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Can a patient in coma hear

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Maybe: Depends on why they are in the coma as to whether or not their hearing nerve pathways might be working. Your doctors may or may not be able to tell y ... Read More
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
No: Coma is usually defined as unconscious unresponsiveness. During coma an individual cannot hear. However during an acute or chronic vegetative state ... Read More

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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
22 years experience Neurology
Difficult : BP change on talking to the comatose patient means his autonomic system is responding to some stimuli not necessarily speaking. I am not aware of stud ... Read More
Dr. Jennifer Berkeley
17 years experience Neurology
Maybe: Any physiologic response to an external stimulus can be a sign of responsiveness, which is better than unresponsiveness. So, if a coma patient has an ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Likely yes!: I can answer this from personal experience. I spent months in an ICU on a ventilator and i was in a coma for part of that time. I heard a lot more tha ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
It depends: There are many forms of coma. With light coma the patient can be aware and remember everything that occurs around him. In deeper forms they may be a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
No: Coma is usually defined as unconscious unresponsiveness. During coma an individual cannot hear. However during an acute or chronic vegetative state ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
26 years experience Palliative Care
Yes they can. : We used to think not, but after interviewing those patients who have awakened from their coma state, they clearly have some but not total recall of s ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Good question: In some cases, communication is possible, especially in so called akinetic mutism or locked in syndrome, but if coma is due to severe brain injury or ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Arbit
32 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
They may die: If someone in coma is kept alive by artificial means and those means are taken away, someone would die. People in coma may still have brainstem funct ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
No: Coma is usually defined as unconscious unresponsiveness. During coma an individual cannot hear. However during an acute or chronic vegetative state ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
15 years experience Neurology
It depends on what: you mean by "helping". Most doctors do not know much about reflexology and I am one of those docs, so I cannot tell you. All I can tell you is that ... Read More

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