Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a problem with the way the ears and brain work together to understand sound. People with APD have normal hearing, but difficulty recognising and interpreting what they hear.
These difficulties make it hard for you to work out what you hear, or from where the sound came from or when the sound happened. This means it’s hard for you to listen properly when there is a background noise or speech is muffled.
APD is not a hearing impairment, an intellectual disorder, a language problem, a learning difficulty, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but looks like one of these and often co-exist, making it hard to diagnose.
APD is also referred to as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) and affects around 3-5% of school-age children.
Of course this test is no substitute for physical test with your hearing specialist. However, if your score is more than 40, it may be an initial indicator that you have some degree of APD.