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Experience with the audiologic assessment of infants and toddlers.

Authors
  • Gravel, J S1
  • Traquina, D N
  • 1 Department of Otolaryngology, Rose F. Kennedy Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461.
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1992
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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