Friday, February 7, 2014

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test

Cece had an Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test.  It took almost 4 hours, mostly because she needed to be asleep.  She slept great for about 2 hours, then woke up.  We paused the test to feed and change her and try to get her back to sleep.  After an hour and a half, we finally succeeded and completed the testing.

She had four electrodes placed on her forehead and behind her ears, and then a little probe placed in her ear.  I held her for the testing on her left ear, and every time she wiggled or stretched, the probe would fall out.  Greg held her for the testing in her right ear, and the audiologist got smart and taped the probe in place.   

The audiologist would send sound through the probe and then measure Cece's responses on the computer.  The room was quiet, except for the muffled clickings, and semi-dark (to encourage Cece to sleep).  Greg and I both kept on dozing off.

4 hours people.

Sound asleep...

During the "let's see how fast you can go back to sleep" part of the afternoon.

The results of the test show that Cece has permanent hearing loss, in the moderate-to-severe category.  We have follow-up tests scheduled (another ABR and a consult with an ENT specialist) and we will move forward.  It is a challenge for Cece, but I think a good one!  She is going to do great.

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