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Do you need help with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)? 

Auditory processing disorder (APD), sometimes referred to as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) or auditory disability with normal hearing (ADN), is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting the way the brain processes sound. Individuals with APD usually have normal structure and function of the ear, but cannot process the information they hear the same way as others do, which leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech. 

If you're struggling with auditory processing disorders (APD), you're not alone. The American Academy of Audiology notes that APD is diagnosed by difficulties in one or more auditory processes known to reflect the function of the central auditory nervous system. It can affect children and adults and may continue to affect children into adulthood. Children with APD can sometimes be misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as they have overlapping symptoms. Additionally, Children in developmental years who have suffered from secretory otitis media (Middle ear infection) as a result of allergies, colds, or Eustachian tube dysfunction sometimes experience long-term developmental effects that lead to Audio Processing Disorder.  APD can significantly impact how individuals interpret and respond to auditory information, affecting various aspects of communication and daily functioning. Seeking help from qualified professionals such as audiologists or speech-language pathologists can provide strategies and interventions tailored to improve auditory processing skills, ultimately enhancing communication and quality of life. Whether it's difficulty following conversations, distinguishing speech from background noise, or comprehending rapid speech, identifying and addressing APD can lead to better outcomes and improved auditory experiences.

Can Covid cause Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

There has been an increase in patients who have started seeing ADP symptoms after being diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as long-haul COVID patients. Individuals who have had COVID-19 and are now experiencing “Brain fog” may be experiencing ADP.  Doctors are recommending patients who are having problems concentrating after COVID-19 get tested for Auditory processing disorder as testing is simple and can save patients a great deal of distress.

Symptoms of auditory processing disorder (APD) can sometimes be subtle and can include:

  • Telling where the sound is coming from.

  • Understanding words that are spoken quickly or in a noisy room.

  • Paying attention.

  • Reading and spelling.

  • Following directions unless they are short and simple.

  • Learn a new language.

  • Sing or enjoy music.

  • Understanding and remembering spoken information.

  • Take longer to reply to someone who is speaking to you.

  • Often needing others to repeat themselves.

  • Not understanding sarcasm or jokes.

Do I need a Doctor for auditory processing disorder (APD)

If you or a loved one are having trouble hearing or understanding what you hear, contact Doctor Kupfer and make an appointment for a diagnosis and treatment options. 


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