AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Auditory processing, also named central auditory processing, refers to the ability of processing and of integrating the auditory information. APD when present in a child, typically does not affect the hearing acuity, but it will impact on his or her learning skills and could be confused with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) or Learning Disorder (LD). Sometimes APD will coexist with either or both conditions.

When properly diagnosed, appropriate therapeutic measures could be put in place in the home and in the educational setting to optimize the child's chances for success.

At our clinic, we perform assessments for Auditory Processing Disorders from the age of 7 and up. A typical session lasts about 2 hours during which a basic hearing test is completed to rule out the presence of a hearing loss and then we proceed to more challenging tests ex: listening to pitch patterns, words in the presence of background noise, words in a sequence etc. A comprehensive written report is then issued and mailed to you in the following weeks.

When children are under 7 years old but already display some or all of the listening, language, or learning difficulties which could be found in APD, we propose a basic hearing test in order to rule out the presence of any peripheral hearing problem.

Usefull links: Learning Disability Association of Quebec and Auditory Processing Assessment.

When we are assessing adults, recommendations on modifying the listening environment and improving personnal listening skills will differ slightly.

To make an appointment please call 514-488-5558 or make it online.