For humans, there are different senses and perception such as visual perception, auditory and memory perception. For some, there are people who are categorized to have the illness called abnormal auditory perception.
Auditory processing is when someone is able to hear and process the different sounds around him. Upon hearing the sounds, electrical signals are sent to the brain, which are then translate for you to recognize and correctly identify the sounds.
With abnormal auditory perception there is something that blocks or interrupts the whole process that one cannot then identify the sound because the brain cannot process it correctly. Abnormal auditory perception is also called auditory perception problem, auditory comprehension deficit, central auditory dysfunction, central deafness, and so-called "word deafness."
What are the symptoms of Abnormal Auditory Perception? Here's how to recognize them:
- Poor academic results. Your child may have poor grades because of not being able to listen correctly to his teachers.
- Behavior problems. Because of his different understanding of what people say, he may interpret them differently than what was really meant.
- Communication problem. Because of his different perception of words, he may not be able to practice the correct vocabulary or proper grammar.
- Difficulty remembering information especially if this information is relayed orally. He may have been confused when he heard them and interpreted them differently.
- Difficulty in following instructions.
- His total listening skills might be affected due to the lack of processing of information by the brain.
- He frequently pauses to better understand and take more time to process information he hears.
If you see any of these symptoms with your child, consult with a medical professional to help you get started immediately with treatment of this illness. Some of the treatments are:
- Auditory memory enhancement. This is a procedure where information is translated to a more specific and detailed representation. Specialists who have already identified the specific problem area that needs to be corrected use informal auditory training techniques.
- Auditory integration training. This is thought of (as its benefits and effects have not been scientifically proven) as a way to re-program the auditory system to minimize distortion in the sounds they hear.
- Auditory trainers. These are devices that minimize background noise. This then allows the brain to focus on the speaker and the correct thought of the message. They are often seen in classroom where the teacher can use a microphone to transmit sound and the student receives it through a headset.
- Modifications in the surroundings can also help, as well as proper seating arrangement. Letting the child sit nearer the speaker can also improve his listening skills.
- Communication exercises can simultaneously train and improve the speaking and listening skills of the child. You can also see and monitor improvements immediately with this type of alternative treatment.
There are clinics and centers dedicated to the treatment of abnormal auditory perception. You can check local listings in your area for their locations. You can also go online to read more and get support from families who are also dealing with the same challenge.