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Audiological issues and hearing loss among Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury

Michael Oleksiak, et al.

Figure 1. Study cohort flowchart. mTBI = mild traumatic brain injury, VA = Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hearing difficulty is a common problem among veterans who experience a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). We reviewed the medical records of 250 Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veterans diagnosed with mild TBI and recorded their hearing problems and subsequent visits to audiology. Results demonstrate a high frequency of hearing difficulty and/ or loss within this population. We also discusses typical tests and treatment. OIF/OEF veterans and clinicians should be aware that hearing issues after a mild TBI are frequent. Open discussion of this common problem may result in veterans– increased willingness to request and receive treatment.

Volume 49 Number 7, 2012
   Pages 995 — 1004


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Oleksiak M, Smith BM, St. Andre JR, Caughlan CM, Steiner M. Audiological issues and hearing loss among Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(7):995-1004.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.01.0001

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