Scientific Publications:

The following publications present the academic and scientific research work, professional experience and findings of Dr Celene McNeil (and her research colleagues). Dr McNeil is the founding director of Healthy Hearing and Balance Care. If you have any questions about this research work you are welcome to contact us.

  1. Improving Sound Localization After Cochlear Management of Single-Sided Deafness
    Cochlear implantation followed by 3 months of auditory training may have improved sound localization in a patient with single-sided deafness. Further case-controlled studies need to be undertaken to ascertain whether Cochlear implantation alone without formal auditory training will promote the same results.
    Keywords: Auditory training, Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid, Cochlear implants, osseointegrated bone conduction system, Single-sided deafness, Sound localization.
  2. Tonic tensor tympani syndrome in tinnitus and hyperacusis patients: A multi‑clinic prevalence study
    Tonic tensor tympani syndrome (TTTS) is an involuntary, anxiety‐based condition where the reflex threshold for tensor tympani muscle activity is reduced, causing a frequent spasm. This can trigger aural symptoms from tympanic membrane tension, middle ear ventilation alterations and trigeminal nerve irritability. TTTS is considered to cause the distinctive symptoms of acoustic shock (AS), which can develop after exposure to an unexpected loud sound perceived as highly threatening. Hyperacusis is a dominant AS symptom. Aural pain/blockage without underlying pathology has been noted in tinnitus and hyperacusis patients, without wide acknowledgment. The high prevalence of TTTS symptoms suggests they readily develop in tinnitus patients, more particularly with hyperacusis.
    Keywords: Acoustic shock, hyperacusis, tensor tympani, tinnitus, tonic tensor tympani syndrome
  3. Behcet’s Disease presenting as a peripheral vestibulopathy
  4. Tinnitus pitch, masking, and the effectiveness of hearing aids in tinnitus therapy
  5. Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome (TTTS) in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Patients: A Multi-Clinic Incidence Study
  6. Bilateral Cochlear Implants in Long-Term and Short-Term Deafness
  7. Hearing fluctuation is not a predictor of vertigo attacks in Meniere’s syndrome
  8. Signs of Binaural Processing with Bilateral Cochlear Implants in the case of someone with more than 50 years of unilateral deafness
  9. Short-term hearing fluctuation in Meniere’s disease
  10. Tinnitus perception and the effects of a self-programmable hearing aid on hearing fluctuation due to Meniere’s disease
  11. Are cortical auditory evoked potentials useful in the clinical assessment of adults with cochlear implants?
  12. Changes in Audiometric thresholds before, during and after attacks of vertigo associated with Meniere’s Syndrome
  13. Hearing Aids for Meniere’s Syndrome: Implications of Hearing Fluctuation
  14. Cortical auditory evoked responses from an implanted ear after 50 years of profound unilateral deafness
  15. A Hearing Aid System for Fluctuating Hearing Loss Due to Meniere’s Disease: A Case Study
  16. Conventional behind-the-ear hearing aids after subtotal petrosectomy with blind sac surgery
  17. Towards new criteria for hearing aids recommendation
  18. Deafness in adults: the role of the cochlear implant
  19. Drill-induced hearing loss in the non-operated ear
  20. Testing for Perilymphatic Fistula based on Hennebert’s Sign and Tullio Phenomenon
    A test procedure for perilymphatic fistula (PI.F) using both subsonic and sonic stimuli relying on the patients’ reported reactions is described. Its reliability to predict the presence of perilymph fistula is assessed by comparing the pre-operative test results, the surgical findings, and the post-Operative reported symptoms. Based on a sample of 40 operated ears and a control group of 129 ears, the test’s sensitivity to predict PLF was 76% using a sonic stimulus and 83% using a subsonic stimulus. The procedure gave false positive results in ears with Meniere’s disease.
  21. Distortion product otoacoustic Emissions: twelve months experience in a diagnostic clinic
  22. The Validity of the Acoustic Reflex Decay Test in the Diagnosis of Acoustic Neuroma
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