American Journal of Audiology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Journal description

American Journal of Audiology (AJA) pertains to all aspects of clinical practice in audiology. Articles concern screening, assessment, and treatment techniques; prevention; professional issues; supervision; and administration, and may appear in the form of clinical forums, clinical reviews, letters to the editor, or research reports that emphasize clinical practice. Print issues of AJA are published in June and December of each year.

Current impact factor: 1.28

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.28
2013 Impact Factor 1.068
2012 Impact Factor 0.865
2011 Impact Factor 0.867

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.30
Cited half-life 7.00
Immediacy index 0.17
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.38
Website American Journal of Audiology website
Other titles American journal of audiology (Online), American journal of audiology, AJA
ISSN 1558-9137
OCLC 41276712
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

  • Pre-print
    • Archiving status unclear
  • Post-print
    • Author can archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website or institutional repository
    • Published source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to journal website
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Abstract of final article may be deposited
    • NIH Authors can deposit in PubMed Central for public release after 12 month embargo
    • Publisher last reviewed on 06/07/2015
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The relative benefit a single, flanking high- or low-side frequency decrement was assessed to better understand properties of spectral enhancement that may aid in algorithm design. Detection thresholds were measured for intensity increments applied to a narrow target band of frequencies embedded in a broadband signal while 400 Hz wide, 9 or 12 dB deep intensity decrements were placed above, below, or on both sides of the target band. A mono condition with no decrements was used as a control. Eight normal-hearing participants and eight hearing-impaired participants took part in this experiment. Performance improved in the presence of decrements for both groups and was equivalent for both high- or low-frequency decrements. Comparison with individually measured auditory filters revealed that normal-hearing participants' made use of energy cues available within these filters whereas some hearing impaired participants, despite improved increment detection, underutilized this information. Inclusion of a single, adjacent, high- or low-frequency decrement improved increment detection, but not to the same extent as when decrements flank both sides.
    American Journal of Audiology 05/2015; 24(3). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0087
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    ABSTRACT: This tutorial provides information to aid audiologists in determining when a referral for a genetics evaluation is appropriate for a patient with hearing loss. Direction is given on discussing the benefits and limitations of genetic testing with parents of children with hearing loss. Genetic patterns of inheritance are reviewed, particularly in reference to syndromic and nonsyndromic forms of hearing loss. A review of pertinent literature was performed. Audiologists are in a unique position to facilitate the investigation into the etiology of a patient's hearing loss. This is of high importance in genetic etiologies because the diagnosis can provide information on recurrence risks and other potential health implications. Suggestions are made to help audiologists recognize when a genetics referral is warranted, counsel patients and their parents about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing, and interpret genetic test results.
    American Journal of Audiology 05/2015; DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0010
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate two measures of listening effort (a self-report measure and a word-recall measure) regarding their suitability for inclusion in a comprehensive audiologic testing protocol. The relationship between the two measures was explored and both measures were examined with regard to validity, sensitivity, and impact on speech intelligibility performance. Thirty adults with normal hearing participated. Speech intelligibility performance was evaluated at 4 SNRs using keywords embedded in both high and low-context sentences. Listening effort was evaluated at set intervals throughout the speech intelligibility task. Results obtained with the two measures were consistent with expected changes in listening effort. However, data obtained with the self-report method demonstrated greater sensitivity to these changes. The two measures were uncorrelated. Under certain conditions, speech intelligibility performance was more negatively impacted when the word-recall measure was used. Exploration of additional theoretical and practical considerations supported a conclusion that the self-report measure was preferable for measuring listening effort simultaneously with speech intelligibility. The results of this study provide a rationale for preferring the self-report measure of listening effort over the word recall measure when testing audiologic outcomes.
    American Journal of Audiology 05/2015; 24(3). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0058
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the over time changes of the Spatial Hearing Questionnaire (SHQ) and the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing scale (SSQ) on adults with simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants (CI+CI) by collecting data over 2 years post implantation. 19 postlingual subjects participated in this study. Average age at implant was 63. The subjects' data was included in this retrospective analysis only if they completed both questionnaires. We compared subject's SSQ and SHQ scores to word recognition and sound localization performances. The study showed SHQ and SSQ scores continuously improved up to 1 year post-implantation with the most improvement occurring within the first six months of implantation. After 1 year the scores reached a plateau. This is consistent with laboratory tests from the same 19 subjects and they showed high correlations (p < .05). The present study also showed a high degree of correlation between SHQ and SSQ scores. Both the SSQ and SHQ scores improved up to 12 months post-implantation with the most improvement during the first six months of implantation. Both were consistent with laboratory tests. There was a high degree of correlation between SHQ and SSQ scores.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0074
