Hearing complaints among veterans following traumatic brain injury

Frederick Gallun, Melissa A. Papesh, M. Samantha Lewis

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Abstract

It has been shown that there is an increased risk for impaired auditory function following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Veterans. Evidence is strongest in the area of self-report, but behavioural and electrophysiological data have been obtained that are consistent with these complaints. Peripheral and central dysfunction have both been observed. Historically, studies have focused on penetrating head injuries where central injury is more easily documented than in mild closed head injuries, but several recent reports have expanded the literature to include closed head injuries as well. The lack of imaging technology that can identify which closed head injuries are likely to impact auditory function is a significant barrier to accurate diagnosis and rehabilitation. Current behavioural and electrophysiological measures are effective in substantiating the auditory complaints of these patients but leave many questions unanswered. One significant limitation of current approaches is the lack of clear data regarding the potential influence of those mental health comorbidities that are very likely to be present in the Veteran population. In the area of rehabilitation, there are indications that hearing aids and other assistive listening devices may provide benefit, as can auditory training programmes, yet more research needs to be done.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1183-1187
Number of pages5
JournalBrain Injury
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 29 2017

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Keywords

  • auditory
  • auditory processing
  • Hearing
  • TBI
  • Veteran

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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Hearing complaints among veterans following traumatic brain injury. / Gallun, Frederick; Papesh, Melissa A.; Lewis, M. Samantha.

In: Brain Injury, Vol. 31, No. 9, 29.07.2017, p. 1183-1187.

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Gallun, Frederick ; Papesh, Melissa A. ; Lewis, M. Samantha. / Hearing complaints among veterans following traumatic brain injury. In: Brain Injury. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 9. pp. 1183-1187.
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