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Auditory Processing Disorder
Cassandra Kerr Audiology is an independent audiologist specialises in Paediatric Audiometry, Hearing Testing and Hearing Aids in Melbourne.
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About APD

What is APD?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a broad term for hearing disorders that result from atypical processing of auditory information in the brain. It is where there is no detectable problem with the hearing organs actually hearing sound, but rather a problem with how the brain processes sound information. It is a complex disorder and is estimated to effect around 5% of school aged children. 


When to test for APD?

Symptoms that may warrant a referral for APD include:

  • Difficulty understanding speech in noise

  • Difficulty following spoken instructions 

  • Difficulty concentrating/maintaining attention

  • Difficulty localising source of sound 

  • Concerns with literacy or development

  • Frequently asking for repeats/saying “what”

  • Experiencing listening fatigue or getting frustrated 


What is the diagnosis process like? 

APD assessment is available for children aged 7 and older. The assessment is split into two 1.5-hour appointments. There is a Medicare rebate available when referred from your GP or Paediatrician. During the assessment your child will complete several listening game tasks to assess the different domains of APD. 



The management of APD is individualised to each child’s needs and specific listening deficit. It can include the use of a small assistive listening device to use in the classroom. There are also at home game-based training programs to strengthen the listening deficit and auditory pathway.  

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