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article was to review recent research from our laboratory on the topic of aging, and the ear-brain system, as it relates to hearing aid use and auditory rehabilitation. The method involved a narrative review of previously reported EEG and MEG data from our laboratory as they relate to the (1) neural detection of amplified sound, and (2) ability to learn new sound contrasts. Results from our studies add to the mounting evidence that there are central effects of biological aging as well as peripheral pathology that affect a person's neural detection and use of sound. What is more, these biological effects can be seen as early as middle age. The accruing evidence has implications for hearing aid use because effective communication not only relies on sufficient detection of sound, but also on the individual's ability to learn to make use of these sounds in ever changing listening environments.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0068
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to introduce and provide an overview of the three papers presented in the invited forum on "The Brain and Hearing Aids". The main ideas of the papers presented by the three panelists were identified and a commentary was provided to synthesize the ideas. Benefits from hearing aids and auditory training entail higher-level cortical/cognitive processing involved in categorizing and remembering sound. New approaches to predicting, designing and evaluating technological and behavioral interventions will need to consider the brain and not just the ears of listeners.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0067
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to discuss how cortical auditory evoked potentials might be used to assess speech perception capacity in infants, including acoustic change complex (ACC) data collected in our laboratory. Highlights from data collected in infants and the main issues needing investigation for clinical application are presented. (i) Preliminary studies show promising results for the ACC and confirm that further inquiry into its clinical application is warranted, and (ii) the presence of an onset response can be used clinically to confirm that auditory information has reached the cortex; however, the absence of a response cannot be interpreted with confidence.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0070
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article was to highlight the importance of hearing health care beyond the clinic for older people with impaired hearing. To emphasize factors affecting the success of audiologic rehabilitation for older people and to describe practical clinical and community-based strategies to promote successful hearing health care. Older people are not always aware of the extent of their hearing loss, they may not always expect to benefit from using a hearing aid, and they often have low self-efficacy for managing to learn to use hearing aids. Increased knowledge and support from other health professionals, family caregivers and significant others could optimize older peoples' participation in everyday activities. Further work is needed to develop new interventions for older people with impaired hearing and to increase collaboration with general practitioners as well as other health-care professionals.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0077
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the auditory needs of and approaches to management of the oldest-older adult. This paper is an overview of principles of geriatric care and implications of untreated hearing loss for function, management, and care of the oldest-older adult. Person centered care is at the heart of health care delivery to the oldest-older adult who typically suffers from multimorbidity. Given the high prevalence of moderate to severe hearing loss in this cohort and the functional limitations of untreated hearing loss, audiologists must become proactive in educating stakeholders of the import of identifying and referring the oldest old for management of hearing health care needs. Audiologists have an integral role to play in collaborating with health care professionals in optimizing health care for the oldest - older adult.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0078
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    ABSTRACT: To introduce the invited Research Forum on challenges in hearing health care for the oldest older adults. A brief overview of the three presentations in the special session is provided, along with general conclusions. Hearing health care needs of the oldest older adults are multifactorial, and are related to auditory and cognitive declines; social, emotional, and lifestyle changes; and increasing physical disabilities and other co-morbidities. Improved clinical outcomes for hearing health require personalized needs assessments by interprofessional teams and shared decision making on treatment options.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0075
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to consider the implications of age-related cognitive decline for hearing health care. Recent research and current thinking about age-related declines in cognition and the links between auditory and cognitive aging were reviewed briefly. Implications of this research for improving prevention, assessment and intervention in audiologic practice and for enhancing inter-professional teamwork were highlighted. Given the important connection between auditory and cognitive aging, and given the high prevalence of both hearing and cognitive impairments in the oldest older adults, health care services could be improved by taking into account how both the ear and the brain change over the lifespan. By incorporating cognitive factors into audiologic prevention, assessment and intervention, hearing health care can contribute to better hearing and communication, as well as to healthy aging.
    American Journal of Audiology 04/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0076
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    ABSTRACT: Negative cognitions related to tinnitus sensation have been previously shown to impact the level of emotional distress. Anxiety sensitivity is another psychological factor that influences individuals to more closely monitor their own bodily sensations, resulting in increased negative cognitions and negative emotional responses among tinnitus patients. However, increasing acceptance of tinnitus sensation may attenuate emotional distress. The goal of this research was to investigate the relationship between negative tinnitus-related cognitions, acceptance, and anxiety sensitivity. Two hundred sixty-seven participants completed online measures of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (AAQ), and the Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3. Hierarchical regression analyses indicated that acceptance fully mediated the relationship between negative tinnitus-related cognitions and anxiety sensitivity. Based on these results, it is suggested that practitioners improve acceptance of tinnitus sensation, duration, and intensity. More research is warranted on the clinical techniques to improve acceptance.
    American Journal of Audiology 03/2015; 24(2). DOI:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0006