4 Facts You Should Know About Auditory Processing Disorder

4 Facts You Should Know About Auditory Processing Disorder

When a child’s ears and brain do not fully coordinate well together, it causes a condition known as Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also commonly referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). Children with this condition have difficulty recognizing and interpreting sounds the same way individuals with functional auditory system.


Because of APD, children with the condition do not actively recognize or identify the unique difference in sounds in various words or phrases. When background noise is present as well, it makes it even harder for the individual to distinguish the correct sounds and words.

Check out the four facts you should know about APD.

The Cause of APD is Unknown

The true cause of Auditory Processing Disorder is unknown. Although there is evidence to suggest that trauma, chronic ear infections and other conditions can lead to APD, it is best to have each child assessed on an individual basis. Each child will encounter their own personal symptoms, which may not be according to the ‘norm’.

A Hearing Aid Will Not Directly Assist With APD

Because APD is not a condition associated with hearing loss, a hearing aid will not truly benefit the individual with the condition, as the ears are fully functional. Instead, special devices and therapy programs are used to assist the brain and the auditory processes connect.

Behavior Signs and Clues

At a young age, children with APD will exhibit a variety of signs and symptoms such as:

  • Needing visual cues
  • Trouble paying attention in a group
  • Difficulty understanding oral instructions
  • Easily distracted when background noise is evident
  • Reading difficulties

Many of these signs can also be accredited to other conditions including ADD and ADHD. If you are concerned about your child, be sure to bring him or her to a reputable doctor who can properly diagnose the problem.

You Can Help Your Child

If your child has Auditory Processing Disorder, use the following tactics or methods to help their education and daily life.

  • Provide quiet study areas
  • Encourage good daily habits
  • Use expressive sentences
  • Reduce background noise at home and school if possible

It is important to understand that individuals with Auditory Processing Disorder are able to have a normal intelligence level. However, they may need a bit of assistance during the learning process.

The Sertoma Club of Nashville seeks to assist those with communicative disorders, such as Auditory Processing Disorders. Attend one of our upcoming events to learn how you can benefit these individuals too.