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APD Testing

APD is a neurological condition where the brain doesn't process sounds in the typical way.

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"I was a bit nervous to have my hearing and balance tested. However, the doctors and staff made me feel comfortable. It was a comprehensive analysis of my hearing and balance. I am very grateful for the care that the doctors took in addressing all of my hearing and balance issues."
James E.

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a neurological issue affecting the brain's ability to process sounds. Unlike hearing impairments, individuals with APD can hear well but struggle with interpreting, storing, and recalling auditory information. Symptoms include difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, challenges in sequencing auditory information, and difficulties in reading and comprehension. APD can manifest in both children and adults, impacting daily life and academic performance significantly.

Causes and Diagnosis of APD

The causes of APD are multifaceted, ranging from chronic ear infections to head trauma and neurological disorders. Diagnosing APD involves a multidisciplinary approach, primarily led by an audiologist, and includes tests for decoding, tolerance-fading memory, organization, and integration of auditory information.

Tailored Treatment for APD

Treatment for APD at Southwest Balance is personalized, targeting the identified weak areas in auditory processing. It combines changes in the learning environment, use of assistive listening devices, and therapy focusing on language, memory, and attention skills.

Amblyaudia: The "Lazy Ear" Syndrome

Amblyaudia, often termed as "lazy ear" syndrome, is a developmental hearing disorder where one ear becomes dominant, causing an auditory imbalance. This condition leads to difficulties in noisy environments and challenges in recognizing speech. Common in children, amblyaudia affects academic achievement due to weakened language and attention skills.

Identifying and Treating Amblyaudia

Diagnosis of Amblyaudia is through dichotic listening tests, assessing the ability to process different sounds presented to each ear.

ARIA Therapy: Innovative Treatment for Amblyaudia

ARIA, developed by Dr. Deborah W. Moncrief, is a groundbreaking treatment for Amblyaudia. It utilizes dichotic listening therapy to balance the auditory input between both ears. This innovative treatment is particularly effective for improving auditory processing capabilities, typically showing improvement within four 1-hour sessions. ARIA therapy is beneficial for both children and adults, enhancing the weak auditory pathway and significantly improving the ability to hear and process sounds.

Our Approach at Southwest Balance

At Southwest Balance, we adopt a patient-centric approach, providing comprehensive care to individuals with APD and Amblyaudia. Our team of trained audiologists employs cutting-edge diagnostics and treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. We believe in early detection and intervention for optimal outcomes.

Seeking Help

If you suspect that you or your child might have APD or Amblyaudia, contact us for a professional consultation. Our dedicated team at Southwest Balance is committed to helping individuals overcome their auditory challenges and improve their quality of life.

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Conveniently located near the intersection of 7th Street and Indian School Road.

Southwest Balance, Dizziness & Ear Institute (formerly Arizona Balance & Hearing Aids)

4004 N 7th St.Phoenix, AZ 85014