Robert W. Sweetow

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OBJECTIVES Chronic subjective tinnitus is a prevalent condition that causes significant distress to millions of Americans. Effective tinnitus treatments are urgently needed, but evaluating them is hampered by the lack of standardized measures that are validated for both intake assessment and evaluation of treatment outcomes. This work was designed to(More)
A systematic review of the literature was conducted addressing the following question, "Is there evidence of improvement in communication skills through individual auditory training in an adult hearing-impaired population?" Keywords and authors were used as search terms in eight major indexes, and seven textbooks were reviewed for related references. The(More)
Auditory training has long been advocated to enhance communication but has never been time or cost-effective. This article describes the concepts underlying the development of a home-based, interactive adaptive computer program designed to engage the adult hearing-impaired listener in the hearing-aid-fitting process, provide listening strategies, build(More)
Results from a large study of adults who completed a randomized crossover study of listening and communication enhancement (LACE) training were analysed to observe trends. The objective of this study was to determine predictors for greatest improvement following this four-week adaptive auditory training and aural rehabilitation program. Subjects with the(More)
The level of interest in aural rehabilitation has increased recently, both in clinical use and in research presentations and publications. Advances in aural rehabilitation have seen previous techniques such as speech tracking and analytic auditory training reappear in computerized forms. These new delivery methods allow for a consistent, cost-effective, and(More)
BACKGROUND The use of acoustic signals to mask, mix with, or ease the distress associated with tinnitus has been clinically employed for decades. It has been proposed that expanding acoustic options for tinnitus sufferers due to personal preferences is desirable. Fractal tones incorporate many useful characteristics of music while avoiding certain features(More)
than 1 million patients. The key reasons for hearing aids in the drawer include: poor benefit, poor fit and comfort, and unsatisfactory performance in noise. Additionally, the last generation has witnessed little progress in terms of positive-word-of-mouth endorsement of hearing aids by patients, and despite the “digital revolution,” more than half of all(More)
Despite the availability of several management procedures for tinnitus, many audiologists seem reluctant to engage in long-term rehabilitation of patients. Tinnitus patients are somewhat similar to chronic pain patients in that both groups suffer from intractable symptoms. A technique which has been effectively utilized in helping pain patients cope with(More)
BACKGROUND When individuals have hearing loss, physiological changes in their brain interact with relearning of sound patterns. Some individuals utilize compensatory strategies that may result in successful hearing aid use. Others, however, are not so fortunate. Modern hearing aids can provide audibility but may not rectify spectral and temporal resolution,(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To identify an optimal audiometric asymmetry index for predicting tinnitus laterality. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective medical record review. METHODS Data from adult tinnitus patients (80 men and 44 women) were extracted for demographic, audiometric, tinnitus laterality, and related information. The main measures were sensitivity,(More)