Why Most OTOACOUSTIC EMISSIONS TEST Fail
DescriptionThe primary purpose of otoacoustic emission (OAE) tests is to determine cochlear status, specifically hair cell function. This information can be used to (1) screen hearing (particularly in neonates, infants, or individuals with developmental disabilities), (2) partially estimate hearing sensitivity within a limited range, (3) differentiate between the sensory and neural components of sensorineural hearing loss, and (4) test for functional (feigned) hearing loss. The information can be obtained from patients who are sleeping or even comatose because no behavioral response is required.
The normal cochlea does not just receive sound; it also produces low-intensity sounds called otoacoustic emission test in children OAEs. These sounds are produced specifically by the cochlea and, most proba