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An otoacoustic emission (OAE) is a low-level sound emitted by the cochlea either spontaneously or evoked by an auditory stimulus. Specifically, OAEs provide information related to the function of the outer hair cells (OHC). Present OAEs in an ear indicates that hearing mechanism is normal till the level of outer hair cells. This cells plays very crucial role in hearing system i.e. amplification of the sound. OAE can be done in 1 day old baby. oae has advantages over BERA test. Easily done, takes almost 3-5 minutes, not much preparing required, many children can be screened in short duration. If child fail on OAE wil be subjected for diagnostic audiological evaluation. and further management will be carried out.
Ototoxicity (oto-means ear and toxic means side effect) Ototoxicity means certain drugs used to treat certain medical conditions in the body has a side effect on hearing or balancing organ situated in the inner ear. The effects of ototoxicity can be reversible and temporary, or irreversible and permanent. Hearing loss caused by this kind of medication tends to develop quickly. The first symptoms usually are ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and vertigo. Hearing usually returns to normal after you stop taking the medicine. But some medicines can cause permanent damage to the inner ear. Early intervention plays a key role in improving speech understanding. hearing loss will be treated either by bilateral Digital Hearing Aid fitting or cochlear implants. Hearing aid benefit depends on the site of damage in the inner ear or nerve.
Better Hearing & Speech Month 2018 Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of audiologist and speech pathologist in providing life-altering treatment.
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