Auditory processing FAQs

auditory processing FAQs

We have compiled a list of auditory processing FAQs. On this page, we will explore some of the most commonly asked questions about APD, including its causes, symptoms, and diagnosis.

If you have a question, there’s a good chance someone else has asked it before. We’ve created a treasure trove of auditory processing FAQs to help you.

What's the difference between APD and CAPD?

Put simply, APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) and CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder) are two terms that are often used interchangeably to describe a difficulty in processing auditory information.

Is APD an intellectual disability?

No, APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) is not an intellectual disability. APD is a neurological condition that affects the brain’s ability to process auditory information. It is characterised by difficulties in processing and interpreting sounds, even when the sounds are loud and clear. APD can affect individuals of all intellectual abilities, including those with above-average intelligence.

It’s important to note that APD and intellectual disability can co-occur in some cases, but they are distinct conditions that require different approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

How much does auditory processing testing cost in Australia?

In-person testing with an Audiologist typically costs between $350 and $600 depending on how comprehensive the testing is.

Our online auditory processing test, which you complete on your iPad, costs just $295 and is very comprehensive, testing up to 10 areas of auditory processing (depending on the age of the person being tested).

Can I use NDIS funding for this test?

Yes, you may be able to use your NDIS funding for an auditory processing test if it is deemed necessary to support your disability-related needs. As part of the NDIS, funding is provided to individuals with disabilities to help them access the services and supports they need to improve their quality of life and achieve their goals. This includes funding for assessments, such as an auditory processing test, that are required to determine the individual’s disability-related needs and develop an appropriate support plan.

I'm over 65. Can I still do the test?

Yes, you can. Your results will be compared with a group of 65 year olds. As the test has only been normed for people between the ages of 6 and 65, you won’t be able to receive an APD diagnosis, but you’ll still receive a comprehensive report detailing strengths and weaknesses and management and treatment options.

How is auditory processing disorder diagnosed?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive evaluation that includes a range of assessments designed to evaluate different aspects of auditory processing. The assessment is usually carried out by an audiologist or speech-language pathologist with expertise in APD.

The diagnostic process for APD involves the following steps: 1. Background history: Before you start your test, we’ll collect a detailed background history including information about previous diagnoses and your current concerns. 2. Hearing test: You should have a hearing test with an Audiologist before you have your auditory processing tested. It’s important to rule out hearing loss or ear infections as a cause of symptoms first. 3. Auditory processing assessment: this involves a range of tests designed to evaluate the ability to process and interpret sounds beyond the basic level of hearing. You’ll complete tasks that evaluate different aspects of auditory processing, such as the ability to process rapid sounds, understand speech in noise, and process rapid speech. 4. Interpretation and reporting of results: Our speech pathologist and Audiologist work together to integrate your results and determine whether you meet the criteria for a diagnosis of APD. The diagnostic criteria for APD vary, but typically involve a combination of deficits in different areas of auditory processing. We’ll also provide recommendations for auditory processing treatment and management options.
Who diagnoses auditory processing disorder?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is typically diagnosed by a healthcare professional who specialises in auditory processing and has expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of APD. This may include audiologists, speech-language pathologists, neurologists, and psychologists who have specialised training and experience in diagnosing and treating APD.

It’s important to seek a qualified professional for the assessment and diagnosis of APD, as it is a complex condition that can be difficult to diagnose accurately. A healthcare professional with expertise in APD can provide a comprehensive evaluation, determine whether the individual meets the criteria for a diagnosis of APD, and develop an appropriate treatment plan to address the individual’s specific needs. Our online AP test is evaluated by speech pathologists and audiologists with extensive experience in the field.
What does the report look like?
Your report will be completely customised to you, from your results right through to your recommendations. No report will look the same, however you can see a sample report here.
What causes auditory processing disorder?

The causes of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) are not fully understood, but it is believed to be a neurological condition that affects the way the brain processes sound. APD can occur in people with normal hearing sensitivity, meaning that the problem is not with the ears themselves but with the processing of auditory information in the brain.

Some of the factors that have been identified as potential causes or contributors to APD include:

  1. Genetics: APD appears to have a genetic component, and it may run in families.
  2. Premature birth or low birth weight: Children who are born prematurely or with a low birth weight may be at increased risk of developing APD.
  3. Head injury: A head injury that affects the brain’s ability to process sound can lead to APD.
  4. Chronic ear infections: Chronic ear infections, particularly during early childhood, can cause hearing loss and may contribute to the development of APD.
  5. Environmental factors: Exposure to certain environmental factors, such as noise pollution, may contribute to the development of APD.

APD is a complex disorder that may have multiple underlying causes, and further research is needed to fully understand its origins.