What Is Auditory Processing Disorder?

When someone speaks to us, their vocal cords send vibrations out into the air. Those vibrations hit our eardrum, which turns them into electrical signals. Those signals travel up to the language centre of our brain, which interprets them. But when you have an auditory processing disorder, the last step doesn’t always go smoothly.

Auditory Processing Disorder

Is Auditory Processing Disorder Hearing Loss?

Auditory processing disorder (APD) isn’t a type of hearing loss. Someone with this condition can still hear all the sounds around them, but they may not be able to make sense of them. The words may sound delayed, choppy, or mixed up.

APD can affect children and adults, but the cause isn’t always clear. Sometimes APD develops when one is a child, and other times APD is caused by head or nerve injury, or by genetic and environmental factors that strike later in life.

What Are the Symptoms Of Auditory Processing Disorder?

Commonly, those with APD hear a slightly different version of what you said. For example, you may say “Are you going to put on your shoes?.” But they may hear it as, “Are you going to foot on your news?” Understandably, those with APD regularly ask people to repeat themselves or need a moment to sort out what someone said.

Those who have APD might also have some of the following symptoms:

  • Find it hard to follow spoken instructions.
  • A short attention span and become quickly exhausted by listening.
  • Difficulty with short and long-term memory.
  • Trouble figuring out where a noise came from.
  • Daydreaming frequently or appears to have stopped listening.
  • A history of ear infections.

Those with APD can still hear tones normally. And there are many strategies that can help those with APD cope or improve.

Do I Have Auditory Processing Disorder? Does My Child?

An Audiologist has the qualifications required to test you, or your loved one, for APD.

If you’re concerned that your child might have APD, it’s important to know that APD may only be part of the puzzle. In fact, APD commonly affects those with ADHD. Sometimes the two conditions are confused with one another. A child diagnosed with ADHD may only have APD, or they may have both.

The certified Audiologists at HearSay can determine whether you or your loved one have APD. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to visit us and there are no wait times. Contact us by calling 905-875-3345 to book an appointment.

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