Auditory Processing Disorder
Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a condition which means you have difficulty understanding sounds and words.
For some people, they can spend a large part of their life struggling to understand certain people i.e., different accents or fast talkers.
While most people would get used to the different environments, someone with APD will find it extremely challenging. They may even go many years before they get the correct diagnosis.
This is why it is extremely important to watch out for it, particularly in young children, as we can work to manage the symptoms and catch it early.
What Are The Symptoms?
If you’ve ever been told that you miss conversations or words, but you’re certain that it’s not to do with your hearing, then you could be suffering with APD.
Some of the most common signs include difficulty understanding:
- People talking in noisy environments
- Strong accents or fast talkers
- Spoken instructions
- Similar sounding words
- Paying attention
- Learning a new language
- Gaging sarcasm/misunderstanding messages
Due to the lack of awareness around APD, many people don’t realize they suffer from it for many years, assuming that they have a short attention span or perhaps a hearing loss.
Although the symptoms are very similar, APD is not a hearing condition, but it is a processing disorder between your ears and brain.
Usually, the information should travel from the ear to the brain, but those with APD struggle to connect the new information and translate it.
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What To Expect
1 – We Will Take Your Case
The first step is to look into your genetics, age, auditory ability, and speech concerns, as it allows us to evaluate whether there are any factors that may be contributing toward its development. Things such as your genetics can play a huge part, as often APD can be passed through generations.
2 – Evaluation Of Your Peripheral Auditory System
Just like a regular hearing test, we will perform an auditory examination. During this, we will get you to listen out for certain words and sounds and make note of your response when you hear them.
3 –Audiological Evaluation Of The Central Auditory System
To give us a full scope of your concerns, we will perform two tests which expertly examine the capabilities of the auditory system in more detail.
The behavioral test assesses the functional capabilities of the auditory system.
The electrophysiologic test provides us with information about the integrity of the Central Auditory Nervous System (CANS) from the auditory vestibular nerve to the auditory cortex and assesses the neural processes in the central auditory pathway.
By now, you’ll understand that there are a lot of processes involved to establish whether you suffer from APD or another condition.
After you have completed your auditory processing test and it is diagnosed as APD, the next steps involve undergoing treatment.
Using both auditory training and speech training, a specialist will work alongside you to improve your listening and concentration.
While it may initially take a while to notice the differences, over time you will be able to notice key changes in your lifestyle.
If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of APD, please get in touch with a member of our team.
Schedule An Appointment
Addressing your hearing challenges starts with scheduling an appointment.
Simply submit the form on this page and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange a mutually convenient day and time.
Otherwise, you can schedule your appointment by calling us at (325) 437-4730.
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