Otoacoustic emissions are quiet sounds that occur in your inner ear. Testing is used to determine the health of the hair cells that generate these emissions. The test can also be used to monitor for a number of different conditions, but one very helpful purpose is to monitor your hearing if you’re taking a medication that can cause hearing loss. A lot of the time, the hearing loss caused by medications is gradual and not easy to track — it can start without you really experiencing any hearing problems. However, the loss can build. Otoacoustic emissions can be affected before you start to have any obvious hearing loss. You might also have to undergo the test if you have tinnitus.
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