If you wonder if a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect smell and taste, the answer is yes. For many people, this is an alarming prospect, because smell and taste are important senses in our lives. But for those who suffer a TBI, the loss of these senses is a real phenomenon.
Not only does smell and taste add to our enjoyment of food, but it is also part of our wider sensory system.
You may not think of it, but senses can also warn us of danger. Smell can alert us of smoke, so we know a fire is near. Taste can warn us that certain drinks may be harmful to intake.
Smell and taste can also be tied to emotional responses. They may bring back memories such as smelling homemade cookies made by your mother or the taste of pumpkin lattes enjoyed by so many every fall.
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