Diagnosis & Tests

You should visit your GP if you think you or your child may have a hearing problem such as auditory processing disorder.

How Your GP Can Help

You should visit your GP if you think you or your child may have a hearing problem such as auditory processing disorder. They may refer you to an audiologist (hearing specialist) for some tests.

The tests used may include:

  • Hearing tests – you or your child will be asked to listen to a variety of sounds and respond to them.
  • Questionnaires – you or your child may be asked questions such as, "If a friend or family member shouts your name, do you know who is calling without looking to see?" .
  • Electrode tests – an earbud or headphones are placed in your ear and electrodes are placed on your head to measure your brain's response to sound.
  • Speech and language assessments and cognitive (thinking) assessments.

Once auditory processing disorder is diagnosed, you'll be advised about ways you can adapt to the problem.