The test is called the automated otoacoustic emission (AOAE) test. It takes just a few minutes. A small soft-tipped earpiece is placed in your baby's ear and gentle clicking sounds are played. When an ear receives sound, the inner part (called the cochlea) responds. This can be picked up by the screening equipment.
It's not always possible to get clear responses from the first test. This happens with a lot of babies, and does not always mean baby has a permanent hearing loss. It could mean:
In these cases, baby will be offered a second test. This may be the same as the first test, or another type called the automated auditory brainstem response (AABR) test.
The AABR test involves placing three small sensors on your baby's head and neck. Soft headphones are placed over your baby's ears and gentle clicking sounds are played. This test takes between 5 and 15 minutes.
These tests will not harm baby. Baby's hearing test results as soon as the test is done. If baby has a clear response in both ears, they are unlikely to have hearing loss Babies start learning how to use sound as soon as they are born. Listening in the first months of life prepares babies to speak.
By their first birthday, babies are already learning what words mean. Babies start by babbling, using many of the sounds they hear spoken around them. These early steps are building blocks for communication.
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