Auditory Processing

Auditory Processing is the ability to hear individual sounds within words (c-a-t), hold the sound of a word in order to compare it to another word (“cat” versus “cad”), and discern whether the two words are the same or different. Traditional hearing tests may indicate that a student’s hearing is “within normal limits” but hearing and being able to discern what is heard can be two different things for someone with an auditory processing deficit. For example, if your child has troubles following verbal instructions at home or school, or sometimes mixes up words that he or she has heard, testing for the deficit may be warranted.

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