Auditory processing is what turns sound into usable information. It is the ability of the central auditory nervous system to take in and understand information you hear, processing the auditory information at an acceptable speed.

With an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), the child will pass a hearing test but the ears and brain don’t fully coordinate, and that interferes with the brain’s ability to recognize and interpret sound.  APD affects 43% of children struggling in school, but it can easily be overlooked or be mistaken for other learning disabilities such as ADHD.  Research also indicates that 70% of children with dyslexia have an underlying auditory processing disorder that has disrupted the normal acquisition of language. Overlooking an auditory processing disorder can lead to years and years of extra reading instruction working around an underlying problem.

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) mimics a hearing loss.  APD causes distortion and/or delay in auditory signal transmission, which results in inaccurate coding of sound in the brain. Since the brain receives sounds incorrectly, children with APD may not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words (duh and guh for example), and they may have difficulty using those sounds for speech and language.

Since individuals with APD struggle to process (or interpret) what they hear, it often causes listening comprehension problems. Many children with APD have trouble screening out background noise, so surrounding sounds from air conditioners, hallways, and noisy environments such as gymnasiums make it very difficult to understand speech.  It’s like listening to a radio station with static or other stations interfering with the reception.  In addition, individuals with APD often have poor ability to remember what they heard. They typically try so hard to understand that they often forget parts of what they hear.

APD is treatable. Some types of APD can be completely remediated within a few months. Adults may also suffer from APD, but it is not too late to get help. No two individuals with APD are the same, and since there are different types of APD, symptoms will vary from person to person. Therapy must be individualized so that they will receive the correct treatment to improve their listening skills, regain confidence, and reach their full potential.

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  • Up to 43% of Children with Learning Difficulties Have Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
  • 25% of Children with Learning Difficulties Have APD and Dyslexia
  • Auditory Processing Center, LLC
    541 Highway 80 West
    Suite C
    Clinton, MS 39056
    Phone: (601) 488-4189
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