Auditory processing is the neurological function associated with the perception and understanding of sound. Auditory Processing is what allows us to interpret spoken words, and distinguish important auditory signals from noise.
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As we age, our brain begins to slow down in its ability to process auditory information. This can affect our ability to remember information, follow a conversation or presentation, follow instructions, and other skills that we need to function in our daily lives.
Auditory Processing Disorder
Auditory Processing Disorder is a problem that affects how the brain receives and interprets information. It causes a breakdown in receiving, remembering and understanding what a person hears. Despite having normal hearing sensitivity, individuals with APD have difficulty interpreting the information they hear. In children its symptoms can sometimes be confused with symptoms of ADD because it can affect the child's ability to listen, follow instructions and to filter out background noises that distract them. Audiologists have very specific diagnostic testing to determine if someone has an Auditory Processing Disorder.