Objective Assessment of Hearing in Children: Update on Procedures and Protocols Early identification and diagnosis of hearing loss in infants and young children is the first step toward appropriate and effective intervention and is critical for optimal communicative and psychosocial development. Limitations of behavioral assessment techniques in pediatric populations necessitate the use of an objective test battery to enable complete and ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2011
Objective Assessment of Hearing in Children: Update on Procedures and Protocols
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  • James W. Hall, III
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    Department of Communication Pathology, University of PretoriaSouth Africa
  • Anuradha R. Bantwal
    Department of Audiology, Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing HandicappedMumbai, India
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Article   |   December 01, 2011
Objective Assessment of Hearing in Children: Update on Procedures and Protocols
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, December 2011, Vol. 21, 50-58. doi:10.1044/hhdc21.2.50
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, December 2011, Vol. 21, 50-58. doi:10.1044/hhdc21.2.50

Early identification and diagnosis of hearing loss in infants and young children is the first step toward appropriate and effective intervention and is critical for optimal communicative and psychosocial development. Limitations of behavioral assessment techniques in pediatric populations necessitate the use of an objective test battery to enable complete and accurate assessment of auditory function. Since the introduction of the cross-check principle 35 years ago, the pediatric diagnostic test battery has expanded to include, in addition to behavioral audiometry, acoustic immittance measures, otoacoustic emissions, and multiple auditory evoked responses (auditory brainstem response, auditory steady state response, and electrocochleography). We offer a concise description of a modern evidence-based audiological test battery that permits early and accurate diagnosis of auditory dysfunction.

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