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Communication Disorders
Communication Disorders

Preparing for your Baby's ABR

Scheduling an ABR
At home the day before the appointment

At home the day of the appointment
What to bring to the Hospital

On the way to the Hospital

At the Hospital
 

Your child has been scheduled for a specialized test which checks how the ears send information to the brain.  The test is called an Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR).  It is also known as a Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA) or Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP).  It is safe and painless.  We will gently clean your baby’s skin and tape some electrodes on the baby’s head.  Sounds will be presented through earphones and your baby’s responses will be recorded by the computer.  

Your baby must sleep for the entire test.  The test takes about an hour once the baby is asleep.

The success of the test is dependent on your cooperation in preparing your baby to sleep during the scheduled test.  Please take the time to read and follow the instructions below.

Scheduling an ABR

If your child naps at a regular time each day, please try to schedule the test for that time.

At home the day before the appointment

Call (416) 813-6100, option #3 to confirm your appointment.

Try to keep your child awake for about one hour later than his/her usual bedtime.

Do not use creams or oils on the baby’s face, head or neck as these cause the electrodes to fall off the baby’s head.

At home the day of the appointment

Wake the baby about one hour earlier than normal and don’t let him/her go back to sleep.

Feed the baby very lightly.

Do not use creams or oils on the baby’s face, head or neck.

What to bring to the Hospital

You should bring anything you might need in order for your baby to sleep for the entire test.  This may include enough formula or milk to feed the baby a large meal, extra formula or milk in case it is needed, extra diapers, pacifier (if used) and a blanket.

If your baby likes to sleep in a carrier or stroller, please bring it along.

On the way to the Hospital

It is important the baby DOES NOT SLEEP until the appointment time.  If you are driving to the Hospital have someone come along to play with the baby and keep him/her awake.

At the Hospital

Come to the sixth floor, in the Burton Wing, room 6144, 15 minutes before the appointment time to settle in and make your baby comfortable.

Once settled in the test room and the electrodes are in place, you will feed the baby and let him/her fall into a natural sleep.

Once the baby is sleeping, the test will begin.

If the baby is awake the test CANNOT be done and will have to be rebooked on another day.