Adult & Pediatric Audiologist Practicing Near Morgantown, PA

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Contrary to what many people believe, not all communication challenges are related to hearing loss or a learning disability. Another possible cause is an auditory processing disorder (APD), a complex issue that affects the ear-to-brain connection. Essentially, an APD interferes with the transfer of sound signals from the inner ear to the brain. Even though spoken words may be clearly heard, their meaning is not fully understood.

Because APDs are frequently diagnosed in school-age children, APD evaluations are generally a pediatric specialty, but many adults are affected, too. The audiology doctors at Hearing Smile Professionals work with both children and adults near Morgantown, Pennsylvania. We offer comprehensive diagnostic audiology services, including hearing tests and APD evaluations. Ruling out hearing loss and then testing specifically for APDs are essential steps in reaching an accurate diagnosis.

When Is an APD Evaluation Recommended?

Some common signs of an auditory processing disorder include:

  • Difficulty understanding speech, especially in noisy environments
  • Trouble following spoken directions
  • Inability to discriminate similar-sounding words, such as “cat” and “cot”
  • Frequently requesting repetition or clarification
  • Difficulty with spelling, reading, and understanding information presented verbally in a learning environment

It is important to note that these symptoms can be caused by something other than an APD. Likewise, not all language and learning challenges are related to an auditory processing disorder. Only an experienced audiology doctor can confirm the cause by performing a thorough diagnostic procedure.

If you think you or your child might have an auditory processing disorder, an audiologist at Hearing Smile Professional can administer appropriate testing, provide an accurate diagnosis, and suggest an appropriate treatment plan to help you communicate to the best of your ability. We offer the latest breakthroughs in APD therapy, including speech therapy and auditory training, as well as hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Contact Hearing Smile Professionals today to schedule an appointment with an adult or pediatric audiologist near Morgantown, PA.

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