Testing Auditory Processing (APD)
Auditory processing consists of a specific set of skills that most of us perform without any difficulty. These include determining from where a sound is coming, hearing the difference between words and sounds that sound alike, hear rhythm, stress and intonation in speech, and listen to different messages in each ear. If a person has difficulty performing auditory processing skills, often they will have difficulties that are noticeable to parents and educators. Some common symptoms of an auditory processing disorder (APD) include difficulty following long or complicated verbal commands, trouble paying attention to and remembering information presented orally and needing more time to process information.
The audiologists at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center can complete auditory processing testing on individuals 7 years of age and older. If your child has a diagnosis of another disorder such as autism, low cognitive ability, attention deficit disorder or language delay, it may be difficult to test for APD, as these diagnoses may be related to weaknesses in the auditory system. If you are interested in scheduling an auditory processing evaluation, please contact CHSC at our University Circle or South Euclid offices.
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