Auditory processing disorder (APD) is the term used to describe a weakness in the ability to understand and use auditory information.
Hearing is a complex process. Once a sound signal reaches the brain, it is analysed and processed to recognize and understand it. APD usually causes problems AFTER a person is aware of sound, when they are discriminating, identifying, and understanding it. Therefore, they may have difficulty understanding and responding to sounds in their environment.
For example, someone says, “Look at the cows over there,” and someone with APD may think that they hear “Look at the clown on the chair” or Look over there a crown”.
Is APD only prevalent in children?
When auditory processing disorder is discussed, the talk usually revolves around school-aged children. However, many adults experience problems with Auditory Processing.
With children, we focus largely on the language and learning implications of auditory processing, as APD is associated with educational difficulties. With adults, APD on daily life is can manifest in relationships at home or work. People with APD might report difficulty understanding humour or sarcasm, tone-of-voice, pace, and rhythm.