Auditory Processing Disorders

Previously known as Central Auditory Processing (CAP)

Auditory Processing is the ability to make sound through the ear and having it travel to the language area of the brain to be interpreted. A breakdown in this process is called an auditory processing disorder or “delay.” This deficit is present despite having normal hearing. A recommendation of auditory processing testing is typically made for children who struggle with focusing in the classroom or seem inattentive or distracted, particularly in the presence of background noise. Many times the identification of auditory processing skills is not a thorough evaluation as it is critical to also determine language processing skills (receptive language skills) by way of a Speech-Language Pathologist.

What’s The Problem?

If your child is struggling with attention, focus in the classroom, is felt to be a daydreamer, or misses instructions both at home and in the classroom, struggling with reading skills and/or is exhausted after a day spent listening at school, an auditory processing test is warranted.

How Can We Help?

HearSay has become known for their testing of both auditory processing and language processing assessments as one of the clinicians is a dually certified Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist. As a result, both areas of difficulty can be analyzed carefully and completely to determine how these integrate or are posing challenges in academics and listening skills, attention, and learning beginning reading skills.

What Can You Do?

Call us on (905) 875-3345 or fill this form to schedule a free screening and let our specialized team help determine whether there are any auditory processing difficulties and discuss next steps if needed. Our assessments can be completed on children starting at age 6 as well as teens and adults.


Speech / Audiology Assessments and Therapy are often covered by extended benefits, please feel free to ask us for more information or contact your benefits provider.

Checklist for Processing Difficulties

Auditory Processing

  • Male
  • Normal pure tone hearing
  • Difficulty following oral directions; inconsistent responses
  • Short auditory attention span; fatigues easily
  • Poor short-term and long-term memory
  • Daydreams; appears not to listen
  • Difficulty hearing with background noise
  • Difficulty localizing sounds
  • Academic and/or speech-language problems
  • Disruptive behaviours; impulsive, frustrated
  • Requests repetition; asks ‘huh?’
  • History of ear infections

Language Processing

  • Word retrieval problems
  • Neutral, generic language
  • Misuse of words with a similar phonetic structure
  • Creative, original language; describes or circumlocutes
  • Delayed responses; uses fillers
  • Frequently answers ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I forgot’
  • Repeats or rehearses comments
  • Inconsistency in learning; needs review
  • Recognizes errors but can’t correct them
  • Incomplete sentences or thoughts
  • Pragmatic problems; disruptive behaviour
  • Age-appropriate IQ and vocabulary; academic deficits; learning disabled

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