Auditory processing differences (APD), a neurologically-based condition, affects the brain’s ability to process auditory input, making it difficult to understand speech, follow oral instructions, or distinguish speech in noisy environments.
While it’s estimated that 2 out of every 1000 school-age children have auditory processing differences, within certain populations the numbers are much higher. Those with neuroatypical learning differences the numbers can be as high as 72-83%.
Though APD awareness has increased in recent years, confusion about the disorder abounds. It can appear simultaneously with conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, so it’s important that those with APD symptoms get evaluated by an audiologist for proper diagnosis.