Auditory Processing Disorders

  • 6 hours per day
  • 1, 2 or 3 days


This three-day masterclass provides an in-depth update on the current scientific understanding of auditory processing disorders (APD), language, cognition and their interaction across the age spectrum.

You'll learn about:

  • the scientific principles of auditory neuroscience
  • current clinical diagnostic and management approaches for auditory processing disorders

This is a multidisciplinary course, taught by clinician researchers and auditory neuroscience academic researchers.

You can attend for one, two or three days.

The course is run by the UCL Ear Institute.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for professionals in:

  • audiology
  • audiological medicine
  • ENT (ear, nose and throat)
  • paediatrics
  • cognitive neurology
  • speech and language therapy
  • teachers of the deaf
  • educational audiology
  • psychology

You should have some basic knowledge in audiology.

Course content

Focus of each day

The focus for each day is as follows:

  • Day 1 - auditory processing and its disorders: basic neuroscience and operational definitions
  • Day 2 - APD diagnosis and management, key considerations and overlap with other developmental disorders 
  • Day 3 - APD, hearing and cognition

See the the full programme (pdf) for more details about what each day covers.

Course aims

The three-day course aims to provide: 

  • a scientific understanding of auditory processing in individuals with an auditory processing developmental or cognitive disorder
  • the theoretical knowledge required to assess, investigate and manage patients with a range of hearing/listening complaints in the presence of auditory processing, language, cognitive disorders and hearing loss
  • an understanding of the specific needs of both children and adults with these disorders, with some illustrative case studies
  • an update on relevant current research in basic neuroscience and translational clinical applications

What you'll learn

Over the three days, you'll learn about:

  • auditory brain anatomy and physiology, and related auditory neuroscience
  • auditory processing disorders (APD) – definitions, clinical presentations, diagnostic approach and tests, management approach and the evidence
  • APD and language disorders
  • speech processing - imaging studies, clinical tests
  • speech understanding, hearing and cognition
  • APD in adults, in neurological populations, and in patients with cognitive disorders

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • obtain a history of individuals suspected of APD
  • choose tests and other assessments for individuals suspected of APD
  • consider differential diagnoses and recognise the need for multidisciplinary assessment
  • formulate a management approach for APD
  • recognise current limitations and controversies in the field of APD

Certificates and accreditation

You'll receive a certificate of attendance with CPD points at the end of the course.

Cost and concessions

The standard fees are:

  • £225 - one day
  • £295 - two days
  • £435 - three days

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Course team

Professor Doris-Eva Bamiou

Doris-Eva is Professor in Neuroaudiology at the UCL Ear Institute. She's also an Honorary Consultant in Audiological Medicine at the University College London Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she runs adult and paediatric APD clinics. She researches APD in neurological populations, efficacy of auditory training, and listening devices management for APD in children and adults. She's been Director and Organiser of Auditory Processing Disorders instructional courses since 2001.

Professor Jennifer Linden

Jennifer is Professor in Neuroscience at the UCL Ear Institute. She's interested in how central auditory processing works normally, and how it's disrupted in brain disorders affecting hearing. She uses mainly electrophysiological techniques but also behavioural, molecular and computational modelling methods to study the role of thalamocortical circuits in sound perception and auditory learning, how central auditory processing of auditory information is affected by acoustic experience and how central auditory processing is altered in brain disorders.

Course information last modified: 13 Dec 2017, 11:45