WHAT IS APD?
Auditory processing disorder is a hearing disorder where the ears process sound normally but the hearing centres and circuits of the brain don’t correctly process incoming information.
It is estimated to affect 2 to 3 per cent of children, but the true prevalence is unknown. Common causes of APD include hereditary factors, birth-related factors, glue ear and head trauma.
People with APD miss parts of speech if it is too complex or there are too many competing factors.
They may feel frustrated and under-achieve in school despite great effort.
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