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Behavorial Hearing Tests

Identifying hearing loss in young children can sometimes be difficult depending on the age of the child. Oftentimes, more play-like activities are used to indicate a response. Some of the most common techniques used involve the following:

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
This method is most commonly used for screening children between 6 months and 2 years of age. The child is taught to turn his or her head each time he or she hears a sound.  When the child gives a correct response, the child is rewarded with a visual reinforcement such as a lighted, animated toy.

Conditioned Play Audiometry
This method is usually for screening with toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2-5). The child is taught to perform an activity each time he or she hears a sound. The activity may involve putting a block in a box, placing pegs in a hole or putting a monkey in a barrel.

Conventional Audiometry
This method is commonly used for children ages 5 years and up. This method involves teaching the child to press a button or raise a hand each time he or she hears a sound.

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