An auditory brainstem response (ABR) test
is an objective, safe and painless test
usually done with infants to
see how the hearing nerves
and brain respond to sounds.
It gives health care providers information
about possible hearing loss.
Types of ABR test:
There are two types of ABR test:
1. Diagnostic ABR
2. Screening ABR
Screening ABR is a test
done to newborn babies to determine
if the child has a hearing loss or not.
Results are either Pass or Fail
if the child passes, this
means he is hearing well, and he
doesn't have a hearing
impairment, but if the child fails in the
test, that means he has a hearing
impairment and needs to
follow up to do more test to confirm
his hearing impairment
How should we prepare for an ABR ?
- the child should be sleeping or stay quiet.
- room should be quiet and
the lights are dimmed.
- clean the skin and apply a conductive
past or gel then attach the electrodes.