How much does an auditory brainstem response test cost?

How much does an auditory brainstem response test cost?

Single-stage screening with automated ABR has been reported to cost $17,500 per case of significant bilateral hearing loss detected.

How much does a sedated ABR cost?

Sedation costs. Assuming a 90-minute time slot, we estimate an average cost of sedation for ABR at $2,043 per occurrence.

What is auditory brainstem response used for?

The auditory brainstem response test (also known as ABR or BAER) is used for two purposes: To test hearing thresholds. To assess the functional status of the auditory neural pathway, which is used to determine the cause of hearing loss and candidacy for hearing loss treatments.

Is a sedated ABR safe?

Special earphones are placed in the ears to present the sounds. The electrodes allow the responses from the hearing nerve to be captured. This test is safe. It does not hurt your child.

What is abnormal ABR?

An abnormal ABR may be a consistent finding with high frequency hearing loss or profound deafness, it may also be an indication that further testing is required. However, only the referring physician will be able to determine if further tests or procedures are required.

When do you need an auditory brainstem response test?

Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing may be ordered following a basic hearing test to further evaluate the status of the hearing nerve and brainstem pathways that conduct sound from the inner ear to the brain. In rare cases, the neural pathways may not conduct sound normally.

How is the ABR used in newborn hearing testing?

ABR can also be used as a screening test in newborn hearing screening programs. A screening is a test where you either pass or fail. When the ABR is used for screening, only one loudness level is checked. The baby passes if his brain shows that it is hearing the sound.

How is the EEG and auditory brainstem related?

The EEG represents all body electricity, with only a percent or less contributed by the auditory nerve and auditory brainstem. The signal averaging computer eliminates, or ‘averages out’, the 99% of the EEG that is not auditorily generated and produces an auditory-only record, the ABR. The procedure is efficient, reliable and inexpensive.

Are there hearing tests that combine ABR and OAE?

As both tests are performed routinely, some infant hearing screening equipment combines both tests in one product. An example of such a combined product is the Clarity screener from Sonamed. One book on ABR is the book The ABR Handbook: Auditory Brainstem Response.