Journal article

An Opinion on the Assessment of People Who May Have an Auditory Processing Disorder

Harvey Dillon, Sharon Cameron, Helen Glyde, Wayne Wilson, Dani Tomlin

Journal of the American Academy of Audiology | AMER ACAD AUDIOLOGY | Published : 2012


We need to rethink how we assess auditory processing disorder (APD). The current use of test batteries, while necessary and well accepted, is at risk of failing as the size of these batteries increases. To counter the statistical, fatigue, and clinical efficiency problems of large test batteries, we propose a hierarchical approach to APD assessment. This begins with an overall test of listening difficulty in which performance is measurably affected for anyone with an impaired ability to understand speech in difficult listening conditions. It proceeds with a master test battery containing a small number of single tests, each of which assesses a different group of skills necessary for understa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Listening in Spatialized Noise-Sentences test (LiSN-S) discussed in this paper is distributed under license by Phonak Communications AG. Financial returns from the sale of this product benefit author Cameron and the National Acoustic Laboratories. This outcome has in no way influenced the opinion reported in this paper.