The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2008 , Vol 50 , Num 2
Understanding auditory processing disorders
1Division of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2Division of Audiology and Vestibular Testing, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Yalçınkaya F, Keith R. Understanding auditory processing disorders in children. Turk J Pediatr 2008; 50: 101-105.

Auditory processing disorders (APD) are defined as difficulties in hearing and understanding speech in the presence of normal peripheral hearing. Children with APD appear to be uncertain about what they hear, and have difficulties listening in background noise, following oral instructions, and understanding rapid or degraded speech. Suspicious behaviors include: “not listening”, “unable to follow direction”, or “unable to learn from information they hear”. These children are often inattentive. The diagnosis can be complicated because other types of childhood disorders may exhibit similar behaviors (e.g., attention deficit disorders [ADD]). Therefore, results of auditory processing tests are important to differentiate between APD and ADD. In the following report we will briefly review the nature of APD in order to raise clinical awareness of this disorder. Keywords : auditory processing disorders, sensitized speech tests, language disorders, remediation

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