Screening and Assessment of Hearing Loss in Infants

Barbara Cone

in The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education, Volume 1, Second Edition

Second edition

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199750986
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Screening and Assessment of Hearing Loss in Infants

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Screening newborns for hearing loss has become the standard of care in many regions of the world. Electroacoustic (evoked otoacoustic emissions) and electrophysiological (auditory brainstem response) methods are used for screening. These methods are also used in assessment of hearing loss, as well as behavioral methods such as visual reinforcement audiometry and other electrophysiological techniques such as electrocochleography, auditory steady-state responses, and cortical auditory evoked potential. This chapter describes the physiological bases of and the methods used for screening and assessment of infant hearing.

Keywords: otoacoustic emissions; auditory evoked potentials; auditory brainstem response; visual reinforcement audiometry; auditory assessment; screening; deaf; hard-of-hearing; hearing loss

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Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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