The MADSEN AccuScreen OAE Newborn Hearing Screening Device with either tone (TE) or click stimulus (DP) is a portable, lightweight, handheld, battery operated newborn hearing screening device. It offers a touch screen display with vibrant icons and intuitive navigation for ease of use to make testing easy, efficient and ideal for screening babies.
Newborn Hearing Screening Facts
- Hearing loss is the most common congenital birth condition. 1-3/1000 are identified each year through newborn hearing screening in the United States (CDC, 2013)
- All states conduct newborn hearing screening and most have legislation requiring that babies are screened prior to hospital discharge
- Early identification of hearing loss (by six months of age) leads to the opportunity for on-time speech, language development and school readiness
- Special education cost savings are estimated over $400,000 when hearing loss is identified early1
What are OAEs?
Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) measure hearing by placing a small probe into the ear canal that delivers a soft sound to the cochlea/inner ear. A cochlea that is functioning normally will create a tiny response or an “emission” that can be measured in the probe and recorded in the device as a “pass” or a “refer” (not pass). OAEs provide an objective measure of screening (meaning that no behavioral response is required) and is ideal for midwives performing home births. There are two types of OAEs used for screening; DPOAEs (distortion product otoacoustic emissions) and TEOAEs (transient evoked otoacoustic emissions). DPOAEs use tone stimulus whereas TEOAEs use a click stimulus. Both methods are widely used and equally acceptable as a standard of care for newborn hearing screening.
OAE testing is often the first choice because of minimal patient prep time and associated expense (no electrodes). However, the refer rate can be higher with OAE screening due to vernix in the ear canal or middle ear fluid, which is sometimes present at birth and can clog the probe. In such cases a repeat OAE test is recommended or an A-ABR which is less sensitive to vernix and middle ear fluid can be conducted.
- Family friendly, state-of-the-art testing in your hands
- Long-life rechargeable battery operation
- Printing and data management (print to PDF or label printer)
- Color touch screen
- No PC required for use – only after for reporting purposes
- Lightweight and portable
- Carrying case
- Weight 9.9
- Size: 8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches
- OAE comes with a probe which requires single-use ear tips that are placed on the probe
- Includes Starter Tip Kit: with a selection of disposable ear and probe tips
The Madsen AccuScreen is also available in an ABR screening unit or a combination ABR + OAE unit (either TEOAE or DPOAE). The ABR + OAE combination configuration is often used in hospital programs using a two step protocol to help reduce false positives and for screening babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. Click here for more information about the ABR screening device and the ABR + OAE combination screening device.
1White, K. R., & Maxon, A. B. (1995). Universal screening for infant hearing impairment: Simple, beneficial, and presently justified. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 32, 201-211.