The American Academy of Audiology reports Auditory processing disorders (APDs) are referred to by many names: central auditory processing disorders, auditory perceptual disorders, and central auditory disorders. APDs affect the auditory areas of the brain. Further they report children and adults with APD often report difficulty hearing in background noise, in rooms that reverberate (echo) and/or other less-than-ideal listening situations.
APD is an audiological disorder. An audiologist is the professional who makes the diagnosis. Individuals with APD usually pass standard hearing tests because standard hearing tests are designed to test the quietest sounds one can hear. Special testing is needed. APD may be present with or without hearing loss.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can take many different forms. Here are few of them:
- Difficulty hearing the difference in sounds, especially different letters
- Difficulty hearing in noisy places
- Difficulty hearing rhythms
- Difficulty academically
- Trouble following multiple step instructions
- Does better with written material than auditory
- Performs better one-on-one than in groups
If you think you and/or your child may have an auditory processing disorder, "Find an Audiologist" set up an appointment for a hearing evaluation.