Diagnosing Auditory Processing Disorder
Diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorder has become a hot topic in recent years because it’s been found to have an impact on one’s behavior and productivity at work or school. It is important for people with this disorder to seek help as soon as possible before the problem worsens.
To diagnose auditory processing disorder, the most common method is to use a specific group of listening tests.
Diagnosis should be done by an audiologist or a hearing professional. Several tests will be performed; perception of sound may be tested and questionnaires may also be provided to assess the level of difficulty in understanding speech and other tasks.
In-depth tests may also check the reading comprehension levels and memory because these can be affected by auditory processing disorder if left untreated.
Children below 7 years old are not tested for auditory processing disorder because their responses to listening tests may not be accurate.
If you notice that you or a family member is having trouble understanding or hearing people when they talk, seek medical attention from an audiologist. Audiologists can diagnose auditory processing disorder and can help map out interventions. An audiologist can also refer you to another specialist for other symptoms as needed.