Subjective hearing loss and history of traumatic brain injury exhibits abnormal brainstem auditory evoked response: A case report
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A 30-year-old woman presented with long-standing subjective unilateral auditory difficulties 13 years after sustaining closed head trauma. The battery of audiologic tests indicated normal hearing, but brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) tests revealed abnormal neurogenic potentials in the symptomatic ear. The discrepancy between a normal pure tone audiogram and abnormal BAERs suggests that a site of neurologic injury could be causing the patient's problem with auditory perception. Imaging studies with gadolinium enhancement, however, did not document any abnormalities in the brainstem. Our present findings and previously published literature help identify the specific site of a neurologic deficit when routine audiologic tests and imaging studies detect no significant abnormality.
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