auditory processing disorder
Q. A staff member at my son’s school recommended we get an auditory processing disorder ruled out. What is an auditory processing disorder?
A. Auditory processing is what your brain does with what you hear. Before being able to complete an auditory processing evaluation you need to rule out a hearing issue first. Students experiencing an auditory processing issue often have difficulty hearing in background noise or understanding when there are multiple people speaking. They may have difficulty discriminating between similar words like hat and hit. Auditory processing can be impacted by past chronic ear infections, undiagnosed concussions from contact sports or learning differences. It’s wonderful that your school, and most likely a teacher, recognized that your son was having difficulty listening to sounds, and making sense of what his teacher was saying to him or the class.
Tara Wheeler, Au.D., FAAA, Doctor of Audiology www.grapevineaudiology.com