AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDERS EVALUATION IN DYSLEXIC CHILDREN

Goorabi, K.*, Hoseinabadi, R.**

*Audiology Dept., Faculty of Rehabilitation, Iran University of Medical Sciences

**MSc in Audiology

Dyslexia is an unexpected impairment in reading and spelling despite a normal intellect.

Problems that are seen in dyslexia include reading, spelling, writing, speaking, or

listening problems. Nowadays, more children with learning and reading disabilities are

being referred to audiologists for hearing and auditory processing evaluations. These

children often have various difficulties, including problems with visual-spatial

organization, receptive and expressive language, phonology, attention, and in some cases,

auditory processing disorders. The role of hearing is critical in dyslexia and other

learning difficulties. Diagnosis of dyslexia is made based on the results of all the clinical

data attained. A number of audiologic tests demonstrate sensitivity to central auditory

nervous system disorders. These tests are used to demonstrate functional deficits in

patients with known lesions within the auditory system. It is likely that most children

with Auditory Processing Disorders (APDs) have comorbid conditions and therefore, the

audiologist needs to provide a diagnostic battery that will ultimately distinguish auditory

processing difficulties from other disorders. In this paper we will discuss about

audiologic tests that are used to evaluate auditory processing disorders in dyslexic

children.

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