Sensitivity of the Automated Auditory Brainstem Response in Neonatal Hearing Screening

Levit et al, 2015 Pediatrics                                          

Link to abstract: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/136/3/e641.abstract

This article investigated the sensitivity of the auditory brainstem response (ABR) test to identify hearing loss. A cohort of infants who failed the initial screening otoacoustic emissions test (TEOAE), or were admitted to the NICU for more than 5 days, were referred for further testing with the ABR. 24% of the infants who passed the ABR were later diagnosed with hearing loss, which represented more than 50% infants in the cohort who were diagnosed with hearing loss.

*This study highlights the need for regular auditory testing and need for continued improvement of the sensitivity of the ABR.