Q. What is an auditory processing disorder (APD)?

A. An APD, also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD or (C)APD), is defined as a disorder that affects the way the brain processes auditory information. It is not a sensory (inner ear) hearing impairment; individuals with APD usually have normal peripheral hearing ability. However, they cannot process the information they hear in the same way as others do, which leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech.

Q. At what age can you diagnose APD?

A. Usually an APD is not diagnosed until a child is 7 years of age. This is due the difficulty of the tests and the large variability of scores in normally developing young children with typically developing central auditory systems. However, many 6 year olds are mature enough to sit through testing, and the information obtained can be used to guide therapy and academic progress.

Q. What ages do you test?

A. Ages 5 & above; Five-year-olds can be given a screening assessment to gain insight regarding the child’s auditory processing skills; however, as stated above, an APD cannot be officially diagnosed.

Q. How long does the evaluation take?

A. The appointment typically takes 21/2 to 3 hours. This includes a review of history, the administration of tests, discussion of results and potential management strategies.

Q. Do you take insurance?

A. Beyond The Ear does not contract with any insurance companies. You will be given a receipt at the end of the appointment with all the necessary information (CPT codes and ICD-9 diagnosis codes) to submit your claim directly to your insurance company. Payment is due at the time of service.

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

A. Check or cash only. At this time, we are unable to accept credit cards. Checks are made payable to Beyond The Ear.

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