Hearing Impairment - The Profile: APD

You’re eight years of age. In the classroom, you can hear what the teacher and students are saying but you struggle to understand them. By the time you’ve deciphered the speech the discussion has moved on.

Your teachers think you are a little “slow” and your classmates aren’t really sure what to make of you. Your auditory processing disorder means it takes your brain longer to make sense of speech but the teacher and your friends don’t really understand that.

That’s the face of Hearing Impairment.

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Vibrations  Autumn 2011
Magazine of the National Foundation for the Deaf