APD Handout for Teachers

Posted January 6, 2022, under APD, Resources

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a type of hearing loss. Our peripheral (sensory) auditory system (ear & auditory nerve) is designed to detect sound. Our central auditory processing system is designed to process or recognize and make sense out of what we’ve heard. Individuals with APD will most often have normal sensory hearing but will have hearing loss in the perceptual processing of auditory stimuli & the neurobiological activity underlying that processing. Competing background noise, degraded speech, large volumes of auditory discourse, lack of nonverbal cues, new topics, unfamiliar speakers, rapid changes in subject matter, unfamiliar vocabulary, abstract concepts, among many others are listening situations that will be challenging with APD.

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