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How do TBIs affect the senses?

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2021 | Injuries, Personal Injury |

After suffering a traumatic brain injury, your concern may focus on the potential physical and cognitive effects, such as headaches or a loss of consciousness. However, the impact of your injury may extend beyond the symptoms commonly thought of.

Due to a TBI, you may experience a range of sensory issues.


According to MayoClinic.org, traumatic brain injuries may cause vision issues. For instance, after suffering a TBI, you may have blind spots or see in double vision. Additionally, you may have trouble recognizing certain objects and experience impairments with your hand-eye coordination.


A traumatic brain injury may also affect your hearing. Due to a TBI, you may experience persistent ringing in your ears. Tinnitus resulting from head trauma may resolve within days of your injury, or it may linger for an extended period.


Head trauma resulting in a TBI may cause trouble with your ability to smell. For example, you may have a persistent bad smell in your nose. Alternatively, you may have changes in your ability to smell, such as losing all sense of smell.


Due to your TBI, you may experience taste issues. You may have changes in your ability to taste or experience a persistent bitter taste in your mouth.


You may also experience touch sensory issues due to your traumatic brain injury. A TBI may cause itching, tingling or painful sensations on the skin.

In addition to affecting your senses, a TBI may impact nearly every aspect of your life. However, options exist to help you recover compensation that may aid you on your path to recovery.

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