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Auditory difficulties in blast-exposed Veterans with clinically normal hearing

Gabrielle H. Saunders, PhD, et al.

After returning from combat, many blast-injured Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans report symptoms such as headache, dizziness, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating. In addition, many report hearing problems and yet have clinically normal hearing. This study shows that these Veterans often perform poorly on tests measuring ability to understand speech in noise, to combine input from both ears, to process fast sounds, and to separate out sounds. We also show that scores on these tests are correlated with reported difficulties on tasks that require these abilities. This provides data that ultimately will help clinicians document the hearing of blast-injured Veterans with normal hearing.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.11.0275

Volume 52 Number 3, 2015
   Pages 343 — 360


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Saunders GH, Frederick MT, Arnold M, Silverman S, Chisolm TH, Myers P. Auditory difficulties in blast-exposed Veterans with clinically normal hearing. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(3):343–60.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.11.0275
ResearcherID: Gabrielle H. Saunders, PhD: F-4768-2012; Melissa T. Frederick, AuD: F-2772-2015
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