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Auditory dysfunction in traumatic brain injury

Henry L. Lew, MD, PhD, et al.

Figure. Composite audiograms indicating mean hearing thresholds for patients with blast-related traumaticbrain injury

Effective communication is essential for successful rehabilitation, especially in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study examined the prevalence and characteristics of hearing-related problems in patients with TBI who were admitted to a Department of Veterans Affairs TBI inpatient unit before and after the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). We found a high prevalence of hearing loss and tinnitus in this growing population of returning soldiers, which suggested that we need to develop and implement strategies for diagnosis and management of hearing loss and tinnitus in patients with TBI.


Volume 44 Number 7, 2007
Pages 921 — 928


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