Auditory Processing

  • Posted on November 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

What are your experiences with auditory processing? Does listening to learn work for you? If not, what do you do to compensate?

I’ve been researching ways to help Ben avoid painful auditory stimuli and ways to help him access necessary auditory stimuli, like teacher’s instructions. And I keep coming back to accommodations designed for people with hearing impairments. Are there similar accommodations designed specifically for people with listening/processing impairments?

2 Comments on Auditory Processing

  1. Aliz says:

    Listening to learn never worked for me except if I am reading too about the same subject or reading what the teacher is saying in writing, I know some people only learn by listening when moving or doing some activity like drawing, others learn better knowing what will be said before class.
    When outside I need to use custom made earplugs even if they cause me headaches but that wouldn’t work when trying to listen to a teacher, they only allow sound for a conversation with someone close.
    If there are too many sounds and if the acoustic of the room is bad than for me it would impossible to listen to anyone.
    When I was at school I didn’t bother to pay attention to class, it was a sensory hell, but reading what was written and reading the books and several curiosities about the subject made me learn what I needed, I have no idea if that is helpful.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Aliz, thank you for the reply. Your experiences sound very similar to my own, though your sensitivities sound as if they are more close to Ben’s level of severity than my own. I did most of my learning by reading the materials, and found I did well enough that way.

    Unfortunately, those strategies won’t work for Ben, because he’s not learning in a general classroom. Because of his other disabilities (namely autism), he needs his instruction to be one-on-one, but he still needs to dampen other sounds.

    I’ve heard of a special system that involves sound-canceling headphones with speakers inside (for the child) and a microphone that feeds the speakers (for the teacher), and I’m working on convincing the school to get it for Ben. It was designed for children with hearing impairments, and it sounds like it will work well, but the only way to know for sure is to try it. Unless, of course, someone with more experience comes along to enlighten us. :)

    Thank you for your input!

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