What does testing involve?
Formal diagnosis of APD is accomplished through the administration of a battery of challenging tests designed to stress the auditory system. Testing includes: auditory closure (filling in gaps caused by noise, etc.), dichotic listening (listening to two things at once), temporal patterning (pitch differentiation), and temporal resolution (the ability to hear small gaps between sounds). Results in each area are compared to the performance of thousands of other children who have undergone the same assessments to determine your child’s individual profile of auditory processing strengths and weaknesses.
How long does testing take?
Typically 2-3 hours. The amount of time needed will vary depending on the age of your child, the concerns and symptoms reported, how well your child does on each test, and any previous testing already administered that can be combined with the test battery. Your child will be encouraged to take breaks as needed.
Who can be evaluated?
Audiometry – a basic “raise your hand when you hear the beep” test.
Tympanometry – a test of ear drum function
Acoustic Reflex Testing – a test of a protective reflex in our ears that activates in the presence of a loud sound.
Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAEs) – tests the hair cells in the inner ear.
Currently, we are not accepting any medical insurance as direct payment.
We keep our prices reasonable. We will be happy to provide you with a receipt and the appropriate CPT codes so that you may submit to your medical insurance company for reimbursement.
We do accept cash, check, and credit cards including Health Saving Accounts/Flex Spending Plans.
Please call the office for specific pricing information.
We offer a web based training system called CAPDOTS. CAPDOTS was developed specifically for children with auditory processing disorders. CAPDOTS offers an excellent program for improving dichotic listening.
For more information visit CAPDOTS website.
An FM system (also called a remote microphone system) is recommended when an APD is diagnosed to help the student gain better access to information presented orally in his or her classroom. A soundfield FM system, a personal desktop speaker FM system, or an open ear receiver system is preferred as it will allow the student to hear his or her classmates as well as the teacher.
Additional Information on Classroom Acoustics and FM Systems: