A 38-year-old member asked:
can a patient in coma hear?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Mike Bowman answered
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 you. Certainly, it can't hurt to talk to a friend or loved one in a coma. Best wishes.
Answered on Sep 4, 2012
Dr. William Singer answered
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 or minimally responsive state, during which patients may appear to be in coma, a patient may have memory of what is said.
Answered on May 25, 2017
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