Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions in newborns in the first 48 hours after birth

Haya Levi*, Cahtia Adelman, Miriam Geal-dor, Josef Elidan, Ron Eliashar, Jean Yves Sichel, Benjamin Bar-oz, Daniel Weinstein, Sharon Freeman, Haim Sohmer

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Newborns are often discharged from hospital at the age of about 48 hours. At this age, transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) are not necessarily recordable in all healthy newborns. In order to determine the factors which would enable the successful recording of TEOAEs before discharge to facilitate screening for hearing, 65 full-term newborns under 48 hours of age were tested, the youngest being 10 hours old. The ears of those neonates in whom TEOAEs could not be obtained (N = 7 neonates bilaterally, 6 unilaterally) were examined otoscopically, cleaned of vernix and retested for TEOAEs. We were thus able to record in at least one ear in all neonates tested, if the ears were clean, if they were asleep and if the testing room was quiet.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Hearing screening
  • Newborns
  • Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions
  • Vernix caseosa


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