Pediatric ABR : Without Sedation

Pediatric ABR Without Sedation

Pediatric ABR Non-sedationYour child's physician has requested a special type of hearing test called an Auditory Brainstem Response Test (ABR). The purpose of the test is to aid in the evaluation of your child's hearing. During the test, your child will rest in a quiet environment while listening to multiple "click" sounds through insert earphones placed into their ears. Four snap electrodes will be taped to their mid and lower forehead as well as behind their ears (mastoid area) or the lobe of each ear. (NO NEEDLES ARE USED. THE TEST IS PAINLESS.)  The audiologist will be measuring small electrical impulses from the hearing nerve in each ear. With a computer, the audiologist will evaluate your child's "brain wave activity" as it appears on a computer screen.

If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, the ABR test will need to be rescheduled as there will not be enough time to complete the evaluation. Please make plans to arrive on time.

It is important that your child remain as relaxed as possible during the test. It is recommended that you keep the child up late the night before or wake him/her up early on the morning of the day of the test. The purpose is for your child to be tired and fall asleep during the test. Please bring along any object(s) that will help your child feel comfortable and assist him/her in falling asleep (a favorite blanket, bottle, stuffed animal, etc.) There is no discomfort associated with the test. If your child wakes up during the test, he/she may need to be repeated on another day in order to finish the testing.

Results of the test will not be available on the same day as the testing. The data collected must be analyzed and reviewed by one of our physicians before the results will be available. If you do not have a follow-up appointment with your child's doctor, the audiologist will contact you in a timely manner to report the results.

We look forward to seeing you and your child at the appointment!

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's appointment, please call (336) 273-9932 and ask for the Audiology Department.

Last revised January 14, 2010