Short courses


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:

  • audiologists and audiology assistants
  • hearing therapists
  • audiology students
  • teachers of the deaf
  • speech and language therapists
  • general practitioners with a special interest in audiology
  • audiovestibular doctors and other health professionals
  • other health professionals with an interest in hearing and cognition

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 from the ear to the cortex in a clinical context
  • Day 2 - Auditory processing, language and cognitive interactions in children 
  • Day 3 - Hearing, auditory processing and cognition

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:

  • the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central auditory pathways
  • the definition of auditory processing disorders (APD) and controversies
  • clinical presentations of APD in adults and children and the interplay of auditory processing, cognition and language
  • diagnostic considerations for APD including its differential diagnosis from auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders, developmental and/or cognitive disorders
  • current test batteries for assessment of different cohorts of patients with APD (eg the child with developmental disorders; dementia patients)
  • multidisciplinary management of individuals with APD and with or without other hearing impairment, cognitive or developmental disorders in adults and children with APD
  • research tests in development
  • electrophysiological tests for auditory processing 
  • using auditory devices and training programmes in the management of APD

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:

      • £200 - one day
      • £360 - two days
      • £450 - three days

      Course team

      Professor Doris-Eva Bamiou

      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.

      Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 15:59