Top causes of a concussion may include: falls, motor vehicle-related injury, sports, assaults, and unintentionally being struck by or against an object.

“A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” CDC, 2019.

What are the top symptoms following a concussion?

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Issues with vision (difficulty reading, double vision, etc.)
  • Fatigue/issues sleeping
  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, or motion
  • Emotional changes

The presence of dizziness and vestibular symptoms can prolong recovery following a concussion.

Auditory and Vestibular complaints after a concussion often include:

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  • Spontaneous room-spinning (objective vertigo)

  • Positional vertigo

  • Self-spinning dizziness (subjective vertigo)

  • Lightheadedness

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Oculomotor Dysfunction

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Difficulty reading

  • Difficulty reading

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Balance Issues

  • Imbalance

  • Pulling/pulling sensation

  • Increased clumsiness

  • Increased falls

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Auditory Complaints

  • Difficulty hearing in noise

  • Sensitivity to sound

  • Tinnitus

  • Hearing loss/muffled

  • Aural fullness/pressure

  • Otalgia