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Visual emotional stimuli evoke enhanced activation in early visual cortex areas which may help organisms to quickly detect biologically salient cues and initiate appropriate approach or avoidance behavior. Functional neuroimaging evidence for the modulation of other sensory modalities by emotion is scarce. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to test(More)
Speech coding might have an impact on music perception of cochlear implant users. This questionnaire study compares the musical activities and perception of postlingually deafened cochlear implant users with three different coding strategies (CIS, ACE, SPEAK) using the Munich Music Questionnaire. Overall, the self-reported perception of music of CIS, SPEAK,(More)
OBJECT Patients with bilateral auditory nerve destruction may perceive some auditory input with auditory brainstem implants (ABIs). Despite technological developments and trials in new stimulation sites, hearing is very variable and of limited quality. The goal of this study was to identify advantageous and critical factors that influence the quality of(More)
Decubital ulcers contribute to morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Macrophages play a major role in the process of wound healing. We compared the efficacy of local treatment of decubital ulcers in elderly patients using macrophages prepared from a blood unit, vs. conventional treatments. Patients with decubital ulcers (n = 199) hospitalized during(More)
BACKGROUND The standard electrode array for the MED-EL MAESTRO cochlear implant system is 31 mm in length which allows an insertion angle of approximately 720 degrees . When fully inserted, this long electrode array is capable of stimulating the most apical region of the cochlea. No investigation has explored Electrically Evoked Compound Action Potential(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the subjective and objective performance of the new fine structure processing strategy (FSP) compared to the previous generation coding strategies CIS+ and HDCIS. METHODS Forty-six adults with a minimum of 6 months of cochlear implant experience were included. CIS+, HDCIS and FSP were compared in speech perception tests in noise,(More)
This prospective study aimed to determine speech understanding in neurofibromatosis type II (NF2) patients following implantation of a MED-EL COMBI 40+ auditory brainstem implant (ABI). Patients (n = 32) were enrolled postsurgically. Nonauditory side effects were evaluated at fitting and audiological performance was determined using the Sound Effects(More)
When lumbar puncture is performed in the sitting position, the patient's thighs are usually at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the trunk, whereas in the lateral position, hip flexion is employed by flexing the patient's knees to the chest. We measured the presumed but hitherto unquantified widening of lumbar interspinous spaces resulting from hip(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine factors related to high levels of speech recognition in patients with the auditory brainstem implant (ABI). STUDY DESIGN Retrospective case review. SETTING International multicenter data from hospitals and tertiary referral facilities. PATIENTS Patients with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) and bilateral vestibular schwannomas. (More)