Auditory Processing Disorder is different from a hearing impairment, as an individual will usually not have any overall hearing difficulties. But an individual may have trouble understanding or interpreting what they have heard.
An auditory processing disorder tends to occur when sounds reach the brain via the inner ear, where there is a blockage or a problem interpreting the sound.
Auditory Processing Disorder does not have a cure, but it is possible to treat and manage the condition to make an individual’s life easier. APD can be diagnosed via a hearing test, where an individual can be asked to listen to a specific voice in a noisy room, to see which sounds they are able to process.
You can help an individual with APD by speaking to them at a speed or volume that is suitable for their needs. It is also advisable not to wear a face mask or have anything covering your mouth when you are speaking to an individual with this condition. It is also advisable to keep your language simple and sentences short and concise, using visual cues if necessary.