Auditory functions of 32 Israeli soldiers with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were evaluated and compared with those of 32 matched controls without PTSD. The evaluation included peripheral auditory functions, tolerance to noise, and central auditory informational functions. Tolerance of intense auditory stimuli by PTSD patients was similar to that of controls. Significant differences were found between left and right ear central auditory functions in a subgroup of 13 PTSD subjects, but neither in other PTSD patients nor in controls. These findings are discussed in the light of previous research concerning abnormal responses to auditory stimulus in PTSD, hemispheric disconnection, alexithymia, and psychosomatic disorders.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
From the Department of Mental Health, IDF Medical Corps., (AS., A.B., M.K.), the Institute for the Research of Noise Hazards, IDFhfedicaICorps, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel (J.A., H.S., A.Shabar): and the Department of Psych&&y. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD (A.%) Address reprint requests to Dr. A. Sbalev. Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Sridge Road, Betbesda, MD, 20814-4799. supported in pari by a grant from Strauss Hanauer Fund. Received March 31, 1987; revised October 13, 1987.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biological Psychiatry