Augmented input reveals word deafness in a man with frontotemporal dementia

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We describe a 57 year old, right handed, English speaking man initially diagnosed with progressive aphasia. Language assessment revealed inconsistent performance in key areas. Expressive language was reduced to a few short, perseverative phrases. Speech was severely apraxic. Primary modes of communication included gesture, pointing, gaze, physical touch and leading. Responses were 100% accurate when he was provided with written words, with random or inaccurate responses for strictly auditory/verbal input. When instructions to subsequent neuropsychological tests were written instead of spoken, performance improved markedly. A comprehensive audiology assessment revealed no hearing impairment. Neuroimaging was unremarkable. Neurobehavioral evaluation utilizing written input led to diagnoses of word deafness and frontotemporal dementia, resulting in very different management. We highlight the need for alternative modes of language input for assessment and treatment of patients with language comprehension symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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Frontotemporal Dementia
Deafness
Language
Audiology
Gestures
Neuropsychological Tests
Aphasia
Touch
Hearing Loss
Neuroimaging
Communication
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • augmentative communication
  • Word deafness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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Augmented input reveals word deafness in a man with frontotemporal dementia. / Gibbons, Chris; Oken, Barry; Fried-Oken, Melanie.

In: Behavioural Neurology, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2012, p. 151-154.

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