Audiological correlates to a rupture of a pontine arteriovenous malformation

Frank E. Musiek, Jane A. Baran

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This is a report of a female patient in her midthirties who sustained a hemorrhage secondary to an arteriovenous malformation in the region of the pons. The patient's initial symptoms included hearing loss and tinnitus, which were followed by the more characteristic symptoms of headache and loss of consciousness. Results of audiological testing at three months postaccident documented the presence of a hearing loss and a central auditory processing disorder, and the patient was provided an auditory rehabilitation program. Follow-up testing over the course of an additional year documented improvement in both pure-tone threshold and central test results; however, at 15 months postaccident, some auditory deficits remained, especially in the ear ipsilateral to the primary site of lesion. The anatomical correlates of these deficits are discussed, as are the potential contributions of both the auditory rehabilitation program and spontaneous recovery mechanisms to the documented improvements in auditory function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-171
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Audiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Auditory rehabilitation
  • Brainstem disorder
  • Central auditory processing disorder
  • Vascular disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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