Editor's Perspective

September - December 2016

Editorial written by Stavros Hatzopoulos

September - December 2016

As it has been the tradition the last  years the focus of the last 3-4 months in each year is on technology related issues. The OAE technology has reached, as it was expected, a plateau the last 5-10 years, but information technologies continue to grow and new aspects of Tele-Health are emerging. We have also developments in the area of implantable devices (hearing aids and cochlear implants) but the main contributions are in the area of software development than new hardware implementations. Some interesting ideas have been reported about Implant systems releasing anti-inflammatory agents like dexamethasone in the inner ear...

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Guest Editorials

September 2016 - January 2017: Objective Assessment Of Infant Hearing: Essential For Early Intervention

Guest editorial James W. Hall III, PhD

September 2016 - January 2017: Objective Assessment Of Infant Hearing: Essential For Early Intervention

About the guest Editor:                    Dr. Jay Hall III  is an internationally recognized audiologist with 40-years of clinical, teaching, research, and administrative experience. He received his Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine under the direction of James Jerger.  During his career, Dr. Hall has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers. Dr. Hall now holds appointments as Professor at Salus University and the University of Hawaii, and as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria South Africa. Dr. Hall is the author of over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, or book...

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22/09/2016: Attention on this month's Ed…

This month's editorial , by Dr. James Hall III, is part of his book on Evoked Auditory Potentials. Dr. Hall was generous enough to share with the international OAE Portal community important  clinical cues on the topic of hearing loss assessment.  Amazon.com offers the new handbook in a convenient Kindle version. The editorial and the handbook material are great educational resources for students and professionals. 

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21/09/2016: More information for Familie…

There is a wealth of information in the FORUM section , specially for Families of implanted or for Cochlear implantation candidates. The stories which are posted are from children who have received successfully a Cochlear implant (mostly as a result of a Neonatal Hearing Screening program). We have noticed that rarely visitors check the FORUM for additional topics or for more details on a specific topic, therefore in the section Information for Families we will start posting these success stories. The idea behind this is to distribute in a larger scale the successes and the positive experiences of Cochlear Implant users ,...

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19/09/2016 : Free Book chapter Section

Towards the end of September 2016, we will start posting on-line chapters from Open Access books which might be interesting to Students and Professionals. In the Free Book Chapter section  you will find Book chapters on OAEs and relative technologies from  early detection and Intervention policies. Some chapters will be downloadable from the Portal, others from ResearchGate links.  All material is FREE under the Open Access Agreement.

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26/08/2016 : More Delays in the content …

Due to internal updates and server maintainance .. the scheduled updates for the month of July and early August will start appearing in the month of September 2016.

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15/06/2016: Music and CIs conference in …

15/06/2016: Music and CIs conference in Warsaw

  More news for the forthcoming conference ( http://symposium.ifps.org.pl ) have been released and a general pamphlet which you can access here . 2nd International Scientific Conference „Hearing Implants and Music” in the World Hearing Center in Kajetany, Poland on 14 July, 2016   ‘Hearing Implants and Music’ is a popular-science conference addressed to all people interested in the latest achievements of science and medicine in the field of cochlear implantation. Scientific program includes invited lectures presenting the state of knowledge related to music perception and influence of music on cognitive development, with particular attention given to issues related to hearing loss and implants. Workshops will include practical demonstrations...

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6/06/2016 : Updates for ILO TEOAE users

The section on ILO-Viewers was updated with information regarding the structure of the old TEOAE ILO files (up to v5 & probably v6) . This information has been requested many times over the years , but we were hoping to get access to more modern MATLAB subroutines , which could read ILO files (still not available) . Nevertheless the information is valid for anyone who wishes to build his / her  own subroutine code. 

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05/06/2016 : Update delays

We apologize for some delays in the update of information in the months of April and May, all updates will be uploaded in the month of June 2016. For obvious reasons the editorials , which usually span 2-3 months , will appear with a 2 month delay. 

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14/04/2016: Updating the Access Statisti…

Upon request the Access Statistics page (On the Sponsoring the OAE Portal page)  has been updated with the  2015 data. 

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14/01/2016: News and Tips about Scopus

One of the most important services for scientific authors is related to Elsevier's Scopus platform. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. A possible disadvantage is that you cannot access its extensive services without a subscription (private or from your Institution).  In the first 2016 newsletter , the editors of Scopus provide interesting tips on how to use the...

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02/01/2016: Updates in the Forthcoming E…

The pages of the forthcoming Editorials have been up updated with the 2016 material. Also the pages on forthcoming meetings have been updated with information regarding the HEAL (Hearing Across the Lifespan) conference in Como , Italy (2-4 June 2016).

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30/11/2015: Updates on Mimosa Acoustics:…

Mimosa Acoustics has announced a new software release designed mainly for clinical researchers.  The latest handheld OtoStat wideband immittance and DPOAE system is now capable of  forward-pressure level (FPL) calibration. By calibrating using FPL, errors up to 20 dB stimulus-level are eliminated, and variability due to probe insertion depth and angle is greatly reduced. This is a limited edition release for early adopters who wish to investigate the benefits of FPL for their specific clinical populations and research interests. OtoStat 2.1 features: Based on the OtoStat 2.0 handheld touchscreen device, with OtoStation patient management software  In-the-ear calibration with FPL or SPL as the target level  Extended data export to...

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19/11/2015: Collaboration with the Journ…

We are very glad to announce a closer collaboration with the Journal of Hearing Science (JoHS), an emerging open access journal in the area of Audiology and ENT. All contributors to the OAE Portal material (guest-editorials , white papers, webinars, powerpoint presentations from conferences, etc) are eligible to be author candidates to the journal (after a peer review of course) with a minimum number of textual modifications (the Portal has open-format requirements  which are different than those of the JoHS). 

