Auditory processing is not how well a person hears, but instead what the brain does with what a person hears. An individual can get a perfect score on a hearing test yet still have extreme difficulty with auditory processing.
Individuals with auditory processing difficulties will present with specific symptoms. Often they will act as if they have a hearing issue even when they pass every hearing test that is given. There are specific indicators that help you determine if auditory processing issues are present. Read more about symptoms of auditory processing disorder >>
A specialized group of tests is required to determine if person has difficulty with auditory processing. At Auditory Processing Centers we provided screening assessment to determine the probability of auditory processing issues as well as a full battery of tests to diagnose auditory processing disorder. Reading more about diagnosis of APD >>
Research is ongoing to try and understand what causes APD. It has been determined that sometimes APD is genetic passed down from parent to child. In other cases it is acquired due to a health incident that interferes with or damages the auditory cortex in the brain. Read more about causes of APD >>
There are therapies and technologies that help APD, and in some cases improve it significantly. A proper assessment can indicate which therapies would be a good approach. Read more about therapies and technology for APD >>