Otoacoustic Emissions Evaluation

Also known as: OAEs evaluation, Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emssions (TEOAE), or Distortion Product Ototacoustic Emissions (DPOAE).

What is otoacoustic emissions evaluation?

The Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) evaluation is used to find out how the inner ear (i.e., the cochlea) is functioning. OAEs are commonly used in Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings (UNHS) and as a part of a comprehensive hearing test for patients of all ages.

What happens during the procedure?

A small earphone, or probe, is placed in the patient’s ear. The probe puts sounds into the ear and measures the sounds that come back. The patient does not need to do or say anything during the test. The Audiologist doing the test can see the results on a monitor screen to interpret the results of the responses.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this test.

What are the risk factors?

There are no risk factors related to this test.

Reviewed by: Carla Colebrook-Thomas

This page was last updated on: May 18, 2022 12:03 PM

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