Auditory Processing Evaluations

An Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a neurological defect that affects how the brain and the auditory nerve process spoken language. This makes it difficult for the child to process verbal instructions or even to filter out background noise in the classroom. Adults who have APD have difficulty understanding around background noise as well.

Most professionals agree that the definition of Auditory Processing Disorder have these points:

  • There is a breakdown in receiving, remembering, understanding, and using auditory information.
  • Hearing ability is adequate.
  • There is a neurological basis.
  • The person’s ability to listen is impaired.

Ashland Audiology uses a series of tests including the SCAN III for children and adolescence/adults as well as the Staggered Spondaic Word Test. Other tests may be needed to diagnose APD. Treatment programs such as Earobics or FastForWord often help children with APD.