Hearing research

Publisher: Elsevier

Current impact factor: 2.97

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 2.968
2013 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

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5-year impact 3.14
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 1.24
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.07
ISSN 1878-5891

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    ABSTRACT: The new implantable hearing system Codacs™ was designed to close the treatment gap between active middle ear implants and cochlear implants in cases of severe-to-profound mixed hearing loss. The Codacs™ actuator is attached to conventional stapes prosthesis during the implantation and thereby provides acoustical stimulation through a stapedotomy to the cochlea. Cochlear implants (CIs) on the other hand are an established treatment option for profoundly deaf patients including mixed hearing losses that are possible candidates for the Codacs™. In this retrospective study, we compared the clinical outcome of 25 patients with the Codacs™ (≥3 month post-activation) to 54 CI patients (two years post-activation) with comparable pre-operative bone conduction (BC) thresholds that were potential candidates for both categories of devices. The word recognition score (Freiburg monosyllables test) in quiet was significantly (p < 0.05) better in the Codacs™ than in the corresponding CI patients for average pre-operative bone conduction below 60 dB HL and equal in patients with a pre-operative BC PTA between 60 and 70 dB HL. Speech in noise intelligibility (HSM sentences test at +10 dB SNR) was significantly (p < 0.001) better in Codacs™ (80 % median) than in CI patients (25 % median) in all tested groups. Our results indicate for patients with sufficient cochlear reserve that speech intelligibility in noise with the Codacs™ hearing implant is significantly better than with a CI. Further, results in Codacs™ were better predictable, encouraging the extension of the indication to patients with less cochlear reserve than reported here.
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    ABSTRACT: During development of vestibular hair cells, K(+) conductances are acquired in a specific pattern. Functionally mature vestibular hair cells express different complements of K(+) channels which uniquely shape the hair cell receptor potential and filtering properties. In amniote species, type I hair cells (HCI) have a large input conductance due to a ubiquitous low-voltage-activated K(+) current that activates with slow sigmoidal kinetics at voltages negative to the membrane resting potential. In contrast type II hair cells (HCII) from mammalian and non-mammalian species have voltage-dependent outward K(+) currents that activate rapidly at or above the resting membrane potential and show significant inactivation. A-type, delayed rectifier and calcium-activated K(+) channels contribute to the outward K(+) conductance and are present in varying proportions in HCII. In many species, K(+) currents in HCII in peripheral locations of vestibular epithelia inactivate more than HCII in more central locations. Two types of inward rectifier currents have been described in both HCI and HCII. A rapidly activating K(+)-selective inward rectifier current (IK1, mediated by Kir2.1 channels) predominates in HCII in peripheral zones, whereas a slower mixed cation inward rectifier current (Ih), shows greater expression in HCII in central zones of vestibular epithelia. The implications for sensory coding of vestibular signals by different types of hair cells are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Hearing research
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    ABSTRACT: The House Ear Institute-Organ of Corti 1 (HEI-OC1) is a mouse auditory cell line that endogenously express, among other several markers of cochlear hair cells, the motor protein prestin (SLC26A5). Since its discovery fifteen years ago, and because of the difficulties associated with working with outer hair cells, prestin studies have been performed mostly by expressing it exogenously in non-specific systems such as HEK293 and TSA201, embryonic kidney cells from human origin, or Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells. Here, we report flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy studies on the pattern of prestin expression, as well as nonlinear capacitance (NLC) and whole cell-patch clamping studies on prestin motor function, in HEI-OC1 cells cultured at permissive and non-permissive conditions. Our results indicate that both total prestin expression and plasma membrane localization increase in a time-dependent manner when HEI-OC1 cells differentiate under non-permissive culture conditions. In addition, we demonstrate that HEI-OC1 cells have a robust NLC associated to prestin motor function, which decreases when the density of prestin molecules present at the plasma membrane increases. Altogether, our results show that the response of endogenously expressed prestin in HEI-OC1 cells is different from the response of prestin expressed exogenously in non-auditory cells, and suggest that the HEI-OC1 cell line may be an important additional tool for investigating prestin function.
