ABR test procedures differ significantly based on the objective or purpose of the test. An ABR assessment for an adult is far different than one for an infant. Hearing threshold estimation is the most common reason for performing an ABR on an infant or very young child. A neurodiagnostic ABR is typically completed for an adult patient in the audiology clinic when retrocochlear pathology is suspected.
This article focuses on best practices to assist the audiologist when performing ABR on infants to estimate hearing thresholds.