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17/11/2015: New MENUs

We have made a number of simple & esthetic changes in the MENUs that you use in the Portal . Analytically :    1. the FORUM menu now opens the corresponding page, without showing a cascade MENU as in the past. The reason for it is that the new Chrome & Firefox browsers for the Mac were displaying badly the cascade MENU. We still have this issue in the Who are we , but these are not  pages with a lot of traffic.  2. the Italian Portal pages & the OLD Portal content can be found in the left vertical menu with other...

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12/11/2015 : NEW collaborators are NEEDE…

We are seeking collaborators from areas where the hearing screening information is kind of difficult to get (India, Iran, Nothern, Central, & Southern Africa, Central America ),  so please if you reside in these areas  drop us a line and tell us what you think about the information we provide in the Portal and how we can establish a connection / collaboration with you.

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29/10/2015: Invitation to a ECho Initiat…

MIRRORED from the ECHO Initiate Web site:  We invite you to join the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative for an intermediate webinar focusing on Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening.  Early Head Start (EHS) programs already using OAE screening will have a chance to examine effective screening and follow-up practices. Staff can reflect on their own experiences and ask questions. They can also learn to improve screening skills and the administration of OAE hearing screening protocols. Topics for the webinar include: Obtaining a good probe fit Strategies for screening young children Screening and follow-up protocols Reporting children identified withpermanent hearing loss Who Should Attend? This webinar is designed...

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20/10/2015: Multiple frequency Tympanogr…

In late 2014 Interacoustics launched the Titan portable device, capable of recording OAEs and impedance tympanometry at various frequencies. The  novelty of Titan was the way Interacoustics selected to represent the tympanometric data, coined as wideBand Tympanometry. There is nothing new to the approach , the data from each tested tympanometric frequency are stacked in a 3D format , showing the areas of the middle ear where we have maximum absorbance and minimum reflectance of the incident acoustic energy. Recently Interacoustics built a video explaining the functionality of Wideband Tympanometry which can be a useful aid in the classroom and in...

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15/10/2015: ECHO Initiative : Webinar on…

MIRRORED From the ECHO Initiative pages :   Jeff Hoffman and Terry Foust recently presented a webinar to introduce state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program staff to the basics of hearing and hearing loss. The audience response was so positive that we also wanted to make the information available to early  childhood education providers and families. The content will be particularly helpful to any parent who has a child undergoing audiological assessment and to the professionals who are serving that family.       The 70-minute webinar covers:   Anatomy of the ear Types of hearing loss Prevalence and causes of hearing loss Diagnostic tools and procedures  Audiogram fundamentals Hearing...

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12/10/2015: Meetings and Conferences

The Meetings and Conferences pages have been updated with the latest information about the HEaring Across Lifespan (HEAL) meeting , at lake Como (Italy) in the period  June 2-4 2016. 

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02/10/2015: Hearing Screening for Life m…

There is a considerable interest in the scientific community regarding the impact of hearing deficits in the quality of life  for adults > 65 y. There is a movement in the UK called "Hearing Screening for life" , which aims at informing the general public and the British government about hearing issues in the elderly life. Screening in this context is not the same as it is for the neonatal population (OAEs, ABR etc), but it follows standard audiological paradigms (pure tone testing, immitance tympanometry etc). Data from the UK movement suggest the following: "A recent cost-benefit analysis found that hearing...

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01/10/2015: MUSIC Stories from young Imp…

The pages of the OAE Forum have been updated with cases from young adults who have implanted at an early age and who have followed their passion in MUSIC. The data come from interviews and poster presentation of these patients during the first International meeting of Hearing Implants and MUSIC, which took place on July 16th in Warsaw, Poland. 

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21/09/2015 : New Book on Evoked Potentia…

The OAE Book section was updated with an Amazon Kindle 2015 release  of the Handbook of Evoked Potentials by James W.  Hall III. The eHandbook of Auditory Evoked Responses is a completely revised and updated digital version of the popular New Handbook of Auditory Evoked Responses (2007). The eHandbook is offers a clear yet comprehensive review of auditory evoked responses from the cochlea to the cortex including test principles, protocols, and procedures for clinical application. The latest advances in clinical research and applications are covered in the eHandbook among them the use of ECochG in ANSD and cochlear implantation, the clinical...

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11/09/2015: The future of Scientific Pub…

This announcement is not entirely related to the main topics of the OAE Portal,  but to Science and to Scientific Publishing. A new electronic Reader has been announced which integrates many interesting features, not present in the paper-version of scientific articles. Reader is a software platform that brings scientific and technical documents into the 21st century by adding intuitive navigation and rich context to scientific and technical documents. You can access manuscripts via a URL in your web browser and there is no software or app to install or configure. The project has been funded from the KickStarter platform, where you can...

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16/07/2015: Hearing Implants and Music

It is well known that Cochlear Implants can help young patients hear and participate in the sonic world. But what about the efficiency of these devices in helping young people pursue a carreer in MUSIC ?  The first International Scientific Conference on "Hearing Implants and Music" was held in Warsaw on July 16th and addressed this very problem not only from a theoretical point of view but from a practical point as well. Young and Adult implanted patients presented posters with their experiences and gave an impressive performance in front of a live audience. The performance was code-named "Beats of...

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15/06/2015 : June Newsletter of the ECHO…

The June 2015 ECHO Initiative newsletter has been released with emphasis on Learn "who's who" in Early childhood screening in your state. 

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