Auditory Processing evaluations use a battery of special tests designed to assess the various auditory functions of the brain. The tests are often broken down into four subcategories including monaural low-redundancy speech tests, dichotic speech tests, temporal patterning tests, and binaural interaction tests.
Audiologists are the professionals responsible for the diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD); calibrated equipment and a sound-controlled testing area also ensure accurate evaluation results. At CSHC we combine hearing and auditory processing evaluation with a thorough speech-language assessment completed by an experienced and certified speech-language pathologist (SLP).
The audiologist and SLP review and discuss all results to provide an accurate diagnosis as well as a treatment plan. Approaches to treatment of APD fall into three main categories:
(a) Enhancing the individual’s auditory perceptual skills via auditory training
(b) Enhancing the individual’s language and cognitive resources
(c) Improving the quality of the auditory signal via environmental modification and assistive devices