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Auditory Processing Evaluations

We often think that our speech and our hearing function completely separately, but in fact these two processes are related more closely than we know. Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate with others due to an inability to speak clearly, hear well, or process information correctly.

Individuals who have difficulty understanding the speech of others may have a condition called auditory processing disorder. Commonly called APD, it can affect adults and children without any notable cause. Physicians believe it can be linked to premature birth, head trauma, or ear infections, and while treatment is available, there is no known cure.

Symptoms of APD Auditory processing disorder isn’t the inability to hear, it’s the difficulty in understanding and analyzing the sounds that are heard. It affects parts of the brain rather than the anatomy of the ear itself, and doesn’t require hearing loss for a diagnosis. Common symptoms of APD include:

  • Difficulty following directions
  • Inability to understand speech in loud environments
  • Trouble distinguishing between similar sounds
  • Sensitivity to certain sounds
  • Exhibiting learning disabilities
  • Auditory Processing Disorder Treatments

    At American Hearing SD we are experienced in utilizing a variety of treatments to help patients who suffer from APD. Hearing aids can be beneficial in some instances, but we also may recommend other types of treatment, including:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Applied behavior analysis