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Hearing tests for newborns by dr. frank brettschneider

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Early detection of hearing loss and deafness in children is vital to proper treatment, necessary modification to communication methods, and proper attention to other conditions that may be related to a child’s hearing loss. Through the efforts of The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, along with federally funded programs, newborn hearing tests are conducted in all U.S. states and territories. To detect whether the dysfunction is related to the ear or the brain, specialists apply two separate, completely painless tests.

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Hearing tests for newborns by dr. frank brettschneider

  1. 1. Hearing Tests for NewbornsBY DR. FRANK BRETTSCHNEIDER
  2. 2. Hearing Tests for NewbornsEarly detection of hearing loss and deafness inchildren is vital to proper treatment, necessarymodification to communication methods, and properattention to other conditions that may be related to achild’s hearing loss. Through the efforts of TheNational Institute on Deafness and OtherCommunicative Disorders, along with federallyfunded programs, newborn hearing tests areconducted in all U.S. states and territories. To detectwhether the dysfunction is related to the ear or thebrain, specialists apply two separate, completelypainless tests.
  3. 3. Hearing Tests for Newborns The first, an otoacoustic emissions test, examines thefunction of the ear to determine if all parts are workingproperly. A soft sponge earphone is inserted into the earcanal, and emits a series of sounds that range infrequency. The response of the child indicates whetherthe infant has a proper range of hearing. The secondtest, an auditory brain stem response, combinescomfortable headphones with electrodes placed on thechild’s head. While causing no discomfort to theinfant, the electrodes measure brain activity duringsound emissions. The two tests combined can identifyhearing loss and narrow the cause to specific earabnormalities or to a brain dysfunction.
  4. 4. About the AuthorDr. Frank Brettschneider is a Board CertifiedOtolaryngologist serving the community of PortHuron, Michigan, through his private practice, PortHuron ENT PC, and through affiliation with localhospitals.

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