Pathways Society

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.
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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,
Dec. 03, 2014

“Undercut” Lesions in the Auditory Areas of the Cerebrum

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D. Introduction In this month’s issue of Pathways I have decided to write on a topic that has become of interest to me and that certainly plays a key role in neuroaudiology as well as the diagnostic medical community such as neurology, neuroradiology and neurosurgery. The topic is what I will term the concept of “lesion
Nov. 05, 2014

Comparison of Staggered Spondaic Words and Competing Words Test Results in ADHD: A Case Study

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Vishakha Rawool, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA.   Introduction One of the tests included in an auditory processing disorder (APD) test battery is a dichotic test. Dichotic listening refers to the ability to repeat different stimuli that are presented to right and left ears at the same time.  For example, in the dichotic digits test (Musiek, 1983) the
Oct. 01, 2014

Maximizing Auditory Training Effectiveness – A Clinical Perspective

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Carol A. Lau, MA (Aud), BA (Sp & H Th) Sound idEARS Hearing & Listening Clinic An increasing body of evidence is turning into a testament for the effectiveness of Auditory Training (AT) for Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD).  Many studies are reporting improvements on behavioural test outcome measures and neurophysiological measures in children with learning difficulties and language
Sep. 03, 2014

Bilateral vestibular hypofunction: An interesting problem

Dr. Frank Musiek
Although Pathways primarily focuses on neuroaudiology and CAPD, we will occasionally have articles on closely related issues such as the one below reviewing bilateral vestibular hypofunction, which is not only a peripheral, but also a central vestibular problem. Bilateral vestibular hypofunction: An interesting problem Stephanie A. Waryasz, B.S. University of Connecticut Bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) is a disorder that creates
Jul. 02, 2014

Considerations of CNS Auditory Processing in Hearing Rehabilitation for Older Adults: Addressing Their Listening Environments and Those Who Speak for Them

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Raymond H. Hull, PhD, FASHA, FAAA The Problem The role of the audiologist in providing hearing rehabilitation services to older adults with impaired hearing increases as our knowledge of hearing impairment and the needs of adults with impaired hearing likewise expands. However, the complex nature of the aging peripheral and central auditory systems and the equally complex nature of older adults
Jun. 04, 2014

Hearing Loss in Stroke

Dr. Frank Musiek
by Nehzat Koohi, University College London Stroke is the most common cause of neurological disability (MacDonald, Cockerell, Sander, & Shorvon, 2000) and about 1 in 3 stroke survivors are functionally dependent after one year (Murray and Lopez 1996). The majority of stroke survivors need rehabilitation (MacDonald et al., 2000), requiring them to be adequately informed of the nature, prognosis, and
May. 21, 2014

Book review: Auditory Event-Related Potentials to Words: Implications for Audiologists by James Jerger, Jeffery Martin and Katherine Fitzharris

Dr. Frank Musiek
Auditory Event-Related Potentials to Words: Implications for Audiologists by James Jerger, Jeffery Martin and Katherine Fitzharris of the School of Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas represents a rather fresh approach to the interpretation of late auditory evoked potentials elicited in response to word stimuli. The authors note that they hope to motivate audiologists to consider the many possible