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Auditory processing disorder or APD is a disorder that affects the individual’s hearing and listening ability. In this condition the brain is not able to process correctly the sounds heard or even listened to in a normal way.

APD can greatly affect the affected person’s ability to:

  • precisely locate where a certain sound is coming from
  • can’t determine what sound comes before another
  • cannot determine sounds from one another, one example is “couch – cow”
  • easily gets distracted when talking to another person if there is a background noise or if the other person is talking quickly or if there is more than one person is talking
  • trouble remembering instructions
  • problems in enjoying music

If the affected age group is children, their development in school may also be affected. Their spelling and reading are affected too.
However many people find the condition to be less of a problem as they find ways to cope with the disability. But children may need extra help and support to assist them with school work.

Cause of APD

The cause of APD is not yet fully understood. Often times it can be attributed to a defective gene, while in children it can be a result of a persistent ear problem at a very young age.
In adults, the condition can be a complication of a brain injury, stroke, brain tumor or meningitis. It can also be attributed to age-related changes where the changes in the ability of the brain to process new information are affected, such as multiple sclerosis.

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If you think you are suffering from Auditory Processing Disorder you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Auditory Processing Disorder as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).