Newborn Hearing Screening Methods
The two methods considered suitable for hearing screening are OAE (otoacoustic emissions) and AABR (automated auditory brainstem response). OAE testing is quick and inexpensive with regard to the equipment and disposables costs.
AABR testing takes a little more time to perform and the equipment and disposables are more expensive.
AABR typically has better test specificity, meaning that fewer babies with normal hearing will be referred for more tests.
Also, AABR detects hearing problems caused by conditions in the auditory nervous system whereas OAE only detects cochlear hearing loss.
AABR is particularly recommended for babies whose birth history puts them at higher risk for hearing loss.
MAICO Devices for Newborn Hearing Screening
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