Auditory Processing Disorder

edited November 2013 in Cognitive Performance

Anyone have experience with Auditory Processing Disorder, APD? Dave mentioned the Tomatis method in podcast #32 and talked a bit about APD and background noise in #48.


Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes auditory information. Individuals with APD usually have normal structure and function of the outer, middle and inner ear (peripheral hearing). However, they cannot process the information they hear in the same way as others do, which leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech.


Here and here are reports about the success of the Tomatis method treating APD.


Another treatment is Auditory Integration Training, a study on the efficacy of AIT is here.


Additional therapies.


APD Simulation.


Living and Working with a CAPD article.


Blog Post Doubting AIT.




Difficulty hearing in noisy situations

Difficulty following long conversations

Difficulty hearing conversations on the telephone

Difficulty learning a foreign language or challenging vocabulary words

Difficulty remembering spoken information (i.e., auditory memory deficits)

Difficulty taking notes

Difficulty maintaining focus on an activity if other sounds are present child is easily distracted by other sounds in the environment

Difficulty with organizational skills

Difficulty following multi-step directions

Difficulty in directing, sustaining, or dividing attention

Difficulty with reading and/or spelling

Difficulty processing nonverbal information (e.g., lack of music appreciation)



  • I'm glad this was mentioned. It's something that I've struggled with for my whole life. I only realized how much it was negatively affecting me after seeing a specialist and being diagnosed with a auditory processing disorder when I was 18.


    The symptoms Dave described having in the podcast where he mentions the Tomatis method is nearly identical to what I experience.


    I live near a Tomatis practitioner and contacted them and had an initial consult and testing. This basically confirmed that I had some areas where my hearing essentially "falls flat", causing my brain to have to work harder to compensate. I haven't followed through with the actual treatment course, as it is a little cost prohibitive at the moment, but is something I plan on doing when I can.

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