Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA) tests hearing sensitivity in patients who are not developmentally able to perform traditional tests for hearing sensitivity. The test is typically used with patients from two and a half to four years of age.
With the use of headphones, your child will be engaged in a repetitive play task, such as dropping a block into a bucket, each time he or she hears a sound. Once the child is conditioned to this task, decreasing the intensity of the signal will help determine the threshold of your child’s hearing. Speech reception threshold (SRT) testing may also be completed by asking your child to point to different pictures or repeat words at different levels of intensity.
Results obtained may be limited depending on the child's developmental level and/or attention span.