Characteristics of auditory agnosia in a child with severe traumatic brain injury: A case report

Nina Hattiangadi, Joseph P. Pillion, Beth Slomine, James Christensen, Melissa K. Trovato, Lynn J. Speedie

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We present a case that is unusual in many respects from other documented incidences of auditory agnosia, including the mechanism of injury, age of the individual, and location of neurological insult. The clinical presentation is one of disturbance in the perception of spoken language, music, pitch, emotional prosody, and temporal auditory processing in the absence of significant deficits in the comprehension of written language, expressive language production, or peripheral auditory function. Furthermore, the patient demonstrates relatively preserved function in other aspects of audition such as sound localization, voice recognition, and perception of animal noises and environmental sounds. This case study demonstrates that auditory agnosia is possible following traumatic brain injury in a child, and illustrates the necessity of assessment with a wide variety of auditory stimuli to fully characterize auditory agnosia in a single individual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-25
Number of pages14
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005


  • Auditory agnosia
  • Auditory brain stem response
  • Auditory perception
  • Complex sound processing
  • Language processing
  • Pediatric
  • Pure word deafness
  • Temporal processing
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Verbal comprehension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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