for whom Putonghua is highly intelligible. Small differences in dialect-specific norms are not clinically significant.
    International Journal of Audiology 02/2015; DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.1001075
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To investigate audiological and quality of life outcomes for a new active transcutaneous device, called the bone conduction implant (BCI), where the transducer is implanted under intact skin. Design: A clinical study with sound field audiometry and questionnaires at six-month follow-up was conducted with a bone-anchored hearing aid on a softband as reference device. Study sample: Six patients (age 18-67 years) with mild-to-moderate conductive or mixed hearing loss. Results: The surgical procedure was found uneventful with no adverse events. The first hypothesis that BCI had a statistically significant improvement over the unaided condition was proven by a pure-tone-average improvement of 31.0 dB, a speech recognition threshold improvement in quiet (27.0 dB), and a speech recognition score improvement in noise (51.2 %). At speech levels, the signal-to-noise ratio threshold for BCI was - 5.5 dB. All BCI results were better than, or similar to the reference device results, and the APHAB and GBI questionnaires scores showed statistically significant improvements versus the unaided situation, supporting the second and third hypotheses. Conclusions: The BCI provides significant hearing rehabilitation for patients with mild-to-moderate conductive or mixed hearing impairments, and can be easily and safely implanted under intact skin.
    International Journal of Audiology 02/2015; 54(6):1-9. DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.996826