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Wednesday, July 10 • 11:30 - 11:50
AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER IN CHILDREN: INTEREST OF A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ASSESSMENT

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Background : Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) would affects 0.5-7% of the pediatric population. This disorder is responsible for the child's low hearing ability. The diagnosis of APD is difficult because of polymorphic symptoms possibly entangled with other difficulties (learning, communication, attention ...). There is currently no gold standard in the literature for diagnosing APD. A multidisciplinary consultation was opened for the children suspected of APD. The purpose of this study is to analyze this multidisciplinary assessment. Material and Methods : 32 children benefited from a multidisciplinary consultation with: - targeted behavioral assessment APD: speech-in-noise perception, phonemic identification and discrimination, dichotic listening test, temporal processing tests. - psychometric assessment: assessment of visual and auditory working memory, visual and auditory attention, study of cognitive functions. - ENT examination with otoscopy, tonal and vocal audiometry and ABR recording. Results : The main reason for consultation was difficulties to understand in the noise for 52% of patients. A diagnosis of APD was made in 9 children (39% of cases), this diagnosis was ruled out for 11 children and remained doubtful in 3 cases. The average age was 10 years old. 9 patients were excluded from the study. Associated disabilities were found in 65% of the children. The three most sensitive tests for the diagnosis of APD were: the dichotic listening test, the temporal processing test (frequency) and the auditory attention assessment. Conclusion : Auditory Processing Disorder is a common pathological condition that remains difficult to diagnose. This diagnosis is based today on a bundle of arguments, facilitated by a multi-disciplinary approach, allowing to propose an adequate remediation.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:30 - 11:50 EDT
Outremont 6
  T09 Audiology… & comm. in noise, RS01 Psycholog & physiolog ac