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Hearing tests for newborns
There are two primary types of hearing screening methods for newborns. These may be used alone or together. The ABR test is preferred because the EOAE test may miss a type of hearing loss called auditory dys-synchrony.
Auditory brainstem response (ABR). A test that uses electrodes (wires) attached with adhesive to the baby's scalp. The test measures the brain's activity in response to the sounds. Like EOAE, this test is painless and quick.
Evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAE). This test uses a tiny, flexible plug that is inserted into the baby's ear. This test is painless and is usually completed within a few minutes, while the baby sleeps.
Hearing tests for infants
Evaluation of hearing in your infant may include the use of EOAE and ABR tests (see above). Children's also uses:
Hearing tests for toddlers
Hearing tests for older children
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