Auditory Processing Disorders
When the brain can’t hear…
Would you say that, despite having no hearing loss, your child doesn’t seem able to process the information he or she hears, in the same way as other children?
There’s a chance that your child has a Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Central Auditory Processing Disorder is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children. In these cases, the child’s ears and brain don’t fully coordinate and so he or she can’t process what they hear in the same way others do. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.
Early diagnosis is important. If the condition isn’t caught and treated early, a child can have speech and language delays or problems learning in school. Audiologists are uniquely qualified in assessing and diagnosing Central Auditory Processing Disorders through a range of non-invasive tests. We work with a team of healthcare professionals (including ENTs, speech therapists, educational psychologists and OTs) to make sure that your child receives the right therapy as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Central Auditory Processing Disorders range from mild to severe and take many different forms. However, if the auditory deficits aren’t identified and managed early, children with Central Auditory Processing Disorder may have speech and language delays and experience significant academic problems.
Take this quick Central Auditory Processing Disorder quiz:
Would you say that your child has…
|Difficulty hearing in noisy environments (e.g. the classroom)?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty following long conversations?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty hearing conversations on the telephone?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty learning a foreign language or challenging vocabulary words?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty remembering spoken information (i.e. auditory memory deficits)?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty taking notes?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty maintaining focus on an activity if other sounds are present?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty with organisational skills?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty following multi-step directions?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty in directing, sustaining, or dividing attention?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty with reading and/or spelling?||Yes||No|
|Difficulty processing nonverbal information (e.g. lack of music appreciation)?||Yes||No|