Duke audiologists evaluate and treat auditory processing disorder (APD) -- when, despite someone having normal hearing, a person's brain has difficulty processing auditory information. APD can affect both children and adults. It can cause problems with speech understanding, attention, learning, language, and reading. Our goal is to provide education and recommendations to strengthen listening and communication skills and to reduce the academic, social, or workplace impact of APD.
What to Expect During Your Evaluation Appointment
During your initial evaluation appointment, we will ask you to complete questionnaires and discuss your or your child’s medical history. We’ll also test listening skills (for example, listening when there is background noise, competing information, and fast speech, as well as how you or your child processes sound over time). We’ll also test hearing function to rule out problems with ear anatomy, including the auditory nerve. Specific auditory processing tests will be chosen based on your or your child’s age and developmental level.
After testing, we’ll talk with you about the results, any auditory processing weakness we found, and treatment recommendations. Altogether, this appointment lasts about 2 hours.
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Why Choose Duke
Collaborating with other professionals helps us better understand a person with auditory processing disorder as a whole. Our audiologists partner with other Duke specialists to ensure you receive thorough, compassionate care.
We keep abreast of the latest treatments to enhance our practice and your child’s care. Our audiologists attend state, national, and worldwide conferences to stay current on best practices and share their expertise. Our specialists have undergone advanced training, and many have advanced certification in specialized areas. Our combined skill and leadership mean you will work with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the U.S.
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.