Auditory Processing describes the way the brain interprets auditory information for understanding. Individuals with APD usually have normal hearing, however, they have difficulty processing the information they hear. This disorder may be characterized by:
- Difficulty recognizing and interpreting auditory sounds,
- Difficulty listening and understanding in the presence of background noise
- Difficulty following simple and multi-step directions
- Reduced memory or other delays in cognitive abilities
- Easily distracted or unusually bothered by loud or sudden noises
- Difficulty with reading, spelling writing or in other speech-language areas
- Poor organizational skills and forgetfulness
APD can affect both children and adults. Full assessments can be performed on children as young as seven with early screening assessments performed between the ages of 3 through 6.
The evaluation consists of multiple tests used to assess the auditory pathways from the peripheral (ear) to the central (brain). These measures allow the audiologist to determine the presence of a processing disorder and to recommend appropriate weakness specific treatment and rehabilitation strategies, environmental modification, for social, educational and other situations.