Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Assessment
This clinic usually assesses children and teenagers who have
been found to have normal hearing in a hearing test, but seem to
struggle in real-world situations such as in background noise or
when there is more than one person speaking.
The clinic involves the use of a questionnaire for parents to
complete, and we perform hearing tests in different situations, for
example, in the presence of noise or when different words are
played in each ear.
We discuss the results and make suggestions for how best to help
the child. Advice may include how to hear best in certain
situations (sitting away from noise sources), making sure anyone
talking with the child (such as the child's teacher) is aware of
their hearing difficulties, and we can give advice about how the
child can learn to compensate for their difficulties. Sometimes a
more structured approach is recommended (such as shared reading
aloud or reading in noise).