Hey guys, it's Adam, and one of the things that I hear very commonly
is that before brain injury
veterans are really social,
they had a lot of friends,
maybe they had really robust relationships with their family
and close peers,
and after brain injury they kind of disengage a little bit,
they're not as eager to talk on the cellphone,
they're not as eager to communicate.
Maybe they feel a little bit more isolated.
For me, personally,
I don't like to talk over the cellphone, really.
Anything with electronically amplified noise
is difficult to hear; it's difficult to understand.
It's difficult to discern and identify
what words they're saying.
So, it's really stressful and uncomfortable to have a conversation
with somebody over the phone, especially over the cellphone.
One thing that I've found to resolve that conflict
is that it's much more enjoyable to speak
to people face to face, and I've had a lot better luck.
Also, for individuals with impaired cognitive function
it's a lot easier to read
their body language and kind of observe the totality of the situation,
to really effectively communicate that message.
So, it's just a strategy that I hope you'll try,
and, more importantly, I hope it helps.
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Like other veterans with TBI, Adam finds talking on a cellphone stressful and uncomfortable. He prefers talking face-to-face with people — that way he can hear better and also see the person's body language.