Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory Processing Disorders

APD as a Clinical Entity?

Vermiglio (2014) reports auditory processing disorder (APD) remains highly controversial, in part fueled by “multiple ambiguous descriptions of” of APD. Indeed, he reports referring to APD as a clinical entity is questionable with consideration of Sydenham and Guttentag’s (S&G) work in nosography  (i.e., the systematic description of diseases). That is, to be a clinical entity, S&G state the clinical entity must have an unambiguous definition, must represent a homogenous group with a perceived limitation and the clinical entity must facilitate a diagnosis and intervention.

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Amplification for Children with Normal Hearing

Schafer et al (2014) evaluated 12 children with essentially normal hearing. The children were ages 6 to 11 years, and presented with a multitude of disorders including auditory processing disorders (APD), listening problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), language disorders, intellectual disability, and specific language impairment (SLI). All children were fitted with bilateral FM receivers and small, open domes.

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