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Preparing for Your Procedure

There is no preparation for general audiology exams. If you are having a more detailed procedure, you will receive information from your audiologist or attending physician. If you are scheduled for vestibular/balance testing (ENG), you will be provided instructions regarding eating and your medications.

Pediatric Hearing Testing Preparation

If you are the parent of a pediatric patient, there is some preparation for a pediatric audiology exam. Auditory Brainstem Response testing on newborns can only be done when the newborns are sleepy. Please read the instructions below for preparation for Sedated ABR Testing.

Anesthesia Instructions for Sedated ABR Testing

(These instructions are not written by your audiologist, they are written by the Pediatric Anesthesia Physicians who will be caring for your child during the testing.)

Eating and drinking rules before your child’s surgery, test or treatment:

  • Food and drink taken before anesthesia can cause problems such as choking or vomiting. If you don’t follow these rules, your child’s surgery may be cancelled.
  • Type of food:
    • Clear liquids – liquids you can see through such as water, apple juice, Pedialyte, or other clear juices (no pulp), plain jello. Last drink may not be more than 1 regular cup (8 ounces). Latest time a baby or child can eat or drink – 2 hours before you are told to arrive at the hospital
    • Breast milk – Latest time baby can eat or drink – 4 hours before you are told to arrive at the hospita
    • ALL other foods and liquids – all solids, all milk and formula, candy, all meat products, all fried foods, all cheeses, ice cream – Latest time you can eat or drink, midnight the night before surgery
  • Latest time baby or child can eat or drink – 2 hours before you are told to arrive at the hospital
  • Please give your child his/her usual medications on the morning of surgery. Pills can be taken with a sip of water.

If you have questions, please call an anesthesiologist at 410-955-7610 on Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm.

Please bring all information and prior reports with you. Check with your insurance provider to determine is a referral and/or preauthorization is required for the test before you arrive for your appointment. If you are late for the appointment or do not have the necessary referral, the test will have to be rescheduled.