Hearing Loss and Auditory Processing Disorders
Hearing Loss - A child may present with varying types and degrees of hearing loss. An audiologist will complete testing to determine the type and severity of your child's hearing loss. Depending on the type and severity of your child's hearing loss, your audiologist will determine if your child requires the use of a device such as an FM system, hearing aid, or cochlear implant.
At TheraKids, we are able to provide services to help your child to achieve success in language, speech, reading, and writing skills, all of which may be affected by a hearing loss. Although we are not able to diagnose a hearing loss, we provide therapy services for children who show difficulties in these areas.
Central Auditory Processing - A central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) may be notable for the following characteristics:
- Normal pure-tone hearing
- Trouble following directions given out loud
- Short attention span
- Poor short or long term memory
- Difficulty hearing with background noise (ex: in a classroom setting)
- A difficulty in the brain to interpret the incoming auditory information
A Central Auditory Processing disorder is diagnosed by an audiologist, typically after a child is 6 years or older. Although we are not able to diagnose a CAPD, we do provide language therapy services to children who show difficulties in these areas.
Please feel free to contact us if you should have any additional questions.