Auditory Processing Disorders

About

Children and adults with Auditory Processing Disorders problems typically have normal hearing and normal intelligence. However, they are unable to effectively utilize auditory information, especially when competing sounds are present. They may be described as inattentive, easily distracted by background noise, and they may have difficulty following verbal directions. Often parents or teachers think the child has a hearing loss and, when audiograms are within normal limits, feel the child is ignoring them or not paying attention.

Who can this affect?

Adults and children can be affected.

Evaluation services

  • evaluation to rule out hearing loss is conducted
Then areas assessed include:
  • selective listening
  • binaural separation
  • binaural integration
  • temporal sequencing
  • interhemispheric interaction