Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults

Adults with auditory processing disorder may struggle to understand and communicate with the world. Though most symptoms are diagnosed in childhood and adolescence, these lingering signs at home and work could point to APD in adulthood.

Reviewed by Lois Kam Heymann, M.A. CCC-SLP

“Garbled.” That’s how many adults describe communicating and living with auditory processing disorder (APD). APD makes it difficult to understand and interpret information presented orally. This may manifest as poor listening skills, poor reading comprehension, or miscommunication that causes trouble with coworkers, partners, family and friends. For many people, living with APD is like trying to listen on a cell phone with the signal cutting in and out.

Adapted from the symptoms of APD as described by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is not a diagnostic tool. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. For personal use only.

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