Auditory Processing

Compiled by Bettie Antrim
What happens when you can hear fine, but cannot comprehend what you are hearing?

A study came that came out in the August issue of the journal of Human Genetics could help scientists understand why some people can’t understand what they are listening to.

According to the director of the national Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, this study concluded that the ability to listen and understand conversations at once is influenced mostly by a person’s genes. It also showed that people have different abilities in terms of processing what they hear.

The scientists found that many hearing disorders are really brain disorders acting like a weak link and not allowing people to understand what they are hearing. The ears pick of noises around up and our brain translates that information into meaning. This is called auditory processing.
Auditory processing distinguishes important sounds to listen to from background noise, tells where a sound is coming from and most importantly, being able to translate noise into meaning is essential in learning.

This finding is exciting because researchers will be to better understand how auditory processing disorders affect communication and learning disorders.