How Is Auditory Processing Disorder Diagnosed?

A trained audiologist is uniquely qualified to diagnose APD. In addition to conducting an initial exam to ensure the ears are healthy and to rule out hearing acuity problems, the audiologist performs special tests to assess the brain’s various auditory processing functions. The specific selection of tests will depend on the patient’s age, symptoms, cognitive status, and other factors.

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How Is the Disorder Treated?

Just as every person is different, so are the treatments for APD. What may work for one person may not be the most effective approach for another.

Treatment starts with a careful diagnosis by an audiologist and is individualized to the patient and his or her auditory challenges.

Typically, APD management or treatment involves one or more of the following approaches:

  • Modifying the learning or communication environment to reduce barriers to listening
  • Using amplification devices to help improve the auditory signal
  • Strengthening language, problem solving, concentration, differentiation, and other skills to help directly address auditory deficits


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If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of auditory processing disorder, contact us for an evaluation and customized treatment options for your individual needs.