Newborn hearing screening by otoacoustic emissions and automated auditory brainstem response

Karen Jo Doyle, Barbara Burggraaff, Sharon Fujikawa, Ju Kim

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The aim of this study is to compare pass rates for two different hearing screening methods in well newborns as a function of age. Hearing screening tests were performed on 400 ears in 200 healthy newborn infants at the University of California-Irvine Medical Center. The screening methods used were automated auditory brainstem response (ABR) and click evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAE). The infants' ages ranged from 5 to 120 h, with an average age of 24 h. Overall, 88.5% of ears passed the ABR screen, and 79% passed the EOAE screen. There was no significant difference in the ABR pass rate for infants aged 0-24 h of age as compared with infants aged > 24 h. However, the EOAE pass rate improved significantly in infants > 24 h compared with the group aged 0-24 h (P < 0.01). Results are compared with earlier studies and implications for universal hearing screening are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 20 1997


  • Auditory brainstem response
  • Evoked otoacoustic emissions
  • Hearing
  • Newborn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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