Published on June 13, 2017

Auditory processing disorder

A disorder affecting the ability to understand speech.


Currently, there's no known definite cause of auditory processing disorder. It may be linked to ear infections, premature birth, or head trauma.


Symptoms include difficulty understanding in noisy environments, following directions, and distinguishing between similar sounds.


Treatments may include environmental modifications, such as the use of listening devices, and working with a therapist.