Pathways Society

May. 05, 2021

Can noise makes listening and learning easier?

Dr. Frank Musiek
Associate Professor Wayne Wilson Ph.D. Head of Audiology, The University of Queensland, Australia, E:   It is widely suggested that noise impairs cognition (e.g., Ronsse & Wang, 2010; Shield & Dockrell, 2003). For this reason, we often seek to reduce noise particularly in learning environments such as schools and universities. But what if noise could benefit cognition? It sounds
Apr. 07, 2021

Some Essential Calibration Measurements in CAPD Testing

Dr. Frank Musiek
Frank Musiek, Ph.D., University of Arizona Many years ago, in one of my first job interviews, I was asked what the difference and related implications was between electronic calibration and acoustic calibration. That question is one I never forgot because at the time, I was a little surprised. But, after thinking about it, I realized its importance. Lately, I have
Mar. 10, 2021

Edge Frequency Plasticity and the Central Auditory Nervous System

Dr. Frank Musiek
Frank Musiek, Ph.D., University of Arizona   Edge frequency plasticity (EFP) of the central auditory nervous system (CANS) is a phrase that reflects some current interest in the research of auditory plasticity. It is also related to cochlear implants – especially for high frequency sensorineural hearing loss (HFSNHL), trans-synaptic degeneration, frequency discrimination, and even the pure tone audiogram. We will
Feb. 10, 2021

Pediatric Central Auditory Processing Evaluation

Dr. Frank Musiek
Editor’s note: After a number of requests to publish CAPD reports, we are pleased fulfill this demand. Louise Levy, a very busy, practicing clinician, has agreed to submit a CAPD report for the readership to view for this month’s Pathways article.   LOUISE LEVY M.S., CCC-A AUDIOLOGIST Name ZZ DOB: xx/xx//2008 Background Z was seen for an auditory processing evaluation
Jan. 05, 2021

Wilder Penfield’s Contributions to Auditory Science: A Commentary

Dr. Frank Musiek
Abbie White, B.S. Au.D. Student, University of Arizona, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences   Wilder Graves Penfield was a neurosurgeon whose contributions were vital to the field of auditory science. Born on January 26, 1891, in Spokane, Washington, Penfield made an impact at an early age. Penfield attended Princeton University where he became a beloved classmate and football
Nov. 04, 2020

Dr. Shivashankar’s Case Commentaries (Part 2)

Dr. Frank Musiek
Ediitor’s Note: This is part 2 of Case Commentaries by Dr. Shivashankar. Part 1 focused on a case of unusual conductive hearing loss and a Case of Landau Kleffner Syndrome.   Case C: An unpardonable error due to lack of in-depth knowledge about the spectrum of hearing difficulties an individual can have This is the story of a girl aged
Oct. 06, 2020

Dr. Shivashankar’s Case Commentaries (Part 1)

Dr. Frank Musiek
Editor’s Note: We are indeed most fortunate to have the venerable Dr. Shivashankar, from Bangalore, India,  share some of his vast clinical experience in NeuroAudiology with the readers of Pathways. This month we will present part 1 followed by part 2 next month. Dear readers, I take immense pleasure in sharing my clinical experiences with you through this note. Most
Sep. 05, 2020

Managing CAPDs while mitigating COVID-19: some considerations for accommodations

Dr. Frank Musiek
by Jeanane M. Ferre, PhD, Audiologist, CCC-A We all are adapting our practices to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic including increased use of telehealth and implementation of safe in-person practice guidelines as recommended by the CDC, ASHA, AAA and our States’ Public Health Offices. As we move forward, we also need to revise our recommendations for educational accommodations
Aug. 15, 2020

Some Audiological Aspects of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Dr. Frank Musiek
By Julia Bak, B.S. Speech, Language, and Hearing Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ   Though often under the audiology diagnostic radar, many patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) (or epilepsy in general) have central auditory processing deficits (CAPD) and related auditory problems (Ehrlé, et al., 2001). Temporal lobe epilepsy, itself, will seldom affect pure-tone thresholds but it can and
Jul. 17, 2020

Hearing Loss, Multiple Sclerosis and the Auditory Nerve

Dr. Frank Musiek
Frank Musiek, Ph.D.   Peripheral hearing loss is not commonly associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Rather, MS is often associated with central auditory dysfunction not usually portrayed by pure tone hearing loss. However, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) associated with MS, reflected by pure tone threshold deficits does occur. Though not always the case, loss of hearing sensitivity in MS can