Originally Posted by wgres101
I was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder last year. I'm 25 years old and I don't understand how I could have developed this, when from what all I've read, they occur primarily in children. At least, that's when they are usually diagnosed. Anyway, it seems to be getting worse as time goes on but maybe its just me. Any advice would be helpful.
I am a Speech Pathologist from New York. You are right. Most Auditory Processing disorders are diagnosed in children. However, you may have had this problem since you were a child and it may have gone unnoticed. Auditory processing disorders many times show up in very subtle ways. Think back to your school years and try to remember if there were any particular subjects in which you had difficulty (particularly subjects such as math, science and maybe reading). Did you have trouble doing any class projects? Did you have difficulty (or still have difficulty) in following directions? Has anyone ever told you that you that you respond to questions or statments with answers that are not connected to what was said or asked? Have people ever told you that you have misinterpreted what has been said to you? These are pretty significant signs of an Auditory Processing disorder.
People who have an Auditory Processing problem usually have hearing that is within normal limits on a standard Audiological hearing evaluation. A standard Audiological evaluation only tests the functions of the external, middle and inner ear components. They do not get an accurate reading on the nerves from the ear after they have left the inner ear and have traveled to the brainstem. This is usually where the problem exists with people that have Auditory processing problems. There is a specialized evaluation which tests the functions of the hearing mechanism (mainly nerves) after they have left the inner ear and travel to the brainstem. This is called a Central Auditory Processing Evaluation. If you have been diagnosed with an Auditory Processing problem, it is necessary that you have this particular hearing evaluation done. You must ask specifically for a Central Auditory Processing Evaluation when you are getting a referral for this test. Also, make sure that the Audiologist that you go to does this type of evaluation. Not all Audiologists do this.
The standard therapy procedure for an Auditory processing disorder in children is to wear a hearing aid that will help increase their comprehension. As far as I know, the aids are only worn in situations such as work settings, classroom settings and any other settings where a person may need to hear information accurately (i.e medical, etc). I do not know for sure if this would be the therapy procedure that would be used for you. It is best to find out.