auditory processing disorder - HNO Praxis im Zentrum EN

Rainer Staudenmaier, M.D., Prof.
Board certified physician
for Otolaryngology-plastic Surgery-allergology
Susanne Staudenmaier, M.D.
Board certified physician
for Otolaryngology

auditory processing

auditory processing disorder

Kids dealing with receptive auditory process deficit and addiction (RAPD) will have a problem with understanding the meaning behind words spoken to them although their hearing is completely normal. Auditory processing describes the way the brain assigns significance and meaning to the sounds in the environment. In other words, what ever your child hears doesn't really make sense to him. Such a disorder can show itself in various ways:

  • The child seems to not hear well or it there is delayed response time after someone addresses the child.
  • The child has difficulty listening to teachers, educators or kindergarten staff.
  • The child can hardly remember verses, songs or rhymes, mixes up words or syllables so they don't make sense and or doesn't speak as well as other peers.
  • The child relies on lip reading to understand things.
  • It is impossible for the child to locate the source of sounds or words spoken to it and it oftentimes is distracted and unfocused.

Kids dealing with auditory processing disorder can't handle parts of language the way it is needed for a regular language acquisition process - they can't process sentences, words, syllables and sounds the way normal people do. This is way the usually need a lot more time to understand what was said and they seem like to be hard of hearing. This is a constant cause for problems throughout the learning process at school, at kindergarten or in any other situation where the child is supposed to learn something.

At our office we can diagnose if your kid has a disability like that. After auditory testing has been (usually) successfully completed we use special tests to verify if audio impulses get transferred into electric impulses and if they get correctly transferred to the brain. After that we mimic everyday situations like remembering words or listening to words or sentences during ambient noise. Diagnosis and treatment of kids suffering auditory processing disorder is an interdisciplinary task. We work together with experienced specialists of those interdisciplinary fields to assist you and your child in the best possible way.