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Experience with the audiologic assessment of infants and toddlers.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
0165-5876
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
23
Issue
1
Pages
59–71
Identifiers
PMID: 1592552
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Experience with the behavioral assessment of hearing sensitivity is reported for 211 babies and toddlers aged 6-24 months. The visually reinforced head-turn procedure, visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA), was utilized to obtain threshold estimates for infants evaluated for both research and clinical purposes. At the initial test session, 90% of the infants and toddlers provided useful audiometric threshold data for air-conducted tonal signals; 84% could be assessed using standard earphones. The equipment arrangement described allows a single audiologist to complete the VRA assessment. The behavioral test technique offers the clinician a simple, efficient procedure for the routine audiometric assessment of the vast majority of very young children.

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