Tests of central auditory processing ability were conducted on 36 patients recently exposed to highintensity blasts on the battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan. Compared with control subjects matched in age and peripheral hearing (which was, at worst, mild impairment in all cases), those exposed to blasts were more likely to perform abnormally on one or more tests of central auditory function. These results suggest that, for some patients, blast exposure may lead to difficulties with hearing in complex auditory environments, even when peripheral hearing sensitivity is near normal limits.
Volume 49 Number 7, 2012
Pages 1005 — 1024
This article and any supplemental material should be cited as follows:
Gallun FJ, Diedesch AC, Kubli LR, Walden TC, Folmer RL, Lewis MS, McDermott DJ, Fausti SA, Leek MR. Performance on tests of central auditory processing by individuals exposed to high-intensity blasts. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(7):1005-24.
ResearcherID: Frederick J. Gallun, PhD: G-3792-2012
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