Sensory sensitivity in operation enduring freedom/operation Iraqi freedom veterans with and without blast exposure and mild traumatic brain injury

Megan L. Callahan, Laurence M. Binder, Maya O'Neil, Belle Zaccari, Mai S. Roost, Shahrokh Golshan, Marilyn Huckans, Jesse R. Fann, Daniel Storzbach

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To examine factors associated with noise and light sensitivity among returning Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans with a self-reported history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) due to blast exposure, we compared the self-report of noise and light sensitivity of 42 OEF/OIF Veterans diagnosed with mTBI resulting from combat blast-exposure to that of 36 blast-exposed OEF/OIF Veterans without a history of mTBI. Results suggest a statistically significant difference between Veterans with and without a history of mTBI in the experience of noise and light sensitivity, with sensory symptoms reported most frequently in the mTBI group. The difference remains significant even after controlling for symptoms of PTSD, depression, and somatization. These data suggest that while psychological distress is significantly associated with the complaints of noise and light sensitivity, it may not fully account for the experience of sensory sensitivity in a population with mTBI history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Neuropsychology
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 9 2016



  • Blast exposure
  • concussion
  • light sensitivity
  • noise sensitivity
  • posttraumatic stress
  • traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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