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Hearing Tests for Babies

Hearing Tests for Babies

According to the National Institutes of Health, 2 to 3 children out of 1,000 in the U.S. are born with a hearing impairment, making hearing loss the number one birth defect in America.

Any kind of early hearing loss can be a serious problem, and can undermine the foundation of language development, which experts believe is built during the early months and years of life. If undiagnosed and untreated, pediatric hearing impairment can result in major language development problems, poor academic achievement, and behavioral/social issues.

The Speech and Hearing Center is the first and only provider in the area who can test infants and toddlers hearing through Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, without the use of sedation. We use the Vivosonic Integrity V500, the world's only wireless system for auditory electrophysiological assessment and hearing screening, to obtain ABR data without sedation or anesthesia, thanks to Vivosonic's patented, digital, signal-processing techniques.

Avoiding sedation is imperative clinically and economically. Our patients are not subjected to the associated risks of sedation, while simultaneously saving on health care costs. Patients who have previously not been candidates for sedation, and therefore for ABR, can now be successfully tested and provided the care they need. This is particularly helpful with restless, non-cooperating patients like young children, as well as mentally and/or physically challenged patients. Additionally, the Speech & Hearing Center is able to swiftly schedule patients, which is critical when aspiring toward early identification and preventing the development of speech delays.