Diagnostic Hearing Tests
Many people wonder how we perform a hearing test on a young child. Audiologists have developed different ways of obtaining information from children too young to raise their hand when they hear the beep.
For very young children, we associate the beeping sound with a flashing toy. Once the child understands that a beep means the toy will flash, we begin to make the sound quieter and quieter. Children will continue to look towards the toy every time they hear the beep, even when the beep is extremely soft. This allows us to discover the quietest level at which the child hears. Slightly older children may find the flashing toy too boring. With these children, we are able to play a more interactive game where they may throw a block into a bucket or place a peg into a hole every time they hear the beep. Most kids find this to be a fun game, and we are often able to get a lot of good information about their hearing abilities.
If we are unable to get good information from these behavioral tests, we may decide to use other equipment to obtain a general idea of the hearing status of a child. These tests include tympanometry, which reveals the pressure behind the eardrum and can indicate any middle ear fluid; otoacoustic emissions testing, which gives us information regarding the health of the cochlea or inner ear; or auditory-evoked response testing, which demonstrates the quietest level at which sound information travels along the auditory nerve.
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