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Service, P.O. Box 1175, Lowell, MA 01853. (978) 262-9611. Fax:(978) 262-9617. Website: www.otology-neurotology.com. Language: English. Abstract: This article reviews a study conducted to establish current practice management of ventilation tubes and cochlear implants and the findings from the results. The study participants comprised the membership of the American Neurotology Society, all of whom received questionnaires by mail. Members were asked about how they dealt with ventilation tubes before cochlear implantation; how they manage serious otitis media in patients undergoing cochlear implantation; and how they manage otitis-prone children with cochlear implants. Two hundred and twenty members returned questionnaires. Based on the results of the survey, researchers found wide practice variation with the management of ventilation tubes in cochlear implant patients. They concluded also that placement of cochlear implants in patients with clean, dry ventilation tubes, as well as placing ventilation tubes in otitis-prone children with cochlear implants, are acceptable practices. In addition, the researchers report that, despite theoretic concerns, incidence of complications reported is low. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Cochlear Implantation Practices. Neorotology. Hearing Rehabilitation. Hearing Assistive Devices. Ventilation Tubes. Deafness. Medical Practice. Hearing Research. Deaf Children.


Trends in the Diagnosis and the Management of Meniere's

Disease: Results of a Survey.

Author(s): Kim, H. H. Source: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 132(5): 722-5. May 2005. Availability: Available from Elsevier Science. (800) 654-2452. Fax: (212) 633-3820. E-mail: reprints@elsevier.com. Web site: www.us.elsevierhealth.com. Language: English. Abstract: Three hundred random members of the American Neurotology Society (ANS) were mailed a 15-item questionnaire that inquired about their practices in the evaluation and treatment of patients with Meniere's disease. The survey asked about geographic area of practice; duration of practice; modalities used for evaluation of Meniere's disease; the performance of a retrocochlear workup; the modality used for a retrocochlear investigation; and the use of ESS, of labyrinthectomies, of vestibular nerve section, and the surgical approach for vestibular nerve favored by the clinician. The researchers analyzed the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities used by the ANS members, examining any correlation to duration of practice and the geographic area of practice. Respondents were grouped on the basis of years of practice and geographic area. The study details and results are presented in this report. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Meniere's Disease Research. Meniere's Disease Dignosis. Meniere's Patients. Hearing Disorder. Meniere's Disease Treatment.


2004 Hearing Health Industry World Directory.

Author(s): Kirkwood, D. H. Source: Hearing Journal. December 2005. 210p. Availability: Available from Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Customer Service, P.O. 1175, Lowell, MA 01853. (978) 262-9611. Fax: (978) 262- 9617. Language: English. Abstract: This special issue of The Hearing Journal offers readers the Hearing Health Industry World Directory 2005. The Directory includes a worldwide listing of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and associations; an index by country of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and associations outside the U.S. and Canada; a review of past World Directories, an index of website addresses; an index of manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers by product category; an index of email addresses; the toll free telephone numbers of manufacturers and repair labs; a listing of hearing health care associations; and an index of trade names. The main entry for each company lists their name, address, telephone numbers, Fax: numbers, email address, officers or representatives, the products manufactured or supported by the company, relevant trade names, and associated distribution channels. The issue concludes with a Calendar of Events for the year 2005. The Directory is designed to be useful for all who serve patients with hearing impairments, including audiologists, hearing instruments specialists, and physicians.


Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Loss. Industry. Hearing Aids. Equipment and Supplies. Marketing. Information Resources. Amplification. Assistive Devices. Care and Maintenance.


Long-Term Effects of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic

Sstimulation (RTMS) In Patients With Chronic Tinnitus.

Author(s): Kleinjung, T., et al. Source: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 132(4): 566-69. April 2005. Availability: Available from Elsevier Science. (800) 654-2452. Fax: (212) 633-3820. E-mail: reprints@elsevier.com. Web site: www.us.elsevierhealth.com. Language: English. Abstract: This article reviews a research study, the objective of which is to identify metabolic activity in the auditory cortex of patients with chronic tinnitus. Fusing of the individual PET-scan with the structural MRI-scan (T1, MPRAGE) allowed researcher to identify the area exactly. In a prospective study, rTMS (110 percent motor threshold; 1 Hz; 2000 stimuli/day over 5 days) was performed using a placebo controlled cross- over design. Patients were blinded regarding the stimulus condition. For the sham stimulation a specific sham-coil system was used. Fourteen patients were followed for 6 months. Treatment outcome was assessed with a specific tinnitus questionnaire (Goebel and Hiller). The researchers report verification of increased metabolic activation in the auditory cortex in all patients after 5 days of verum rTMS, a highly significant improvement of the tinnitus score was found whereas the sham treatment did not show any significant changes. The researchers report that treatment outcome after 6 months still demonstrated significant reduction of tinnitus score. Subject Category: Hearing. Descriptors: Hearing Research. Tinnitus. Ear Problem.


2005 Krames Patient Education Catalog: Government Edition.

Author(s): Krames Health and Safety Education. Source: San Bruno, CA. Krames. 2005. 124p. Availability: Available from Krames Order Department. 1100 Grundy Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066-9821. (800)333-3032. Fax: (650) 244-4512. Web site: http://www.krames.com. PRICE: 1 copy free. Language: English. Abstract: This catalog contains health and safety guidelines on a health topics ranging from blood pressure control to women's health and in a variety of formats, including brochures, booklets, and two-sided tear sheets. Many titles are also available in Spanish. Government agencies can save by using their GSA contract numbers quoted in the catalog at the time of purchase. Online pricing do not reflect government discounts. Subject Category: Speech. Language. Hearing. Balance. Smell. Taste. Voice. Descriptors: Patient Resource. Speech Disorder. Balance Disorder. Dizziness. Vertigo. Ear Disorder. Otolaryngology.


Factors Affecting the Use of Hearing Protectors Among

Classical Music Players.

Author(s): Laitinen, H. Source: Noise & Health. 7(26):21-29. 2005. Availability: Address correspondence to H. Laitinen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Department of Physics, Topeliuksenkatu 41, Helsinki, Finland. Language: English. Abstract: Classical musicians often are exposed to sound levels that exceed the Finnish national action limit values of 85 dB(A); however, their use of hearing protectors is uncommon. This article describes a study that investigated musician's attitudes toward hearing protectors and the conditions under which musicians use them. Musicians from five major classical orchestras in the Helsinki, Finland, area were asked to complete a questionnaire that inquired about hearing protection and ear symptoms such as tinnitus, hearing loss, pain in the ears, and temporary ringing in the ears. In addition, the musicians were asked questions concerning stress and working environments. Of those who responded, 94 percent were concerned about their hearing to some degree. Only 6 percent of the musicians always used hearing protector devices. Self-reported hearing loss was quite common, with 31 percent of musicians reporting some hearing loss. Temporary tinnitus was even more common at 37 percent.

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