Auditory Processing is ‘What the brain does with what the ear hears’ (Jack Katz). Sometimes the ears and the brain don’t fully coordinate and interfere with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech, this is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) has been defined as the efficiency and effectiveness with which the central nervous system utilizes auditory information.
The skills used include sound localization and lateralization, auditory discrimination, dichotic listening, and temporal processing. In addition, effective auditory processing is associated with other higher-order cognitive-communicative skills including phonological processing, comprehension and interpretation of auditory information, and attention to and memory for auditory information (ASHA, 2005).
APD can affect individuals of any age, and it has been associated with difficulties in a variety of communication and learning arenas.