Presenter: Shahrzad Cohen, Au.D., FAAA
Traumatic Brian Injuries, also known as TBI, have many associated hearing disorders that need to be addressed to increase the life quality of the injured person. Knowledge of these issues will help self-advocacy to increase daily function and bring relief to the person and the family.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” In addition, service members and Veterans potentially have the additional exposures to blast, both from combat and from training.
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) reported more than 408,000 TBIs among U.S. service members worldwide between 2000 and early 2019. The majority of those TBIs were classified as mild. TBI and its associated co-morbidities [including hearing loss] are also a significant cause of disability outside of military settings, most often as the result of assaults, falls, automobile accidents, or sports injuries.