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Types of Hearing Tests

What are the different types of hearing tests?

In order to evaluate your child's hearing, your child's physician will perform a complete medical history and physical examination. In addition, there are many different types of hearing tests that can be used to check your child's hearing. Some of them may be used on all ages, while others are used based on your child's age and level of understanding.

Hearing tests for the newborn:

There are two primary types of hearing screening methods for newborns. These may be used alone or together.

If the screening tests identify that your child has a hearing loss, further testing is needed. It is recommended that all babies with hearing loss be identified by 3 months of age so that treatment can begin before the baby is 6 months old, an important time for speech and language development.

Hearing tests for the infant:

Evaluation of hearing in the infant may include the use of the above mentioned EOAE and ABR tests. Also, the following may be used:

Hearing tests for the toddler:

Picture of a young child during play audiometry

Evaluation of hearing may include the above mentioned tests, along with the following:

Hearing tests for the older child:

Evaluation of hearing for the child older than 3 to 4 years may include the above mentioned tests, along with the following:

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