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Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorder, also known as central auditory processing disorder, is a common learning disability that impacts 3%-5% of children. Someone who is diagnosed with auditory processing disorder will have difficulty with the neural processing of sounds and auditory information. With auditory processing disorder, an individual doesn’t hear sounds the same way most people do. This can result in:

  • Hearing sentences differently than they were spoken
  • Trouble following conversations
  • Difficulty knowing where sounds come from
  • Remembering auditory instructions
  • Difficulty zoning out background noise

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorders often coexist with other learning disabilities. It might even be part of the reason some people have dyslexia This is why it is of the utmost importance that you seek out professional guidance if you’re looking to get help for yourself or a loved one.

Your doctor or a qualified health professional can perform hearing tests to see whether or not the symptoms associated with auditory processing disorder are related to other issues like hearing loss. Although a health professional can perform these tests, only a hearing specialist or audiologist can diagnose auditory processing disorder. Contact Waystone today and we can help with assessment and treatment for your child so they no longer have to struggle with school or daily life tasks. Early intervention is crucial to help children catch up and to improve their self-image, which might be harmed by continued academic difficulty and peer comparisons. Reach out to Waystone today to get help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to help students with auditory processing disorder?

If you are responsible for a student with auditory processing disorder, there are a few things you can do to help their learning environment. Some of these include:

  • Closer seating to the teacher or speaker in the classroom
  • Provide additional time
  • Reduce background noise or distractions
  • Use visual cues
  • Emphasize keywords

How to get diagnosed with auditory processing disorder?

Because auditory processing disorders often coexist with other learning disabilities, getting a diagnosis can only be done by a hearing specialist or audiologist. This ensures auditory processing disorder isn’t confused with another learning disability. That being said, doctors and qualified health experts can still provide hearing testing to see related symptoms.

What is it like to have auditory processing disorder?

People who have auditory processing often mishear or have difficulty hearing auditory sounds or words. They might be unsure where sounds are coming from, hear sentences differently than they were spoken, have trouble following conversations, difficulty remembering auditory instructions, or they might have problems zoning out background noise.

What are the causes of auditory processing disorder?

Auditory processing disorder can be caused by a few different events such as regular ear infections, head injuries, birth complications, seizure disorders, family genetics, and even lead poisoning.