“I didn’t know what was happening to me, I just knew that sound was all wrong.”
In the simplest terms, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) may be defined as a listening problem, not a hearing loss problem. People with APD hear words and sounds just fine; however the brain is not able to process the information it receives accurately or quickly enough.
APD can occur on its own, or may be related to autism spectrum disorder, non-verbal learning disabilities, dyslexia, delayed language problems, and other health challenges. Audiologists are trained to identify the signs of APD and to recommend effective treatments.
Signs of Auditory Processing Disorder
People who are experiencing APD may
- Behave as if they have a hearing loss even when their abilities are normal
- Have poor reading and spelling skills despite high intelligence
- Be easily distracted by background and ambient noise
- Have trouble following directions, whether they are simple or complex
- Ask people to repeat themselves frequently
- React negatively to loud sounds
Diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorder
A series of tests are performed to determine the cause of APD and to identify an appropriate course of treatment. These tests evaluate:
- Peripheral auditory system
- Binaural integration and separation
- Temporal patterning
- Auditory closure
- Auditory figure-ground discrimination
- Binaural interaction
- Language processing assessment
In some instances, particularly with school-age children, a speech and language assessment by a speech language pathologist and a psycho-educational assessment by an educational psychologist/consultant may be indicated.
Auditory Processing Disorder Treatment
There is no single treatment of APD. A treatment program must be tailored to meet the specific needs and types of disorder of the patient so that they may
- Improve access and interpretation of incoming auditory and verbal information
- Address deficit areas directly
- Learn how to maximize the use of auditory information.
Auditory Processing Disorder doesn’t have to rule your life or the life of someone you love. We invite you to contact us so that our professional Audiologists can work with you to find a solution
Call Island Better Hearing to discover how we can help you cope better with
Auditory Processing Disorder.