What happens when you have auditory processing disorder?
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a relatively new concept. There is much controversy around the concept because one or several deficits (language deficits, attention deficits or sensory deficits – to name only three) might be at the source of what is called ADP. ADP does not appear in commonly used diagnostic classifications such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV). Nevertheless it is increasingly diagnosed in the United States, and other English-speaking countries such as Australia and Great Britiain.
Impaired auditory processing/ comprehension is often is the consequence of other impairments and often co-occurs with other disabilities. Thus isolating a truly specific auditory processing disorder , not causally related to memory, attentional or linguistic processes, is very difficult. What happens if you have APD – remember the concept is still controversial – will depend on the severity of the impairment and whether it is specific to language to all auditory stimuli.