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Audiology. 1987;26(5):284-97.

Brainstem electric-response audiometry in infants of a neonatal intensive care unit.

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Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada.


Brainstem electric-response audiometry was used to assess the auditory function of 600 infants from a neonatal intensive care unit. Two groups of children were tested, one group as inpatients prior to discharge with a mean age at test of 39.4 weeks and one group as outpatients with a mean age at test of 55.4 weeks. Our results indicate that testing infants when they are older will reduce the incidence of failure on the initial evaluation and will reduce the identification of transient hearing losses which resolve spontaneously. Our results also indicate that a threshold of 30 dB nHL or less is probably normal and that some infants with a threshold of 40 dB nHL at first test require otological or audiological management.

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