Auditory processing disorder is when the brain does not efficiently or correctly process auditory information.  If you or your child have passed hearing tests but still seem to struggle understanding or following auditory information, you may have an auditory processing disorder.

Traditional hearing tests evaluate the outer, middle and inner ear function for pathology or damage (whether you hear a beep or not at a certain level).  An auditory processing evaluation evaluates the auditory pathways from the inner ear up to the areas of the brain responsible for processing sounds.  Only an audiologist can diagnose Auditory Processing Disorder.