APD Evaluations

An auditory processing evaluation can assess where auditory difficulties are so they may be addressed through remediation and/or therapy.

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At HearSense SC, we understand that traditional hearing tests, while important, do not provide the full picture of an individual's auditory capabilities. This is why we offer comprehensive Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) evaluations, which delve deeper into how the neural pathways and the brain analyze and process what you hear.

Understanding APD

APD, also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a condition where individuals, despite having normal hearing sensitivity, struggle to discriminate, recognize, or comprehend complex sounds, such as those used in words. This is not a problem with hearing per se, but rather with the hearing process. The electrical signals that come from the sound waves into the ear and that are sent to the brain, arrive with a delay or distortion, which makes learning and memorizing very difficult.

The APD Evaluation Process

Our APD evaluations are performed by our audiologist with specialized training in utilizing a series of tests to evaluate the central auditory nervous system. These evaluations usually take 3-4 hours, followed by a 1-2 hour counseling session to go over results and recommendations. Parents receive a typed summary of the findings and recommendations on the same day, providing immediate feedback on what can be done to help their child and be able to provide their child’s school with any recommended accommodations. A full report is then sent about one month later.

The specific tests selected depend on the age of the child, the referring complaint, test reliability and validity, and the specific auditory process assessed by each test. If an audiological evaluation to confirm normal hearing sensitivity has not previously been done, a peripheral audiologic evaluation including acoustic reflex testing, otoacoustic emissions and speech-in-noise testing will be completed prior to the tests of central auditory processing.

Who Can Benefit from APD Evaluations?

APD evaluations can be beneficial for both children and adults who have normal hearing but struggle with understanding and processing auditory information. This can manifest in various ways, such as difficulties with language, learning, reading, and spelling, or excessive fatigue after listening for extended periods.

Our Approach

At HearSense SC, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach to evaluating and managing auditory processing disorders. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the individual's auditory processing abilities, identify any areas of difficulty, and develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include environmental modifications, management strategies, auditory training, and/or the use of assistive listening devices.

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