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Is it at all possible to have auditory dysfunction from involvement

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Is it at all possible to have auditory dysfunction from involvement of the spinal cord in the thoracic region or below? I know there are no direct pathways that run through here, so it seems that the answer is no.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 5 years ago.
You are correct.

The auditory pathways remain from the inner ear to the brainstem and brain, and do not venture into the spinal cord.

So there should be no issues with hearing from any type of spinal cord injury.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
is there any way, indirectly, that there may be hearing issues due to spinal cord injury (eg: altered afferent input to the thalamus, causing issues at the thalamus level)?
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 5 years ago.
That really shouldn't happen. I am not aware of such an association.
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