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    ABSTRACT: Extreme genetic heterogeneity along with remarkable variation in the distribution of causative variants across in different ethnicities makes single gene testing inefficient for hearing loss. We developed a custom capture/next-generation sequencing gene panel of 146 known deafness genes with a total target size of approximately 1MB. The genes were identified by searching databases including Hereditary Hearing Loss Homepage, the Human Genome Mutation Database (HGMD), Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) and most recent peer-reviewed publications related to the genetics of deafness. The design covered all coding exons, UTRs and 25 bases of intronic flanking sequences for each exon. To validate our panel, we used 6 positive controls with variants in known deafness genes and 8 unsolved samples from individuals with hearing loss. Mean coverage of the targeted exons was 697X. On average, each sample had 99.8%, 96.2% and 92.7% of the targeted region coverage of 1X, 50X and 100X reads, respectively. Analysis detected all known variants in nuclear genes. These results prove the accuracy and reliability of the custom capture experiment.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Hearing research
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    ABSTRACT: Spatial hearing skills are essential for children as they grow, learn and play. They provide critical cues for determining the locations of sources in the environment, and enable segregation of important sources, such as speech, from background maskers or interferers. Spatial hearing depends on availability of monaural cues and binaural cues. The latter result from integration of inputs arriving at the two ears from sounds that vary in location. The binaural system has exquisite mechanisms for capturing differences between the ears in both time of arrival and intensity. The major cues that are thus referred to as being vital for binaural hearing are: interaural differences in time (ITDs) and interaural differences in levels (ILDs). In children with normal hearing (NH), spatial hearing abilities are fairly well developed by age 4-5 years. In contrast, children who are deaf and hear through cochlear implants (CIs) do not have an opportunity to experience normal, binaural acoustic hearing early in life. These children may function by having to utilize auditory cues that are degraded with regard to numerous stimulus features. In recent years there has been a notable increase in the number of children receiving bilateral CIs, and evidence suggests that while having two CIs helps them function better than when listening through a single CI, they generally perform worse than their NH peers. This paper reviews some of the recent work on bilaterally implanted children. The focus is on measures of spatial hearing, including sound localization, release from masking for speech understanding in noise and binaural sensitivity using research processors. Data from behavioral and electrophysiological studies are included, with a focus on the recent work of the authors and their collaborators. The effects of auditory plasticity and deprivation on the emergence of binaural and spatial hearing are discussed along with evidence for reorganized processing from both behavioral and electrophysiological studies. The consequences of both unilateral and bilateral auditory deprivation during development suggest that the relevant set of issues is highly complex with regard to successes and the limitations experienced by children receiving bilateral cochlear implants.
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    ABSTRACT: Mechanical damage to middle ear components in blast exposure directly causes hearing loss, and the rupture of the tympanic membrane (TM) is the most frequent injury of the ear. However, it is unclear how the severity of injury graded by different patterns of TM rupture is related to the overpressure waveforms induced by blast waves. In the present study, the relationship between the TM rupture threshold and the impulse or overpressure waveform has been investigated in chinchillas. Two groups of animals were exposed to blast overpressure simulated in our lab under two conditions: open field and shielded with a stainless steel cup covering the animal head. Auditory brainstem response (ABR) and wideband tympanometry were measured before and after exposure to check the hearing threshold and middle ear function. Results show that waveforms recorded in the shielded case were different from those in the open field and the TM rupture threshold in the shielded case was lower than that in the open field (3.4±0.7 vs. 9.1±1.7 psi or 181±1.6 vs. 190±1.9 dB SPL). The impulse pressure energy spectra analysis of waveforms demonstrates that the shielded waveforms include greater energy at high frequencies than that of the open field waves. Finally, a 3D finite element (FE) model of the chinchilla ear was used to compute the distributions of stress in the TM and the TM displacement with impulse pressure waves. The FE model-derived change of stress in response to pressure loading in the shielded case was substantially faster than that in the open case. This finding provides the biomechanical mechanisms for blast induced TM damage in relation to overpressure waveforms. The TM rupture threshold difference between the open and shielded cases suggests that an acoustic role of helmets may exist, intensifying ear injury during blast exposure.
