An automated auditory brainstem response (AABR) method, the Maico MB-11 with BERAphone®, has been developed for hearing screening in newborns. The aim of this study was to test the validity of this automated ABR screening method in a multistage newborn hearing screening (NHS). We applied a "five level" protocol using transient evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE), AABR-MB-11 with BERAphone® and conventional auditory brainstem response (ABR). TEOAE, AABR, and conventional ABR testing were performed by ENT specialists experienced in neonatal screening techniques. Among the 8,671 newborns tested (males 3,889; females 4,782), only 42 newborns were lost to follow-up and the final false-positive rate was of 0.03%. Our experience highlights that for the neonatal period, conventional auditory brainstem response is the most reliable method for assessing the hearing level and minimizing the false-positive rate. Although AABR (performed by ENT specialists experienced in neonatal screening techniques) is easy to use, fast and with a good compliance, the device is unable to provide accurate and certain diagnosis on the degree of hearing loss to allow a proper treatment.
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|Titolo:||Evaluation of an automated auditory brainstem response in a multi-stage infant hearing screening|
|Autori interni:||GUASTINI, LUCA|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Rivista:||EUROPEAN ARCHIVES OF OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|