An auditory brainstem response test is used to determine how well the inner ear and auditory pathway are working. Electrodes are placed around your head to record brain wave activities. You will be asked to lie down and stay still for the duration of the test. Sounds are played and your brain wave activity in response to the sounds is measured.
This test is also used in newborn hearing screening programs. Instead of testing with a variety of intensities, only one tone is used and the newborn either passes or fails. If the newborn fails the screening, a comprehensive series of tests is performed later.
We do not perform ABR testing here, but can refer you to an ENT clinic that can provide these services.