First Advisor

Deanna K. Meinke

First Committee Member

Donald S. Finan

Second Committee Member

Erinn Jimmerson

Degree Name

Doctor of Audiology

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Date Created



Sports-related concussions (SRCs) have gained increasing attention in recent years due to the long-lasting effects. While concussions have been extensively studied, the impact on auditory processing in adolescents and adults remains an under-evaluated area within audiology. This gap in research is noteworthy as audiologists are well-positioned to conduct auditory processing disorder (APD) testing, and post-concussion auditory deficits fall within the scope of their practice. This study addresses the lack of consensus on concussion definitions, limited accurate prevalence data, and the absence of guidelines for assessing auditory processing in post-concussion individuals in the audiology field. The research aims to provide a framework for evaluating auditory processing in adults with a history of sports-related concussions. The research findings reveal a compelling link between concussions and APD, with individuals who have experienced multiple concussions exhibiting significant deficits, particularly in listening in noisy environments. The overlap of symptoms experienced following a concussion and those associated with APD (e.g., inattentiveness, difficulty pulling valuable information out of background noise, and a lack of auditory memory) and the overlap of affected anatomical structures such as the corpus callosum, midbrain, and temporal lobe indicate the need for audiological involvement. These connections between concussions and auditory processing difficulties underscore the importance of considering auditory processing assessments in the broader context of post-concussion care alongside a multidisciplinary team. By highlighting the relationship between concussions and APD, this research aims to contribute valuable insights to the field of audiology. The conclusions provide a foundation for the development of standardized clinical guidelines by professional organizations, facilitating more effective evaluation and treatment of post-concussive auditory processing deficits. This research addresses a critical gap in the field, emphasizing the vital role of audiologists in comprehensive care for post-concussion individuals.

Abstract Format



Communication Sciences and Disorders


103 pages

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