Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Middletown


Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)

The Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) test is done to evaluate the integrity of the hearing system and to verify that sound is traveling properly through the hearing pathway. It is also used to estimate hearing sensitivity in infants and difficult-to-test patients.

During the test, you will listen to a loud clicking sound through headphones while lying flat on a table. Each ear will be stimulated separately.  The test requires no response from you.  Excessive movement will interfere with the ABR and can cause invalid results. Therefore, you must lie still during the test and remain relaxed.  You may even fall asleep.

The ABR does not require pre-test preparation.  However, it is important that women DO NOT wear make-up on the forehead or wear earrings.  The test will be performed by the audiologist and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or if you need to reschedule your appointment, please call the office at    513-423-6589.