Acoustic Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder refers to the difficulties in the perceptual processing of auditory information in the CNS.


It is a disorder, primarily, which, although defined as a deficiency in neural processing, is not due to high-level linguistic, cognitive or related factors.

Perceptual processing difficulties manifest as poor performance in one or more of the following skills:

  • sound detection and flanking
  • acoustic discrimination
  • acoustic format recognition
  • temporal aspects of hearing
  • acoustic performance with competing acoustic signals and
  • audio performance with distorted audio signals.

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