An audiologist will test the peripheral hearing of the referred client and then administer several tests that measure processing skills. Clients referred for this evaluation usually display weak reading/spelling or reading comprehension skills, frequently require repetition of directions, display an intolerance to noise, are hyperactive and inattentive, usually misunderstand the auditory message, respond to auditory information either in a slow or quick manner, and often act as if there is a hearing loss. For more information, contact Dr. Kim Tillery at (716) 673-3203.
The test battery for auditory processing disorders includes a minimum of three or four standardized tests that provide competing auditory information. Such a test battery is provided after the client receives a routine hearing test. The total test time is about 40 to 60 minutes, followed by a 30 minute counseling session. Parents are encouraged to be present during the administration of these tests in order to witness the child's strengths or weak processing abilities.
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