FAQs about APD

Call (954) 987-8887 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to have some basic information available such as referring physician or professional and your primary concerns.

No, we do not accept insurance; however, we would be happy to bill your insurance as a courtesy. The amount covered differs depending on your insurance company. Some parents will call the insurance company prior to the evaluation to get an estimate on the amount they will reimburse, click here to download the list of insurance codes.

Please bring any recent evaluations done by other professionals, insurance card, and the new patient packet that can be downloaded from the website. It may also be a good idea to pack a snack in case your child gets hungry, as the evaluation can take up to 3 hours.

A routine hearing test looks to see if an individual can hear different tones or frequencies within a specific range. This range is important for being able to perceive speech and other sounds around us in the usual way.

Hearing and understanding what you hear are two different phenomena. Hearing has to do with the recognition of the presence or absence of sound while understanding involves the interaction of many processes including attention, memory, language, cognition, vision, emotion and more. At BCI, our evaluations examine how auditory skills integrate with other aspects of one’s global processing abilities. In this way, more precise intervention plans can be devised to target “weak links” in the system.

Formal diagnosis for APD can only be made once a child reaches a developmental age of about seven years, however, many signs that an APD exists are evident much earlier. These signs include delayed speech-language, inconsistent responses to speech, loudness sensitivity issues, trouble hearing in noise and poor auditory memory. It has been our experience that early identification of potential APD issues (between 3-7 years of age) using case history questionnaires and physiological measures is critical. The earlier a child receives intervention for suspected auditory processing issues, the better their prognosis tends to be.

Children who have speech-language impairments, who have not been tested within the past 6 months prior to receiving intervention such as speech therapy, should have their hearing tested by a pediatric audiologist before starting therapy. It is not unusual to find that delayed speech is related to some degree of hearing impairment, even if the loss is mild. We caution that hearing screenings by non-audiology professionals often miss diagnoses of mild hearing losses in offices where a certified hearing test booth is not available.

Diagnosis of APD is made by an audiologist with specialized training in this area. Tests by other professionals, such as physicians, speech-language pathologists and psychologists often identify weaknesses that may relate to auditory processing problems. The child is then most often referred to the audiologist for formal diagnosis of APD.

There are different types of APD, and thus, different types of interventions to address these issues. The evaluating audiologist will address this information in the family conference and review the specific interventions recommended for a particular child.

Please refer to our website section entitled “Auditory Processing Evaluations” for these details.

Yes and we frequently do testing on adults who are having communication difficulties to identify the nature of their problems and address them on multiple levels, beginning with their hearing sensitivity and any hearing loss they may have.

Our trained staff will be happy to assist you with this. When you call the office, you will speak with a trained professional or audiology assistant who will ask you specific questions to help determine what type of auditory assessment would be best to address concerns you have for yourself or your child.