Auditory Evoked Potentials Testing


Auditory evoked potentials are used to identify newborn babies who may have hearing loss. The purpose of evoked potentials testing in pediatric cases is to identify the lowest sound level that causes a reaction in the ear. Because auditory evoked potentials testing is not a direct measure of the baby's ability to hear, follow-up evaluations are scheduled to confirm findings.


Auditory Evoked Potentials are advanced tests that are used to determine where in the ear a hearing disorder is located. The primary purpose of evoked potentials testing in adults is to identify the anatomic source of the problem rather than to assess hearing capability.