Pathways Society

Oct. 07, 2015

Some Random Thoughts on Frequency (Pitch) and Duration Patterns

Dr. Frank Musiek
by Frank Musiek, Ph.D., University of Arizona   In pondering about an article for Pathways I began to think about frequency and duration patterns referred to from now on in this article as FP and DP. The FP test was originally conceptualized by Marilyn Pinheiro and Paul Ptacek at Case Western Reserve University in the early 1970’s. I had the
Sep. 02, 2015

Alzheimer’s Disease and CAPD: George Gates’ Contributions

Dr. Frank Musiek
by Giau N. Le, B.S. and Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D., The University of Arizona   Introduction Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a disorder of the neurodegenerative disease that primarily effects the elderly population. There are approximately 5.2 million people living with AD in the United States. Of that population, 5 million of those individuals are over the age of 65 years (Fargo, 2014).
Aug. 05, 2015

Auditory Evoked Potentials in Autism

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Hillary Siddons, AuD Candidate at UConn Introduction Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of multifaceted neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by significant social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior or activities (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). ASD is a lifelong disorder that affects approximately 5.7 to 21.9 per 1,000 children, and is disproportionality more prevalent (5:1) in males
Jul. 09, 2015

Thoughts on Hearing and Cognition

Dr. Frank Musiek
by Vasiliki (Vivian) Iliadou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki The importance of the sense of hearing as the main vehicle of information transmission during language acquisition, learning and communication is widely accepted. As hearing extends beyond hearing sensitivity (acuity) measured by an audiogram (Jerger & Musiek, 2000; Iliadou, Chermak, Bamiou, 2015), auditory processing evaluation provides more ecological information on functional everyday hearing.
Jun. 03, 2015

Speech in Noise Deficits in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Dr. Frank Musiek
Donna Geffner, Ph.D., CCC-Sp/A, Long Island AuD. Consortium St. John’s University, New York   As audiologists it is not typical for us to encounter a population of children and adults with AD/HD unless they disclose their diagnosis. However, this is the very population that we should encounter for they exhibit many auditory processing deficits. It was of interest to investigate
May. 06, 2015

Cryoloop Cooling: A Research Advance with Clinical Implications

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Barrett St. George, Diane Cheek, Alyssa Everett & Frank E. Musiek, PhD The University of Arizona, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences   Introduction Occasionally there is a breakthrough in science, basic or clinical, that affords investigators a definite advantage in their quest for more knowledge and solutions. Sometimes the uptake of this new approach takes a period of time before its
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Apr. 01, 2015

Geschwind and Levitsky Revisited

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D. The field of auditory neuroanatomy has had a varied but respectful history. This history could be divided into neuroanatomical studies on humans and animals. The human cadaver studies, and now more recently various imaging studies, have been perhaps more germane to clinicians and those involved in clinical research. One of the most cited and renowned
Mar. 04, 2015

Revisiting the Journal of Auditory Research (JAR)

Dr. Frank Musiek
Jeff Weihing, University of Louisville Frank Musiek, Editor HHTM Pathways, University of Arizona A new feature of HHTM Pathways that is beginning this month is the revisiting of one of the truly historic journals in audiology and hearing science —The Journal of Auditory Research (JAR). The venerable J. Donald Harris was the originator and editor of this esteemed scientific communication.
Feb. 06, 2015

Auditory impacts of Blast Exposure

Dr. Frank Musiek
By: Melissa A. Papesh and Frederick J. Gallun Difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments is one of the most common complaints motivating patients to seek care from audiologists. Most often, this complaint is associated with some degree of hearing impairment, advancing age, or a combination of both. But how is an audiologist to respond when the patient is a young
Jan. 07, 2015

Unmasking Auditory Temporal Masking

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Renata Filippini, Ph.D. University of Sao Paulo Auditory temporal masking may be didactically considered an auditory temporal processing ability, alongside temporal ordering, temporal resolution and temporal integration (Shinn, 2003). Currently, clinical tests for the assessment of temporal ordering and temporal resolution are available to clinicians, while tests to evaluate temporal masking and temporal integration were not yet developed. Perhaps,