What is Auditory Processing?
Auditory processing is “what we do with what we hear”. Problems can occur with the auditory pathways in the brain and affects how the brain understands and interprets environmental and speech sounds. Differences in Auditory Processing can adversely impact a person’s behavior, communication skills, relationships, and learning.
What are the Risk Factors?
Common risk factors include frequent ear infections or placement of tubes, diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, and/or family history of speech, language or learning problems.
How is it Diagnosed?
Auditory Processing Disorder is diagnosed by an audiologist who is specifically trained in auditory processing testing and treatment. A Speech Language Pathologist or School Psychologist may also give tests that measure receptive language, listening comprehension or cognitive skills.
How is it Treated?
While there is no known cure, there are a variety of treatments available.
Who can be Tested?
Minimum age is 7 years old for full evaluation. Additional speech/language and educational testing is also strongly recommended.
Common risk factors for APD:
- History of speech, language, or learning problems in client or family
- History of ear infections or tubes
- Left handed or mixed dominance
- Trouble with reading and/or spelling
- Questionable hearing – asks for repetition, TV loud, etc.
- Hypersensitivity or unusual reaction to sudden/loud sounds
- Evidence of generally poor listening skills
It is absolutely essential to identify and treat APD early in development for treatment to have maximum and permanent effects.
Consequences of APD in Children:
- Ineffective and inefficient communication
- Risk for reading delay or failure
- Academic underachievement or failure
- Risk of language impairment
- Psychosocial Problems
- Behavior problems
- Expecting to fail, developing learned helplessness
- Loss of motivation
- Fear and avoidance of learning opportunities
- Poor self-esteem
- Lifelong failure to achieve potential
To schedule an appointment, call (614)789-4473.
- Child should be well rested and have had breakfast or lunch before their appointment
- All medications must be taken on normal schedule
- Copies of any prior testing, therapy reports, special education or intervention plans should be made available to the Delaware Speech and Hearing Center for Audiologist review
Testing is conducted at the office in Powell at 3940 North Hampton Drive, Powell, OH 43065.