Difficulty Understanding Speech and Sounds in Background Noise


An Auditory Processing Disorder is where you can have difficulty understanding sounds and words, despite normal hearing. It is a 'glitch' in the brains ability to understand sounds and words. It usually occurs in childhood but may develop in adults.


Signs of this disorder include:

  • Difficulty understanding conversations in noisy environments such as restaurants or at work with the air conditioner

  • Difficulty understanding people with strong accents or people who speak fast

  • Difficulty understanding similar sounding words

  • Following spoken instructions

  • Recalling only the last part or word of a verbal sentence

Treatment for this includes exercises to improve listening and concentration. There are also devices such as an FM system that can significantly improve the signal-to-noise ratio in the class or work environment reducing the stress on listening.


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