What is APD?

According to the ASHA 1996 task force, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), previously referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorder, occurs when there is a deficiency in sound localization and lateralization, auditory discrimination, auditory pattern recognition, temporal aspects of audition, and/or auditory performance decrements with competing or degraded acoustic signals.

Individuals with APD usually have normal peripheral hearing. The auditory signal, however, does not reach the auditory processing center of the brain intact. Testing for this disorder attempts to locate where this breakdown occurs in order to address any weaknesses the patient may have with processing speech and language.

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