Many individuals think deafness is the only way to have a hearing impairment, but the reality is that some individuals can have perfectly functioning ears, yet still be unable to understand noises. In patients with auditory processing disorder, the brain is unable to properly translate meaning to the noises a person hears. Auditory processing disorders often go unnoticed because they are either too mild to greatly impair the patient or so severe they get mistaken for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and other related disorders. However, it is essential to diagnose an auditory processing disorder as early as possible so a patient can get the therapy needed to help them communicate with others. Be sure to pay attention to these warning signs of an auditory processing disorder.
Difficulty Taking Notes
Patients with auditory processing disorders frequently have more difficulty paying attention to sound when they are involved in other things. In a schoolroom setting, this difficulty in remembering things heard is particularly noticeable when it comes to note-taking. Taking notes requires an individual to understand a spoken sentence and then write the sentence while listening to and attempting to comprehend another phrase. This sequence is almost impossible for many individuals with an auditory processing disorder. A student may hear something the teacher says and forget it entirely before they can write it down, or they may become so absorbed in writing down a previous lecture point they can no longer process the things currently being said. Difficulty taking notes can be particularly problematic because many individuals with an auditory processing disorder actually struggle to learn information unless it is written down. If they cannot read notes on a lecture class, they might find it almost impossible to recall what was discussed in the class.
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