Otoacoustic Emissions and Your Hearing Health
In previous articles we have gone over the importance of having your newborn tested for hearing loss. This is because hearing health conditions affect the early development of speech and language in children. One of the tests recommended for early detection in a newborn child is the Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) test.
According to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Otoacoustic emissions are sounds given off by the inner ear when sound reaches the cochlea. As ASHA states “The sound can be measured with a small probe inserted into the ear canal. People with normal hearing produce emissions. Those with hearing loss greater than 25–30 decibels (dB) do not produce these very soft sounds.”
To find out more about the differing hearing tests available to help in the early detection of loss of hearing, contact your local Miami Hearing Center. An audiologist will be able to guide you in choosing the right hearing test, as well as help in the treatment of the condition.