Objective hearing level estimation in infants with severe to profound impairment: role of Steady State Evoked Potential threshold testing [Abstract]
AuthorRANCE, GARY; Briggs, R. J. S.; Dowell, Richard C.; Rickards, F. W.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleProgram & Abstracts 7th Symposium Cochlear Implants in Children
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme; Rickards, Field; Rance, Gary; Dowell, Richard; Briggs, Robert
Document TypeConference Item
CitationsRance, G., Briggs, R. J. S., Dowell, R. C., Rickards, F. W., & Clark, G. M. (1998). Objective hearing level estimation in infants with severe to profound impairment: role of Steady State Evoked Potential threshold testing [Abstract]. In Program & Abstracts 7th Symposium Cochlear Implants in Children, Iowa City, Iowa.
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Accurate determination of hearing levels in potential cochlear implant candidates is an important part of pre-operative investigation. This is particularly the case for children younger than two years of age in whom speech perception testing is not possible. We have found the Steady-State Evoked Potential (SSEP) technique to be a reliable and accurate objective measure of residual hearing. Threshold estimation using the click-evoked auditory brainstem response cannot quantify hearing loss in the severe to profound range because of the presentation level restriction (? 100 dBnHL) and the broadband stimulus. The SSEP technique employs modulated tones at levels as high as 120 dBHL and can be used to estimate the audiograms of subjects with little or no residual hearing and absent click-auditory brainstem responses. We have demonstrated a strong relationship between behavioural and SSEP thresholds and believe that the procedure provides an important safeguard in the paediatric selection process. The possible exception is in children with retrocochlear abnormalities such as �Auditory Neuropathy�. In these subjects we have found poorer correlation between SSEP and behavioural thresholds.
Keywordsotolaryngology; cochlear implant candidates; Steady-State Evoked Potential; SSEP
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