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The sensory consequences of a traumatic brain injury

Anybody who suffers a traumatic brain injury must deal with a lot of issues. While some of these are nuisances, others can have a more pronounced negative impact on their life.

Every system in the body can be affected by the traumatic brain injury. The location, severity and type of injury have a role in what systems are impacted -- and many TBI victims find their senses altered in surprising ways.

Numbness and left neglect

A TBI victim might experience some numbness if their somatosensory cortex is damaged. This side effect can also come from damaged nerves. For some people, spatial neglect is also possible. This leads to a loss of awareness of one side of the body. It usually occurs to the left side of the body, so it's dubbed left neglect. An individual who has these side effects must be sure to be vigilant when they're around heat because they can easily end up burned without realizing it.

Hearing, smell and vision loss

Some people who have a traumatic brain injury also lose their ability to hear, smell or see. It's fairly uncommon that a person will experience all three sensory losses all at the same time. Even when only one of these occurs, however, it can have a significant effect on someone's life.

As you can imagine, dealing with the impacts of a brain injury can be time-consuming and could be costly. Added to the medical care costs, these expenses can add up quickly. When the traumatic brain injury was the result of another person's negligence, seeking compensation may be in order.

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