Visual Reinforcement Audiometry

Also known as:  VRA

What is visual reinforcement audiometry?

Visual reinforcement audiometry is a hearing tests designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years of age, for whom standard audiometry is impractical. It involves using toys or animations to train a child to look in the direction of a sound.


What happens during the procedure?

The child wear earphones, or listens to speakers that are placed on either side of the room. Visual stimuli are also placed on either side of the child, as well. Then a range of sounds varying in type and intensity are played in order to test the child’s hearing and response.

Is any special preparation needed? 

No special preparation is needed for the 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 12:18 PM

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