Current Perspectives on Blast Injury and Inner Ear Function To date, the War on Terror has produced over 30,000 wounded military personnel, with a large proportion of injuries attributed to blasts. Dizziness and imbalance are common complaints among the blast-injured population. Therapeutic intervention within this population has been less than ideal. The functional consequences to the inner ear vestibular ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2012
Current Perspectives on Blast Injury and Inner Ear Function
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  • Kristal N. Mills
    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Sherri M. Jones
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Disclosure: Kristal N. Mills has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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Article   |   July 01, 2012
Current Perspectives on Blast Injury and Inner Ear Function
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, July 2012, Vol. 16, 26-34. doi:10.1044/hhd16.1.26
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, July 2012, Vol. 16, 26-34. doi:10.1044/hhd16.1.26

To date, the War on Terror has produced over 30,000 wounded military personnel, with a large proportion of injuries attributed to blasts. Dizziness and imbalance are common complaints among the blast-injured population. Therapeutic intervention within this population has been less than ideal. The functional consequences to the inner ear vestibular system following blast exposure have not been well characterized. Herein, we provide a historical perspective of dizziness following head injury. We also review recent research that has provided some insight about blast exposure and vestibular and ocular motor function. Lastly, we will address some future directions for research examining vestibular function post-blast exposure.

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