Auditory processing refers to the way the brain processes auditory information. Individuals with diminished auditory processing skills usually have normal auditory structures; meaning that the ear, ear canal and small bones within the ear are all normal and intact. However, with auditory processing problems, the brain signal carrying auditory information is scrambled.
Furthermore, there is often a sensory mismatch between the visual, kinesthetic, vestibular and auditory systems. This makes it difficult to recognize and interpret spoken and written sounds or to turn separate sounds of a word into the perception of a meaningful word and sequences of meaningful words. Other associated problems include poor balance, physical coordination, organization of space and time and decreased visual and auditory attention.
A person who is able to pass a hearing screening may not necessarily process visual and auditory signals together in order to effortlessly pay attention and listen. The blending of sensory processing systems is advantageous in such life skills as reading and social interactions. Brain injuries, developmental delays, normal aging and learning problems are commonly associated with decreased auditory processing skills.
There are several affective methods to improve auditory processing skills. Our office treats every case as individually as the individual themselves. An individualized program of auditory processing may include the use of the Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), The Listening Program (TLP) or a combination of vision therapy and auditory processing training techniques.
Have your auditory processing skills evaluated. Call (440) 230-0923 to schedule your Auditory Processing evaluation.