Auditory Processing Testing In Rocklin – CA
Auditory Processing Testing
If you are experiencing difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise, often mishear spoken information, or seem more fatigued than your peers after a normal day at school or work, you may want to check with an expert at our Rocklin office for Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).
What Are the Symptoms?
Oftentimes, symptoms of APD look very similar to symptoms of hearing loss, however, in most cases, people with APD typically have relatively normal hearing.
Signs of auditory processing difficulties may include:
- difficulty understanding conversations in background noise
- saying “what” often
- easily distracted or confused
- trouble following multi-step verbal directions
- taking longer than normal to respond to verbal questions
- learning difficulties- reading delays, dyslexia, difficulty spelling, lower than normal writing skills, and/or difficulty sequencing information
- difficulty understanding sarcasm, jokes
It’s important to clarify that APD is not a hearing disorder but a processing disorder between your ears and brain.
Those with APD struggle to connect or attach meaning to the new auditory information they hear.
APD affects people of all ages but is more commonly seen in childhood with approximately 5% of school-age children being affected. Early detection and intervention are recommended to ensure the child has a strong foundation (phonemic detection abilities, discrimination, identification, and comprehension) on which to build their higher education. With early intervention, a child with APD can find success in school and in the workforce.
Schedule An Assessment
The starting point for addressing your hearing challenges is a comprehensive evaluation.
Submit the form on this page and a member of our team will call you to assist in scheduling your appointment at our Rocklin location for an Auditory Processing Assessment.
What to Expect at Your Auditory Processing Test
#1 – We Will Take Your Case History
This involves looking at your age, auditory ability, genetics, and speech concerns as well as a range of other factors that may contribute toward its development.
#2 – Audiological Evaluation of your Peripheral Auditory System
A standard hearing test, where we get you to listen out for sounds and note your response when you hear them.
This is useful for identifying peripheral auditory disorders, which can affect an individual’s ability to hear and understand background noise.
#3 – Audiological Evaluation of the Central Auditory System
The behavioral test assesses the functional capabilities of the auditory system.
The electrophysiologic test assesses the neural processes in the central auditory pathway and provides information about the integrity of the Central Auditory Nervous System (CANS) from the auditory vestibular nerve to the auditory cortex.
All of these processes help us to identify the severity of your condition and work toward producing a range of expert treatments to strengthen the brain’s ability to process.
Once you have undergone your auditory processing test, and we diagnose it as APD, treatment involves a process of auditory training and speech therapy.
Both of these collaborate to differentiate between sounds and manage the language processing systems.
If you or a loved one is experiencing worrying signs of APD, please visit an audiologist as soon as possible.