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QUESTION: my daughter age is 14 months . I am not satisfy the BERA test result. which shows Negative result . but some me and my wife feel that she respond . if I will repeat the BERA test 02 or 03 time, can it be the Harmful for the health of my daughter?

ANSWER: Amir,

There is no danger in repeating the BERA test itself.  It usually consist of placing electrodes on the surface of the skin (using sticking pads) and putting an earphone in each ear to hear the stimulus.  The only thing that could be harmful is the sedation used, if any.  Some clinics will sedate a child to test and some do not.  If sedation is used, typically it is a safe and mild sedation.  
The actual test does not cause any harm and can be performed multiple times without any fear of injury.

Thank you for your question.
Kelley Linton, AuD
Doctor of Audiology  

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QUESTION: thanks a lot for the early reply. is there is any possibility that matter resolve without operation / place of hearing device ?  in the medical term how much time can a child get to listen or speak ?

History

I have 3 more children, all are by the grace of almighty Allah fine. I and my wife and both families are also ok.

regads

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If it is determined that your child is truly deaf and the inner ear could be implanted with a Cochlear Implant (the usual surgery implant for deaf children) then it is best to do this as early as the surgeon recommends and is comfortable doing it.
Speech/Language and learning all rely on hearing ability and none will develop until your child can hear.  As long as your child is living in a quiet or deaf world, speech/language will not develop.  I have Cochlear Implant kids (my patients) that have grown up to attend college and perform in society as successful adults.  I have one such patient that is now a doctor and mother of two children of her own.  I have another who is a lawyer in New York.  They both were implanted with the surgery as infants and were in main streamed educational settings....just like their peers.  I have many others who have also been implanted at a very young age and are progressing just as their peers.

If you doubt the diagnosis of the complete hearing loss, please seek a second opinion.  That surgery is a life altering surgery and no professional physician should be upset that parents are worried and want a second opinion on such a serious diagnosis as permanent complete hearing loss.

Thank You.  

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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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