by Chris Kelly, Founder, AbScent
Smell training has been demonstrated to improve patient outcomes where smell loss arises from upper respiratory illness and in some cases of brain injury. The deciding factor for TBI patients is how severe the injury to the olfactory nerve is--whether the nerve has been severed or just bruised.
I am aware that many patients are afraid to begin smell training for fear of being disappointed. "I'm not ready to start yet" is one comment I heard recently. Others dismiss the therapy, on the basis that it can't be for them. "I tried that once. It didn't work for me". They think it sounds implausible and are dismissive, which is a shame in cases where smell training may well be of benefit.
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