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Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry test (BERA) is a helpful test in determining the child’s ability to hear. It is conducted to examine auditory and brain functions in response to the sound stimulus. It measures the auditory nerves response to the sound. It is also called as Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR). It is most commonly done for newborns and children’s up to the age of seven.
Why Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry Test?
It is done when a baby fails newborn hearing screening done in hospitals and for older children if hearing loss is suspected. It is done to investigate the hearing level in the children’s and the magnitude of hearing loss.
What are the Benefits of BERA/ABR?
Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR)
Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) is an objective test used for evaluation of hearing ability in children too young for traditional audiometric testing. Most children are referred for ASSR after a newborn hearing screen in the hospital indicates the possibility of hearing loss. Early intervention strategies, such as hearing devices or cochlear implantation, are necessary for the development of speech and language skills in a child with hearing impairment. The results obtained from ASSR testing can be used to estimate the behavioural pure-tone audiogram. This information is essential in the management of children with hearing loss.
The person being tested must be very quiet and still in order to obtain reliable ASSR results. Often, testing is performed under sedation or in natural sleep if the person is under 6 months of age. Results are obtained by measuring brain activity while the person listens to tones of varying frequency (pitch) and intensity (loudness).The brain activity is recorded using electrodes taped on the forehead and behind each ear. The use of electrodes eliminates the need for active participation of the patient (i.e., pushing a response button every time a tone is activated). The results are detected objectively using statistical formulas that determine the presence or absence of a true response. Similar to traditional audiometric testing, threshold is determined as the lowest level at each frequency at which a response is present. ASSR provides an accurate, frequency-specific estimate of the behavioral pure-tone audiogram