903 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
Call 610-965-1093 to schedule an appointment
We provide comprehensive hearing testing and assessment for auditory processing disorders.
Our audiologic test battery includes pure tone audiometry, immittance measures, otoacoustic emission testing, and speech testing. We work with adults and children ages 4 and older.
Auditory Processing (also referred to as Central Auditory Processing) reflects our brain's ability to interpret and use sounds we hear, including speech. Individuals with an Auditory Processing Disorder have difficulty processing sound even though their hearing sensitivity may be normal.
Children often exhibit an auditory processing disorder due to maturational delays in the development of their auditory system. Elderly individuals can also exhibit auditory processing issues due to changes in the brain associated with the aging process. Individuals with auditory processing disorders often exhibit difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments. They may have difficulty following complex directions. Some individuals have problems discriminating speech sounds, identifying pitch, detecting sarcasm or understanding figurative speech.
Behavioral characteristics associated with auditory processing issues can be similar to those demonstrated by individuals with ADHD, language disorders, memory issues, etc. We recommend that children suspected of having an auditory processing disorder undergo a complete psycho-educational evaluation prior to auditory processing testing.
At the East Penn Hearing Center, we provide comprehensive testing for auditory processing using a variety of age-appropriate test materials. Generally, a child should be at least 7 years old to be tested, however younger children can be assessed if necessary.
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We are also a provider for CAPDOTs, an online therapy program for individuals with an integrative type auditory processing disorder and Fast ForWord, an online therapy program helpful for those with auditory decoding deficits. Please contact us for more information.