Otoacoustic Emissions OAE Testing

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Testing

Otacoustic emissions (OAE) testing can be done on a sleeping newborn or older child who can sit quietly. It is a painless test and measures the function of the cochlea and other parts of the ear. A small probe is inserted into the ear canal and pulse-type sounds are emitted. If the cochlea is functioning properly, a microphone on the probe will echo from the emitted sounds. A failed OAE means further hearing testing must be administered.

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