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What is an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Auditory Processing is the method in which we are able to understand the sounds we’re hearing all around us. By contrast, Auditory Processing Disorder or APD is the term used to explain the breakdown in retrieving, remembering, comprehending and utilizing auditory information. While someone with APD usually has adequate hearing ability, they struggle with understanding the information that they hear. This makes it difficult for them to differentiate speech sounds from background noise, to follow complicated directions, and it also makes learning how to read more challenging.

When compared to students with normal auditory processing, children who have APD have a difficult time learning. It is for this reason that parents and educators need to be vigilant for children who may have this disorder so that they can diagnose it early on and get the child help immediately. An audiologist will be able to administer specially designed tests to diagnose the severity of the disorder and then recommend a treatment option for the child. If the audiologists suspects that another neurological element may contribute to the APD, the child will also need to have an examination by a licensed physician.¬†An assistive listening device (ALD) or a different treatment program may be prescribed after the examination to improve the child’s auditory processing ability.