Auditory Processing

Auditory Processing girl with headphones

Is your child not performing well in school? There may be a problem with their hearing
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) covers a variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes auditory (audio) information.Auditory Processing girl with headphones

This means that even though the person may be able to hear very soft sounds they have diffi culty making use of what they hear. This problem is particularly noticeable when it is not a good listening environment, for example when there is a lot of background noise. A child may have difficulty making sense of what the teacher is saying in a noisy classroom.

APD can affect both adults and children. It is estimated that 3-5% of all children have APD. It is found twice as often in boys than in girls.

We know that we tend to see the problem when children enter school. Often children don’t realise what the problem is. They know that they’re notperforming like their peers. They become very fatigued from trying to listen all the time, and wonder what is wrong and become quite withdrawn.

If the disorder remains untreated or unmanaged; APD can interfere with learning at school. APD is most common in children with a history of prolonged otitis media (or glue ear).
At Falls of Sound, we will perform a full hearing assessment and Auditory Processing test with the Listening in Spatialized Noise – Sentences test (LiSN-S) to assess the disorder. Falls of Sound can offer
specifi c auditory training in an attempt to train the brain to be able to use the different directions of arrival of the wanted and unwanted sounds.