The auditory steady-state response: Full-term and premature-neonates

Barbara Cone-Wesson, John Parker, Nina Swiderski, Field Rickards

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Two studies were aimed at developing the auditory steady-state response (ASSR) for universal newborn hearing screening. First, neonates who had passed auditory brainstem response, transient evoked otoacoustic emission, and distortion-product otoacoustic emission tests were also tested with ASSRs using modulated tones that varied in frequency and level. Pass rates were highest (> 90%) for amplitude-modulated tones presented at levels ≥ 69 dB SPL. The effect of modulation frequency on ASSR for 500- and 2000-Hz tones was evaluated in full-term and premature infants in the second study. Full-term infants had higher pass rates for 2000-Hz tones amplitude modulated at 74 to 106 Hz compared with pass rates for a 500-Hz tone modulated at 58 to 90 Hz. Premature infants had lower pass rates than full-term infants for both carrier frequencies. Systematic investigation of ASSR threshold and the effect of modulation frequency in neonates is needed to adapt the technique for screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-269
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Audiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2002


  • Auditory evoked potentials
  • Auditory threshold
  • Newborn infant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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