Sudden Hearing Loss Following a Traumatic Head Injury: A Case Study This is a case study of a 40-year-old male with a sudden profound sensorineural hearing loss experienced secondary to a skull fracture incurred during a violent assault. Following the acute phase of his medical care, the patient received long-term multidisciplinary rehabilitative care in two states that included audiologic, psychologic, and ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2012
Sudden Hearing Loss Following a Traumatic Head Injury: A Case Study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Catherine Schroy
    Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Amanda Ortmann
    Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Elizabeth Mauzé
    Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Editor’s Note
    Editor’s Note×
    This case history is presented to stimulate thought as well as discussion among clinicians regarding the importance of a person/patient-centered approach in audiology practice. Although the circumstances surrounding the onset of Edward’s hearing loss are particularly traumatic, sudden hearing loss can be a devastating experience for anyone. We invite readers to post comments and questions regarding Edward’s case on the SIG 7 forum and to share their experiences with other cases regarding sudden onset of hearing loss. Go to the SIG 7 Community through ASHA Communities and join our discussion.
    This case history is presented to stimulate thought as well as discussion among clinicians regarding the importance of a person/patient-centered approach in audiology practice. Although the circumstances surrounding the onset of Edward’s hearing loss are particularly traumatic, sudden hearing loss can be a devastating experience for anyone. We invite readers to post comments and questions regarding Edward’s case on the SIG 7 forum and to share their experiences with other cases regarding sudden onset of hearing loss. Go to the SIG 7 Community through ASHA Communities and join our discussion.×
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Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Articles
Article   |   May 01, 2012
Sudden Hearing Loss Following a Traumatic Head Injury: A Case Study
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2012, Vol. 19, 15-24. doi:10.1044/arii19.1.15
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2012, Vol. 19, 15-24. doi:10.1044/arii19.1.15

This is a case study of a 40-year-old male with a sudden profound sensorineural hearing loss experienced secondary to a skull fracture incurred during a violent assault. Following the acute phase of his medical care, the patient received long-term multidisciplinary rehabilitative care in two states that included audiologic, psychologic, and vocational services. This case highlights the need to make resources available to the patient, but stresses the importance of a patient-centered approach. Service providers often think they know what is best for their patients and are frustrated, if not disappointed, when patients do not follow advice. In this case, it became apparent that the patient needed to decide when he was ready to address all of the issues related to his hearing loss and subsequent communication, psychosocial, and vocational difficulties.

Acknowledgements
This work was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health #RO1DC008964-01A1. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders or the National Institutes of Health. We would also like to thank Microsoft® for permission to use their clip art.
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