An audiologist, a professional who specializes in the diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders, performs the test.
During the evaluation, the caregiver may hold the child in their arms or have the child rest on a bed. The audiologist will gently clean the skin on the child’s forehead and behind each ear. Small sensors are placed on those areas and the sensors are then attached to a computer. Small earphones are placed over the ears once the child falls asleep or is very still and quiet. The audiologist sends sounds through the earphones and the sensors measure the brain’s response to those sounds. These responses are analyzed to see whether the ears are detecting sounds.
The child is awakened when the test is finished. The audiologist will discuss the test results and any recommendations.