What Are Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)?

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What Are Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)?

Several Psych in 60 viewers have asked me to explain Auditory Processing Disorders. First, we have to understand auditory processing.

Auditory processing is what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you.

Auditory processing and hearing are not the same things, but intact hearing is necessary to ensure good auditory processing.

Audiologist, Jack Katz, defined auditory processing as “what we do with what we hear.”

The “disorder” part of Auditory Processing Disorder, or APD, means that something is negatively affecting the brain’s ability to filter, process, or interpret auditory information.

As a result, individuals with APD often miss or mis-hear auditory information.

Watch other videos in this Psych in 60 series to learn more about Auditory Processing Disorders and leave your questions in the comments below!

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