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APD

AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER

AUDITORY PROCESSING

This term relates to what happens to the sound signals after they are relaying from the ear to the brain. Patients with an issue here can often hear tones normally, but will perform poorly with a speech recognition test. They hear the sounds, but it can sound scrambled or unintelligible. There are specialized tests to make the diagnosis as well as therapy if the problem is discovered. Ideally, treatment is begun early in childhood.

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