Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Auditory Processing Disorder Symptoms 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, particularly in adults with ADHD / ADD.

“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.

This test was adapted from the symptoms of auditory processing disorder (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.

Though most people consider them logistically easier than face –to-face meetings, do conference calls at work really stress you out?

1 out of 13

Do you mis-hear words that rhyme or sound alike, leading to confusion and frustration?

2 out of 13

When you go out with friends at a noisy bar, do you have trouble following what’s going on?

3 out of 13

In school, did you struggle through language arts and other lecture-intensive classes? 

4 out of 13

Do you listen to the TV at high volume, but still have trouble understanding what’s going on, especially if anyone talks during the program?

5 out of 13

Do everyday noises like the vacuum cleaner or blender bother you or “hurt” your ears? 

6 out of 13

Is spell-check is your best friend?

7 out of 13

Do you fail to notice your cell phone ringing and miss important calls?

8 out of 13

In conversations, do you feel like you’re missing something?

9 out of 13

Do you fail to understand why people like live concerts, or singing karaoke?

10 out of 13

At work, are you distracted and do you have trouble focusing, especially when working in an open floor plan or cubicle without a door?

11 out of 13

Would you rather express yourself in an email or essay, and avoid phone calls and presentations?

12 out of 13

If you’ve been tested for hearing problems, did the results show no abnormal hearing problems?

13 out of 13

(Optional) Would you like to receive your auditory processing disorder test results — plus more helpful resources — via email from ADDitude?

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Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults: Next Steps

1. Take This Test: Sensory Processing Disorder in Adults
2. Read How to Treat Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
3. Find Treatment Options in Auditory Processing Disorder: Where to Go for Help
4. Take This Test: Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Adults
5. Take This TestExecutive Function Deficits in Adults
6. Take This Test: Autism in Adults

Updated on January 31, 2020

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  1. I have keyed this comment in three times and have grown tired of the page reloading on my ipad and erasing the whole comment with out letting me go back to previous page. Like this questionnaire the page is not senior friendly or applicable.
    I am 73 and those ADHDers from this era seldom made it through high school …no supports, no diagnosis, and definitely enterred the work environment at a young age. In my case by the age an actuary was leaving his B Comm program had his or her FSA we were VPs of the consulting company they hoped to get enough insurance company experience to join.
    Your question do not apply to our age group. As adhders we have probably been divorced more than once. If not our earnings capacity was severely hindered by the condition. For personality types see Edison,Trump or einstein. Marriages were tough on our wives and pocketBooks.
    All this to tell you that despite our successes we ended up as Seniors , Single, with very little income, hence no cell phones, we worked way to hard to ever attend a rock concert. If we are male and single we dont use nor never had a blender and i assume the cleaning lady vacuums monthly or more often if one can afford it.
    Language arts is something taught at high school or University we think, not any school we might have attended even though we wrote reports for a living. We try not to talk to the walls or ourselves and having company over….you must be kidding see messes and other living habits of adhders.e Bars and concerts see comment above. Whats a conference call. Working my way out of a cubicle and into a private office was completed in 1972…..senior executive by 76. Cant quite remember why except it was a symbol of success.
    Written communication was necessary in my world but a lot of phone calls occurred all of which were documented. Or people renegged on promises.
    For this and many other reasons we need an over 55 version of this test. This one must be helpful for young adults but not the older boomers who come to think of it have had none of the immense research done on this subject either.

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