Implications of Otoacoustic Emissions for Rehabilitation of Auditory Disorders The introduction of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) to the audiologic test battery more than a decade ago revolutionized the way audiologists identify, diagnose, and categorize hearing loss. As a screening tool, OAEs provided a quick, cost-effective means for mass screening of newborns and helped pave the way for adoption of ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2006
Implications of Otoacoustic Emissions for Rehabilitation of Auditory Disorders
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  • Lynn Spivak
    Hearing & Speech Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2006
Implications of Otoacoustic Emissions for Rehabilitation of Auditory Disorders
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2006, Vol. 2, 18-22. doi:10.1044/poa2.1.18
Perspectives on Audiology, June 2006, Vol. 2, 18-22. doi:10.1044/poa2.1.18
The introduction of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) to the audiologic test battery more than a decade ago revolutionized the way audiologists identify, diagnose, and categorize hearing loss. As a screening tool, OAEs provided a quick, cost-effective means for mass screening of newborns and helped pave the way for adoption of universal newborn hearing screening in this country. As a diagnostic tool, addition of OAEs to the test battery uncovered a previously unknown auditory disorder, i.e. auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony.
Clearly, otoacoustic emissions fall strictly within the diagnostic world and, at least on the surface, discussion of OAEs in the context of rehabilitation appears to be inappropriate. However, if we consider the impact of the information obtained from the OAE test on the differential diagnosis of hearing loss, it is possible to trace the connection between OAEs and rehabilitation. The focus of this article, then, will be on the role of OAEs in guiding the plan for rehabilitation of hearing loss.
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