Hearing and TBI We were pleased to see that traumatic brain injury (TBI) was highlighted in the June issue of the Leader, but were disappointed when we found that none of the articles included any reference to the impact of TBI on hearing or the role that audiologists can play in the diagnosis ... Inbox
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Hearing and TBI
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.23082018.4
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.23082018.4
We were pleased to see that traumatic brain injury (TBI) was highlighted in the June issue of the Leader, but were disappointed when we found that none of the articles included any reference to the impact of TBI on hearing or the role that audiologists can play in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with TBI.
As stated in the issue, patients with TBI have “complex physical, cognitive, behavioral and psychosocial needs”—hearing also is one of those needs. Further, it was noted that “patients with TBI are also commonly referred to occupational therapists, physical therapists and mental health counselors, who, along with SLPs, provide treatment as part of an interprofessional team.”
Audiologists play a critical role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with TBI and should be included in interprofessional teams working with them. Recent evidence (including articles by Frederick Gallun and his colleagues (bit.ly/jrrd-blast and bit.ly/bi-tbi) suggests that even patients with mild TBI experience hearing difficulties, often despite normal audiometric test results. These types of hearing difficulties are critical to speech, language and cognitive processing and are, therefore, important to the overall assessment and effective treatment of patients with TBI. As such, including audiology in the articles would have provided a more complete professional and clinical picture.
Lindsey E. Jorgensen, Vermillon, South Dakota; Sheila R. Pratt, Pittsburgh

Thank you for writing to the Leader; we agree that audiologists should have been included in that interprofessional team listing. The Leader has covered TBI and hearing-related issues quite recently, particularly in terms of tinnitus—see Taming TBI-Associated Tinnitus and The Tinnitus-Traumatic Brain Injury Link.

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