Auditory processing disorder in adults

Typically, when auditory processing issue is described, it is in the context of school-aged children. A physical hearing impairment that does not show up as a hearing loss on standard tests or an audiogram is known as an auditory processing issue.

Many individuals, on the other hand, have experienced auditory processing impairment their entire lives. They may have struggled with reading, keeping up in class, and/or hearing in noisy environments, but nothing so bad that they felt compelled to act.

Many persons with auditory processing disorder (APD) have devised solutions or selected job choices that allow them to function effectively while suffering from the disease.

Limitations of Standard Hearing Tests

Auditory processing dysfunction is often confused with hearing loss in adults. They are astonished when the audiogram is “normal,” despite the fact that they are aware that they are not “hearing” accurately, especially in social circumstances with background noise.

ADP affects the hearing system beyond the ear, which is responsible for distinguishing a relevant message from non-essential background noise and delivering that information to the brain’s intellectual centers in a clear and concise manner (the central nervous system).

We lose one of our most important linkages with the world and other people when we get distorted or incomplete audio messages.

Adults can develop APD for a variety of reasons, including heredity, head trauma, and tumors, as well as auditory deprivation (untreated hearing loss) and periods of anoxia (that can occur with transient ischemic attack or stroke). As with other learning difficulties, the etiology is sometimes unknown.

Tinnitus, peripheral hearing loss, sound tolerance issues or increased sensitivity to sound, also known as hyperacusis, and difficulty processing auditory information, especially in areas of timing and hearing in less-than-ideal environments, are the most common auditory symptoms associated with head injury or post-concussive syndrome (PCS).

Characteristics in Adults

Listening difficulty in the presence of background noise or reverberant surroundings is a defining weakness typically associated with APD. Among addition, the following are some of the most typically reported difficulties in adults with APD:

  • Follow multi-step or complex directions with difficulty
  • Multitasking in auditory environments is difficult (e.g., listening and taking notes)
  • Issues with spelling, reading, and writing
  • Music appreciation is lacking.
  • Issues with being able to pinpoint the source of a signal
  • Following a telephone conversation might be difficult.
  • Directions are difficult to follow.
  • Rapid or accented speech is difficult to understand.
  • Long chats are difficult to follow.
  • Learning a foreign language or technical information in a novel or unfamiliar language can be difficult.
  • Problems with social interaction and “reading” others/pragmatic communication problems
  • Organizing issues at home, at business, and in other settings