The Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for hearing screening, beyond the newborn period, include screening audiometry performed at 4-, 5-, 6-, 8-, and 10-year preventive services and once each between ages 11 and 14 years, 15 and 17 years, and 18 and 21 years. Screening audiometry may also be performed at other ages based on a positive risk assessment result. Screening audiometry is a separately reportable service, although some payers may bundle payment into the preventive medicine (well-child) visit.

All audiometric tests require the use of calibrated electronic equipment, recording of results, and a written report with interpretation. While the same equipment may be used for screening or diagnostic audiometry, the extent and purpose of the tests are different.

Screening audiometry is typically performed with a pure tone, air-only test. This is a limited study that indicates only that the patient hears or does not hear at the frequencies...

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