Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Diagnoses and Treatment Plans

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) occurs when an individual has normal hearing but struggles to listen. This condition is thought to be due to an inability to process speech sounds accurately.

Children and adults with APD have difficulty recognising differences between sounds in words, even when the sounds are loud and clear enough to be heard. This is often more challenging when there is background noise, for example, in a classroom. Audiologists are the recognised allied health professional for assessment and diagnosis of APD. All APD assessments begin with an initial hearing test along with a test of middle ear function in order to ensure that hearing is normal.

This is followed by a series of other tests to assess the individuals ability to process words and signals in differing conditions. Please contact us at or 08 8272 9997 for more information.