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How can I cope with hearing loss after a brain injury?

A person who suffered from a traumatic brain injury is likely going to have a variety of effects to deal with. One of those effects might be hearing loss. There are several different ways that hearing loss can affect the person, and there are many ways that he or she can cope with the hearing loss he or she experiences.

How can hearing loss affect the TBI patient?

A person who has had a TBI might suffer from memory difficulties or attention difficulties. These might be caused by the hearing loss, but they could also be a direct effect of the TBI. If a person who has a TBI and hearing loss is experiencing these effects, it is important to take steps to determine what is causing the issue so that it can be addressed.

How can hearing loss issues be addressed?

It is sometimes necessary to use medical treatments to help with the hearing loss. This can include the use of hearing aids or special therapy. There are also some actions you can take at home to help address the issues. Only talk to one or two people at a time. Trying to make out what is being said in a large group might be difficult. Keeping background noise to a minimum might help so that you can focus on the person who is speaking to you. Assistive devices might also help.

Many of the interventions to help people with hearing loss after a TBI come at a cost. If the TBI was caused by negligence or recklessness, you might decide to seek compensation to help you afford the care and assistance you need.

Source: BrainLine.org, "Hearing Loss After TBI," Janet Brown, accessed Aug. 04, 2016

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