There are many different types of hearing loss, but if you have a child who seems to have trouble hearing, then it’s possible that they could have a condition called auditory processing disorder, or (APD). Unlike hearing loss, APD involves the brain. Here is what you need to know about auditory processing disorder.
Studies have shown that about five-percent of elementary school age children are affected by APD. People with auditory processing disorder might be able to hear sounds properly, but their brain has difficulty coordinating what they are hearing. Although the cause is unknown, doctors believe that it could be a result of head trauma or chronic ear infections.
There are many symptoms that could be a sign of APD, such as behind easily distracted by sounds, upset by loud noises, or overwhelmed in noisy environments. Children with APD will likely have trouble keeping up with conversations because it’s hard for them to distinguish certain sounds. Often, APD is mistaken for other conditions, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or a learning disability.
You should make sure to take your child to an audiologist regardless if they haven’t had an appointment before. Then you should ask your audiologist if your child should be evaluated for APD. Some of the things that an audiologist looks for when diagnosing APD is difficulty with auditory memory, such as remembering directions, distinguishing sounds, and processing information in a conversation.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to help your child if they have APD. You can teach your child good listening habits, like looking right at the person who is talking to them and repeating back parts of what someone said if they think they misunderstood it. Also, turning down or muting the TV when you ask your child a question will also help them to understand. You might also be able to give your child the help of an assistive listening device, such as a frequency modulation system that can help cut down background noise.
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