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Auditory and visual impairments in patients with blast-related traumatic brain injury: Effect of dual sensory impairment on Functional Independence Measure

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

Recent studies found that hearing and vision impairments appear to be common in troops incurring polytraumatic injury while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hearing and vision are the major communication channels between people and are the primary guides for functioning within our environment. We examined records of patients in a Department of Veterans Affairs Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center to study the affect of auditory, visual, and dual sensory impairment (DSI) on recovery as assessed by the Functional Independence Measure. DSI was associated with a poorer outcome. Our findings suggest a need for better rehabilitation strategies to improve functioning in cases of DSI.

Volume 46 Number 6, 2009
   Pages 819  — 826

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