Sensory Sensitivity in TBI: Implications for Chronic Disability

Megan L. Callahan, Miranda M. Lim

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Purpose of Review: This review investigates the relationship between sensory sensitivity and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the role sensory sensitivity plays in chronic disability. Recent Findings: TBI is a significant cause of disability with a range of physical, cognitive, and mental health consequences. Sensory sensitivities (e.g., noise and light) are among the most frequently reported, yet least outwardly recognizable symptoms following TBI. Clinicians and scientists alike have yet to identify consistent nomenclature for defining noise and light sensitivity, making it difficult to accurately and reliably assess their influence. Noise and light sensitivity can profoundly affect critical aspects of independent function including communication, productivity, socialization, cognition, sleep, and mental health. Summary: Research examining the prevalence of sensory sensitivity and evidence for the association of sensory sensitivity with TBI is inconclusive. Evidence-based interventions for sensory sensitivity, particularly following TBI, are lacking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number56
JournalCurrent neurology and neuroscience reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Light sensitivity
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Noise sensitivity
  • PTSD
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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