Auditory Brainstem Response ABR Testing for Newborns
 
 

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Testing for Newborns

Auditory brainstem response (ABR) for newborns tests a child's ability to hear. A computer is used to measure how the child's hearing nerves respond to sound. Electrodes are placed on your child's head and the electrodes are connected to a computer. The test is painless, can be done while a child naps or done under anesthesia. An ABR test is usually given if a newborn fails the hearing screening test given in the hospital after birth.

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