How Are Babies’ Hearing Screened?

Hearing screening is quick and simple.  The technology used is completely safe and reliable.  It will not hurt your baby.  Your baby will probably sleep through the whole experience.


In a Hospital

All parents will be offered a hearing screening for their newborns before discharge from the hospital. The screen is a quick and reliable process and is completely safe and comfortable for the baby. There is no charge for the screening.

There are 2 pieces of equipment used to test a baby’s hearing

DPOAEDPOAE (Distortion Product Oto-acoustic Emissions)
A small probe is placed in a quiet or sleeping baby’s ear. The probe produces soft sounds and each ear’s response to these sounds is measured and recorded. AABRThe entire screen takes a few minutes and results are available right away.

 

AABR (Automated Auditory Brainstem Response)
A small probe is placed in a quiet or sleeping baby’s ear. The probe produces soft sounds in the baby’s ear. Electrodes are placed on the baby’s forehead and behind the ears to monitor the brain’s response to the sounds and a computer automatically interprets the response. Results of the screen are available right away.



In Your Community

AABRIf your baby needs further testing, he/she should be re-screened in your community two to four weeks after being discharged from hospital. Babies will be screened using the AABR equipment. You will be contacted by the Infant Hearing Program to arrange this follow up appointment. If you have any questions please call us (905)385-7927, ext 227 or toll free at 1-866-826-4327, ext. 227.

AABR (Automated Auditory Brainstem Response)
A small probe is placed in a quiet or sleeping baby’s ear. The probe produces soft sounds in the baby’s ear. Electrodes are placed on the baby’s forehead and behind the ears monitor the brain’s response to the sounds and a computer automatically interprets the response. Results will be available right away.



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