Central Auditory Processing Disorders describe a hearing difficulty related to how the brain processes sound. An individual may have hearing in the normal range on a standard hearing test, but have difficulty processing sound. For example, understanding speech in a noisy environment, such as the classroom.
Central Auditory Processing assessments can performed with children from 6 years of age.
There are a number of different approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of Auditory Processing Disorders. Pittwater Hearing follows the approach developed originally by Professor Harvey Dillon at the National Acoustic Laboratories. This method focuses on individual aspects of Auditory Processing one at a time and uses remediation that has been validated by research to treat the deficit. For example, the ability to separate unwanted noise from a teachers voice, and be able to listen to that voice in noise is known as Spatialised Listening in noise. When a child is diagnosed with this deficit, using a brain training program in the form of a game on the iPad, known as Soundstorm has been proven by independent research to remediate this deficit. That is, by regular practice in a specially designed format, a child can learn to separate speech from noise.
At Pittwater Hearing, we will not only diagnose a deficit, but assist you in aspects of habilitation and measuring your child’s progress. We only recommend remediation that is validated by quality research. For example, we don’t recommend spending money on expensive headphones because there is no research that proves this is necessary for training programs.
If you suspect your child has trouble hearing in the classroom please feel free to contact us for further advice.