Acoustic Reflex Test (ART)

The Acoustic Reflex Test (or ART) provides information about how your ear transmits high intensity sounds to the cochlea.
  • The audiologist will accompany you into a special soundproof booth or quiet room in which the test will take place.
  • After examining your ears – which includes using an otoscope to check your ear canals and eardrums – the test can begin.
  • The audiologist will ask you to remain still for the duration of the test, and to try to avoid speaking, moving or swallowing until the test has finished. These actions can affect the pressure in your middle ear and therefore the result of the test.
  • After explaining the test to you, the audiologist will insert a small rubber plug into the entrance of your ear canal. Once the plug has been inserted, the test will begin and you will feel an increased pressure in your ear and hear some loud bleeping sounds. You will not be required to do anything during the test.


A patient undergoing an Acoustic Reflex test (Image © RNID)
ART Summary

Where is the test done?
Hospital audiology department
Who carries out the test?
How long does the test take?
5 – 10 minutes
Any discomfort/pain?
Moderate discomfort possible
Results ready when?
Special equipment used?
Soundproof testing room, rubber earplugs, acoustic reflex equipment

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