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Babies are  screened shortly after birth for hearing loss prior to discharge from the hospital. Otoacoustic emissions  testing is used. A sound is presented to the ear, and if the ear “hears it” , the ear will make a noise in return that can be detected by the device. Auditory brainstem testing can also be done but requires sedation. Neither of these two modalities require the patient to respond. At approximately six months of age, hearing screening can be done on infants using a large sound booth and they respond to sounds by moving their head toward the source of the sound. We do have the sound booth testing available in our office.

Last updated on February 13, 2010 by Web Manager