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Hardcover. Availability: Available from Thieme New York. 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Toll-free: (800) 782-3488. Fax: (212) 947-1112. E-mail: customerservice@thieme.com. Web site: http://www.thieme.com. ISBN: 1-5889-0173-4. PRICE: $109 plus shipping and handling. Language: EN. Abstract: This is an up-to-date otologic reference on middle ear and mastoid surgery for practicing otolaryngologists. This textbook covers procedures from simple myringoplasty to cochlear implantation with descriptions of the latest techniques for virtually every surgery performed in the middle ear and mastoid. The text is organized by operative procedure with each chapter covering a specific surgical procedure written by an expert in the field. This procedural text layout allows users to easily and quickly refer to a particular operation when preparing for a case. The book progresses from simple surgical techniques to more complicated procedures, including tympanoplasty; the various forms of mastoidectomy; initial and revision stapedectomy; ossiculoplasty; and more. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Myringoplasty. Cochlear Implantation. Otology. Audiology. Audiological Evaluation. Hearing Therapy. Middle Ear Surgery. Hearing Loss Correction. Surgical Implantable Hearing Aids.


Clinical Experience Using a Hearing Aid for TMJ-Related

Fitting Problems.

Author(s): Hall, C. M. Source: In: The Hearing Review. 11(4):50. April 2004. Availability: Available from CurAnt Communications Inc., Publisher. 6701 Center Drive West, Suite 450, Los Angeles, CA 90045-1535. (310) 642- 4400. (310) 641-0831 (Fax). Web site: www.hearingreview.com. Language: English. Abstract: A new hearing instrument style may provide benefits for patients who have trouble with their hearing aids retaining an adequate seal in the ear canal, according to this article. The author makes a case for clinicians to incorporate this device--a Post Auricular Canal (PAC) instrument--into their practices. According to the author, this device has the potential to assist clinicians in fitting patients with TMJ- related problems. He concludes that, because of the unique shape and texture of the silicone ear tip and the fact this tip is designed to be deeply seated in the bony portion of the ear canal, patients can wear this device without it working free from the canal or losing the critical ear canal seal. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Aid Technology. Hearing Aid. Deafness. Hearing Impairment. Assistive Listening Devices.


Newborn Hearing Screening With Combined Otoacoustic

Emissions and Auditory Brainstem Responses.

Author(s): Hall, J. W., Smith, S. D., Popelka, G. R. Source: American Academy of Audiology. Reston, VA. 15(6):414-25. June 2004. Availability: Available from the American Academy of Audiology. Publications, 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190. Voice: 800-AAA-2336; 703-790-8466. Fax: 703-790-8631. Web site: http://www.audiology.org/. Language: English. Abstract: This article reports on a research study based on the researchers' position that accurate assessment of neonatal hearing screening performance is impossible without knowledge of the true status of hearing, a prohibitive requirement that necessitates a complete diagnostic evaluation on all babies screened. The purpose of this study is to circumvent this limitation by integrating two types of screening measures obtained near simultaneously on every baby. Peripheral auditory function was defined by otoacoustic emission results. A complete diagnostic evaluation was performed on every baby who received a 'refer' outcome for auditory brainstem response screening. The integrated results for auditory brainstem response screening in an unselected group of 300 newborns estimated sensitivity at 100 percent, specificity at 99.7 percent, overall referral rate at 2 percent, and a positive predictive value of 83.3 percent. The results show conductive loss associated with amniotic fluid in the middle ear can persist several weeks after birth; conductive loss can produce a 'refer' outcome for auditory brainstem response screening; and auditory neuropathy can be detected with screening measures. Prevalence results were consistent with the published literature. The implications reported for these findings are that


otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem measures provide much more information than either alone and that both are needed for a comprehensive hearing screening program. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Auditory Brainstem Responses. Neonate. Universal Hearing Screening. Newborn Hearing Screening. Otoacoustic Emission.


Gentamicin: Problem or Solution?

Author(s): Haybach, P. J. Source: Portland, OR. Vestibular Disorders Association. 2004. Availability: Available from the Vestibular Disorders Association. P.O. Box 13305, Portland, OR 97213. Voice: (800) 837-8428. E-mail: veda@vestibular.org. Website: http://www.vestibular.org. PRICE: $3 members, $4 non-members per single copy. Language: English. Abstract: This article discusses the unintentional damage to the inner ear hearing components and balance components often caused by the body- wide use of the antibiotic gentamicin. The result of this damage is often deterioration in balance and hearing loss. The author offers solutions to lessen these incidents. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Dizziness. Vertigo. Antibiotic Side Effects. Balance Problems. Hearing Loss. Inner-Ear Disorder. Inner-Ear Damage. Medication Side Effects. Prescription Drugs.


Topical Antibiotics: Strategies for Avoiding Ototoxicity.

Author(s): Haynes, D. S. Source: ENT: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal. 83(1): 12-13. January 2004. Availability: Available from Medquest Communications LLC, 3800 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 201, Cleveland, OH 44114. (216) 391-9100. E- mail: circulation@entjournal.com. Web site: http://www.entjournal.com/. Language: English. Abstract: This report is from a panel discussion sponsored by Alcon Laboratories during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Sept. 23, 2003; Orlando, Fla. The report focuses on the dangers associated with ototopical agents- specifically cochlear and/or vestibular ototoxicity. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Loss. Ear Disorder Treatment. Medical Care.


Comparison of Custom Sounds for Achieving Tinnitus Relief.

Author(s): Henry, J. A., Rheinsburg, B., Zaugg, T. Source: American Academy of Audiology. Reston, VA. 15(8):585-98. September 2004. Availability: Available from the American Academy of Audiology. Publications, 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190. Voice: 800-AAA-2336; 703-790-8466. Fax: 703-790-8631. Web site: http://www.audiology.org/. Language: English. Abstract: The purpose of this pilot study is to determine the most effective of custom sounds (maskers) that are designed to promote tinnitus relief for 21 subjects. The subjects sat in booths and listened to white noise and custom sounds available commercially for providing tinnitus relief. Three sound formats (E-Water, E-Nature, and E-Air) were provided by the Dynamic Tinnitus Mitigation (DTM-6a) system (Petroff Audio Technologies, Inc.). Additionally, seven sounds were provided by the Moses/Lang CD7 system (Oregon Hearing Research Center). As a group, the data show all of the sounds provided a significant reduction in tinnitus annoyance relative to the annoyance of tinnitus alone. In addition, two of the commercial sounds (DTM E-Nature and E- Water) were judged significantly more effective than the other sounds. The subjects for this study are all involved in other ongoing tinnitus studies at the research facility. The criteria for his particular study required subjects to report tinnitus annoyance that was at least 'moderately annoying' when attended to consciously. The subjects used the Tinnitus Annoyance Scale (Table 1 in the report) to judge annoyance level. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Disorders. Perceptual Masking. Tinnitus.


ALD Applications: FM Systems Should Fit Individual Needs.

Author(s): Henry, P. K.

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