Central Auditory Processing

Central Auditory Processing is what the brain does with what the ears hear. Our auditory system is very complex - it must detect or "hear" the sound and then it must process the information for understanding.

Symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Difficulty understanding speech in the presence of competing background noise
  • Problems with the ability to localize the source of a signal
  • Inconsistent or inappropriate responses to requests for information
  • Difficulty following rapid speech
  • Frequent requests for repetition and/or rephrasing of information
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Difficulty or inability to detect the changes in rhythm, stress, and intonation in speech
  • Difficulty learning a foreign language or novel speech materials, especially technical language
  • Difficulty maintaining attention
  • A tendency to be easily distracted
  • Poor singing, musical ability, and/or appreciation of music,
  • Academic difficulties, including reading, spelling and/or learning problems.

Criteria for Referral

  • 7 years of age
  • English is the main language spoken in the home
  • No greater than a mild articulation and/ or language disorder
  • Normal IQ - 80 or above
  • Normal hearing

Test Battery

Testing is available at most Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital locations. We use a test battery that allows us the most complete picture of the child's processing abilities. The testing takes three to four hours and a report and counseling are usually completed the day of testing.

The report specifically covers the auditory processing skills with which the child is having problems and recommendations for school and home success. If needed, recommendations will be made for further testing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 727-767-8989.