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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is auditory processing disorder (APD)?

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    Gail Rogers

    Speech Pathologist

    Gail's passionate interest in working in the area of voice, communication & swallowing challenges developed after working as Speech and Language Pathologist with many different clientele in various … View Profile

    when the brain has difficulties processing auditory information ie. verbal words in an instruction or a conversation.

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    Rachel Tosh

    Speech Pathologist

    Rachel is a speech pathologist specialising in speech, language, literacy and feeding therapy with more than 10 years of experience. Her aim is to help … View Profile

    APD is a broad diagnosis that describes a number of different difficulties. Some of these difficulties can include problems with the following (with examples in brackets):
    Auditory discrimination (cup and cut sound the same)
    Auditory closure (difficulty “filling in the blanks” when the auditory signal isn't perfectly clear - often presents as mishearing words or things people say)
    Sound localisation (problems working out where/what direction a sound comes from)
    Audtiory attention (don't notice some sounds or pay excessive attention to other sounds)
    Speech perception in noise (eg can't understand a teacher in a classroom but can in a 1:1 setting)
    Listening fatigue (get tired quickly when listening, especially in a group. Can also occur when reading/spelling)
    Auditory memory (have trouble with longer instructions or may only remember the start of end of a multipart instruction)

    Some people have trouble with just one skill others have difficulties across a number of auditory skill areas so the profile of each person with APD and its impacts on daily life can be very different.

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