Non-sedated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), sometimes referred to as Brainstem Evoked Response (BSER) testing, is performed at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital's Hearing Center for one of three main reasons:
1. To obtain an estimate of hearing for those patients where traditional behavioral testing is not successful.
2. To determine the functioning of the auditory nerve.
3. To rule out certain auditory disorders.
A non-sedated ABR is a routine clinical procedure that poses no risk to the patient and can be performed to rule out hearing loss in infants, children and other patients where traditional behavioral testing is not successful.
An ABR eliminates the need for a patient response that is needed in a standard hearing evaluation. During testing, surface electrodes are placed on the head and an auditory signal is sent to the ear via insert ear phones. The electrodes then passively record the brain's electrical energy produced by the sound.
ABR testing at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital's Hearing Center uses the Vivosonic system which requires no sedation. The patient may be calmly awake or in a natural sleeping state during the evaluation. Depending on the type of ABR completed, the evaluation time may span one to two hours.
All ABR tests completed at Sunnyview are performed and interpreted by a New York State-licensed audiologist.
If you or your child is scheduled for an ABR please feel free to bring any items to help keep you or your child entertained (i.e., snacks, favorite toys, or books.) The Hearing Center supplies a television and DVD player. Patients are welcome to bring a DVD to watch while testing.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Hearing Center at (518) 382-4550.