Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a condition where a person has difficulty processing complex sounds, such as speech, even though their hearing is normal. It can affect both children and adults, although it is not typically diagnosed until at least the age of 7. Some people are born with APD, while others acquire it as a result of recurrent middle ear infections, stroke or traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of APD may worsen with age as they interact with normal aging processes.
Adults with auditory processing disorder may have difficulty with the following tasks:
If you have auditory processing disorder you may find it helps to:
Auditory processing disorder is diagnosed by an audiologist, but a Speech Pathologist can assess which areas of communication are most affected by APD. Speech Pathologists can also provide therapy to improve processing skills and compensatory strategies.