Spreads the Word About Auditory Processing Disorder
In 2007, the World Health Organization designated March 3 as World Hearing Health Day to raise awareness of the growing numbers of those suffering from hearing loss and the importance of hearing health. People may not realize that someone can pass a basic hearing test and have a hidden type of hearing problem called an auditory processing disorder.
During the pandemic, many individuals have recognized hearing difficulties due to mask-wearing. Some may not have realized the extent of their deficiency until they could no longer read lips. This can lead to academic problems and affect overall communication ability.
“One of the most frustrating situations for a parent is knowing that something is wrong with your child but not knowing how to fix it or who to turn to for help. 43% of children struggling in school have an underlying auditory processing disorder (APD),” said Alicia Swann, Audiologist at Auditory Processing Center. “Children with APD have problems processing what they hear correctly due to a disconnect between what they are hearing and how their brain responds. Although it can mimic a hearing loss, the treatment is different.”
An auditory processing disorder interferes with a child’s ability to decode the sounds that makeup language and correctly register and remember what they hear. This frequently leads to problems learning to read and spell and causes the child to miss a lot of spoken information, especially in noisy environments.
APD is treatable, but since symptoms often overlap with other diagnoses such as ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning or language disorders, APD is often overlooked or mistaken in other conditions. “It is important to distinguish children with APD from other conditions because treatments, interventions, and teaching strategies vary greatly depending on which disorder a student possesses. Some types of APD can be completely remediated with the correct intervention,” Swann says.
About Auditory Processing Center
Auditory Processing Center is a small private practice located in Clinton, Mississippi, specializing in Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) assessment and treatment. The center helps children and adults overcome the processing deficits that interfere with comprehension, so they can become more confident in listening and learning situations and improve their academic performance. For more information on auditory processing disorder, visit www.auditorycenter.com or call Auditory Processing Center at 601-488-4189.