Banner John Backman
Auditory Processing Assessments

Auditory Processing Assessments

Auditory processing describes how the brain recognises and interprets the sounds around you. A (central) auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is the problem with the way the sounds heard by the ear are being understood by the brain. People with auditory processing disorder typically have normal hearing, but present with difficulty hearing in background noise, exhibit poor listening skills, misunderstand spoken messages, struggle to follow oral instructions and pay attention to name a few.

In children, auditory processing difficulties can affect their ability to read, write and spell, as well as pose learning difficulties.  CAPD can be confused with or co-exist with other conditions, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, language impairment and learning difficulties.   

Auditory Processing Assessments
Procedures
1. Case History

The audiologist will ask specific questions regarding your child’s learning skills and other hearing related concerns. Consideration would be given to reports obtained from other professionals such as the speech pathologist, educational psychologist or school teacher.

3. Auditory Memory Tests

This assesses your child’s short term auditory memory for numbers and sentences.

Baby on Seat

2. Hearing Test

A hearing test will exclude any hearing loss or possible middle ear pathology.

4. Auditory Processing Tests
  1. Dichotic Digits Test (binaural integration).
  2. Competing Sentences Test (binaural separation.
  3. Frequency Pitch Pattern Test (temporal patterning). This test checks your child’s ability to detect and sequence subtle differences in sounds
  4. Low Pass Filtered Word Test (monaural low redundancy speech test). This assesses the ability to understand the whole word when part of the message is missing
  5. Masked Level Difference test (binaural interaction). This test assesses the ability of your child to use subtle sound cues to hear in the presence of background noise
  6. Gaps in noise test (temporal processing). This test assesses your child’s ability to detect when one sound has ended and another has begun.
  7. Gaps in noise test (temporal processing). This test assesses your child’s ability to detect when one sound has ended and another has begun.

Before booking with another professional, please check the number of tests that are performed, as no one test is definitive of a diagnosis.

Further testing

If required the audiologist may suggest electrophysiological testing. These tests measure the brain’s response to sounds. Appropriate referrals to other professionals will also be discussed.

Reports

Following the assessment, the audiologist will provide you with a brief summary of the results. A detailed report will then be sent within 1 week of the appointment. A follow-up consultation can also be arranged to arrange remediation.

Make an appointment

If you think you and/or your child may have an auditory processing disorder, contact us to arrange an Auditory Processing Assessment.

Hearing Professionals can also provide bulk APD screening for schools. Please contact us for more information.

Test Your Hearing Scroll to Top