Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a complex problem. It involves difficulty processing the information that you hear. Children can have trouble recognising and interpreting the subtle differences in sounds, most often between the sounds in words when someone is speaking.
These problems usually happen when there’s background noise. In a quiet environment, which is what you’d expect in a standard hearing test, children can usually detect pure notes and it can be thought they don’t have a problem.
If APD isn’t picked up it can affect a child’s speech and language development and also academic achievement.
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