What is Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry Test?
Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry test (BERA) is a helpful test in determining the child’s ability to hear. It is conducted to examine auditory and brain functions in response to the sound stimulus. T measures the auditory nerves response to the sound. It is also called as Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR). It is most commonly done for newborns and children’s up to the age of seven.
Why Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry Test?
It is done when a baby fails newborn hearing screening done in hospitals and for older children if hearing loss is suspected. It is done to investigate the hearing level in the children’s and the magnitude of hearing loss.
What are the benefits of BERA/ABR?
- It provides the audiologists information about your possible hearing loss.
- It can be done without needing patients active coordination.
- It helps in otoneurologic diagnosis for patients with unilateral or asymmetric hearing impairment.
- Helps to know if there is a damage to retro Cochlear/Cochlear.