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    ABSTRACT: Both reward based operant conditioning (OC) and reflex-based prepulse inhibition (PPI) procedures are used in sound localisation studies in mice. Since the results of both procedures are compared in the literature, it is important to assess whether they provide similar results if the same stimulus paradigm is applied. Here, we compare the sensitivity of C57BL/6 mice in OC and PPI procedures for detecting a switch in speaker location using broadband and narrowband noise stimuli and determined their minimum audible angle (MAA). In the OC procedure, we calculated d' values from the hit and false alarm rates. In the PPI procedure, we calculated the area under ROC curves from the startle response amplitudes and derived da values to obtain a sensitivity measure that corresponds to d'. For both procedures, the mean sensitivity to the speaker switch increased with an increase in angular separation. For broadband noise stimuli, a d' of up to 3.3 (OC) and a da of up to 1.1 (PPI) were observed at large speaker separations. Narrowband noise stimuli resulted in lower sensitivities in both procedures, resulting in a maximum d' of 2.0 (OC) and a maximum da of 0.3 (PPI). Using a sensitivity of 1.0 as the threshold criterion, broadband noise MAAs in the range from 32° to 46° were observed in the OC procedure whereas a broadband noise MAAs of 108° or higher were observed in the PPI procedure. In the OC procedure, narrowband noise MAAs in the range from 37° to 62° were observed. In the PPI procedure, no narrowband noise MAA could be determined since none of the subjects reached the threshold. Thus, OC procedures result in a better performance of the subjects in the sound localization task than PPI procedures, challenging the view that both procedures can be used interchangeably.
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    ABSTRACT: Auditory enhancement refers to the observation that the salience of one spectral region (the "signal") of a broadband sound can be enhanced and can "pop out" from the remainder of the sound (the "masker") if it is preceded by the broadband sound without the signal. The present study investigated auditory enhancement as an effective change in loudness, to determine whether it reflects a change in the loudness of the signal, the masker, or both. In the first experiment, the 500-ms precursor, an inharmonic complex with logarithmically spaced components, was followed after a 50-ms gap by the 100-ms signal or masker alone, the loudness of which was compared with that of the same signal or masker presented 2 s later. In the second experiment, the loudness of the signal embedded in the masker was assessed with and without a precursor using the same method, as was the loudness of the entire signal-plus-masker complex. The results suggest that the precursor does not affect the loudness of the signal or the masker alone, but enhances the loudness of the signal in the presence of the masker, while leaving the loudness of the surrounding masker unaffected. The results are consistent with an explanation based on "adaptation of inhibition" [Viemeister and Bacon (1982). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 71, 1502-1507].
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    ABSTRACT: The blood-labyrinth barrier (BLB) in the stria vascularis is a highly specialized capillary network that controls exchanges between blood and the intrastitial space in the cochlea. The barrier shields the inner ear from blood-born toxic substances and selectively passes ions, fluids, and nutrients to the cochlea, playing an essential role in the maintenance of cochlear homeostasis. Anatomically, the BLB is comprised of endothelial cells (ECs) in the strial microvasculature, elaborated tight and adherens junctions, pericytes (PCs), basement membrane (BM), and perivascular resident macrophage-like melanocytes (PVM/Ms), which together form a complex “cochlear-vascular unit” in the stria vascularis. Physical interactions between the ECs, PCs, and PVM/Ms, as well as signaling between the cells, is critical for controlling vascular permeability and providing a proper environment for hearing function. Breakdown of normal interactions between components of the BLB is seen in a wide range of pathological conditions, including genetic defects and conditions engendered by inflammation, loud sound trauma, and ageing. In this review, we will discuss prevailing views of the structure and function of the strial cochlear-vascular unit (also referred to as the “intrastrial fluid-blood barrier”). We will also discuss the disrupted homeostasis seen in a variety of hearing disorders. Therapeutic targeting of the strial barrier may offer opportunities for improvement of hearing health and amelioration of auditory disorders.
