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Auditory Processing

Auditory Processing is what the brain does with what the ears hear.  Children and Adults can have an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) typically with normal hearing. Testing can be performed on children as young as 3.5 years old.  Auditory Processing Disorders are TREATABLE with auditory training.  ListenHEAR can help you understand spoken language better! 

The Buffalo Model

ARIA Therapy for Integration deficits 

People with Integration deficits experience difficulties with speech perception, especially in noisy environments, difficulty with sound localization, and integrating speech from both ears together despite having normal hearing thresholds.

A diagnosis of this subtype is made following dichotic listening testing measures as part of an APD evaluation. 

Children down to the age of 5 years old and adults with Dyslexia are at a risk of having one of these three subtypes of Integration deficits.


This Integration subtype is identified by reduced auditory processing in one ear, despite normal processing in the other ear. It is often considered the auditory equivalent of amblyopia (lazy eye) in vision coined by Dr. Deborah Moncrieff. 

Dichotic Dysaudia

An Integration subtype identified by a low performance in both ears during dichotic (each ear hearing something different) listening tasks with a small asymmetry between the two ears. 

Amblyaudia Plus Dichotic Dysaudia

This Integration subtype is identified when someone has low performance on dichotic tasks in both ears AND a large asymmetry between the two ears so that both ears are processing poorly.

Auditory Processing Disorder Signs 

Do you or your child have any of the following concerns?

  • Struggle with following spoken directions or have difficulty understanding auditory information?

  • Difficulty hearing when there is background noise?

  • Problems  with reading, spelling, or reading comprehension?

  • Difficulty with organizing sounds in a sequence?

  • Difficulty localizing  where sounds are coming from?

  • Been diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, or Dyslexia? 

  • Have a hard time remembering auditory information? 

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