Auditory System

Auditory input refers to things that we hear.  Auditory input helps us to identify loud, soft, high, low, near, and far noises in our environment.  This type of input can cause different responses depending on the situation.  For example, a loud unexpected noise may be alerting, while a soothing, rhythmic song may be calming.  A person who has trouble processing these noises may have an alerting response to noises others would not notice, or not notice noises that others would.

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The Integrated Listening System (iLs) is an auditory intervention that can assist with auditory processing.

When to Consider an Evaluation

A child who is over responsive to auditory input may have an unexpected response to sounds.  This child may:

  • Be easily distracted by background noises

  • Dislike noisy settings

  • Respond negatively to unexpected noises/sounds

  • Cover their ears if they perceive the room to be too loud

A child who is under responsive to auditory input may not notice sounds.  This child may:

  • Not hear what you say when you are speaking to them

  • Not notice when or attend to their name being called

  • Make noises to help stay focused on a task