Auditory Brainstem Response

The auditory brainstem response (ABR) test is a diagnostic hearing test given to children or those who have difficulty with conventional methods of hearing screening.  It is also used for individuals who have symptoms that suggest a hearing loss in the brain or a brain pathway.

The ABR uses electrodes placed on the forehead, scalp and earlobes.  Small headphones are placed inside each ear.  A series of sounds such as clicks and hisses are played and the brain’s response is recorded and used to determine the level of hearing.  During the test, the individual may rest quietly or sleep.  No response is necessary.  In certain situations, IV sedation may be used.

Studies have shown that children identified with hearing loss who receive treatment no later than six months of age perform significantly better in speech and language compared to those not identified until later.  ABR is routinely performed on newborns. 

For auditory brainstem response testing, qualified audiologists are available to determine if this is the correct diagnostic screening test for you.      

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