Subjective methods, such as sound makers or sole
reliance on parent interviews, have not proven to be
reliable for screening young children for hearing loss.
Handheld otoacoustic emissions (OAE) screening is the
most practical method for screening infants and toddlers
during well-child visits because it:
- Does not require a behavioral response.
- Call help to detect sensorineural hearing loss and call
attention to a wide range of hearing-health concerns.
- Is quick and painless.
- Is often a reimbursable procedure.
- Can be conducted by anyone who is trained to use the
equipment and is skilled in working with children.