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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