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    ABSTRACT: Studies on active auditory intensity discrimination in humans showed equivocal results regarding the lateralization of processing. Whereas experiments with a moderate background found evidence for right lateralized processing of intensity, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies with background scanner noise suggest more left lateralized processing. With the present fMRI study, we compared the task dependent lateralization of intensity processing between a conventional continuous echo planar imaging (EPI) sequence with a loud background scanner noise and a fast low-angle shot (FLASH) sequence with a soft background scanner noise. To determine the lateralization of the processing, we employed the contralateral noise procedure. Linearly frequency modulated (FM) tones were presented monaurally with and without contralateral noise. During both the EPI and the FLASH measurement, the left auditory cortex was more strongly involved than the right auditory cortex while participants categorized the intensity of FM tones. This was shown by a strong effect of the additional contralateral noise on the activity in the left auditory cortex. This means a massive reduction in background scanner noise still leads to a significant left lateralized effect. This suggests that the reversed lateralization in fMRI studies with loud background noise in contrast to studies with softer background cannot be fully explained by the MRI background noise.
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    ABSTRACT: Temperature sensitive auditory neuropathy is a very rare and puzzling disorder. In the present study, we reported three unrelated 2 to 6 year-old children who were diagnosed as auditory neuropathy patients who complained of severe hearing loss when they had fever. Their hearing thresholds varied from the morning to the afternoon. Two of these patients’ hearing improved with age, and one patient received positive results from cochlear implant. Genetic analysis revealed that these three patients had otoferlin (OTOF) homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations with the genotypes c.2975_2978delAG/c.4819C>T, c.4819C>T/c.4819C>T, or c.2382_2383delC/c.1621G>A, respectively. Our study suggests that these gene mutations may be the cause of temperature sensitive auditory neuropathy. The long term follow up results suggest that the hearing loss in this type of auditory neuropathy may recover with age.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To compare the inner ear enhancement after intratympanic injection of two widely used gadolinium (Gd) agents by 9.4 Tesla micro-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and to investigate the effects of Gd on the inner ear. Methods: Twelve ears of six rats received intratympanic administration of 1/5 diluted Gd agents: gadoterate meglumine (Gd-DTPA) for the left ear and gadodiamide (Gd-DTPA-BMA) for the right ear. MRI was performed every 30 min from 1 to 4 h after administration. The normalized signal intensity was evaluated by quantitative analysis at each cochlear fluid compartment. Eight, six, and seven ears treated with Gd-DTPA, Gd-DPTA-BMA, and nothing as controls, respectively, were processed for histological evaluation after MRI. After hematoxylin & eosin staining, adverse inflammatory reactions were evaluated for turbid aggregation and lymphocytes. Results: The perilymphatic enhancement of Gd-DTPA was superior to that of Gd-DTPA-BMA regardless of cochlear turn, compartment, and time point. Inflammatory reactions were found in 4/8 (50.0%) and 4/6 (66.6%) ears administered Gd-DTPA and Gd-DTPA-BMA, respectively. Regardless of the contrast agent used, inflammatory reactions were most definite in the scala tympani of the basal turn, i.e., near the round window. Slightly greater inflammatory reactions were observed in ears injected with Gd-DTPA-BMA compared to Gd-DTPA although the difference was not statistically significant. No inflammatory reaction was observed in any of the seven controls. The auditory brainstem response threshold was 11.8±2.5 dB SPL before IT Gd injection and it did not change for up to 5 days (15.4±6.6 dB SPL) post-injection. Conclusions: Gd-DTPA was superior to Gd-DTPA-BMA for visualization of the inner ear. Administration of diluted Gd agents intratympanically may induce considerable inflammatory reactions in the inner ear.
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