A 39-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

can a person hear sounds around them if they are in a coma?

1 doctor answer
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 or minimally responsive state, during which patients may appear to be in coma, a patient may have memory of what is said.
Answered on Feb 28, 2016

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience Neurology
Panic attacks?: Hyperventilation syndrome, panic attacks or anxiety are the likeliest causes of the symptom complex your are describing at your age !
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Coma: Coma is a state of unconscious unresponsiveness. A person in coma can not feel, smell or hear. If a person is able to experience these sensations th ... Read More
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
5
5 thanks
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
1
1 comment
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month